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5:10 AM ET, August 24, 2007


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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 …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Sony Defeats Truman  —  This just in from video-game reporting headquarters: Sony may be a consumer electronics giant, but its public relations folks aren't so powerful when it comes to prognostication.  —  Yesterday, said spinsters made a bold prediction about sales figures for video game consoles that were due out today.
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
Video game sales rise 37 percent in July  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. sales of video games and hardware rose 37 percent in July, with Sony Corp's struggling PlayStation 3 console getting a major boost from a price cut in the month, industry data showed on Thursday.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   With 60% sales boost, PS3 is hotter but still in "last place"
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 are redirected to Why Firefox is Blocked …
Discussion: Advertising Lab and TechCrunch
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.
Narayan Kamath /
Coming Soon: A New Look!  —  Remember the first time that you logged into orkut?  Maybe you received a coveted invitation from a friend, heard about it in a blog, or stumbled upon it when searching for a social network on  But no matter when your first login was …
Forget iPhone, the Gphone is here  —  Google, the nearly $13.5 billion search engine major, is believed to be a fortnight away from the worldwide launch of its much-awaited Google Phone (Gphone) and has started talks with service providers in India for an exclusive launch on one of their networks.
Rafe Needleman /
COMING SOON: OUTSTANDING MOBILE VIDEO SEARCH FROM VEVEO  —  I got a demo today of a new mobile video search product called Vtap, from Veveo.  It's hardly the only video search engine out there (see Blinkx, Truveo [review], and Google), but it has special powers on mobile devices.  In fact, it's mobile-only.
Discussion: and VentureBeat
Josh Lowensohn /
YELP LAUNCHES EVENTS, A WORTHY UPCOMING.ORG COMPETITOR  —  There's no doubt Yelp was going to add a local events and calendaring functionality to their popular user reviews service, and today they've done it with a new feature called Events.  Coincidentally, last week brought about a refresh …
Discussion: OnoTech
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft kills its 'Get the Facts' anti-Linux site  —  It was a long time in coming.  But Microsoft has finally acknowledged that its anti-Linux site had gone past the point of usefulness.  —  On August 23, Microsoft pulled plug on the "Get the Facts" site, replacing it with a new Windows Server "Compare" site.
The Official Palm Blog:
Thanks Engadget  —  Dear Peter, Ryan and Joshua:  —  Thank you for the very thoughtful post about Palm.  I really appreciate the fact that you guys and others care enough to take the time to write such a comprehensive list of actions.  I forwarded it to our entire executive staff and many others at Palm have read it.
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Nikon and Canon Offer High-End Cameras in Fight for Pro Market  —  After decades as the undisputed leader of the market for professional 35-millimeter cameras, Nikon finds itself in an unfamiliar position in the digital age.  Canon so dominates the professional market today …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Vonage attacked by defunct rival  —  It's a bit like fending off a house fly while you're locked in mortal combat with Godzilla.  —  As it continues to battle a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit from telecom behemoth Verizon, VoIP pioneer Vonage is now facing a suit from the remains of SunRocket …
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
In Primary, Tech's Home Is a Magnet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa, the place to be is the state fair.  Diners are popular in New Hampshire.  But for those visiting Silicon Valley, it's the Googleplex.  —  The destination, Google's headquarters …
Discussion: Social Media
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