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1:25 AM ET, August 22, 2007

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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
YouTube Premiering InVideo Ad Format  —  Showing 3 billion minutes of videos every month, Google-owned YouTube is the top video destination on the Internet today.  And starting tomorrow, marketers will have another reason to turn to YouTube—a new InVideo ad format designed …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Initiates Monetization Strategy With Transparent Video 'Overlays'  —  People have been speculating about how YouTube would eventually monetize video streams, as opposed to page views.  The answer comes in the form of an innovative approach that involves almost transparent animated flash …
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube to Start Selling Ads in Videos
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Aims to Make YouTube Profitable With Ads
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   YouTube tests viewer-friendly ad format
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" …
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Tafiti Is Beautiful, But Will Anyone Use it?
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
Discussion: InsideGoogle and Mashable!
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 …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Buzzwords Aplenty: The New 'Rhapsody America'  —  Look out iTunes!  MTV, RealNetworks, and Verizon Wireless are coming after you like a tornado made of arms, teeth, and fingernails.  The companies "announced they are teaming to create a single, integrated digital music experience that consumers …
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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.
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.
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
US launches 'MySpace for spies'  —  Spies and teenagers normally have little in common but that is about to change as America's intelligence agencies prepare to launch "A-Space", an internal communications tool modelled on the popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 1.0.2 Update available through iTunes  —  Only three weeks after Apple's first software update for the iPhone, update 1.0.2 has hit the streets through iTunes.  So far, any meaningful description of the update has not shown up on Apple's website like it did last time, but we'll be sure to update you if and when that changes.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone 1.0.2 Update
Discussion: Engadget, MacSlash and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Reverses Position On Video Refunds; Good For Them  —  We criticized Google last week when they shut down their video marketplace and told users they would receive refunds only through a Google Checkout credit.  We called it a "mistake" and suggested that users might be hesitant to try out for-pay Google products in the future.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Google reverses itself on video refunds
Discussion: Ars Technica and Neowin.net
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Yahoo buys mobile game ad company Actionality  —  Yahoo continues to increase its offerings in mobile services.  Earlier this month, it bought a small game startup called Actionality.  —  Yahoo's expanding line of mobile services already includes games, and this purchase gives Yahoo another place to sell ads.
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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.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Schmidt: Google will 'Probably' Bid on Spectrum  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the search giant will "probably" bid in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auctions, telling an audience here Tuesday that Google "got the spirit of what we were asking" for in the recent rulemaking decision by the FCC.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Reporters Without Borders:
US web hosting provider Go Daddy suspends 10 Chinese human rights sites without warning  —  Reporters Without Borders today called on US web hosting provider Go Daddy to explain why it suddenly withdrew hosting for several Chinese sites specialising in human rights in China.
Discussion: theWHIR.com Blogs
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
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Noam Rimon / PlayStation.Blog:
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
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Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel hikes text fee again, ETF remains in effect
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ask.com CEO: Search technology prominence grows
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Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Social Graphs and Identity Systems
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Mobile workers still struggling with security
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Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Fraunhofer Institute Powers Electronics With Body Heat
Discussion: Neowin.net
Yahoo! News:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: We're not Google, and we're proud of it
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Woz qualifies for Prius Racing Team
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
World's largest music retailer ditches DRM, not censorship