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4:41 AM ET, August 16, 2006


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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
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 …
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Woe!  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 teh cooliop things that can get done now!  Legally - without any mishigas.
Discussion: PostBubble, GigaOM and Mashable!
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.
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
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 …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Apple lays legal claim to the word 'Pod'
Discussion: B2Day and Tech_Space
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 …
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
Yahoo! Answers Team Blog:
Answers API Now Available  —  Yahoo! Answers is all about sharing content and knowledge, and the latest way of doing that is with the Yahoo! Answers API - now available on the Yahoo! Developer Network.  For anyone scratching their heads, the Answers API (Application Programming Interface) …
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.
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.
Andy Hagans / SEO
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Infothought and rexblog
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 …
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.
Abram Sauer / Business Week:
You Tube - Me Watch  —  Is the rapidly growing video hosting site in danger of being eclipsed by rapidly growing imitators?  —  Rapid growth, consumer control, hyper word-of-mouth promotion, hungry competitors.  Welcome to YouTube's world.  —  For the uninitiated, YouTube is an online portal through …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Success  —  This is a pop quiz: Raise your hands …
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Simon Carless / Gamasutra:
BREAKING: Microsoft To Enable User-Created Xbox 360 Games
Discussion: Kotaku and Slashdot
Jon's Radio:
Podcast transcription, revisited
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
XuQa: It's All A Game
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Access Copyright's Statement on Captain Copyright
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 Earlier Items: 
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Wired, Aglow and Ready For Class
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
USA Today:
Nintendo hopes Wii spells wiinner
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Comcast's Online Goal? Become Another Yahoo
Discussion: GigaOM and Lost Remote
IAC Acquires Controlling Interest in Connected Ventures, LLC …
Ian Burrell / Independent:
Ashley Highfield: '99 per cent of the BBC archives is on the shelves.
Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Monday Update on Graweg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Finally (Almost): AllPeers

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