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1:35 PM ET, August 23, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, Ok.  All Of You (even YouTube) Invented Video Overlay Ads "First"  —  When I wrote a post earlier today suggesting that YouTube was not the first to use a Flash overlay advertisement for online video, I didn't realize I'd be getting so many emails and comments disputing exactly who first invented the unit.
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Mempile - Terabyte on a CD  —  Home >> Articles >> Storage  —  Revolutionary new optical-storage technology currently under development will allow the equivalent of 250,000 high-quality MP3s or more than 115 DVD-quality movies and about 40 HD movies on a single CD-size medium.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mempile's TeraDisc fits 1TB on a single optical disc
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Gets Personal With Ad Targeting Plan  —  Social-networking Web site Facebook Inc. is quietly working on a new advertising system that would let marketers target users with ads based on the massive amounts of information people reveal on the site about themselves.
Tom Mainelli / PC World:
Rock Your iPod With an Open-Source Upgrade  —  Rockbox, free firmware for digital music players, can teach your old iPod some useful new tricks.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Life is too short to listen to crappy digital music.  So I recently decided to begin ripping all of my newly purchased CDs …
Discussion: Open Source and Computerworld
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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.
USA Today:
Handcuffs chafe wireless users  —  To many, the Apple (AAPL) iPhone is the ultimate wireless device — a seductive blend of technology, function and dead-on cool, all wrapped into a sleek package.  —  To others, it's a glaring example of what's wrong with the U.S. wireless industry in general.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Awnoes: iPod Nano Spy Shots Confirmed as Real by Apple Legal  —  Apple Legal has asked Giz to take down the iPhone nano spy shots from earlier today because they are their "intellectual property."  Out of respect for The Steve, we've complied.  This pretty much confirms they belong to Apple, whether they are final or a prototype.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Poll: The iPod nano Mock-Up (UPDATED: Oh Noes! Probably Is Real)
Discussion: Gadget Lab, iLounge, Tech Blog and digg
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 most 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 …
Discussion: Epicenter and HipMojo.com
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
AT&T's Overstuffed iPhone Bills Annoy Customers  —  When Justine Ezarik, a video blogger in Pittsburgh, saw that a box from AT&T had been delivered to her doorstep a couple of weeks ago, she thought that perhaps she had been sent a complimentary accessory for her new iPhone.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony achieves world's highest output from sugar battery  —  Another day, another fuel cell milestone.  This time, it's sugar at the bio-electrical base.  Unfortunately, the world's highest output they're touting is just 50mW per cell.  Still, if you daisy chain a few together then you've got enough juice …
Discussion: InfoWorld, TOKYOMANGO and Gadget Lab
Judy / Inside AdWords:
Improved top ad placement formula now in effect  —  Two weeks ago, we posted about an upcoming improvement to the formula used to determine which ads are placed in the top spots above Google search results.  The change offers advertisers more control over when their ads achieve top placement …
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.
Business Wire:
Razer 3G Laser Sensor(TM) for Gaming Breaks New Ground in Laser Technology  —  Razer Lachesis(TM) Utilizes the Razer 3G Laser Sensor, Achieving Unheard-of Precision, Speed and Tracking  —  LEIPZIG, Germany—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Razer(TM), the leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming …
scee.presscentre.com:
PSP™ (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE) VIDEO DOWNLOAD SERVICE  —  Download service to revolutionise handheld entertainment  —  Leipzig, 22 August 2007.  Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today provided more information on its joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting (Sky) …
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.
 
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
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John Blau / Computerworld:
Paying Skype users get a week's free service
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
SoundExchange Gives Small Broadcasters A Break - At least …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Peter Sayer / PC World:
London Man Arrested for 'Stealing' Wi-Fi
Discussion: Computerworld
BBC:
Britain enjoying 'digital boom'
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Monster Shuts Down Rogue Server
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Homemade Shortcuts for the PC
David Pendered / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Mobile Advertisers Recognizing The Benefit Of Not Spamming People
Business Wire:
Bexy Corporation Debuts with Innovative iMirror™ Wireless …
ChangeWave:
Great News For Apple
Discussion: ZDNet and Apple 2.0
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OMG! MySpace and MTV do, like, politics
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Sub-Laptop "Foleo" Delayed, Says Deutsche; Does Anyone Care?