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5:40 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 …
Assaf / Labnotes:
Seven things you need to know about your next big startup idea  —  VC funding is not a liquidation event.  When you're playing in an emerging market, the most you can do is speculate.  VC rounds are hard numbers, but they're not market intelligence, unless you're price shopping for interest rate.
Discussion: Cameron Olthuis and HorsePigCow
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 …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Lack of Transparency in Pay-Per-Click Ads and TV Ads: A Tale of Two Ad Councils  —  What does it say about an advertising format when an industry "council" has to be formed in order to arbitrate the problem of advertisers not knowing whether they are getting what they paid for?
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
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
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."
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 …
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
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
 
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Peter Norvig / Official Google Research Blog:
All Our N-gram are Belong to You  —  Posted by Alex Franz …