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8:50 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?
Discussion: Slate and Mathew Ingram
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 …
IE7 to be distributed via Automatic Updates!  —  As we get close to the final availability of Internet Explorer 7, I want to provide an update on our distribution plans.  To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, we will distribute IE7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates …
Inside AdWords crew / Inside AdWords:
Estimating invalid clicks  —  Over the past few months, we've provided answers to your invalid click questions.  Now, Shuman Ghosemajumder, Business Product Manager for Trust & Safety, is back to provide details on a new related feature. … Update: Changed to reflect the fact that monthly …
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.
John Oates / The Register:
India rejects One Laptop Per Child  —  India has decided against getting involved in Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child scheme - which aims to provide kids in developing countries with a simple $100 machine.  —  The success of the project depends on support, and big orders, from governments.
Discussion: Techdirt and Gizmodo
Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Nigeria orders first million OLPC laptops
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 …
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
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 …
Staci /
New Video Deals: PBS On Google Video & Download To Own; MSN's "Arrested Development" [by Staci]  —  Jaded as we may be with the constant cavalcade of online video deals, today's inbox contains some worth noting including PBS downloads for sale and and an ad-supported syndicated sitcom for MSN:
Discussion: Gear Live and Lost Remote
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Merom MacBooks for the holidays  —  It's pretty easy to deduce that Merom, Intel's successor to the Yonah (a.k.a. Core Duo) chip, will find its way into a speed-bumped MacBook Pro.  The question is when.  —  Intel will be announcing the Core 2 Duo chips at a press event tomorrow (Thursday) …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
LogiNoki: the LCD mouse mod  —  In much the same way that moving to a dual-monitor setup only makes you want to add a third and maybe even a fourth display, mod king Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö decided that if his Logitech G15 gaming keyboard sported an LCD screen, why, his mouse needed one too.
Discussion: Tech_Space and digg
Recent content from MetkuMods:   Project: LogiNoki  —  Logitech G5 Laser Mouse and Nokia 6610 …
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 hacked  —  While we were drafting a weblog post on XSS and Social Networking sites, our man Miguel pointed us to  — has been hacked via a persistent Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in their newly launched Digg-like news service.
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?
Discussion: and Mashable!
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 …
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" …
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Wiki start-up taps open source to lure new users  —  A wiki software start-up is releasing two products into open source to help get more developers familiar with its commercial products.  —  MindTouch, founded by former Microsoft employees, on Tuesday announced the creation …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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