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5:05 PM ET, August 11, 2006


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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Jobs talks up Apple cell phone  —  Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs has been boasting about his company's much-rumored iPod cell phone amongst inner circles, AppleInsider has been told.  —  The remarks are uncharacteristic of Jobs, who is often regarded for his obsession with secrecy …
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Missing the point about YouTube  —  Commentary: Pent up demand and ease of use add up to explosive growth  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — YouTube, the privately-held video sharing website, now delivers an estimated 100 million videos a day to its users.  The site has been online for barely a year.
Discussion: Techdirt, TechEffect, ReveNews and digg
Texting study to catch criminals  —  The individual styles of hundreds of people's text messages will be analysed in a study that aims to help police with criminal investigations.  —  Researchers will scrutinise volunteers' SMS messages to tease out patterns in the language and style of texts.
Groople Secures $6 Million in Additional Financing  —  Denver -  —  Investment Reflects Groople's Market Leadership Position  —  DENVER - Groople, the leader in online group travel and industry pioneer, announced that it has secured $6 million in its latest round of financing.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Too Many Online Travel Start-Ups?
Twenty five years of the IBM PC  —  Computer firm IBM made technological history on 12 August 1981 with the announcement of a personal computer - the IBM 5150.  —  Costing $1,565, the 5150 had just 16K of memory - scarcely more than a couple of modest e-mails worth.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:  —  Here's another take on Suburban Mom Embraces the Surveillance Society. is a site where people can share comments about the identity of phone spammers.  Get a call from an unrecognized number on your cell?  Look it up to see who it was, where they are, and who else they called that didn't like it.
TIM / LibraryThing:
Forums are broken: Introducing LibraryThing's new Talk feature  —  This post introduces the Talk feature.  —  Although still developing, we think Talk is our most significant addition since LibraryThing started mining for book recommendations and similar libraries.
Discussion: unmediated and Joho the Blog
First Blu-ray disc drive won't play Blu-ray movies  —  The first Blu-ray (BD) disc drive for desktop PCs is here, but be warned — it won't play commercial BD movies.  —  Sony officially announced its BWU-100A product at its "Experience More 2006" event in Sydney yesterday …
Discussion: CrunchGear, HD Beat and Slashdot
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Interview request  —  These days when I get an interview request from a professional reporter, I offer to answer the questions, best I can, on my blog, without saying who the reporter is and exactly what questions were asked.  This way I create a public record, something that can be useful to anyone …
USA Today:
Google promises all searches stay private  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a message for Google users: Your searches are safe.  —  AOL has been in hot water this week for inadvertently releasing customer searches for a research project.  But Schmidt, speaking …
Discussion: Rough Type and Download Squad
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 …
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Verizon V640 EVDO ExpressCard Review: MacBook Pro  —  For anyone that has picked up a MacBook Pro, or any other laptop computer that has replaced the PCMCIA card with the newer ExpressCard format, you will be happy to hear that a couple of options have become available for getting on the Internet while on the go.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Zune vs. Heightened Airport Security  —  A reader sent in this tip about the clash between a friend and airport security, with a little bit of Microsoft Zune thrown in.  Apparently, this Microsoft-insider friend was flying somewhere today, and when he got to the security check …
Discussion: Valleywag
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Zune speculation mounts  —  A story by TWICE suggests that Microsoft's attempt to unseat iPod could be in US shops this autumn: … Price is interesting - $299 translates directly to £156, but would probably iron out at around £180 in the shops over in Blighty.
Soumya Srinagesh / CNET
Perspective: Teen's warning on the gospel of Wikipedia  —  Wikipedia is one of the Internet's latest additions to the information revolution.  More importantly, it's the reason I was able to finish my massive second-semester AP English research final project in less than 45 minutes.
Discussion: Techdirt
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Video - What a Difference a Link Makes  —  Saw this post from Steve Rubel that alerted me to the fact that Google changed the links above its main search box yesterday (Wednesday), removing Froogle and replacing it with Video.  As the links on Google's home page don't change very often …
Joris Evers / CNET
Firefox code gets vetted  —  Mozilla is now using technology that automates the bug-checking process for Firefox, its popular open-source Web browser.  —  The company has licensed Coverity's Prevent to scan the source code of the browser and help detect flaws in the software before its release …
Ars Technica:
Mac Pro  —  Apple lays the PowerPC architecture to rest with the introduction of the new Mac Pro.  How well does this dual-Xeon, quad-core workstation this measure up to its PowerPC predecessor as well as the rest of Apple's Intel lineup?  —  » Full Story » Discussion
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Apple putting Merom in MacBooks and MacBook Pros next month
Discussion: Open Sources and Slashdot
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Disclosure fight over Google jet settled
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fanpop: an easy, fun way to share topical information
Discussion: PostBubble
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Hubpages helps you publish and make money; raises $2 million
Discussion: Library clips
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Q&A with Fotolog Co-Founder Adam Seifer
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Strict vs Google Deprecated
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Air Travel Tipping Point
Mike / Techdirt:
MTV Still Looking To Become The MTV Of The Internet
 Earlier Items: 
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Elgg - social network software for education
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
SES San Jose 2006 Quick Link Recap
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web 2.0 Apps in Russia
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Browsers 2.0: Interview with Flock co-founder Geoffrey Arone
Abstract:  —  This foundational white paper reports …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
.NET and Java to get better dynamic language support
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Web 2.0 Around the World
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Google sees spending surge