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12:55 AM ET, August 16, 2006


 Top Items: 
Online Video Officially Goes Mainstream as 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 …
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, suffered its first-ever "unplanned outage", depriving millions …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bloggers Blog
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
New at Google: Local Coupons  —  Google is expanding its local directory business using the same sort of disruptive tactics it has used in other areas: giving away something for which others charge.  —  Starting today, Google will let any business offer discount coupons to people who use …
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: and digg
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Apple lays legal claim to the word 'Pod'  —  Apple has laid legal claim to the word "Pod," arguing that other companies that use the word as part of their product names risk infringing the trademark of its popular iPod music player.  —  The legal campaign, which in recent days has drawn challenges …
Discussion: B2Day and Tech_Space
Jo Best / CNET
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google Buys Photo Recognition Company  —  Google announced today on its blog it had acquired Neven Vision, a photo recognition firm whose background is in biometrics, for an undisclosed sum.  The technology is to be incorporated into Google's Picasa to improve search of personal photo collections.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Buys Neven Vision
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
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.
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.
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 …
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Sees Content Deals As Key to Long-Term Growth  —  Google Inc. drew the ire of media and entertainment companies last year with audacious moves to search new information such as video and books.  Now, in a reversal of those missteps, the Internet giant is bringing some of the biggest …
Evan Hansen / Wired News:
TechTV Reborn as 'UndoTV'  —  TechTV is back.  Sort of.  —  Two former show hosts at the defunct cable and satellite channel, Chris Pirillo and Leo Laporte, recently floated the idea of a TechTV Reunion that would let alumni of the popular (to geeks anyway) station post new video clips at a centralized location.
Ian Burrell / Independent:
Ashley Highfield: '99 per cent of the BBC archives is on the shelves.  We ought to liberate it'  —  So says Ashley Highfield, the decidedly ungeeky head of the Corporation's web operation.  But how is he going to deliver it?  And is the power at his disposal skewing the market?
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Comcast's Online Goal?  Become Another Yahoo  —  Web Buyers, Expect a Call as Company Bulks Up Net Presence and Adds Video  —  NEW YORK ( — Still think of Comcast as a last-miler, not a content aggregator?  Think again.  —  The cable operator has bulked up its online-sales team …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google launches WiFi Network in Mountain View
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Success  —  This is a pop quiz: Raise your hands …
Discussion: Scobleizer and raving lunacy
Abram Sauer / Business Week:
You Tube - Me Watch  —  Is the rapidly growing video hosting site …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jon's Radio:
Podcast transcription, revisited
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Woe! STOP THE PRESSES! Facebook opens up!
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
XuQa: It's All A Game
Discussion: Mashable! and Bloggers Blog
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
The Significance of Verizon's "New" DVR
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Wired, Aglow and Ready For Class
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
First Look: Belkin Surge Protectors, Good for Cable Management Fiends
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
USA Today:
Nintendo hopes Wii spells wiinner
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Sharpcast is Synchronization 2.0
Discussion: SMS Text News and TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Who Will Really Make Money in VoIP?  —  In the early days of WiFi …
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Just How Many Windows Live Services Are There?
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Oracle to Announce Linux Distro Tomorrow