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3:25 PM ET, August 3, 2006

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The first 10 Navigators: We've hired three of the top 12 DIGG users, the #1 user from Newsvine, the #1 user from Reddit, and a bunch of Weblogs, Inc. folks.  —  The word is getting out about the first 10 Netscape Navigators (people who took "the offer" to become paid bookmarkers).
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Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Paying the Audience Pays Off: Netscape Steals Away Some Top Digg Users
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Corey Spring / Newsvine:
The Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
AOL to provide 5GB of online storage for free  —  AOL (this blog's parent company) announced today that starting next month it will offer 5GB of free online storage for all web users.  The free online storage will start in September, and will be powered by Xdrive, a service acquired by AOL late last year.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AOL/AIM users to get 5GB free storage
Discussion: InfoWorld
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Breaks 60% - U.S. July Search Volume Numbers  —  In addition to market share of visits and page impressions, one of the statistics that Hitwise compiles is the volume of searches executed on the top search engines.  Given our large sample, "top" is defined as 57 search engines used …
Timothy B. Lee / New York Times:
Entangling the Web  —  AFTER a decade of explosive growth, a revolutionary new technology transforms the American economy.  It allows people to communicate and do business across great distances faster than ever before.  Critics, however, contend that access is controlled by a few large corporations eager …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less  —  UPDATE, 6:45 p.m. ET: Watch the video of the Ellch/Maynor presentation on a new method they discovered for remotely circumventing the security of an Apple Macbook computer to seize total control over the machine.
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Russ Walker / Security Fix:
Follow-up to the Macbook Post  —  I'd like to respond to the people who commented on yesterday's post about the video's depiction of the use of a third-party wireless card on the Macbook.  I spent more than an hour with Dave Maynor watching this exploit in action and peppering him with questions about it.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and digg
Chris Thompson / East Bay Express:
Publishers vs. the Censorbot  —  As Google becomes more crucial to the revenues of online news sites, its practice of withholding ads from edgy stories threatens Web journalism.  —  Google has entered that rarefied tier of corporations whose services or products are indispensable to American life.
Discussion: TeleRead
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Mike / Techdirt:
Is Google AdSense Destroying Hard-Hitting Investigative Journalism?
Discussion: InterMedia
Assaf / Supr.c.ilio.us:
What the Web 2.0 means  —  To everyday American, the Web 2.0 is just a normal part of life, like SUVs and apple pie.  It makes you happy, gets you laid and pays the bill.  So no wonder, we rarely stop our busy daily routine to ask ourselves: what does it all mean?
Discussion: kottke.org and Signal vs. Noise
Bloglines:
Feed Access Control Standard for RSS and ATOM  —  As we've seen more types of information get syndicated, and as feeds are becoming used for multiple purposes, we've been growing concerned about the lack of controls on the distribution of personal data, especially through RSS.
Sony:
ORGANIZE PHOTOS BY 'WHERE' NOT 'WHEN' WITH GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM FOR SONY DIGITAL CAMERAS  —  Sony Electronics today announced a GPS device that puts your pictures on the map.  —  Using time and location recordings from Sony's GPS-CS1 GPS device and the time stamp from a Sony digital still camera …
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Matt Cutts / Google Blogoscoped:
Matt Cutts on Searching Homepages Only and More  —  Here's a partial transcript of Google employee Matt Cutt's latest video musings... edited for clarity.  —  Q: Is it possible to search for just homepages?  I try doing -inurl:html, -inurl:htm, etc., but that doesn't filter out enough.
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Matt Cutts on Duplicate Content and More
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Hackers Clone E-Passports  —  LAS VEGAS — A German computer security consultant has shown that he can clone the electronic passports that the United States and other countries are beginning to distribute this year.  —  The controversial e-passports contain radio frequency ID, or RFID …
Discussion: Slashdot
Seo Book / SEO Book.com:
The Myth of a Perfectly Optimized Page  —  I frequently get asked to look at a page to see if I think it is perfectly optimized.  But I rarely think you can tell if a page is perfectly optimized just by looking at one page.  —  Most of the optimized pages I am asked to look at have no clear goal at hand.
Ted's Take:
the New AOL  —  AOL made a lot of news yesterday, and the media gobbled it up.  There has been lots of speculation about our new strategy, our business model, our product plans, and the risks of such a dramatic pivot.  As someone who has been at AOL through most of its incarnations …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Voice-over-GoogleFi  —  GoogleFi, Google's Mountain View network, may be good for data connections, but is it good enough for making voice calls?  In order to find out answers, I headed down to Mountain View to conduct some first hand tests, and well, make some VoIP calls.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Agency.com's YouTube Pitch is Lame  —  In a high risk strategy, Agency.com has posted a video of themselves preparing to pitch for Subway's interactive business.  From the looks of it, this was not authorized by Subway.  While I give Agency.com credit for having the guts to try something …
Discussion: ExperienceCurve and adfreak
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Free AOL: Too little, too late?  —  Analysts debate whether giving away e-mail, other services will help the struggling Internet company.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — One of the worst kept secrets in the business world finally became official Wednesday: AOL is now going to offer many of its services for free to broadband customers.
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
Namespaced Extensions in Feeds  —  Feeds can be used for more than just text; they can embed pictures, podcasts and video.  There are even more esoteric bits of data that can be attached to feeds, like the geographic location that a post is about, the number of comments it has received and that …
Mike / Techdirt:
How About Shaming Telcos Into Remaining Neutral?  —  from the creative-solutions dept  —  In the (mostly misguided) debate about net neutrality, one of the problems is that neither side seems willing to admit that they're bending the truth in a lot of ways.
 
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Test for Network Neutrality
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters:
rule #1: don't break the web
Discussion: Scobleizer and CrunchNotes
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Google releases Mac photo uploader for Picasa Web Albums
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Forever Geek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SkyRider, A New P2P Start Up Emerges
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Mitch Kapor's new startup - Foxmarks, a Search 2.0 product
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
What Is 'Photosynth'?
Dan Nystedt / Macworld UK:
RealNetworks to distribute Google and Mozilla software
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Phil Bradley / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Lycos Revamps Email Offering
Longofest / MacRumors:
WWDC Keynote Info? XServe, Mac Pro, Displays?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Diigo is a research tool that rocks
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google, Yahoo, others team against click fraud
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rollyo Adds A Ton of Features
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
What is Red Hat's achilles heel? …