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12:50 PM ET, August 6, 2006


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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: GigaOM and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner Testing Blog Networks  —  Feedburner is testing a new product called "Networks" which are groups of blogs on a single topic that are using Feedburner to manage their RSS feed.  The idea is to allow people to subscribe to a single mashed up feed containing all of the content from all of the blogs in that category.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
Fred / A VC:
Self Forming Content Networks  —  I am a big fan of the network model (disaggregated media) as opposed to the command and control model (traditional media).  Interestingly, there was an article in last weekend's NY Times talking about the emerging network model of warfare and how it is causing problems …
David Sheets / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Even dead people can't escape AOL  —  Maxine Gauthier doesn't own a computer.  She doesn't know the first thing about Web browsing or sending e-mail.  She's not even sure where to find a computer's "on" button, as she describes it.  —  Yet for the past nine months, she has been fighting …
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 …
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
For Big Media Players, Bold Moves Are Back  —  IT'S late in the day and it's 100 degrees outside — our normal patience quotient is at the fraying end," Richard D. Parsons, the chairman of Time Warner was saying into the phone the other day during an interview.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Lost Remote
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2006 Rumor Roundup [Updatedx2]  —  With the 2006 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) quickly approaching, the Mac rumor scene has been buzzing with rumors and reports.  As usual, MacRumors provides this Rumor Roundup as a summary of major rumors circulating around …
Discussion: digg
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET
Senators offer sweeping patent system changes  —  The U.S. patent system could be inching closer to an overhaul long desired by the technology industry.  —  Just before departing for their summer recess on Thursday, Utah Republican Orrin Hatch and Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy …
Discussion: and Slashdot
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?
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Search Engine Brand Association Differs in UK and US
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru