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5:20 AM ET, August 6, 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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hubpages Launches, Gets $2 m from Hummer Winblad  —  Berkeley based Hubpages, which we wrote about in February, launched today.  CEO Paul Edmondson also tells me that he's raised a cool $2 million from Hummer Winblad, with Mitchell Kertzman taking a board seat and Will Price taking a board observer seat.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Lost Remote
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Calacanis vs. Benkler Round One  —  Halfway through Benkler's talk he threw a bomb at me calling my offer to pay bookmarkers crude—which I guess in some ways it was.  Of course, the first person to create a market is often looked at as crude at the start and brilliant later on, but I digress.
Discussion: Andy Carvin's Waste … and digg
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
To WYSI or not to WYSI, that is the most important question facing the wikipedia.  —  The most important issue at Wikimania might not be around quality of documents, identity of editors, or even people getting paid for work they once did for free.  —  Nope.
Reuters:
Google: We won't sell music  —  Don't look for Google to get into digital music sales anytime soon.  —  The Internet search giant used a keynote slot at the annual NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) conference to quash rumors of a so-called "Gtunes" store—much to the delight of retailers attending the confab.
Discussion: Slashdot
Feld Thoughts:
FeedBurner Networks - The Venture Capital Network  —  FeedBurner is beta testing a new set of functionality - called "Networks" that is planned for a September launch.  I'm coordinating one of the beta Networks - the Venture Capital Network.  —  A FeedBurner Network is a collection of blogs that fit within a particular topic.
Discussion: A VC, GigaOM and duncanriley.com
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Daily Key to Success  —  "What is the one thing you do daily which is the key to your success as an entrepreneur?" someone asked me.  Well, in my case it is past tense and I both succeeded and failed in entrepreneurship as well as most anything else I've tried.
Vanessa Fox / Webmaster Central Blog:
More webmaster tools  —  With our latest release, we've done more than just change our name —we've listened to you and added some features and enhanced others as a result.  —  Telling us your preferred domain URL format  —  Some webmasters want their sites indexed under the www version of their domain …
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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 …
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Dave Rosenberg / Open Sources:
Lenovo to preload SUSE on Thinkpad  —  It seems like the never-ending Linux desktop quest is finally getting a bit closer as SVN reports that Lenovo will preload Suse on the Thinkpad T60 (a nice machine.  Technically I think HP was the first OEM to ship a Linux laptop a year or so ago but it was a clunker …
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: HorsePigCow and Cameron Olthuis
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
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 …
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:
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.
Carlo / Techdirt:
Record Labels Come Up With Another Physical Format You Don't Want Or Need  —  from the upgrade-time dept  —  Despite the entertainment industry's constant claim that they can't sell content when people can get it for free from file-sharing networks, there are plenty of ways they can …
Discussion: TechBlog
 
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