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5:05 AM ET, August 7, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Proudly Releases Massive Amounts of Private Data  —  Further Update: Sometime after 7 pm the download link went down as well, but there is at least one mirror site.  AOL is in damage control mode - the fact that they took the data down shows that someone there had the sense to realize …
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Adam D'Angelo / ugcs.caltech.edu:
AOL Releases Search Logs from 500,000 Users  —  AOL just released the logs of all searches done by 500,000 of their users over the course of three months earlier this year.  That means that if you happened to be randomly chosen as one of these users, everything you searched for from March to May …
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Aol Releases Googles most prized Keyword List... Google is gonna get mega spammed.  —  I'm shocked that AOL released this data, Google is going to be pissed.  —  http://research.aol.com/pmwiki/ pmwiki.php?  n=Research.500kUserQueriesSampledOver3M onths  —  The big affiliate marketers …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE SHARES SOME DATA  —  No, not the kind that might help you predict earnings, but the kind that might help researchers around the world play with massive sets of word phrases and figure out all kinds of new applications based on the core concept of n-grams (don't ask me, read this).
Discussion: Open Access News
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
AOL Research exposes data; we've got a little sick feeling
Discussion: Clickety Clack
David Carr / New York Times:
Investors, Including Bono, Buy a Piece of Forbes  —  SINCE the death in 1990 of the legendary publisher Malcolm S. Forbes, his four sons and a daughter have sold his cherished assets here and there — his private jet, the collection of Fabergé eggs, a handwritten copy of Lincoln's last address.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
Forbes Sells "Significant Minority Stake" To Elevation Partners; Could Be Up To 40% For $250M-300M  So the rumors about Forbes trying to sell a stake in the company were true: The Forbes family has formed a new company, Forbes Media, which includes the 89-year-old Forbes magazine …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Video clips by Viacom on Google  —  NEW YORK Google has struck a deal to allow Web site owners to put video clips from Viacom, including "SpongeBob SquarePants" and MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County," on their pages.  The clips will be accompanied by advertising, with Viacom …
Michelle Quinn / Mercury News:
Ex-Microsoft blogger starts on a new media adventure  —  If the public perception of Microsoft has softened recently, Robert Scoble may be partially responsible.  —  Over the past three years, Scoble has gained fame as the ``Microsoft blogger,'' a Microsoft employee writing online about Microsoft and its products.
Matt Marshall / Mercury News:
Green tech's growth  —  Marauding venture capitalists in Silicon Valley regularly anoint a new hot technology, and this year the winner is without a doubt clean, or ``green,'' technology.  —  As oil prices skyrocketed over the past year, early-stage investors nearly quadrupled their bets …
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Nokia Nseries Blogger Relations program is a success  —  Last fall I was contacted by Andy Abramson to see if I was interested in checking out a new Nokia Nseries Symbian Series 60 smartphone.  Andy is the founder of [the] Comunicano [PR agency][ ](they do much more than PR …
Staci / paidContent.org:
MyWSJ Launches; Personalized News For Subs Only  —  It's the latest online news accessory — the personalized pages of yesteryear reimagined with the tools of today.  The NYT's MyTimes.com beta has been rolling out slowly over the past few weeks, My USA Today News beta is up and this past week beta invites started to arrive for MyWSJ.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Flycast 2.0 aka Adify Launches  —  Larry Braitman and Richard Thompson, who had started Flycast Communications, an early ad-network in 1996, are back for an encore: this time with San Bruno-based Adify.  Right in time to cash in on the ongoing eyeball boom and a sharp upswing in online advertising …
Discussion: i-boy
Euan Semple / The Obvious?:
Rolling snowballs  —  When Doc was speaking at Reboot earlier this year he spoke of rolling snowballs.  Chucking ideas out and seeing which ones gain traction.  If you throw enough of them out in the first place there is more chance of one of them gathering size and then who knows where you end up.
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog and Message
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 …
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG
Think Secret:
Pre-WWDC recap: Apple to complete Intel transition  —  Apple will one-up the promise it made to developers last year when it announces on Monday that the transition of its systems to Intel processors is complete, following the unveiling of the professional Mac Pro desktop systems …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
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Arn / MacRumors:
Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2006 Rumor Roundup [Updatedx2]
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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
BlackBerry 8100 cameraphone!  Stealth revealed!  —  The stealthy BlackBerry Stealth slinks behind the scenes no more.  It's the BlackBerry 8100 and it's got a camera, microSD slot, EDGE data, and media playback functionality — just like we'd expected (so where's the damn WiFi?).
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
MAINSTREAM MEDIA MELTDOWN III  —  A couple times a year, I take a statistical look at mainstream entertainment and media in decline.  All figures are year-on-year comparisons unless otherwise noted.  (The last version of this, from November, is here).  —  Down:  — TV: network TV had its lowest ratings week ever in July.
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
 
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