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5:30 PM ET, August 2, 2006


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Elinor Mills / CNET
AOL: You've got free e-mail  —  AOL could start looking a lot more like Yahoo.  —  Time Warner on Wednesday announced it will give away e-mail, software and other Web services for free to high-speed Internet users in a bid to boost online advertising sales.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonaged  —  Vonage reported results for the second quarter of 2006, and they were not pretty.  In its first earnings report since going public (May 2006), Vonage reported a loss of $74.1 million ($1.16 a share) versus $63.6 million a year ago.  —  Sales came in at $143 million, versus $59.4 million in the second quarter of 2005.
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Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Digg stats after Jason Calacanis offer  —  The Diggtrends website has just done some stats relating to Netscape owner's offer to buy out digg's top users.  It'll be published tomorrow, but they gave me an advance look.  — aimed to find out answers to the following questions:
Study: Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend  —  Women, on average, own nearly as much technology as their male counterparts and would appreciate a digital video camera more than a pair of designer shoes.  —  NEW YORK - Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend …
USA Today:
Got a search engine question?  Ask Mr. Sullivan  —  SALISBURY, England — Google's Matt Cutts considers Danny Sullivan's Search Engine Watch website "must reading."  To Yahoo's Tim Mayer, it's simply the "most authoritative source on search."  —  His readers would naturally assume that Sullivan …
Paul Stamatiou /
Introducing Yodel Anecdotal  —  Today is a great day.  I get to open my mouth and let you in on the project I've been working on ever since I arrived at Yahoo! earlier this summer.  I present to you Yodel Anecdotal, the corporate blog for Yahoo!.  So I bet you've got flashes …
Nicki Dugan / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yet another self-serving corporate blog!
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Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Study: Search Marketers Undervalue 'Assists'  —  Marketers who credit only the last search result a person clicks on before converting are missing the full value of "assist" clicks, according to a new study.  —  The research, from search marketing firm 360i and paid search technology provider SearchIgnite …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less  —  If you want to grab the attention of a roomful of hackers, one sure fire way to do it is to show them a new method for remotely circumventing the security of an Apple Macbook computer to seize total control over the machine.
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Many Companies Still Cling to Big Hits To Drive Earnings  —  As business increasingly shifts to the Web, several important questions get raised about the directions of our economy and our culture.  Are hits still important?  What can companies expect when they move online?
Classic 1984 Themed Apple Commercial Lego Set  —  The masterminds at PodBrix have done it again.  They have built a 1984 Lego Playset themed from that Apple Commercial where the Macintosh was introduced to the world.  Yes, it is that one where that semi-hot broad tosses the hammer into the screen.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Postal Service Finds a Friend in the Internet  —  At a recent conference that attracted 15,000 eBay fanatics to Las Vegas, the main sponsor was a big advocate of online shopping: none other than the United States Postal Service.  —  "I have one message today for the entire eBay community …
SONY DEBUTS THE CYBER-SHOT DSC-T10 DIGITAL CAMERA IN FOUR EYE-PLEASING COLORS  —  Sony is launching a new color strategy with the introduction of its seven-megapixel Cyber-shot® DSC-T10 digital still camera.  Premiering this summer in pink, white, black and silver, the new model upholds the standard for slim and stylish design.
Windows Live Spaces Is Launched, Allowing Real Friends to Connect Online  —  Microsoft continues to deliver on Windows Live, announcing a number of new personalized and safety-enhanced services.  —  Microsoft Corp. tonight began rolling out Windows Live™ Spaces, the next generation …
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
10,000 More Microsofties - What Do They Do?  —  So there I was, languishing sideways in a sun-drenched chair, indulging in bon bons, and getting engrossed in another summer-time read when Todd Bishop and I had a quick conversation.  —  "...Microsoft increased by 10,000 in FY06," …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Mixing media  —  Giant cable companies are duking it out with the nation's telcos to see who can provide the most comprehensive phone, broadband, video and mobile services to tech-savvy consumers  —  An arms race is escalating between the cable and telecommunications industries, and television might end up being the secret weapon.
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Official Google Video Blog:
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