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11:05 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.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Will Be Beaten By Facebook, Mahalo: Scoble
Ethan / OnoTech:
Mahalo, Techmeme, Facebook, Google, Scoble
Discussion: The Jeff Pulver Blog
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 …
Discussion: 901am and paidContent.org
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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.
CNNMoney.com:
MySpace reportedly may allow member ads  —  Social networking site is looking at ways to lift ban on sales, ads by members on their pages  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — MySpace is considering lifting a ban on commerce on the popular social networking site as a way to increase its own profits, according to a published report.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Bloglines Launches Beta Re-design and Start Page  —  Tonight Bloglines is launching a new design at beta.bloglines.com, 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:
Google's friend-to-friend ad network  —  If Google has its way, web advertising is about to get a whole lot friendlier - and the definition of spam a whole lot fuzzier.  —  Recently, the search giant has, as noted by Bill Slawski, filed a series of patent applications that point to a new …
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 …
InfoWorld:
Lenovo's plan for Packard Bell hit by Acer-Gateway deal  —  (InfoWorld) - Acer Inc.'s agreement to acquire Gateway Inc. has foiled Lenovo Group Ltd.'s plans to buy PC vendor Packard Bell BV, and could leave Acer owning both Gateway and Packard Bell.  —  On August 7, Lenovo revealed …
PC World:
University students don't question Google  —  Dahna McConnachie, Computerworld  —  University students may be encouraged to be critical but they don't seem to question Google's ranking system, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Business intelligence: The next frontier  —  Business intelligence is arguably the most important enterprise application in your company.  But questions abound: How can you get more workers using it?  What are the new frontiers?  And how simple can you make it?
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Paul Graham on Y Combinator - startup incubator  —  Paul Graham is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor.  Paul and Robert Morris founded Viaweb in 1995, the first online web store builder, and sold it to Yahoo in 1998.  In 2005 they started Y Combinator, a seed stage investment company.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
TorrentSpy Blocks Searches From US Visitors  —  This service denial seems to be a preventative measure to protect their users, when US users try to search on TorrentSpy they now get this message: … At this point it is still unclear whether the search redirect will be temporary or permanent …
Discussion: dslreports.com and digg
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
WGA failure highlights major flaw in Microsoft's antipiracy strategy  —  This weekend's Windows Genuine Advantage outage was a powerful reminder of the asymmetrical trade-off inherent in Microsoft's anti-piracy efforts.  Microsoft's aggressive focus on stopping piracy isn't matched by the care …
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Intel updates vPro for desktops  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Intel is expected to release the next generation of its vPro processor for business desktop PCs on Monday.  —  The updated processor—an Intel Core 2 Duo and Q35 Express chipset—includes the Trusted Execution Technology feature …
Discussion: Engadget and InfoWorld
Nokia:
Comfort and connectivity - Nokia serves up the complete in-car solution  —  Espoo, Finland - Kit out your car to stay connected, entertained and informed with the latest Nokia automotive navigation and communication enhancement.  The super-efficient Nokia 500 Auto Navigation allows …
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 …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Not So Fast: AT&T Cracks Down On Commercial iPhone Unlocking Groups
Business Wire:
Burlington Chosen as Initial Launch City for Next-Generation Local Search Site
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Gail Schiller / Hollywood Reporter:
New media, new ideas tout shows for fall
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Will contextual advertising work for online video?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tech companies, VCs, swing to Democrats
Discussion: Mercury News
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
In Online World, Pocket Change Is Not Easily Spent
Ernesto Londono / Washington Post:
As Web Fuels Bike Thefts, Victims Turn Vigilantes
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Play It Again, Nokia. For the 3rd Time.
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technabob:
provia a1 gps navigator: way too sexy for itself
Discussion: Engadget, Mobility Site and Gizmodo
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Business big shot: Vint Cerf
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Clearing the air: Bioshock does not contain a rootkit
Fred / A VC:
Twitter's Big Week