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6:25 PM ET, August 23, 2007

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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
The Rise of JAVA - The Retirement of SUNW  —  I've spoken before about the value of brand - this post is a good example.  And I wanted to follow up with a few more thoughts, and an important shift in how Sun (NASDAQ:SUNW) presents itself to the world - and more importantly, how the world now presents itself to Sun.
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun boots workstation roots in favor of JAVA ticker  —  In a rather odd marketing ploy, Sun Microsystems will change its ticker symbol from SUNW to JAVA.  —  The ticker switch takes hold next Monday on the NASDAQ exchange.  We're not sure what the flip gives Sun other than a constant reminder that it's the company behind Java.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mary Meeker's YouTube Math  —  Morgan Stanley's Internet analyst Mary Meeker was a good deal more optimistic than we and others were about the revenue impact of YouTube's new overlay ads.  Specifically, Mary concluded that the overlays could immediately add $4.8 billion of gross revenue …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times (NYT) Launches MyTimes.  Cool, But Ten Years Too Late  —  The New York Times continues to add to its impressive online site, rolling out a "MyTimes" feature today that has been behind a beta wall since last year.  The feature looks slick: Customizable widget boxes featuring …
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David Pendered / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mayor rips craigslist over child prostitution  —  Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has called on a popular Web site to take responsibility for what she said is the company's role in promoting child prostitution.  —  [Post a comment on this story below.]  —  "Children are being marketed …
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Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Has Craig Newmark quit Craigslist?
Discussion: Epicenter and Mark Evans
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to usher in era of Mac OS X-based iPods  —  Apple Inc. will use a media event next month to unveil a new breed of iPod digital music players that have been injected with the company's most vital asset — the Mac OS.  —  The move will culminate a multi-year effort on the part …
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Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Mac users waiting months for 'critical' Java runtime update
Discussion: Macsimum News
Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
Google Apps no match for MS Office, report says  —  (InfoWorld) - Deploying Google Apps could be a "career-limiting move for enterprise architects" if they expect too much from the software-as-a-service collaboration suite and its "rudimentary" feature set, the Burton Group research and consulting firm says in a new report.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mempile's TeraDisc fits 1TB on a single optical disc  —  We've heard a lot of talk about the death of optical media, but for inexpensive high-capacity storage, it's pretty hard to beat — which is why the TeraDisc, from Israel's Mempile, look like it has such promise.
Discussion: WinBeta
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TFOT - The Future Of Things:
Mempile - Terabyte on a CD
Discussion: Inquirer
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony announces high-definition DVR for the PlayStation 3 in Europe  —  The Sony PlayStation 3 makes no excuses about what it wants: your entire living room.  Sony wants you to watch Blu-ray movies in between playing your PS3 games and streaming content to your PSP.
Discussion: Kotaku and DailyTech
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InfoWorld:   Nokia extends lead in handsets as Motorola struggles (InfoWorld)
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Pluggd raises $6M for audio-video word search  —  Pluggd, a Seattle company that lets you search audio and video files for words or themes, has raised just under $6 million in financing.  —  Pluggd is a hot company because it does something well that few others have been able to match.
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Exclusive: What Microsoft's Falcon project is going to mean for when you should buy an Xbox 360  —  Falcon is coming your way this fall.  The first Xbox 360s with it are probably on ships coming from China.  —  Readers of this column will know that Falcon is the code name for a board …
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
IBM Buys Web Conferencing Vendor  —  IBM Corp. has acquired a Web conferencing service provider, it announced as part of a flurry of unified communications moves on Wednesday.IBM will make WebDialogs Inc. part of its Lotus division and add its service to the Sametime family of products …
Cathy B. Almeida / Wired News:
IPhone Tantalizes, Frustrates Criminal Forensics Experts  —  Technophiles may love the iPhone, but you criminals?  Watch out.  The iPhone may reveal more about your misdeeds than you realize.  —  Derrick Donnelly, chief technology officer of Blackbag Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based …
Crave at CNET UK:
LG KU990 Viewty: The YouTube phone is unveiled  —  LG isn't renowned for high-end camera phones but that doesn't mean that the company behind the fashion-centric Chocolate phone can't make one.  In fact it can and it has — and no, we're not talking about the LG KG920.
Discussion: p2pnet and The Raw Feed
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Integrates Book Swap Feature into Marketplace  —  Facebook has developed a book swap feature for its Marketplace application called Marketplace Book Exchange that enables users to buy and sell books from and to each other.  Books are identified by buyers and sellers by their ISBN numbers …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Man's XPS M1330 arrives sans OS, quality  —  We're not sure who or what is putting these XPS M1330 laptops together for Dell, but not only are they having a horrible time of it even getting the laptops out the door, but this particular man's shipment was just a little lacking in the quality department …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
SoundExchange drops DRM requirement, webcasters still oppose new deal  —  Small Internet broadcasters have the opportunity to stay around for another few years if they accept SoundExchange's official offer to pay a discounted royalty rate... with a few caveats.
Discussion: Bit Player and dslreports.com
 
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George Ou:
Can owning a Wi-Fi Skype phone land you in jail?
Discussion: dslreports.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Facebook's Joe Hewitt, iPhone God
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions
Austin Modine / The Register:
Dell makes headway in server market
Discussion: TechSpot News
Gary Rivlin / New York Times:
Gambling Dispute With a Tiny Country Puts U.S. in a Bind
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft kills its 'Get the Facts' anti-Linux site
Discussion: BetaNews
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple's lawyers called, the iPod nano "phatty" is apparently the real deal
Discussion: geeksugar
Yahoo! Messenger:
Yahoo! Webcam  —  Do I need to update Yahoo! Messenger to the new version?
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Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Important Warning Regarding New HD TiVo and Cable System Incompatibilities
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Slashdot
Adam Kovacevich / Google Public Policy Blog:
Eric Schmidt at PFF: what Internet freedom means to us
Discussion: WebProNews and Digital Destiny
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Propping Up Declining Traditional Media Businesses
Xbox.com:
Free Retrofit for Wireless Racing Wheel
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
AT&T's Overstuffed iPhone Bills Annoy Customers
Discussion: BloggingStocks
BBC:
Britain enjoying 'digital boom'
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony achieves world's highest output from sugar battery