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6:50 PM ET, August 27, 2007

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rizzn.com v11.1:
GPhone - It's Confirmed  —  I'm going to talk about this on the show today, so don't miss Episode 116 of RizWords.  —  I talked to one of my inside sources at Google today.  He spoke on conditions of anonymity, but the guy is someone I trust implicitly.  He said that he was baffled …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Phone An Attempt To Take On $100 PC?  —  Google Phone has been a subject of many rumors lately.  Mark Hopkins, a technology podcaster, says he got the confirmation of the Gphone after talking to an insider Google (GOOG). … If that indeed is the case, then it makes sense for Google …
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: … The search redirect will be permanent, TorrentSpy owner Justin Bunnell told TorrentFreak …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy shuts down in the U.S.  —  TorrentSpy.com, the BitTorrent tracking site facing a copyright lawsuit from the motion picture industry, is shutting down access to users in the United States, the company said in a statement late Sunday night.  —  The barring of U.S. residents …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   TorrentSpy to MPAA: Log this! Site blocks US searches
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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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Yahoo Increases People-Focused Shift With Webmail Facelift
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Yahoo!
Business Wire:
Hi-Media Group Enters into Agreement to Acquire Fotolog, Creating One of Europe's Largest Publicly-Traded "Pure-Play" Internet Companies  —  Would Combine One of the World's Largest Global Social Networks and a Leading Online Publisher with Hi-Media's Extensive Ad Network
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fotolog Acquired by Hi Media, French Ad Network  —  EXCLUSIVE: We had previously speculated that New York-based Fotolog would be the next one to get acquired.  And we were right.  It has been acquired by Hi Media, a Paris-based interactive media company for roughly $90 million …
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent.org
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 -
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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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Vint Cerf, aka the godfather of the net, predicts the end of TV as we know it  —  Web guru foresees download revolution  —  Thirty years ago he helped create a technology that has revolutionised millions of lives around the world.  But yesterday the man known as the "godfather of the net" …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Snipperoo, Daily Feed and digg
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 …
Mika / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Double Whammy!  Another Sony Case (And it's Not BioShock)  —  Biometrics - yes.  BioShock - no.  —  Hypothetical: Imagine that you visit your local mall and browse around for stuff to buy.  And you decide to buy a new CD from your favorite artist and you also buy a brand new cool USB stick thingy on an impulse.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FotoFlexer Raises The Bar On Online Photo Editing  —  Online photo editors keep getting better and better.  For hardcore image manipulation, desktop software like Photoshop or Gimp will always have its place, but online editors are free, easy to use and a lot of fun.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge sides with RIAA: file-sharing apps lead to direct infringement  —  One of the arguments the RIAA has made in every file-sharing lawsuit it has ever filed is that making a song available on a P2P network is the same as distributing it, therefore violating the record label's copyright on the song.
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Earthlink Black Tuesday Looms: Job cuts, restructuring  —  EarthLink (ELNK), the Atlanta-based Internet Service Provider that has been taking it on the chin in the stock market for the past few months, is in for some major bloodletting, perhaps as soon as tomorrow.
Discussion: IP Democracy
gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
World Record 304km Wi-Fi connection  —  A new world record distance for a 5 GHz Wi-Fi link has been achieved by the Italian Center for Radio Activities (C.I.S.A.R), and Ubiquiti Networks, a leading innovator in outdoor wireless broadband solutions.  The distance of 304km (188.89 miles) …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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