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9:40 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 …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   Google WiFi is live, local coupons for everyone
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.
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
Is Nick Carr the new Robin Hood, or just an A**hole?  —  Nick goes on a rant about how unfair the blogging world is.  It's an easy way to get links (hey, he's getting mine for the first time), but his post is complete nonsense and shows that he has no idea what blogging is all about.
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
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, we think Weblogs Inc (part of AOL) post their own stories on Digg, then dozens of other staffers Digg their stories.
Discussion: duncanriley.com and digg
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.
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:
Facebook Opens API
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.
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 …
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 …
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Reuters:
CBS to air primetime shows online  —Text+NEW YORK (Reuters) - CBS Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to air prime time television programs, including its top-rated CSI series and "Survivor" show, on the Internet for free.  —  The shows will include "limited commercial interruption" …
Andy Hagans / SEO Book.com:
101 Ways to Build Link Popularity in 2006  —  Link Building... Time-intensive.  Frustrating.  Sometimes confusing.  Yet Unavoidable.  Because ultimately, it's still the trump card for higher rankings.  —  Many of us have been hoping that it would go away.
Paul Loughrey / GamesIndustry.biz:
Changing Times  —  Ian Livingstone's career history, which now spans more than three decades, has been well documented.  From Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy to Eidos, Tomb Raider, a BAFTA and an OBE, he's not just an industry veteran, but something of an industry legend.
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.
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.
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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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
In-game advertising goes too far: NPC in fantasy game trying …
Discussion: Joystiq
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
There goes the neighborhood: Google moves in
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Second Life Hype vs. Reality
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Agencies Are Watching as Ads Go Online
Google Blogoscoped:
AdSense Updates: Include Search Results and More
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook To Offer Credit Cards
Discussion: Techdirt and Sharpshoot
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Trolltech's Linux-based "Greenphone" for developers
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Google's terrible twos
 Earlier Items: 
Shelley / The Bb Gun:
Success  —  This is a pop quiz: Raise your hands …
Discussion: raving lunacy and Scobleizer
Abram Sauer / Business Week:
You Tube - Me Watch  —  Is the rapidly growing video hosting site …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jon's Radio:
Podcast transcription, revisited
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Answers API Now Available
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Suprise of the month: Macs crash?
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIAA's "abundance of sensitivity" ends harassment of grieving family
Evan Hansen / Wired News:
TechTV Reborn as 'UndoTV'
 

 
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