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12:20 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.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gizmodo
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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!
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.
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 …
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
A First-Hand Look at a Chinese Second Life, HiPiHi
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Raph's Website
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.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Is The Internet Dead And Boring?
Discussion: JasonKolb.com
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
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: Googling Google
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 …
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.
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
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
UniquePhones's iPhone unlock release 'slowed' by AT&T lawyers  —  Hope you weren't waiting in tense anticipation to get your hands on UniquePhones's iPhone unlock software, because things certainly aren't going as planned.  Reportedly, the gurus behind the software unlock were contacted by …
BBC:
Teenage hacker unlocks the iPhone  —  A New Jersey teenager has unlocked the iPhone, opening the way to Apple's iconic mobile telephone being used by non-US networks.  —  The Associated Press news agency confirmed George Hotz, 17, had unlocked the iPhone and used it on T-Mobile, a rival to its sole US operator, AT&T.
Discussion: Zohar Efroni's blog
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
With Software and Soldering, a Non-AT&T iPhone
Discussion: CCUCEO and deal architect
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Microsoft WGA servers down; XP and Vista installs marked as counterfeit - UPDATED  —  UPDATE, 2:10pm PST: Looks like MSFT has fixed the immediate problem with WGA, for now: Link.  But the product is still, as they say, defective by design.  (Thanks, Marius)  —  BB reader David McBride says,
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
See All Sex Offenders In Your Neighborhood  —  Vision 20/20 offers a free web based mashup of sex offender data and Windows Live Maps.  —  Users simply add their address, city and/ or zip code to the Vision 20/20 site, and then the locations of sex offenders in the immediate vicinity are displayed over a map.
 
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