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11:55 AM ET, August 16, 2006

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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 …
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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.
Minnie Ingersoll / Official Google Blog:
Free citywide WiFi in Mountain View  —  Today, Google launched a WiFi network in our hometown of Mountain View.  Radios hanging on lampposts throughout the city are now broadcasting a "GoogleWiFi" wireless (802.11b/g) signal that brings wireless Internet access to the city's residents, businesses, and visitors.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google WiFi is live, local coupons for everyone
Discussion: GigaOM
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Comcast Wants To Be Yahoo
Eric Auchard / Reuters Newsblogs:
UPDATE 2-YouTube confirms six-hour outage was no goof
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.
Scott Shaffer / The Pondering Primate:
Google Acquires Physical World Connection Neven Vision  —  Google buying a PWC player Neven Vision isn't a suprise.  I knew they were looking at their technology a while ago.  I think you will see a rush now for some of the other players on the physical world connection list .  —  This is nice to see.
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biz.gamedaily.com:
AOL's Ralph Rivera Explains the GameDaily Purchase  —  If you haven't heard the news, first go read the press release.  Then come on back and check out this informative Q&A session with Ralph Rivera, General Manager of AOL Games.  The acquisition presents a wonderful opportunity for both GameDaily and AOL.
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook To Offer Credit Cards  —  Facebook, America's second largest social network, is set to announce a partnership with J.P. Morgan Chase to promote the Chase credit card.  It's a one-year marketing agreement, and Chase will become the exclusive credit-card sponsor to Facebook.
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Joe / Techdirt:   Credit Card Debt Much More Fun When Experienced With Friends
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Trolltech's Linux-based "Greenphone" for developers  —  Why wait for Access Linux or a garden-variety consortium to come to market, when Trolltech's got us covered right now with their Qtopia smartphone platform?  Of course, devices running Qtopia have been few and far between …
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.
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
IE7 and standards compliance - Microsoft's Chris Wilson charts progress  —  Yesterday I interviewed Microsoft's Chris Wilson, the Group Program Manager for IE, to address the issue of whether Microsoft's latest web browser IE7 is - and will be - CSS and Web standards compliant.
Discussion: M-Dollar and Slashdot
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
In-game advertising goes too far: NPC in fantasy game trying to sell you portable version  —  The price of developing games is going up, inflation is making the dollar weaker, and places like Gamefly are flourishing.  What are developers to do?  In-game advertising has become a popular choice …
Discussion: Joystiq
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 …
 
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Fons Tuinstra / E-Media Tidbits:
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
There goes the neighborhood: Google moves in
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Comscore: MySpace Video traffic doubled in July
Abram Sauer / Business Week:
You Tube - Me Watch  —  Is the rapidly growing video hosting site …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Apple: iPod means our pod
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Whoa! STOP THE PRESSES! Facebook opens up!
Discussion: Web Strategy and Mashable!
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Ahmadenijad Blog Contains A Little Surprise For Israeli Readers …
 

 
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