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11:40 PM ET, August 11, 2006


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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: TechEffect, HorsePigCow, ReveNews and digg
Joe / Techdirt:   Who Are You And What Have You Done With The Real John Dvorak?
Compete Blog:
Social Networks gaining on Top Portals  —  Membership at social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace is exploding.  Everyone is doing it.  Well... a lot of people are.  In June, 2 out of every 3 people online visited a social networking site.  —  Since January 2004 …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Networks gaining on Internet portals
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web 2.0 Apps in Russia
Discussion: JD on EP
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Too Many Online Travel Start-Ups?  —  How many web travel startups make a bubble?  We're not sure, but it's starting to look like one.  —  Yesterday Groople said it has raised $6 million led by ArrowPath Venture Partners and FA Technology Ventures for its group-targeted travel.
Discussion: Seth's Blog
RELATED ITEMS:   Groople Secures $6 Million in Additional Financing
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
A Wall Street Rush to Patent Profit-Making Methods  —  THERE is a new cold war on the horizon.  —  An intellectual property arms race is escalating on Wall Street, where financial services firms like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup are building up stockpiles of patents on processes like software-based pricing …
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: Engadget, CrunchGear, HD Beat and Slashdot
VIVOphone VoiceKey: Skype Gets Even Easier  —  Voice-over IP (VoIP) gets easier to deal with every day as the old-skool phone companies shake in their boots, and here's the next nail in their coffin from VIVOphone, the VoiceKey which is scarcely larger than a thumb drive.
Discussion:, Engadget and Gear Live
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: michael parekh on IT
What the new air security rules mean for geeks
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: TechSpot and
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 …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
CEA: RIAA refuses to cooperate, carries out "thinly veiled attack" on fair use  —  Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro is frustrated with the music industry.  While the consumer electronics industry works to find a middle ground between the interests …
Discussion: TechSpot, Engadget and Slashdot
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.
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 …
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
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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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
G4, Jack Thompson yell at each other
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Smart people are talking about AOL; let's pay them back by listening.
PR Newswire:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mr. Engadget Almost Loves Ubuntu
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RC1 Availability Update
MichaelF / Port 25:
Talking Mono with Miguel de Icaza
Discussion: Slashdot
Carlo / Techdirt:
Companies Battle Over Who Can Make A Worse Next-Gen DVD Standard
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Bang & Olufsen's BeoSystem 3 HD "stage manager"
Discussion: Gear Live
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Apple putting Merom in MacBooks and MacBook Pros next month
Discussion: Open Sources, MacSlash and Slashdot
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Disclosure fight over Google jet settled
Joris Evers / CNET
Firefox code gets vetted
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
TIM / LibraryThing:
Forums are broken: Introducing LibraryThing's new Talk feature
Discussion: unmediated and Joho the Blog
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Air Travel Tipping Point

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