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3:20 AM ET, April 21, 2006


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Kevin Rose / Digg Blog:
Digging Fraud  —  Recently it was brought to our attention that several users have created accounts to mass digg and promote stories.  While these accounts appear to be valid, they have in certain instances been used for automated in-order (scripted) digging.
Suspicious Digging  —  Have a look at this blog post, which talks about Digg potentially being misused.  I posted this partly because I was unable to digg that post.  If you scroll down to the list of diggers here and here, you will notice that the order of the first 16 diggers is identical and that only 2 of the 24 vary in each.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Digg Backlash (or when the wisdom of crowds turns into the madness of the masses)  —  Update: DIGG did the right thing and turned a bunch of spammers off.  The spammers are upset—total non-issue.  Rock on TeamDigg... and don't let the bastards get you down!
David Johnston / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Is Silently Moderating Legitimate Submissions  —  Alice's Note: We broke this story in December 2005 but it seems there is a growing backlash and questioning at what is going on over at  Our own David Johnston looked into it, and here is what he found in case you missed it:
Ted's Take:
AIM  —  Here's where a mash-up between Web 2.0 and the MSM gets interesting, or kind of sad, depending on your perspective.  In the morning, someone blogs that AOL is working on a social networking competitor to MySpace.  People link to it.  Others link to the links.
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Rumor Alert: AOL to attempt MySpace assault
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL To Launch "Myspace Killer"
Discussion: B2Day and Rex Hammock's Weblog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   More Details on AOL's "MySpace Killer"
David Weiss:
A Tour of Microsoft's Mac Lab  —  Today I'll stop my 3rd person perspective.  I'm going to write a little bit more about what I do to help MacBU ship great software and provide some color around what's it's like to work on Mac software at Microsoft.  Often when we have press events …
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
State of the Computer Book Market, Part 2  —  In this installment, I'll look at specific technology trends as demonstrated by book sales.  First off, here's another view of our computer book treemap, this time tweaked a bit to show the hierarchical organization of the category database.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:   State of the Computer Book Market, Part 1
Google Announces First Quarter 2006 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 20, 2006 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2006.  —  "Google had an exceptional quarter with strong growth and profitability, from both Google properties and the network …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Staci /
Earnings: GOOG CEO: "Exceptional" Q1; Profit Up 60 Percent [by Staci]
Discussion: Screenwerk and IP Democracy
Adam Lashinsky / CNN:
The boom is back  —  Net companies are on fire again.  Here's the smart way to invest without getting burned  —  (FORTUNE Magazine) - Back when the Internet bubble was deflating disastrously, the fashionable view was that we'd never see its like again — and thank goodness.
Michael McDerment Blog:
Wiki For mesh Now Live  —  We are pleased to announce the release of the mesh conference wiki.  There is a pile of excellent content in there, virtually all thanks to the efforts of David Crow (thank you David!).  —  You can use the wiki to arrange rides to the conference, places to stay, your entertainment in Toronto and lots more.
Mathew /
The mesh wiki — create a workshop
It's official: Distracted drivers are dangerous  —  (CNN) — A new study lends scientific credence to what many aready suspect: Drivers dabbing on makeup, chatting on cell phones or eating breakfast are three times as likely to be involved in a crash as more attentive motorists.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0:
Why EarthLink needs Wi-Fi to work  —  With dial-up dying and broadband subscriptions stagnant, EarthLink must build its own networks to survive.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - The first-quarter earnings that EarthLink announced today illustrate its plight.
Ivan Berger / New York Times:
The Virtues of a Second Screen  —  Fervent computer gamers and the detectives on "N.C.I.S." do it, but I had no plans to add a second monitor to my computer system — not until I bought an upgraded video card for my PC and noted it had output connections for two monitors.
Discussion: Valleywag and Lifehacker
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Google takes down Miro image  —  A representative of the family of Spanish surrealist Joan Miro asked Google to remove the art from its homepage today.  —  Google's homepage carried an image containing elements of several of Miro works.  Theodore Feder, president of Artists Rights Society …
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
My Second Life  —  I ran across the online virtual world Second Life at least a year and a half ago, when I heard that Omidyar Network, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam's investing group, had put money into it.  I had never been a gamer, recognizing a potential addiction from miles away and not having time to indulge it.
Discussion: Web Strategy and Clickable Culture
Business Wire: Launches Blogging Community  —  Site Showcases 65 Professionally-Written Blogs  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 20, 2006— ( has launched one of the largest professional entertainment blog communities on the Internet, it was announced today …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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Darren Rowse / Make Money Online …:
AdSense Announce Text Links for Referrals
Discussion: Inside AdSense and IrishEyes
AJ's Blog:
Desktop Zen - Reducing Visual Clutter on your Desktop
Discussion: Download Squad
Neilio / BeatnikPad:
G4 and G5-optimized Firefox now available
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft to announce HD DVD at E3?
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE COVER!  —  So we've finally settled on a front cover (the back is still evolving).
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Software service networks, not product stacks
Gavin Clarke /
Nokia examining AJAX
Discussion: All About Symbian
Shanghai China:
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Art Reisman /
Analysis: Blocking Skype Won't Be Easy
Dejan Perkovic / Official Google Blog:
Keeping up with recent research
Bill Campbell / Skype Journal:
Multi-user Video Conferencing on Skype
Jason Dowdell /
Google Base Car Search Introduced In Natural Results
Widgets, BitTorrent, content blocking: Introducing Opera 9 Beta
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Apple Reports Sharp Climb in Both Sales and Earnings
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Updated: PortalPlayer dealt setback at Apple
Staska / UMPC News:
Apple Origami UMPC? Looks likely