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4:15 PM ET, July 26, 2006


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Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
It May Be a Long Time Before the Long Tail Is Wagging the Web  —  Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson's hot, new best seller, "The Long Tail," is causing a sensation with its eye-opening claims about the way the Web is rewriting the rules of commerce.  But I've looked at some of the same data …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE BACKLASH, CHAPTER 1  —  I'll take it as a compliment that I now warrant a proper Wall Street Journal takedown for crimes of...well, I'm not quite sure what the crimes are.  But Lee Gomes has tried mightily to find flaws with the Long Tail theory and deserves a response of some sort.
Nick / Rough Type:
How large is the long tail?  —  In his column in the Wall Street Journal today, Lee Gomes tries to debunk Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory, and on his Long Tail blog today, Anderson tries to debunk Gomes's debunking.  It's an interesting - and important - debate, and I find myself agreeing with both gentlemen.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google to offer advertisers click fraud stats  —  Responding to concerns about click fraud in the online-ad industry, Google will be revealing to advertisers the number of invalid clicks on their ads with changes it's set to make to its AdWords system late Tuesday.
Kevin Rose / my blog:
Calacanis  —  I rarely blog, but I recently saw this post by Jason Calacanis so I thought I'd share my thoughts.  —  Jason,  —  Clever PR stunt, but man, in the end I believe it's going to do more damage for Netscape than good.  Ya see users like Digg,, Reddit and Flickr …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Kevin Rose cracks (or "how to know when you've won the debate")  —  Update: This story has been DUGG (but is not yet 'Scaped).  —  Update2: Looks like the story has been killed on DIGG—go figure. :-)  —  OK, it's on. :-)  —  On the latest DIGG Nation (minute 8), Digg co-funder Kevin Rose goes …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
TiVo Is Watching When You Don't Watch, and It Tattles  —  AS the advertising and television industries debate how to measure viewers of shows watched on digital video recorders, the pioneering maker of the recorders, TiVo, is getting into the argument.  It is starting a research division …
Mike / Techdirt:   TiVo Says Nielsen Who?  —  A couple years ago, TV-ratings firm …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Limelight Raises $130 Million  —  Limelight, the CDN darling for hot content startups, announced a monster round of $130 million in funding from Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, which we heard was in the works earlier this month.  Limelight said it will spend the money on building out it's infrastructure.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Limelight Networks lands $130m more to deliver the web's future
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
AlwaysOn: YouTube wants to stay independent  —  During a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit 2006, YouTube co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley was asked by moderator Kara Swisher about disparaging comments Bill Gates made about his service at the D conference.  "Speaking about competiton and Gates …
Discussion: LEWIS 360° and Bag and Baggage
Jasmine France / CNET
Sony NW-S205 (2GB)  —  Overview Series info User Opinions Compare  —  CNET editor's take  —  To the lack of surprise of most industry professionals, who generally put more stock in Apple's ability to keep secrets than in Sony's, the Japanese consumer electronics giant fessed up to having a unique …
Discussion: Engadget, Gear Live and ATRACLife
Business Wire:
Facebook Launches Back-to-School Promotion to Give Away 10 Million Music Samplers from iTunes  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 25, 2006—Facebook, the social directory that allows people to share information, announced today a back-to-school promotion to give away 10 million music samplers …
Mike / Techdirt:
Who's Getting What Out Of The iTunes/Facebook Deal?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SayNow helps musicians call their fans  —  Sometimes simple systems work the best and SayNow might be one of those cases.  The service, still in private beta, is targeting musicians on MySpace who want to exchange voice messages with their fans.  They can record voice messages …
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft tags IE 7 'high priority' update  —  Microsoft plans to automatically push Internet Explorer 7 to Windows XP users when the browser update is ready later this year.  —  IE 7 will be delivered in the fourth quarter as a "high priority" update via Automatic Updates in Windows XP …
Discussion: IEBlog and Microsoft News Tracker
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Congress spanks naughty sex sites  —  The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would make it a federal felony for Webmasters to use innocent words like "Barbie" or "Furby" but actually feature sexual content on their sites.  —  Anyone who includes misleading "words" …
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