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4:30 PM ET, August 5, 2006

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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Barging Into the Bloggers' Circle  —  Web Logs Are Fertile New Territory for Introducing Products, Welcome or Not  —  When Nokia Corp. released its camera smartphone last fall, the marketing campaign cut back on news releases and flashy ads.  Instead, the company sent sample products …
IEBlog:
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.
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Vista hacked at Black Hat  —  update LAS VEGAS—While Microsoft talked up Windows Vista security at Black Hat, a researcher in another room demonstrated how to hack the operating system.  —  Joanna Rutkowska, a Polish researcher at Singapore-based Coseinc, showed that it is possible …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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 …
Ryan / Screwedbydesign.com:
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
Gizmodo:
Touchscreen iPod Due This November Says Our Secret Source  —  Apple's upcoming iPod will make its debut this November and will definitely feature a touchscreen, Gizmodo has learned.  Let's just say that we have a couple of people fairly high up the Apple food chain who have made it known …
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."
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Protocol To Boost BitTorrent Speeds  —  BitTorrent, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer networking start-up is working with Cachelogic of Cambridge, UK on a new protocol called the "Cache Discovery Protocol" or CDP, which supposedly will act like DHCP for peer to peer networks.
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com
CNET News.com:
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 …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Roundup: The elitist Facebook copycat, NEA climbs wave to Bangalore, InFreeDA belly up?  —  An elitist Facebook look-alike launches — Hmmm, this new company, called Top20Network.com is only for Harvard, Princeton, Yale, U. of Pennsylvania, Duke, MIT, Stanford, Cal. Tech., Columbia, Dartmouth …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Google reveals payment deal with AP  —  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 for a lawsuit Google …
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.
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 …
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Search Engine Brand Association Differs in UK and US  —  Bill's excellent post yesterday on brand association of MSN, Yahoo! and Google in the US prompted me to do the same analysis for the UK.  I was surprised by some of the similarities and differences.  —  The striking similarity between …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and E-consultancy
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).
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
 
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