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4:20 PM ET, August 7, 2006

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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AOL apologizes for release of user search data  —  AOL apologized on Monday for releasing search-log data on subscribers that had been intended for use with AOL's newly launched research site.  —  The randomly selected data, which focused on 658,000 subscribers and posted 10 days ago …
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Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
AOL Search Data Shows Users Planning to commit Murder.  —  http://research.aol.com released a list of 20 million + searches by 500,000 AOL users.  Contained in this list are social security numbers, credit cards and other personal information.  There are some truly scary things in this database.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
AOL: DOOOOOOH!  —  AOL has officially responded to the recent ruckus over data released by folks in its research group.  The summary: Man, did we screw up.  —  I emailed my contacts there and got an early draft of the release:  —  "This was a screw up, and we're angry and upset about it.
Discussion: Techdirt and SiliconBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Proudly Releases Massive Amounts of Private Data
Google Blogoscoped:   AOL Shared Private Search Queries
Greg Yardley / Greg Yardley's Internet Blog:
You never had privacy anyway
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   We screwed up—so lets talk about a real solution to search privacy,
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Aol Releases Googles most prized Keyword List... Google is gonna get mega spammed.
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from WWDC 2006: Steve Jobs keynote  —  8:23AM PST - Alright everybody, we're kicking off over here at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Be sure to book mark this URL, as even though we're doing a little pre-game coverage now, this is where it's all gonna go down when Steve takes the stage at 10:00AM.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:   Apple unveils dual Xeon-based Mac Pro
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.
Discussion: Toni's Garage and Changing Way
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Michelle Quinn / Mercury News:
Ex-Microsoft blogger starts on a new media adventure
Discussion: Scobleizer and powered
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: B2Day, SiliconBeat, GigaOM and Romenesko
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
Forbes Sells "Significant Minority Stake" To Elevation Partners …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Yahoo! Search blog:
Announcing Yahoo! Search Builder  —  Look Ma, My Own Search Engine!  —  It's always great to help a friend.  A friend of mine who is a diver wanted a specialized search engine for his website focused on diving.  At around the same time, an engineer at Yahoo! built a prototype that made building specialized search engines a snap.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
McKinsey Study Predicts Continuing Decline in TV Selling Power  —  Cites 50% Drop in Viewers, 40% Hike in Prime-Time Ad Spend Over Last Decade  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — A study is about to give Madison Avenue a fresh pummeling: McKinsey & Co. is telling a host of major marketers that by 2010 …
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Picture Tubes Are Fading Into the Past  —  The bulky, squarish, heavy picture tube, the standard television technology for more than 60 years, is heading for the dustbin of history much faster than anyone expected.  —  This year, the number of TV models in the United States …
Discussion: HD Beat, 1080eye and VC Confidential
Los Angeles Times:
Underwhelmed by It All  —  For the 12-to-24 set, boredom is a recreational hazard.  —  With their vast arsenals of electronic gear, they are the most entertained generation ever.  Yet the YouTubing, MySpacing, multi-tasking teens and young adults widely seen as Hollywood's most wanted audience …
Discussion: Rough Type and Ypulse
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Topix.net Intros Enhanced Blog/News Search  —  Topix.net, which crawls thousands of news sites and blogs and categorizes them into different topical pages, has unveiled a cleaner look and some enhancements to its search capabilities.  Topix is owned by newspaper giants Gannett …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google to distribute MTV clips with ads  —  NEW YORK — In a further reach for online video, Google Inc. will begin distributing clips from MTV Networks' shows to other Web sites through its budding video service in a model that offers content creators a new source of distribution and revenue.
Robert Levine / New York Times:
The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place  —  As hard-core Wikipedia contributors gathered here during the weekend to consider the next phase of the online encyclopedia's life cycle, Jimmy Wales, the site's founder, said that the emphasis going forward would be on quality, not quantity.
Discussion: Rough Type
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
WWDC 2006 Live Keynote Coverage  —  That's right, TUAWers, we'll be offering live coverage of his Steveness' WWDC keynote today, which starts at 1pm EST.  What goodies will Steve be talking about?  Well, we know for sure that a preview of Leopard will be shown, I am sure iPod sales will be recapped …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Confessions …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
WWDC tomorrow at 10:00AM PST / 1:00PM EST. Be there.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Barbara Shecter / National Post:
Will iPod kill satellite radio?  —  Cars are now offering plug-ins for portable device  —  In a potentially devastating blow for satellite radio operators, drivers will be able to plug iPods directly into the stereo systems of a majority of 2007 models of Ford, GM and Mazda vehicles in the United States.
Discussion: Hear 2.0
 
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