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10:35 AM ET, August 5, 2006


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Acarvin / Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth:
Notes From Jimmy Wales' Wikimania Talk  —  Jimmy Wales notes from the Wikimania conference:  —  Shows a Stephen Colbert clip: "Any website that has a longer entry on truthiness than Lutheranism has got its priorities straight."  Colbert then logged in, saying "Idaho is Oregon's Portugal."
Senate ratifies controversial cybercrime treaty  —  The first and only international treaty designed exclusively to combat computer crime won approval late Thursday from the U.S. Senate.  —  The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime "will enhance our ability to cooperate with foreign governments …
Ryan /
Firefox 2 Visual Refresh Progress  —  Last night I worked on getting the new theme changes hacked into my trunk build.  After about an hour of failed attempts, I ended up having to pull a new tree to get the patch to grudgingly apply - only to run into bug 346214 and a missing close tag introduced by the patch in browser.xul.
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
Chris Pirillo:
Digg is Worth More than $60m  —  The Kevin Rose cover story in BusinessWeek magazine has been receiving a lot of attention in the blogosphere.  The cover claims that "This Kid Made $60 Million In 18 Months."  Pundits are largely taking umbrage, as collected by ValleyWag:
Revised IE7 Naming in Windows Vista  —  I had mentioned a while back that we planned to call the version of IE7 in Windows Vista "Internet Explorer 7+".  Well, the feedback we got on the blog was overwhelming - many of you didn't like it.  So, as we've said on our website, we heard you.
Jasonogrady / O'Grady's PowerPage:
EXCLUSIVE: Leopard Feature Set Leaked  —  In advance of Monday's keynote address by Steve Jobs at WWDC The PowerPage has received a alleged copy of the features (and some screenies) from Apple's next generation operating system - Mac OS 10.5 ("Leopard").  The details are unconfirmed and are being posted for informational purposes only.
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Apple OS X 10.5 Leopard features leaked?
Flickr working on geotagging functionality?  —  I noticed something interesting this morning while organizing some of my photos on Flickr.  On the Organize page, I spotted an additional tab on the top labeled "ADMIN:DEV".  Clicking on it opened a world map (courtesy of Yahoo! Maps/NAVTEQ) and an options panel.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Flickr to offer drag and drop geotagging?
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Copyright tussles for Google  —  In the 1970s, an adult movie theater in Dallas claimed it had the right to show a pirated copy of "Behind the Green Door" because the movie was so lewd it could not legally be copyrighted.  —  The theater lost when a federal appeals court ruled that the film …
Discussion: SearchViews
Mac Spoofs:
Archive for the 'Spoofs: Get a Mac' Category  —  We think this is the first spoof of its kind: an activist group turning the "Get a Mac" ad campagin against Apple to advocate for human rights.  Will be interesting to see if these become more common - I think this one is fairly effective (regardless of whether it's true or not).
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Sitemaps Becomes Google Webmaster Central; Preferred Domain Tool Launched  —  Google Sitemaps has gained a new name along with new features.  Google Webmaster Central is the new name of the former Google Sitemaps service, which now has evolved into a central place for Google …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Niche Job Boards Rising  —  Mike Arrington is slowly expanding his empire.  He launched CrunchBoard, a job board fine tuned for his community of reader.  My congratulations to Mike on making the move, and putting together a good resource for his readers.  He explains his reasons here.
Joris Evers / CNET
Blog feeds may carry security risk  —  LAS VEGAS—Reading blogs via popular RSS or Atom feeds may expose computer users to hacker attacks, a security expert warns.  —  Attackers could insert malicious JavaScript in content that is transferred to subscribers of data feeds that use the popular RSS …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
China Blocks FeedBurner RSS Feeds  —  FeedBurner, which powers hundreds of thousands of blog, podcast and mainstream news feeds (including this one), is apparently being blocked by Chinese authorities.  Here is a Yoda-esque loose English language translation of William Long's original post.
Discussion: Scripting News
Ted's Take:
Advantages of New Media  —  Here is some further perspective on AOL's plans:  —  Most traditional media companies generate multiple revenue streams to support their business models.  For example - cable networks are paid a monthly fee by a cable MSO, and they also sell national advertising spots.
Seth Finkelstein / Infothought:
Circuit City says it does not violate DMCA, does not copy commercial DVD's  —  According to a story making the rounds of the bogosphere, "Circuit City Flouts The DMCA For A Tenner" … When I read that story, it struck me as unbelievable.  I could not imagine a large chain store setting …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Caroline McCarthy / ZDNet:
Google reveals payment deal with Associated Press  —  Google has agreed to pay the Associated Press for use of its news stories and pictures, according to a statement released by the two companies on Wednesday.  —  The deal settles a dispute between Google and the AP and has implications …
Discussion: Slashdot
Peter Norvig / Official Google Research Blog:
All Our N-gram are Belong to You  —  Posted by Alex Franz and Thorsten Brants, Google Machine Translation Team  —  Here at Google Research we have been using word n-gram models for a variety of R&D projects, such as statistical machine translation, speech recognition, spelling correction …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Music industry sues P2P firm LimeWire  —  After months of issuing warnings, the music industry finally made good on its threat to file suit against peer-to-peer software company LimeWire.  —  A group of music companies, including Sony BMG, Virgin Records and Warner Bros.
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Stats on, This Time Positive  —  This is an update on the post I wrote about earlier today that showed massively decreasing traffic on the site according to Comscore, and flat traffic from Alexa.  —  I spoke with founder Joshua Schacter this afternoon …
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Piracy is Progressive Taxation
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple iPod integration coming to Ford, GM, Mazda
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AOL Video Is Live - and it's BIG!
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A rule for catching image spam
 Earlier Items: 
John Blau / InfoWorld:
German court rules used software licenses illegal
Discussion: Between the Lines and Techdirt
Phone Scoop:
T-Mobile To Get Ultra Thin Samsung Slider and Candy Bar
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
Desktop Linux breakthrough: Lenovo preloads SUSE on ThinkPad
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Software Giants Seek Friends Among Hackers
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
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