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10:05 PM ET, August 16, 2006

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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.
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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.
Brian / Google Talkabout:
It's Finally Here!  —  Hooray!  The new Google Talk features (file sharing, voicemail, and music status) have completed testing and are now available to everyone.  Just use Google Talk normally, and it will auto-update to the new version over the next few days.  If you just can't wait, you can download the new version directly.
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Music Trends  —  Google just added a new entry into their robots.txt file — "Disallow: /trends/music?".  Well, that would naturally get me wondering what they are trying to hide.  It turns out they have a new labs project — Google Music Trends.  —  Where does the data come from?
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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.
New York Times:
Need for Battery Power Runs Into Basic Hurdles of Science  —  It always seems to happen: Long before it is time to stow your tray table, your laptop battery gives out, and you spend the rest of your cross-country trip reading the SkyMall catalog.  —  In the information age …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
YouTube Hunting Music Videos  —  YouTube is working to build a library of every music video ever created, according to Reuters.  The content, which YouTube co-founder and CTO Steve Chen said he hopes to acquire in the next six to 18 months, would be offered for free.
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
MySpaces surpasses YouTube in video
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
'Pen' Testing in the Palm of Your Hand  —  A portable hacking device equipped with hundreds of exploits and an automated exploitation system will go on sale in the United States in October.  —  The wireless handheld, called Silica, is the latest product to be developed by Immunity …
Discussion: Slashdot
CNET News.com:
Real to plug Windows media support into Linux  —  SAN FRANCISCO—RealNetworks will release open-source software this year that will let Linux computers play Windows Media files.  —  The media delivery software company and Novell made the announcement at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here.
Frank Cifaldi / Gamasutra:
GameFest: Xbox 360 Camera To Ship With Free Game  —  As part of Microsoft's Gamefest this week in Seattle, Gamasutra has obtained exclusive new details on the launch of the Xbox Live Vision video camera accessory for the Xbox 360, including confirmation of a gesture-based game that is set to be included for free with the hardware.
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Embeds Windows Live Links in New Vista Builds  —  Microsoft is poised to release a new pre-RC1 test build of Windows Vista any day now to a select group of testers.  The latest builds include links to Windows Live Messenger, Toolbar, OneCare and Desktop Mail.
Discussion: Microsoft News Tracker and Bink.nu
biz.gamedaily.com:
AOL Acquires GameDaily From Gigex  —  AOL Games Expands Audience by Acquiring Some of the Best Gaming Content on the Web.  Check out the full press release on this exciting news!  —  Dulles, VA - August 16, 2006 - AOL LLC announced today that it has acquired GameDaily ( http://www.gamedaily.com ) …
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
What Are Web Surfers  —  Seeking?  Well, It's  —  Just What You'd Think  —  One thing about us Internet users: We like our music, we like our pictures, we like our sex — and we like them all free.  —  Last week, AOL released a trove of what it thought were anonymous Web-search data from 650,000 of its customers.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Engadget's Cleaning Out Our Closet Contest  —  Well, we spent the better part of this past weekend tidying up around the old HQ and found a TON of old gadgets buried under a pile of back issues of Omni.  We've gotten a lot of stuff sent to us over the years, not all of which we have time to check out …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Agencies Are Watching as Ads Go Online  —  AMONG the teenage video diaries, pet tricks and rejected television pilots circulating on the online video site YouTube, there is another major category of clips: advertisements.  But in this case, the companies advertised do not pay for the ads …
Inquirer:
Banned musician, aged 12, lays siege to BPI HQ  —  Miffed miss is up in arms  —  12 YEAR-OLD singer-songwriter Amy Thomas staged a protest outside the headquarters of the British music industry yesterday, following a decision to ban her from a new school kids' music chart because of her views on downloading.
Discussion: Techdirt and Digital Music News
 
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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