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3:00 PM ET, August 9, 2006


 Top Items: 
New York Times:
A Face Is Exposed for AOL Searcher No. 4417749  —  Buried in a list of 20 million Web search queries collected by AOL and recently released on the Internet is user No. 4417749.  The number was assigned by the company to protect the searcher's anonymity, but it was not much of a shield.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
CDs Find Their Way Into Papers  —  A Santa Monica company is packaging movie previews, music samples, interviews and ads with Sunday editions.  —  Most newspapers have built their long-term growth strategies around the Internet.  But a Santa Monica company is betting that an old piece of new technology …
Discussion: Rough Type and Web Strategy
Mike / Techdirt:
Rather Than Embrace The Internet, Newspapers Look To Embrace …
Discussion: @rgumente
Dpreview / Digital Photography Review:
Nikon D80, 10 mp, previewed  —  This new camera is the natural successor to the D70/D70s with a refreshed design, user interface and a wide range of new features.  Headline improvements are; 10.2 mp CCD, new image processing engine, 3D Color Matrix Metering II, 11-area AF system …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nikon's D80 finally official
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AMD not eliminating ATI brand, reports false  —  One of the unforeseen ramifications of the AMD-ATI hookup is the new hyper-rumor-transport bus, a new technology whereby unsubstantiated rumors become fact at an alarming rate.  I lamented this sad state of affairs a few weeks ago …
PC Pro:
AMD stays hand over ATi brand axe
Discussion: Joystiq and The Tech Report
Rocky Mountain News:
Sony Fights to Define the PSP  —  The PlayStation Portable was born a thing of entertainment convergence, a portable gaming device that would let people play games, watch movies, listen to music and surf the net.  —  But somewhere on the way from announcement to the hands of gamers, the PSP dropped the multimedia ball.
Discussion: Techdirt, PSP Fanboy, Kotaku and Slashdot
Jeffrey Burt /
Engineers: DC Power Saves Data Center Dough  —  Engineers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and about 20 technology vendors this month will wrap up a demonstration that they said shows DC power distribution in the data center can save up to 15 percent or more on energy consumption and cost.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Interview with Sun's Tim Bray and Radia Perlman - Part 1: Web history and future, P2P  —  To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the World Wide Web, today I interviewed two distinguished people from Sun Microsystems - Tim Bray (Director of Web Technologies) and Radia Perlman (Distinguished Engineer).
Discussion: TechSpot, digg and Slashdot
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
EBay lawsuit reveals foibles of site feedback  —  When does a $2.33 transaction turn into a superior court case?  —  When it happens on eBay.  —  A dispute over a piece of smoky quartz normally would have been of little consequence to Kiel Sturm, who was selling the stone on eBay.
Discussion: Techdirt and Venture Chronicles
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker: Top:
Mac OS X Leopard and Windows Vista side by side  —  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  That's what I thought watching coverage of Apple's Worldwide Developer's conference opening yesterday, where banners that read things like "Hasta la vista, Vista" and "Redmond has a cat, too.
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Flash Turns 10  —  Flash, the premiere platform for presenting audio and video on the web, turns 10 years old Tuesday.  Over the last decade, the technology has grown from a simple sketch tool to a near-ubiquitous rich media application used by sites like, YouTube and Google Video …
Mary Himinkool / Google Talkabout:
Google Talk on the mylo  —  For the past several months we've been working with partners who are leveraging the tools of Google Talk's open platform.  Sony has just announced that its new WiFi device will feature Google Talk.  The mylo communicator will be hitting stores in September.
Chartreuse / BETA:
The Big Difference Between Old And New  —  Pay Attention Please.  —  Nothing is on.  —  Except you.  —  Old media has to grab your attention.  —  New media is already there.  —  You have to find old media (what channel?  What time?  What theatre?  What station?)  —  New media finds you.
Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
The Value of Web Standards  —  While at OSCON, Mark Lucovsky of Google sent us a bit of HTML that'd embed a slender map search widget into our conferences web site.  It's an easy way for attendees to find restaurants, hotels, parks, bars, etc. near the conference venue.
Discussion: JD on EP
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Britain's digital tribes revealed  —  Households in Britain can be classified into 23 "e-types" depending on their access to technology, say researchers.  —  E-types include mobile explorers, the e-committed and rational utilitarians.  —  The researchers, from University College London …
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Niall Sez Microsoft is Too Big and Paralyzed  —  Well, allow me to be the last blog to shout into the echo chamber about Niall Kennedy... doing what?  Oh yeah: Leaving Microsoft.  Lots of high profile folks have been leaving Microsoft lately and I haven't been making a big show out of many of them …
John Leyden / The Register:
Mobile internet is still a turn-off  —  Most punters still find mobile internet usage to be a frustrating experience they'd rather avoid.  —  Despite investment by operators in services such as i-mode and Vodafone Live, 73 per cent of respondents to a new survey said don't access the net from their mobile.
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Killing Your Persona  —  Jason Calacanis is an Internet entrepreneur …
Discussion: Jeff Sandquist
Ellie Gibson / Eurogamer:
Xbox modder on lockdown
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and I4U News
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Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Rumor: Wii Release Date, Price
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku, I4U News and Joystiq
 Earlier Items: 
Cyrus Farivar / Macworld:
Video highlights from WWDC 2006
Discussion: InfoWorld and Valleywag
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Palm and Yelp partner on local mobile search for Treo
Discussion: PalmAddicts
First Pics of Levi's iPod Jeans
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Microsoft shows off HD DVD drive for Xbox
Discussion: and Joystiq
Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
7 Apps on Leopard's Hit List
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
TripHub: Your Mom's Trip Planner
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Technorati's Numbers are Wrong
Features Wide-Aspect Movie Recording and Data Storage Function
Discussion: Ubergizmo, I4U News and