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12:20 PM ET, August 27, 2007

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John Kremer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing the all-new Yahoo! Mail  —  My kids, like most, love text messaging.  But while their nimble fingers can easily navigate cell phone keypads at lightening speeds, I definitely prefer a full keyboard, and am much more inclined to use email than text messaging.
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Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Yahoo adds features to popular e-mail
Discussion: Web Worker Daily and Mobility Site
Agence France Presse:
Yahoo rolls out enhanced e-mail service
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Yahoo Updates Mail
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.
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Jason Dean / Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan's Acer Agrees to Acquire Gateway for About $710 Million  —  Combined Entity Also Seeks  —  To Buy Packard Bell,  —  Thwarting Lenovo Bid  —  BEIJING — Taiwan's Acer Inc. said it had reached an agreement to acquire Gateway Inc. in a deal that values the U.S. company at about $710 million …
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Australian Internet Porn Filter Cracked By Kid; Politicians Get The Wrong Message  —  from the spend-more-money!  dept  —  Remember a few weeks ago how the Australian government was getting ready to spend many millions of dollars on internet porn filters?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AllOfMP3 set to stage a comeback  —  AllOfMP3 has announced plans to resume service, but the date and details are still up in the air.  —  After disappearing in early July, the original AllOfMP3 site was apparently replaced by MP3Sparks.com, which was a cosmetic makeover of the old site …
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.
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
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
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone double header: First native IM client AND first native IRC released  —  Big news today on the iPhone development front.  This morning brings the release of both a native instant messaging client and a native IRC client.  —  Apollo IM just entered Version Negative 1, an early beta release.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, CrunchGear and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Want This In Photoshop Immediately  —  This image resizing and manipulation demonstration is sort of jaw dropping, particularly as the video goes on.  The related paper, written by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan is available here.  — Sphere It -
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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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Fotoflexer: a free, easy, and powerful Web photo editor
Discussion: TechCrunch
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AllofMP3 To Rise From The Dead
Discussion: Forever Geek
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Cellphone-Only Homes Hit a Milestone
Discussion: Gearlog
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T legal hits the brakes on (commercial) iPhone unlocks
Discussion: Inquirer
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Bookstores Begin Slow Descent Into Obsolescence
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
WGA failure highlights major flaw in Microsoft's anti-piracy strategy
Nokia:
Comfort and connectivity - Nokia serves up the complete in-car solution
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Paul Graham on Y Combinator - startup incubator
 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
Burlington Chosen as Initial Launch City for Next-Generation Local Search Site
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Business intelligence: The next frontier
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Intel updates vPro for desktops
Discussion: InfoWorld and Engadget
Gail Schiller / Hollywood Reporter:
New media, new ideas tout shows for fall
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Will contextual advertising work for online video?
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tech companies, VCs, swing to Democrats
Discussion: Mercury News
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
'South Park' Creators Win Ad Sharing in Deal
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Play It Again, Nokia. For the 3rd Time.