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1:25 PM ET, July 2, 2006


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where was Google?  —  Thinking back on the last two days of Gnomedex and I am wondering "where was Google?"  I don't remember meeting a Google employee (I just looked through my stack of more than a hundred business cards and didn't find one from Google).  —  But, yet, Google was the talk of the conference.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google a one trick pony?  —  BusinessWeek has an interesting article about Google "So Much Fanfare, So Few Hits".  This follows the theme of my previous post "MacroMyopia and the Technology Hype Cycle".  The article basically says there is way too much hype about anything Google announces …
Aneil / PostBubble:
A fresh perspective on the Google saga
Blake Ross / Blake Ross on Firefox:
Gnomedex  —  I just led—or tried to lead—a discussion here at Gnomedex about spreading software through grassroots means.  —  During the discussion, Dave Winer stood up and asked caustically why I wasn't discussing Firefox's future and how it will help users.  The answer is simple: I wasn't leading a Q&A about Firefox.
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
John Edwards courts tech crowd in Seattle  —  John Edwards, the former U.S. vice presidential candidate, sought common ground with bloggers and other hard-core techies in Seattle on Friday — conceding, among other things, that he's sometimes too polished for the unvarnished Internet age.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Gnomedex Notes: Day 2  —  10 a.m.: Web browsers are going to be one of the subjects here at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle today, with Blake Ross of Firefox slated to speak later this afternoon.  It's an interesting moment in the market, with Opera 9's recent launch, and Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0 on the way.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
AOL Said, 'If You Leave Me I'll Do Something Crazy'  —  "YOU'RE going to listen to me."  —  This was the taunting command of an AOL customer service representative who sounded like a jailer twirling his keychain.  The customer on the phone wanted to complete his business …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Paris Approves Law Aimed at Making iTunes Compatible With Rival Devices  —  PARIS, June 30 — French legislators gave final approval on Friday to a copyright law that could force Apple Computer to make songs purchased from its market-leading iTunes Music Store compatible with music players of its rivals.
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Dick / Burning Questions:
newTunes for iTunes (Podcast Category Changes)  —  Apple has launched a streamlined new categorization scheme for podcasts listed in the iTunes Music Store.  Somebody wasn't paying attention to our "don't launch changes on a Friday before a holiday" policy, but we'll let it slide this time.
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Accidental Tech Entrepreneurs Turn Their Hobbies Into Livelihoods  —  InformationWeek interviewed five accidental entrepreneurs, including the founders of and Digg and the author of the blog Dooce, to find out how they freed themselves from the paycheck-to-paycheck grind.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Paying for Bad PR  —  After my initial revulsion at, the new service that connects bloggers who want to shill with companies in need of shilling, I created an account to get a look at the terms of the offers.  After some very bad PR, PayPerPost is not surprising PAYING bloggers …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and
Jessie Seyfer / Mercury News:
Seven bidders step up with wireless Net plan for valley  —  NETWORK TO COVER 1,500 SQUARE MILES FROM SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH SANTA CRUZ  —  Seven bidders stepped up Friday with proposals for bringing affordable wireless Internet access to all 1,500 square miles of Silicon Valley — a costly, technically challenging task.
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 may have memory handling advantages over Firefox  —  Redmond (WA) - Demonstrating that the entire world doesn't have to be delayed on account of Microsoft Office 2007, the company's Internet Explorer 7 team triumphantly plowed ahead with its Beta 3 release this morning.
Discussion: IEBlog and TechBlog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I'm a Second Life Lawbreaker  —  Yes, the rumors are right, I've been banned from Linden Labs' Second Life.  —  Why?  —  Because I broke the rules.  —  I let my son use my Second Life account.  I'm not allowed to do that.  Only 18-year-olds are allowed to play in Second Life.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Newsome.Org
Josh Bancroft /
Confirmed: Scoble banned from Second Life for letting his 12 year old son play
Discussion: Web Strategy and VTOR
Business Week:
How Failure Breeds Success  —  Everyone fears failure.  But breakthroughs depend on it.  The best companies embrace their mistakes and learn from them  —  Ever heard of Choglit?  How about OK Soda or Surge?  Long after "New Coke" became nearly synonymous with innovation failure …
Paperghost /
Eon8 - a Summary  —  Well, Eon8 came and went, and a whole bunch of people are probably feeling majorly burnt out.  Eon8 (a mysterious site that developed a creeping sense of inevitable doom, thanks to some nifty tricks employed by the site creator) was simply an experiment …
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG and My blog index
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Scoble, the Exit Interview  —  When Robert Scoble quit his job, the news about the man often referred to as "the face of Microsoft" spread through the blogosphere on a weekend, and it was the professional news organizations that were playing catchup.  —  Scoble is known, and admired …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Suit over poor Google ranking may go forward  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—A federal judge in California hinted that a parenting Web site that's suing Google over a poor ranking in the search giant's massive index would be able to proceed with its lawsuit.  —  During a hearing here Friday …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My talk this morning  —  I'm going to try to explain how I think about communication, technology, creativity and making money.  There are a couple of very very simple ideas that are behind everything I do, RSS, blogging, OPML, outlining, podcasting, unconferences, everything.
Discovery Crew is Ready To Go - 12 p.m.  —  The astronauts walked out of the Operations and Checkout Building to cheers and applause from the crowd wishing them well for mission STS-121.  They appreciatively waved back and boarded the silver NASA Astrovan that took them on the 20-minute trip to the launch pad.
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