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1:35 PM ET, August 13, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Porn?  —  People watching Google Video closely noticed a change this week in the upload area - the restrictions on uploading "pornographic or obscene" material is now just a restriction on "obscene" material.  They've also added a "mature and adult" category to the genres and removed …
Discussion: ReveNews and digg
Economist:
The alliance against Google  —  What today's internet firms can learn from 19th-century history  —  PRINCE KLEMENS VON METTERNICH, foreign minister of the Austrian Empire during the Napoleonic era and its aftermath, would have no trouble recognising Google.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
RMX Direct: alternative ad networks battle for your blog  —  New York based RightMedia has launched a beta version of a new advertising system that lets website publishers participate in multiple ad networks and automatically display ads from whichever network will pay the highest price per impression …
Discussion: A VC
J. D. Biersdorfer / New York Times:
How to Digitally Hide (Somewhat) in Plain Sight  —  "Searching illustrates the very nature of our lives online," says Lillie Coney of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  If AOL's recent mishap with user search requests has you worried about who may be keeping track of your own Internet trail, you are probably not alone.
BBC:
BBC plans clip-on digital radio  —  The BBC is drawing up plans for a plug-in gadget that turns MP3 players into digital radios.  —  Currently plans are at an early stage and there are no firm details for the capabilities of the gadget or how much it will cost.
Discussion: Engadget, TechSpot and Tech Digest
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
RIAA Wants to Depose Dead Defendant's Children; But Will Allow them 60 Days to "Grieve"  —  Just when we think we've heard it all....  In Michigan, in Warner Bros. v. Scantlebury, after learning that the defendant had passed away, the RIAA made a motion to stay the case for 60 days in order …
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIAA to grieving family: We depose your children in 60 days
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and digg
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Are Microsoft's update servers broken?  —  On Tuesday, August 8, Microsoft released a total of 12 security updates for different versions of Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer.  One, MS06-040, is a vulnerability in the Windows Server service and affects all versions of Windows XP.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
8 Wonderful Google Games To Keep You Entertained & Busy  —  Warning: Google Games mentioned here may be highly addictive.  —  Toogle Search - Bill Gates - When you make a search on Toogle, it fetches the first images from Google images search and converts the picture into a colored ascii file made of only the search terms.
Doc Searls Weblog:
The story of a story  —  First, Steve Garfield, in Doc Searls is Journalism: Part 2: … And Steve points to my on-the-scene coverage of what went down at Logan Airport in Boston when odd new security measures (no fluids other than bodily ones were allowed past the security checkpoints …
Discussion: Scripting News
Chris Morris / CNNMoney.com:
PSP price cut might be imminent  —  Analysts believe Sony is preparing to cut PlayStation handheld gaming system prices in coming months.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — While the price of the PlayStation 3 may prove to be too high …
gamesradar.com:
[PS3] See the next-gen consoles side-by-side for the first time!  —  We've got a PS3 - and here it is rubbing shoulders with Xbox 360 for the first time ever!  —  Created by Sony as an accurately proportioned replica, the PS3 model may be made entirely from wood, but it takes …
Discussion: Kotaku, Gizmodo and Aeropause
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Reinventing the Media Interview  —  The media interview seems like a pretty cut and dry experience.  Reporter calls source.  Reporter interviews source.  Reporter uses portions of the interview in a piece and a lot more as background.  Those of us who have been in PR a long …
Discussion: StrayPackets and Mathew Ingram
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's antivirus package makes a splash  —  Helped by low pricing, Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare landed the No. 2 spot in sales at American stores in its debut month, according to The NPD Group.  —  The antivirus and PC care package nabbed 15.4 percent of security suite sales …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Google Ice Cream  —  One day, Google shareholders will stop putting up with stuff like this.  It's one thing to do it, and another to rub it in everyone's faces.  —  They'll argue internally that these perks make people want to come and work for them.  But every study I've ever read …
Discussion: Rough Type
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Your Life as an Open Book  —  Privacy advocates and search industry watchers have long warned that the vast and valuable stores of data collected by search engine companies could be vulnerable to thieves, rogue employees, mishaps or even government subpoenas.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
AT&T to Offer Converged Cellular/WiFi Network Next Year  —  Andy Abramson made the local news in Santa Clara this past week, when he was part of a KTVU segment on VoIP and cellular phones.  It's worth a view.  —  Andy is actually talking at the beginning of the segment using Sightspeed.
Discussion: Skype Journal
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Vista upgrade promotion: Will it be free?
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
2 Editors Quit as Columbia Cuts Back Web Site
Robert Summa / Joystiq:
Exclusive: Joystiq interviews WoW's Jeff Kaplan
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Mike / Techdirt:
The Upside Of The AOL Data Leak: Government Realizes Data Retention Is Bad
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
The Search for Secret Google Services
Alessandro Perilli / virtualization.info:
Debunking Blue Pill myth
Discussion: Slashdot
Chris Remo / Shacknews:
Microsoft to Introduce "Panorama;" Live Arcade for Vista?
Ryan Garside / bit-tech.net:
"Bully" trailer online - critics crying out for ban
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