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7:50 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
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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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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 …
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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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
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: TechSpot News and WinBeta
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TFOT - The Future Of Things:
Mempile - Terabyte on a CD
Discussion: Inquirer
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Running a battery on sugar  —  A number of companies are trying to figure out ways to make cellulosic ethanol by breaking down sugar with microbes and enzymes.  Sony has used similar principles to build a battery.  —  In short, the anode of the battery consists of enzymes …
Discussion: Macsimum News and rb.trends
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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.
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)
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Firefox ad-blocker extension causes angst  —  (InfoWorld) - A Web site owner has blocked Firefox users from accessing his site in protest of a popular browser extension that blocks text and display ads.  —  Firefox users who go to http://jacklewis.net/weblog/ are redirected to Why Firefox is Blocked …
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.
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 …
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions  —  Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions  —  If you follow the world of traditional journalism, you can't help but notice the seemingly constant stream of layoffs and buyouts at news organizations.
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
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: The Utube Blog and BloggingStocks
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 …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Integrates Book Swap Feature into Marketplace
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Facebook's Joe Hewitt, iPhone God
Austin Modine / The Register:
Dell makes headway in server market
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft kills its 'Get the Facts' anti-Linux site
Discussion: CNET News.com and BetaNews
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple's lawyers called, the iPod nano "phatty" is apparently the real deal
Discussion: geeksugar
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
If you build it, they will come: Google sees big boost in mobile traffic
Discussion: Reuters
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Important Warning Regarding New HD TiVo and Cable System Incompatibilities
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Slashdot
John Blau / Computerworld:
Paying Skype users get a week's free service
Xbox.com:
Free Retrofit for Wireless Racing Wheel
BBC:
Britain enjoying 'digital boom'