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9:35 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 …
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Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
AOL Just Did the Unthinkable - Boycott AOL?
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:   GOOGLE SHARES SOME DATA
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
AOL Research exposes data; we've got a little sick feeling
Discussion: Techdirt and Clickety Clack
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.
Discussion: Scobleizer and powered
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wordpress.com Rising: Stats After 8 Months  —  Wordpress.com, a free, hosted blog service, turns eight months old this month.  CEO Toni Schneider shared some of the current stats of the service with me over the weekend at a conference they held in San Francisco.
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 and Romenesko
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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 …
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 and ben barren
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   Wall Street Journal launches personal homepage
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
State of the Blogosphere, August 2006  —  Three months have passed since my last State of the Blogosphere report, so time for an update on the numbers.  For those of you who just want the most interesting tidbits, I've tried something new this time sround - I've put in boldface the most significant information.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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 …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Blackberry a Juicy Hacker Target  —  LAS VEGAS — A computer security researcher says he's found an unexpected new path into company networks: the Blackberry.  —  Jesse D'Aguanno, a consultant with Praetorian Global, has developed a hacking program that exploits the trust relationship between …
Discussion: Engadget, Alec Saunders .LOG and digg
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?).
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 …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
MAINSTREAM MEDIA MELTDOWN III  — Might the Long Tail actually reduce choice?  —  Nick Carr notes a NYT column that suggests that if all content is "unbundled" and forced to fend for itself, the cultural products subsidized by commercial junk may go away.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
PrefPass makes anonymous personalization easy  —  PrefPass is a new project aimed to offer users a personalized experience on a wide variety of sites without giving up personal information or going through tedius registration forms.  It will also let site publishers deliver more targeted content …
 
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Shailaja Neelakantan / GigaOM:
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Euan Semple / The Obvious?:
Rolling snowballs  —  When Doc was speaking at Reboot earlier …
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Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
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Siobhan Gorman / Baltimore Sun:
NSA risking electrical overload
Discussion: Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Happy Birthday World Wide Web!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Flycast 2.0 aka Adify Launches
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Nokia Nseries Blogger Relations program is a success
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
For Big Media Players, Bold Moves Are Back
Discussion: IP Democracy and Lost Remote
 

 
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