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2:50 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.
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
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
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
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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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Microsoft Announces New Hardcore Gaming Mouse  —  Microsoft's new SideWinder gaming mouse is not for the faint of heart.  It's got on-the-fly DPI switching, its own LCD display (on the mouse itself), a cable anchor, quick launch Vista gaming button plus 5 other programmable buttons …
Discussion: ExtremeTech and Ubergizmo
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft brings back SideWinder gaming mouse, throws in an LCD
Discussion: MarketWatch
Wall Street Journal:
TD Ameritrade In Merger Talks With E*Trade  —  The online brokerage industry, which underwent a wave of consolidation after the bursting of the dot-com bubble, may be headed for another shakeout, with giants TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. and E*Trade Financial Corp. holding merger discussions.
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MarketWatch:
E-Trade and TD Ameritrade reportedly talk merger
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
ShanghaiDaily.com:
Four charged over Panda cyber worm  —  Change font size:  —  FOUR men were charged in a people's court in Hubei Province yesterday for their alleged roles in creating and spreading the worst cyber worm in China's Internet history, known as Xiongmao Shaoxiang or "Panda burning joss stick," according to the Changjiang Times.
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 …
BBC:
PlayStation to record digital TV  —  PlayStation 3 (PS3) users in Europe will soon be able to record and playback digital TV on their console.  —  Sony has unveiled a TV tuner which plugs into the PS3 and turns it into a personal video recorder like Sky+.  —  The company has held …
Discussion: Joystiq and PS3 Fanboy
 
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Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Trend Micro, Zone Labs, ClamAV join list of insecure security products
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Willy Deeplung / HEXUS.net:
AMD VP Henri Richard resigns
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CafeMom, a social network for mothers
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
How Grey Is Your Valley: Making Money From Open Source
Paul Bennett / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Still Chipping Away At Microsoft
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
More master tracks, PS2 version announced for Rock Band
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Nano Spy Pics
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Bill Gates' patent application, and other items of note
Discussion: The Register
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ES&S Gave California E-Voting Machines That Weren't Certified
Discussion: InfoWorld
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Sharp shows slender big-screen LCD TV prototype
Discussion: PC World
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile, Orange and O2 land Europe iPhone deal
Discussion: TechSpot News and PalmAddicts
John Markoff / New York Times:
Already, Apple Sells Refurbished iPhones
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Schmidt: Google will 'Probably' Bid on Spectrum