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6:45 PM ET, August 21, 2007

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RealNetworks.com:
MTV NETWORKS, REALNETWORKS AND VERIZON WIRELESS JOIN FORCES TO OFFER A NEW INTEGRATED DIGITAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE  —  Pictured left to right, Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO of RealNetworks, John Stratton, SVP of Verizon Communications and Van Toffler, president, MTV Networks' Music/Logo/Films Group.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
MTV bails on Microsoft, partners with RealNetworks for "Rhapsody America"  —  15 months after partnering with Microsoft on URGE, MTV has decided to cut its ties with Microsoft and cast its lot with with RealNetworks and Verizon.  At a news conference this morning, MTV and RealNetworks announced …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   MTV and RealNetworks: A sound decision?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
World's largest music retailer ditches DRM, not censorship  —  Like a frog slowly turning into a princess, Wal-Mart's music download store has grown far more attractive now that it offers 256kbps unrestricted MP3 tracks from both EMI and Universal.  It won't win over fans who like the other features …
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Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
YouTube-style Embeddable Maps  —  Today we're excited to announce a new feature on Google Maps that allows you to add maps to your blog or website just by copying and pasting a snippet of HTML.  And once you embed the map, it has all the same functionality of the Google Maps you know and love; it's clickable, draggable, and zoomable.
Bindu Reddy / Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Video feedback  —  When your friends and well-intentioned acquaintances tell you that you've made a mistake, it's good to listen.  So we'd like to say thank you to everyone who wrote to let us know that we had made a mistake in the case of Google Video's Download to Own/Rent Refund Policy vs. Common Sense.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google Video Store gets stay of execution, full refunds coming
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Google Reverses Position On Video Refunds; Good For Them
Lucy Zhang / Google News Blog:
Would you like video with that?  —  One of our goals at Google News is to offer as many different perspectives on the news as possible.  That means bringing content from multiple sources together in a way we hope you find to be organized and relevant.  Now we're adding video to the mix …
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google News Adds YouTube Videos
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Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
First Look: Microsoft Tafiti  —  About a week back I got an internal email asking us to kick the tires on a new Silverlight/search demo called Tafiti.  Tafiti is a mashup that uses the resources of Windows Live Search driven by a Silverlight top layer.  The result is a search experience unlike anything you've seen before.
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft launches Tafiti - Search and Silverlight experiment  —  Tafiti, an experimental demonstration site that combines Live Search with Silverlight has just been launched.  Its described as follows: … Search results are presented in the central column, with the right hand "shelf" …
Financial Times:
Apple secures Europe iPhone revenue deals  —  By Astrid Maier in Hamburg and Volker Müller in Munich  —  Apple has succeeded in committing European mobile phone operators that want exclusively to sell its new iPhone to share parts of their revenues with the technology group.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Dear Palm: It's time for an intervention  —  Man, what a crazy year, right?  We know things haven't really been going your way lately, but we want you to know that we haven't given up on you, even though it might seem like the only smartphone anyone wants to talk about these days is the iPhone.
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Offline Support & Comments in Zoho Writer  —  We just rolled out an important update to Zoho Writer.  This update includes two important features.  Offline support & Comments.  —  Offline Support:  —  We are taking our first steps towards offering Zoho Writer offline.
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Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
The Microsoft connection clarified  —  Yesterday, we posted an explanation of what happened to Skype on August 16.  Some reactions to the explanation, however, have reminded us of one of the basic tenets of communication: It's not what you say.  It's what they hear.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Be Dynamic, Be Confident — Yahoo! Search Supports You  —  Please excuse the dramatic start to this post.  Between the anticipation of rolling this out and my incessant Harry Potter reading, I couldn't resist.  —  Once upon a time, on the World Wide Web, all URLs were fixed strings — static in form.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Two Studios to Support HD DVD Over Rival  —  Hollywood's squabble over which of two technologies will replace standard DVDs reignited Monday with two studios throwing their weight behind one format and several rivals ramping up support for the other.  —  Paramount, part of Viacom …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Woz qualifies for Prius Racing Team  —  Just yesterday we pointed to an old video of Steve Wozniak pitching a Datsun 280Z, and now we learn that time has done nothing to slow down Apple's co-founder, no matter what he's driving.  Woz confirmed that back in March, he'd been pulled over by the CHP …
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Tim Green / Mobile Entertainment:
Yahoo! buys Actionality  —  Yahoo! has bought the ad-funded gaming specialist Actionality, ME understands.  —  The search giant moved for the Munich-based mobile company earlier this month, but did not announce the deal to the press.  —  It represents a further commitment to the mobile channel for Yahoo! …
 
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