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1:05 PM ET, August 6, 2008

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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Bewkes confirms AOL split  —  Time Warner will indeed split its AOL access and media units starting next year, CEO Jeff Bewkes confirmed in a release announcing the company's second-quarter earnings.  —  It's the first time the executive has confirmed the split, though it's been widely talked about for months.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL officially split, but revenue tumbles and ad sales anemic  —  When you have something like Batman: The Dark Knight to talk about it's safe to say that Time Warner doesn't want to yap a whole lot about AOL.  There's a good reason for that: AOL revenue fell 16 percent in the second quarter …
Discussion: Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The $125 Million-Sweet DailyCandy Revenge of Bob “Pitchman”  —  Oh, there had to be much, much gnashing of teeth in the corporate offices of the Time Warner Center in New York yesterday with news of the sale of DailyCandy to Comcast for $125 million.  —  Why?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Time Warner: Hiding AOL woes under Joker makeup  —  In an investor call Wednesday, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes focused on the old media.  You probably would have, too, if you could downplay AOL's dial-up business in favor of the late Heath Ledger's acclaimed performance in The Dark Knight.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cable Unit Boosts Time Warner's Earnings
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Announcing Google Insights for Search  —  In June, we updated Google Trends with numbers and the ability to download results to a spreadsheet.  We received a lot of great feedback from agencies and advertisers on how they're using the new version; from identifying new growth markets to optimizing their Google AdWords campaigns.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Insights For Search Launches
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Expands Trend Tracking With “Insights For Search”
Discussion: LEWIS 360°
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's New Tool Is Meant for Marketers
Discussion: MarketingShift
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Should You Pay Twice as Much for a Mac?  —  [Editor's Note: This is companion to another post at Microsoft Watch telling a different story from the same NPD data.]  —  On Saturday, I got to wondering about Mac versus Windows PC pricing after seeing two HP notebooks on sale at the local Target.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Vista PCs: These Prices Are Insane!
Discussion: DailyTech
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results  — Stable post-paid ARPU, driven by the success of Simply Everything(TM) with high value customers, and lower operating expense drive $87 million sequential improvement to Consolidated Adjusted OIBDA* of $2.1 billion
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint-Nextel: Another Rough Quarter As Customers Flee
Discussion: TG Daily
Associated Press:
Sprint Nextel Reports a Loss as Revenue Falls
Discussion: Open Source
Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry 8220 - Pictures of Red Kickstart  —  While these are images from the upcoming BlackBerry 8220 device simulator, these images show what the red-colored BlackBerry flip-phone will look like.  This device is starting to look better and better since the first leaked pictures surfaced …
Maths / Music 2.0:
Google Finally Launches MP3 Search in China  —  So finally, the much talked about Google MP3 Search service is here at www.google.cn/music  —  And it's certainly game on as they take on Baidu's very illegal mp3 search with legal links from its search results provided by local music service Top 100.cn …
chrisbrogan.com:
When Google Owns You  —  Nick Saber isn't happy now.  Monday afternoon, after lunch, Nick came back from lunch to find out that he couldn't get into his Gmail account.  Further, he couldn't get into anything that Google made (beside search) where his account credentials once worked.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Which Facebook Applications Really Are the Most Engaging?  A Look at MAU & MAU%.  —  Facebook updated application engagement stats published in the directory yesterday, changing the published engagement metric for applications from daily active users to monthly active users, and removing the active % altogether.
Discussion: Facebook Developers
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Confirms Vote Error, Yang and Bostock Not Liked So Much After All  —  Yahoo has confirmed that a ‘tabulation error’ occurred in the shareholder vote count conducted by Broadridge Financial Solutions, the independent firm hired to do the job.  Turns out, just over half of the shareholders felt …
Discussion: WebProNews
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The How-To Geek / Lifehacker:
Debunking Common Windows Performance Tweaking Myths  —  As a tech writer, one of my biggest pet peeves is the plethora of bad advice littered across almost every web site dedicated to system tweaking.  Besides the tweaks that simply don't work, some of them will actually cause your computer to run even slower—or worse.
Discussion: Bleeding Edge and Digg
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
iTunes Still Number 1 Music Vendor; Amazon?  Gaining Some Ground  —  The latest NPD figures on music sales are out for the first half of 2008, and as you might expect, Apple's iTunes is still in the top spot, but what's interesting is who's in fourth place: Amazon.  Here's the top five:  —  1) iTunes
Discussion: Digital Daily and last100
Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Bharti Airtel to Bring IPhone 3G to India This Month  —  Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) — Bharti Airtel Ltd., India's largest mobile-phone operator, will introduce the iPhone 3G in the country on Aug. 22, part of a 70-nation rollout of the faster, cheaper upgrade to Apple Inc.'s mobile handset.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and iLounge
 
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Torrey Hoffman / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Hank Williams / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Agam Shah / LinuxWorld.com:
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Discussion: PC World, CIO.com and TG Daily
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Smashing Magazine:
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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Jay Lyman / 451 CAOS Theory:
LinuxWorld 2008 - nobody cares
Discussion: Network World
Om Malik / Business Week:
Standing Out in a Sea of Storage Startups
Discussion: GigaOM
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Search Appliance gets bigger, better, stores 10M docs in a box