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3:25 PM ET, August 22, 2007

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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 …
The Bad Astronomer / Bad Astronomy Blog:
Google Sky  —  When Google Earth came out, one of my first thoughts was how cool it would be to have an application like this for the sky.  Google Earth is massively useful, and a planetarium app would be too.  —  Well, today, Google has released a version of Google Earth that maps the sky.
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: Slashdot
Megan Quinn / Google:
Introducing Sky in Google Earth
Tom Spring / PC World:
Hitchhikers Guide to Google Sky
Discussion: Inquirer
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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Nick / Rough Type:
My, what a friendly ad  —  Is Larry Page now writing headlines for CNET?  —  Google's YouTube, copying the "ticker ad" concept that VideoEgg introduced nearly a year ago, yesterday announced that it is slapping advertisements across the bottom of some of its videos.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and CNET News.com
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google cooks up ad strategy for YouTube
Discussion: MarketingShift
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Now playing on YouTube: in-video ads
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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD's Henri Richard to step down  —  Advanced Micro Devices will announce the imminent departure of Henri Richard, the company's chief sales officer, later this afternoon, CNET News.com has confirmed.  —  A source familiar with AMD's plans confirmed the news, first reported earlier Wednesday by Hexus.net …
Discussion: Inquirer
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Willy Deeplung / HEXUS.net:
AMD VP Henri Richard resigns
scee.presscentre.com:
Turn PS3 into a digital personal video recorder and record programmes to watch anytime, anywhere  —  Leipzig, 22 August 2007.  At Games Convention today, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced the introduction of PlayTV, a combined TV tuner and Personal Video Recorder (PVR) for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™).
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BBC:
PlayStation to record digital TV
Discussion: Joystiq and PS3 Fanboy
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:
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Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Google's Blogger hit by outage
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Reasons financial and technical lurk behind Paramount's HD DVD coup  —  Paramount's decision to abandon Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD has raised many, many questions, especially after it came to light that Paramount and Dreamworks received a combined $150 million as part of the deal.
Discussion: CNET News.com and DailyTech
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Google CEO says mobile auction bid still probable  —  ASPEN, Colorado (Reuters) - Google Inc. is leaning toward bidding in upcoming U.S. mobile phone airwave auctions, despite a partial setback last month from Washington regulators, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday.
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Surprise Surprise...TV Viewing Is Declining  —  Earlier this week I decided to cancel my Comcast (CMCSA) 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 …
USA Today:
Firms, investors tend to prosper with founders at the helm  —  Founders know best.  —  Like coddling parents guiding their kids as they grow, companies' founders have a gut instinct on how to best care for their babies.  —  Investors who've noticed the powerful link between founders and their companies have been rewarded.
Discussion: OnlyOnce and Digital Rules
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CafeMom, a social network for mothers  —  CafeMom, a no-frills social network site for mothers, has raised $5 million in funding.  —  The site is owned by New York's CMI Marketing, and gets its backing from Highland Capital Partners and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, who have supported the company …
 
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James Buchanan / APC:
Linus Torvalds talks future of Linux
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Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Intel launches mobile Extreme CPU
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Gartenberg:
Windows Home Server
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel lining up 11 Penryn 45nm processors for new notebook platforms
Discussion: The Tech Report
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft brings back SideWinder gaming mouse, throws in an LCD
Discussion: CrunchGear
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
How Grey Is Your Valley: Making Money From Open Source
Paul Bennett / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
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Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
More master tracks, PS2 version announced for Rock Band
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ES&S Gave California E-Voting Machines That Weren't Certified
Discussion: InfoWorld
Wall Street Journal:
TD Ameritrade In Merger Talks With E*Trade
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iRobot Unveils All-New Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robots
Wall Street Journal:
Dell's Consumer Focus Hits Snags
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile, Orange and O2 land Europe iPhone deal
John Markoff / New York Times:
Already, Apple Sells Refurbished iPhones