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1:55 PM 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.
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.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Talk Adds Voice Mail, File Sharing
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Lifehacker
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google WiFi is live, local coupons for everyone
Discussion: 21talks
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.
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:
Why I Read Nick Carr  —  His post today.  —  I have one comment, though.  Carr writes about how vexing it is for some that it's hard to get A-listers to link to their blogs.  Carr quotes Jay Rosen, an NYU journalism prof who pens Pressthink, as saying that the best way to get a link …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google, Neven Vision & Image Recognition  —  Google, Neven Vision & Image Recognition  —  Google today acquired a key player in face and image recognition biometrics, Neven Vision.  The benefits and new features which Google can roll out with Neven Vision under its belt are seemingly endless …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Google snaps up photo-technologist Neven Vision  —  According to Google's blog, the search giant has bought Neven Vision, a small Santa Monica-based company that specializes in object and facial recognition technology.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Adrian Graham …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Facebook requests developer friends with new API  —  Social networking site Facebook opened up an application programming interface (API) today in a move that's aimed to set it apart drastically from the far more hostile ecosystem of market leader MySpace.  —  Originally exclusive to college students …
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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" …
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
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
AMD:
Next-Generation AMD Opteron™ Processors Introduced with Record OEM Design Wins and Native Quad-Core Upgrade Path  —  AMD Enables OEMs to Offer Quad-Core Upgradeable Platforms to Reduce Total Cost of Ownership and to Improve Performance-per-Watt in Datacenters
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
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.
 
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Web Email Market: An Overview
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SONY NOW SHIPPING 50GB DUAL LAYER BLU-RAY DISC MEDIA IN THE U.S.
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Need for Battery Power Runs Into Basic Hurdles of Science
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XuQa Combines Social Networking With Games
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IE7 and standards compliance - Microsoft's Chris Wilson charts progress
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
In-game advertising goes too far: NPC in fantasy game trying …
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Agencies Are Watching as Ads Go Online
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