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12:45 PM ET, August 22, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Aims to Make YouTube Profitable With Ads  —  Ever since Google bought YouTube last November, it has avoided cluttering the site and the video clips themselves with ads, for fear of alienating its audience.  —  The strategy helped cement YouTube's position as the largest video Web site …
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Now playing on YouTube: in-video ads  —  GOOGLE TRIES IN-VIDEO ADS  —  It has been Google's $1.65 billion question: How can it convert YouTube's whopping popularity into ad dollars without turning off the site's enthusiastic users?  —  Google's answer: semi-transparent ads that appear as strips across the bottom of videos.
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 …
Nick / Rough Type:   My, what a friendly ad  —  Is Larry Page now writing headlines for CNET?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Analyzing YouTube's Revenue Potential
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Now Showing on YouTube: Massive Video Ad User Tracking
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Google News Blog
Lior Ron / Google LatLong:
Sky: The final frontier  —  Since ancient times, people have looked at the sky and tried to find order in the chaos of stars and planets.  Ancient sky maps and astronomical computers were created alongside maps of the earth.  With Google Earth, we try to provide you with the best mapping …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In Google Earth, a Service for Scanning the Heavens  —  After turning millions of Internet users into virtual explorers of the world with Google Earth, the Internet search giant is now hoping to turn many of them into virtual stargazers.  —  Google is unveiling within Google Earth today …
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Google Earth Goes Beyond the Sky  —  Google is extending the scope of its highly successful Google Earth satellite mapping technology into space with the launch of Google Sky.  Google Sky, which is embedded into newes version of Google Earth.  Sky provides Google Earth users a facility …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google Earth given celestial view  —  The constellations of Andromeda, Hydra and Vulpecula are now just a mouse click away for amateur star-gazers, following the launch of Google Sky.  —  The tool is an add-on to Google Earth, a program that allows users to search a 3D rendition of our planet's surface.
Discussion: Ogle Earth, Tech_Space and Slashdot
Mark Ward / BBC:
Troubled times for home networks  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  There are many technologies that only prove how useful they are when you actually try them.  —  Take for instance, broadband.  The high price may have initially put people off but for those that tried it …
Discussion: dslreports.com
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Report: Home networking still too complex for most users
Discussion: Gadget Lab
MarketWatch:
E-Trade and TD Ameritrade reportedly talk merger  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — TD Ameritrade and E-Trade are discussing a merger that would create a dominant player in the online-brokerage industry and possibly prompt another industry shakeout, according to a media report Wednesday.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ES&S Gave California E-Voting Machines That Weren't Certified  —  Well, the hits keep for Election Systems & Software (ES&S).  The company was already facing some controversy over the fact that its e-voting machines time stamped the ballots in a way that could reveal how voters voted …
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Update: State says e-voting machines weren't certified
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Techdirt
Brent Schlender / Fortune:
Apple's surprise weapon: Computers  —  The iPod and iPhone are hits, but they're not the company's hottest line, says Fortune's Brent Schlender.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Last January, when Steve Jobs rechristened his company by ostentatiously excising the word "Computer" and leaving it as simply …
Discussion: Macsimum News
John Markoff / New York Times:
Already, Apple Sells Refurbished iPhones  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21 — Consumers looking for a deal on an iPhone may be able to knock $100 off the price of the smartphone by buying from an unexpected discount source: Apple Inc.  —  On Monday, the company began making refurbished iPhones available …
Wall Street Journal:
Dell's Consumer Focus Hits Snags  —  Dell Inc.'s first attempt to rebuild its consumer personal-computer business since founder Michael Dell returned to lead the company is having trouble sticking.  —  Persistent delays in laptop shipments caused by paint problems and supply constraints …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Surprise Surprise... TV Viewing Is Declining  —  Earlier this week I decided to cancel my Comcast subscriptions, switching instead to Covad's ADSL2 service which is faster for now.  I didn't even think twice about switching off my cable service, because frankly with the exception of baseball games and ESPN …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Bits
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Blogspot Down  —  Blogs hosted with Google's Blogger are down right now (like the official Google blog, for instance).  A search for [site:blogspot.com] returns around 34.5 million blog pages, which all seem to be affected.  Someone by the name of Pete who says he's a Blogger engineer in a Google group states:
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
More master tracks, PS2 version announced for Rock Band  —  Though the price may be a little off-putting, few rhythm fans seem able to turn away from the all-encompassing smorgasbord of music and instruments that Rock Band provides.  Now comes word that the game will also be available for the PS2.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
 
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Paul Bennett / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Still Chipping Away At Microsoft
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Sony:
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Bill Gates' patent application, and other items of note
Discussion: The Register
BBC:
PlayStation to record digital TV
Discussion: Joystiq and PS3 Fanboy
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Reasons financial and technical lurk behind Paramount's HD DVD coup
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Sharp shows slender big-screen LCD TV prototype
Discussion: PC World
Nancy Dussault / iRobot Corporation:
iRobot Unveils All-New Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robots
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Piecemeal DRM-Free Efforts Aren't Going To Unseat Apple's Online Music Dominance
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Microsoft Announces New Hardcore Gaming Mouse
Scott Spanbauer / Computerworld:
Eight great, simple ways to hack the Web
Discussion: Inquirer
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile, Orange and O2 land Europe iPhone deal
Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Take-Two shares charged by 'BioShock' release
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Schmidt: Google will 'Probably' Bid on Spectrum