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4:00 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
Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Has Craig Newmark quit Craigslist?  —  Has Craig Newmark quit Craigslist?  —  A fascinating tidbit buried in a story about Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin's allegations of child prostitution on Craigslist: Susan MacTavish Best, Craigslist spokeswoman and girlfriend of CEO Jim Buckmaster …
Discussion: Epicenter and Mark Evans
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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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Tom Mainelli / PC World:
Rock Your iPod With an Open-Source Upgrade
Discussion: Computerworld and Open Source
TFOT - The Future Of Things:
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  —  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
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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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.
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 …
Xbox.com:
Free Retrofit for Wireless Racing Wheel  —  As a precautionary measure, Microsoft Corporation is voluntarily providing its customers with a free retrofit to the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel.  The Wheels were manufactured during 2006 - 2007.  A component in the Wheel chassis …
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 …
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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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook developing own ad targeting technology
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 …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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InfoWorld:   E-mail's future, pumped look
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
SoundExchange Gives Small Broadcasters A Break - At least for a couple more years ... but they don't want it  —  After much lobbying and media coverage about the negative effect of higher royalty rates on small Internet radio broadcasters, SoundExchange put a halt on realizing the rates until a better deal could be worked out.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
SoundExchange drops DRM requirement, webcasters still oppose new deal
Discussion: Rusty on Radio
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
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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 …
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
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.
 
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Yahoo! Messenger:
Yahoo! Webcam  —  Do I need to update Yahoo! Messenger to the new version?
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
Cathy B. Almeida / Wired News:
IPhone Tantalizes, Frustrates Criminal Forensics Experts
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Propping Up Declining Traditional Media Businesses
John Blau / Computerworld:
Paying Skype users get a week's free service
Business Wire:
Razer 3G Laser Sensor(TM) for Gaming Breaks New Ground in Laser Technology
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Pluggd raises $6M for audio-video word search
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Peter Sayer / PC World:
London Man Arrested for 'Stealing' Wi-Fi
Discussion: Computerworld
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
AT&T's Overstuffed iPhone Bills Annoy Customers
Discussion: BloggingStocks
BBC:
Britain enjoying 'digital boom'
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Monster Shuts Down Rogue Server
Discussion: CNET News.com and eWEEK.com
David Pogue / New York Times:
Homemade Shortcuts for the PC
John Biggs / New York Times:
Video Chats Aren't Just for Tycoons
Judy / Inside AdWords:
Improved top ad placement formula now in effect
 

 
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