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9:25 AM ET, August 11, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchGear, For the Gadget Obsessive  —  The Crunch Network is expanding today - CrunchGear, our newest blog, was just released into the wild on a shiny new server.  CrunchGear is all about new gadgets, gear and computer hardware.  We've covered gadgets occasionally in the past (Sonos …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Welcome to  —  Hello, and welcome to the latest CrunchNetwork blog,, a daily journal of all things gadget-tastic.  Our goal is to take a long, hard look at the daily gadget grind and separate the wheat - the gear we will actually buy and will actually reach our shores - from the chaff.
Discussion: CrunchNotes
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US: Traffic More Than Doubled Since January  —  Traffic to has more than doubled since Yahoo! acquired it in December 2005.  According to Hitwise data from its sample of 10 million US Internet users, the market share of visits to was up 122% from January 2006 to July 2006.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Micro Persuasion
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Traffic fight: Hitwise says is soaring  —  New numbers indicate that, just as the company says, Yahoo! owned has experienced substantial growth since the December acquisition.  Respected traffic analysts Hitwise just posted a report that the site's traffic has more than doubled since January.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Web stats are broken — so you'd better have brass knuckles
Thomas J. Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Weighing a Switch to a Mac  —  Ten years ago, if you were a Windows user, the idea of switching to a Macintosh might not have seemed enticing.  An abundance of new Windows software was arriving on store shelves, while the selection available to Mac users seemed to be falling behind, often relegated to a back corner of the same store.
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Getting Hung Up on the Apple-Microsoft War  —  This week, Apple revealed some of the key new features in "Leopard," the 10.5 version of Mac OS X that's scheduled to ship in the spring.  Apple and its most die-hard fans wasted no time in comparing it with Microsoft's own imminent new operating system, Windows Vista.
Amy Gilroy /
Microsoft Zune Will Hit Stores at $299  —  Redmond, Wash. - Microsoft is in the process of unveiling to select retailers the first of its line of Zune wearable digital audio players and informed retailers it will offer a single unit this fall, available in three colors at a suggested retail price of $299.
Globe and Mail:
Social media and the London terrorist plot  —  Anyone who remembers the London subway[amp]nbsp;bombings probably recalls the dozens of cellphone-camera photos of[amp]nbsp;disheveled victims[amp]nbsp;and twisted metal[amp]nbsp;in the chaos of the London underground — pictures that became …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and rexblog
Sarah Szabo /
CEA FORMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO EXPLORE GAMING EVENT OPTIONS  —  The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), the owner and producer of the International CES®, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, announced today that it is forming an advisory committee …
Geekout: Quite a Stirr, Om sweet Om  —  What's a little startup to do when it's invited to two schmoozetastic parties in one night?  Send the CEO to one and the marketing director to the other, natch.  Yes, more than one startup actually did this (and several others hit both parties despite …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:   Go GigaOm Go  —  Had the good pleasure to hang out with lots …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
The disingenuity of Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage program  —  The other day, I had a discussion with my four year-old son whom I believe to be a budding entomologist.  He's never happier than when bugs are crawling all over him.  Spiders.  Caterpillars.  Beetles.  Roaches.  Doesn't matter.
Super Mario Robot: Remote Controlled by Japanese NES Joypad  —  More remote controlled goodness!  This little Mario action figure walks when you mash on the joypad—a Japanese NES (or Famicon) replica controller.  He knows how to go forward, backward, left and right.  No fireballs or jumping, unfortunately.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Kotaku
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Web 2.0 Around the World  —  In our current international edition, I got to put together a fun map of the best Web 2.0 sites from around the world.  Here's a link the actual list and you can see the map in this digital version of the magazine (pp.105-109).  The sites that made it are:
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Linux powers Sony's new Mylo WiFi handheld  —  In September, Sony expects to ship a Linux- and Qtopia-based handheld device featuring WiFi connectivity, an Opera web browser, and a variety of text- and voice-messaging clients and media players.  The Mylo — short for "My Life Online" …
Discussion: The Wireless Blog and Engadget
Declan McCullagh / CNET
AOL gaffe draws Capitol Hill rebuke  —  AOL's recent privacy gaffe that exposed user search histories may breathe new life into a proposal to slap strict rules on what data Internet companies may collect.  —  Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Wednesday that AOL's disclosure …
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Browsers 2.0: Interview with Flock co-founder Geoffrey Arone  —  In upcoming posts here on ZDNet, I'll be exploring the latest web browsers and where the browser market in general is headed.  I'm calling this series (rather predictably) Browsers 2.0 and I'll be exploring everything from IE7 to Opera9 …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
.NET and Java to get better dynamic language support
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Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Beefed-up Treo 700w for Sprint on September 3?
Discussion: Treonauts and PalmAddicts
Jeremy Dunham / IGN:
Original PS3 IP From Surreal
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
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Discussion: Googling Google
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Nick / Rough Type:
Our new Delphic oracle  —  In a pithy post-Wikimania post …
Why Jason Calacanis matters: He could be the new Ted Leonsis — and more
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Partner Page on the way?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Webshots to relaunch with a Web 2.0 look
TDavid / Things That:
Today only some green from your wallet for a Google Checkout T-shirt
Viacom to Leverage Adobe's Engagement Platform for Creating …
Carlo / Techdirt:
Cheap Calls Lead To International Phone Spam
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Young drive 'radical media shift'