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8:25 AM ET, August 27, 2007


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google's butt in four years  —  The only reason you'll watch these two videos is because you trust me to add value to your lives and not sell links.  —  I explain how SEO-resistant technologies like Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are about to upend the search industry.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Will Be Beaten By Facebook, Mahalo: Scoble  —  Above is part 3 of a 3 part Robert Scoble video blog series on "Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google's butt in four years."  To see the other parts scroll on the player; Part 2 at around the 6 minute mark gets to the main points*.
Ethan / OnoTech:
Mahalo, Techmeme, Facebook, Google, Scoble
Discussion: The Jeff Pulver Blog
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.
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Yahoo Updates Mail  —  Even after a long beta, revised Web mail service offers some surprises.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Yahoo Inc. will close an almost two-year public test for its new version of Yahoo Mail on Monday with several new enhancements, as the Sunnyvale, California …
Elinor Mills /
YAHOO MAIL ADDS SMS, DROPS BETA TAG  —  The new version of Yahoo Mail comes out of beta on Monday, and it sports some spiffy new features, like the ability to send text messages to a cell phone—the first free Web-based mail provider to offer that function.  —  A button at the top …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Agence France Presse:
Yahoo rolls out enhanced e-mail service
Discussion: Inquirer
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Bloglines Launches Beta Re-design and Start Page  —  Tonight Bloglines is launching a new design at, which includes a new personalizable Start Page, more views, and drag and drop Ajax functionality.  I spoke to new Bloglines GM Eric Engleman about the makeover and tested the Beta Bloglines myself.
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 …
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
When Bad News Follows You
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tech companies, VCs, swing to Democrats  —  Now that the Democrats are the dominant party on the hill in Washington, tech companies and venture capitalists are contributing more to that party than they are to congressional Republicans.  —  For the first half of this year …
Discussion: Mercury News
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
'South Park' Creators Win Ad Sharing in Deal  —  In March, the season premiere of "South Park" began by barging into typically risqué territory, with a squirm-inducing bit about the taboo of using a certain racial epithet.  —  To Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators and executive producers of …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Acer to acquire Gateway: so long cow spots?  —  Acer — the third largest PC company globally — just announced a definitive agreement to acquire Gateway.  The acquisition has been approved unanimously by both boards and is expected to close by December 2007.  You know, following the usual international, anti-trust approvals.
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: and
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.
Gail Schiller / Hollywood Reporter:
New media, new ideas tout shows for fall  —  NEW YORK — To launch their fall lineups, the major networks are turning to the Web like never before, offering viewers the chance to see premiere episodes for free and producing original content around their new series that doubles as entertainment and advertising.
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Will contextual advertising work for online video?  —  I posted last week about why I though that Google's new overlay advertising product would be good for the whole industry; Gootube has both the volume of inventory and the advertiser relationships to make the overlay a standard ad unit.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
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