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12:50 AM ET, August 27, 2007

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USA Today:
Yahoo gives e-mail texting capability  —  Yahoo Mail thinks there's more to life than just sending e-mail.  —  On Monday, Yahoo (YHOO) expands the Web mail service into a "social communication" tool — adding the ability to send text messages to cellphones directly from e-mail.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Mail Out of Beta; New Features  —  The new Yahoo Mail interface went into public beta in September 2006, although Yahoo was testing it long before that.  Tonight Yahoo takes the "beta" label off of the product and makes it the default interface for all new Yahoo mail accounts.
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Web is Alive and Well (But on a Stable and Boring Platform)  —  Mark Cuban says the Internet is dead and boring, but Fred Wilson says it isn't for him!  Who's right?  Well, both of them.  Let me quickly explain (before you get bored with what is actually a fairly pointless argument).
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Fred / A VC:
The Internet Is As Dead And Boring As You Want It To Be  —  I have friends who loved music in high school and college, would spend hours going through the bins at the record store, and would hang out all night playing music and talking about music.  And some of these friends barely listen to music anymore.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Is The Internet Dead And Boring?
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Mark Cuban says "The Internet is dead and boring" What he really meant was...
Discussion: Mashable!, WinExtra and HipMojo.com
Fred / A VC:
Twitter's Big Week  —  In addition to hosting the first board meeting since we invested, Twitter did two really big things this past week that I think are going to make the service a lot more useful to me (and hopefully you).  —  They are both in the area of finding other people you know on Twitter.
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Business big shot: Vint Cerf  —  Vint Cerf is vice-president and "chief internet evangelist" at Google.  If the internet needs proselytisers, Mr Cerf, 64, is more than qualified - he is considered one of the architects of the worldwide web, having developed the protocols that govern it.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Googling Google
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Play It Again, Nokia.  For the 3rd Time.  —  Apple had the Newton.  Sony struck out with the Betamax.  I.B.M. blew it with the PCJr.  —  Every technology giant has one or two failed products it would rather the world forget.  But Nokia, the world's largest cellphone manufacturer …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Nick / Rough Type:
Should the Net forget?  —  The New York Times recently got some search-engine-optimization religion, and as a result its articles, including old stories from its vast archives, are now more likely to appear at or near the top of web searches.  But the tactic has had an unintended consequence …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Dapper to Launch Instant Facebook AppMaker  —  This Tuesday, Israel-based Dapper will launch the private beta of Facebook AppMaker, a new tool that the company claims will provide people with a dead simple way to create new Facebook applications.  —  At its core, Dapper allows users to create API's called …
Caroline McCarthy / ZDNet:
'Second Life': The promise and paradox  —  CHICAGO—In Second Life, avatars can fly with the push of a button.  Maybe that's why it seems like the virtual world's enthusiasts sometimes have trouble staying grounded.  —  At this weekend's Second Life Community Convention, Philip Rosedale …
Discussion: GigaOM
Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
Twitter Adds GMail Contacts Import  —  Twitter has finally added the feature they've needed from day one: the ability to import your contacts from another service.  For now it is limited to just Gmail, which should apply to a large proportion of the service's early adopter user base.
Discussion: CostPerNews
Dean Hachamovitch / New York Times:
Minding the Meeting, or Your Computer?  —  BACK in 1994, when portable PCs started their descent from 15-pound luggables to today's 5-pound laptops, I started taking mine to meetings at Microsoft, and so did my colleagues.  So novel.  So useful.  —  We could type notes.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Clearing the air: Bioshock does not contain a rootkit  —  This weekend news spread quickly that the PC version of Bioshock comes loaded with a rootkit.  The only problem is, it isn't loaded with a rootkit, it's just your standard "let's punish our customers" anti-piracy tool.
Discussion: DigitalBattle
technabob:
provia a1 gps navigator: way too sexy for itself  —  Those of us in the States tend to think of GPS navigators as relatively utilitarian devices that help us find our way when we're too afraid to ask for directions at the gas station.  In Asia, GPS devices seem to be on the way to becoming much more.
Discussion: Engadget, Mobility Site and Gizmodo
 
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