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5:35 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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Tom Spring / PC World:
Hitchhikers Guide to Google Sky  —  Stardate 61105.2, planet Earth.  I've booted up my computer and loaded Google Sky and ready to trek across the galaxy.  —  Today Google released a beta version of Google Earth (4.2.0180.1134 (beta))that includes a Google Sky feature that allows …
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
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google Earth given celestial view
Discussion: Slashdot
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: CNET News.com and Insider Chatter
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Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google cooks up ad strategy for YouTube
Discussion: MarketingShift
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
VideoEgg Exec: YouTube's New Ads Are Just Like Ours
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Aims to Make YouTube Profitable With Ads
Willy Deeplung / HEXUS.net:
AMD VP Henri Richard resigns  —  printer friendly layout discuss in the forums email to a friend  —  We have it on good authority that AMD's chief sales and marketing officer Henri Richard has resigned and that his resignation has been accepted and will take effect from September 8.
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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: InfoWorld and Inquirer
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 …
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: George Ou and CNET News.com
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google ready to invade telco turf, bid on 700MHz spectrum  —  For the last few weeks, Google has been pondering its response to the FCC's 700MHz auction rules.  Would it bid on the spectrum or wouldn't it?  Last night, CEO Eric Schmidt appeared to indicate that the company was leaning toward a bid …
Discussion: The Register
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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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
How Grey Is Your Valley: Making Money From Open Source  —  Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg has spoken out against a number of open source projects for profiteering from their code.  —  The two examples Mullenweg cites are the open source forum platform Vanilla, which recently started including links …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Latest iPhone update boosts Wi-Fi reception, say owners  —  But 'modded' iPhones must be restored from scratch, as usual  —  IPhone owners are reporting that the latest software update for their smart device has significantly boosted its wireless reception.
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 …
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 …
 
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