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7:45 AM ET, August 16, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google launches WiFi Network in Mountain View  —  Less than a year after the search engine giant said that it would unwire its hometown of Mountain View, California, GoogleFi is now open for packets.  —  The Mountain View network that cost nearly a million dollars to build went live at 9pm PST today.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Says It Has No Plans for National Wi-Fi Service  —  Even as it rolls out a local wireless Internet service in the city where it is based, Google says it has no plans to position itself as a national provider of such services.  —  The free service in Mountain View …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   Google WiFi is live, local coupons for everyone
comScore:
Online Video Officially Goes Mainstream as YouTube.com Breaks Into the comScore Media Metrix Top 50  —  Traffic to Myspace Video Doubles in July; Yahoo! Video Leads the Pack with a 28-Percent Increase in Visitation versus June  —  Sweepstakes from McDonalds, Pepsi, Oprah …
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Eric Auchard / Reuters Newsblogs:
UPDATE 2-YouTube confirms six-hour outage was no goof  —  August 15th, 2006, filed by Eric Auchard  —  Updates with news of YouTube talks with record labels on music videos  —  For roughly six hours on Tuesday, YouTube.com suffered its first-ever "unplanned outage", depriving millions …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bloggers Blog
Digg / diggforlife:
AOL busted for "spamming" Digg?  —  AOL has now been publicly called out for gaming on Digg (some people use the term "spamming", but that's not quite it).  In case you haven't read the past post, it appears Weblogs Inc (part of AOL) post their own stories on Digg, then dozens of other staffers Digg their stories.
Discussion: duncanriley.com and digg
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Whoa!  STOP THE PRESSES!  Facebook opens up!  —  Baruch Hashem to Mark Zuckerberg.  God Bless Facebook.  —  Facebook is now offering open APIs for people, friends, hptos and events!  Can life get any better than that!  Think of all the coolio things that can get done now!  Legally - without any mishigas.
Discussion: PostBubble, Web Strategy and Mashable!
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
XuQa: It's All A Game
Discussion: Mashable! and Bloggers Blog
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Opens API
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Buys Neven Vision  —  Google announced they acquired Neven Vision to help on image object recognition technology for products like Picasa (Riya was rumored to fill this niche too, but apparently they lost the race).  Wouldn't it be nice to have a web album application …
Discussion: mopocket and digg
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Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Apple: iPod means our pod  —  Following Google's insistence that media outlets shouldn't be using the term "Googling," Apple Computer has become similarly protective over the word "pod."  —  The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has sent cease-and-desist letters to at least two companies that include the word …
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Apple lays legal claim to the word 'Pod'
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Nick / Rough Type:
The Great Unread  —  Once upon a time there was an island named Blogosphere, and at the very center of that island stood a great castle built of stone, and spreading out from that castle for miles in every direction was a vast settlement of peasants who lived in shacks fashioned of tin and cardboard and straw.
Discussion: CrunchNotes, Infothought and paradox1x
Google Analytics Blog:
We're open!  Instant access now available  —  I'm happy to tell you that we've just removed the wait to receive a Google Analytics account.  Now anyone with a website can instantly create one for free by simply by visiting google.com/analytics or by clicking on the "Analytics" tab within AdWords.
Yahoo! Answers Team Blog:
Answers API Now Available  —  Yahoo! Answers is all about sharing content and knowledge, and the latest way of doing that is with the Yahoo! Answers API - now available on the Yahoo! Developer Network.  For anyone scratching their heads, the Answers API (Application Programming Interface) …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
"Witch Hunt" in the Silicon Valley  —  Network Appliance CEO Daniel Warmenhoven says the government's search for backdated options among tech companies is going too far  —  At the start of this year, word began to spread around Silicon Valley that the Securities & Exchange Commission …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Comscore: MySpace Video traffic doubled in July  —  Web traffic analyst firm Comscore has released their numbers for July and the most striking finding was that traffic to MySpace Video has doubled since June.  Prime competitor YouTube saw a 20% increase according to Comscore, putting the site in the top 50 sites visited on the web.
Google Blogoscoped:
AdSense Updates: Include Search Results and More  —  Google now has an updated AdSense for Search feature.  Previously search results (which can earn webmasters money through AdSense) were displayed on their own full page.  Now you can include the results as an Iframe for better integration into your existing layout.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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Jenstar / JenSense:   Open AdSense for Search results on your own site
Associated Press:
With shovels, AOL looks for retribution  —  Internet company to dig for gold at home of spammer's parents  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — AOL is preparing to dig for buried gold and platinum on property in Massachusetts owned by the parents of a man it sued for sending millions of unwanted spam e-mails to its customers.
roughlydrafted.com:
Windows 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X  —  I found the first commercial version of Mac OS X fun to check out in 2001, but not very practical to use for real work.  It came included as an alternate boot install on my 400 MHz Titanium Powerbook.  —  Toward the end of 2001, Apple released the next major revision, 10.1.
Discussion: digg
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Fuzzy tactics aren't helping the Mac community
Discussion: Technovia
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIAA's "abundance of sensitivity" ends harassment of grieving family  —  Last week, we posted about the family of a recently deceased defendant in a lawsuit by the RIAA being given 60 days to grieve before the RIAA went on to depose the dead man's children in a renewed suit against his estate.
Caitlyn Martin / O'Reilly Linux DevCenter Blog:
Ahmadenijad Blog Contains A Little Surprise For Israeli Readers Using Windows and Internet Explorer  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad now has his very own blog.  That's fine.  The content is entirely what you might expect with one notable exception.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Suprise of the month: Macs crash?  —  OK, I just purchased a Mac.  A 17-inch MacBook Pro.  I was forced into this by HD and wide-screen video formats.  Windows Movie Maker doesn't do it (it does on Windows Vista, but I can't use beta software to run my business).  Apple's software does do HD today.
Abram Sauer / Business Week:
You Tube - Me Watch  —  Is the rapidly growing video hosting site in danger of being eclipsed by rapidly growing imitators?  —  Rapid growth, consumer control, hyper word-of-mouth promotion, hungry competitors.  Welcome to YouTube's world.  —  For the uninitiated, YouTube is an online portal through …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook To Offer Credit Cards
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Trolltech's Linux-based "Greenphone" for developers
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Google's terrible twos
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Shelley / The Bb Gun:
Success  —  This is a pop quiz: Raise your hands …
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Jon's Radio:
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Michael Geist / Michael Geist\'s Blog:
Access Copyright's Statement on Captain Copyright
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Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Wired, Aglow and Ready For Class
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Facebook and fewer stories behind rise in web traffic, says Telegraph chief

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Russia enacts ‘draconian’ law for bloggers and online media

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The rewriting of an AP tweet about Gaza shows the costs of avoiding perception of bias

 
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