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4:30 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.
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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Blogging Is the New Novel/Screenplay Writing  —  There's yet another (tiresome) dust-up in the blogosphere over the existence of an "A List" and its relationship to the "long tail" of 50 million+ bloggers — and whether it's fair — courtesy of Nick Carr, everyone's favorite lightnight rod.
Discussion: Scripting News
Rex / rexblog:
A blogger fairy tail - Billy Goats Rough: Once upon a time there was an island named Blogosphere, and at the very center of that island stood a bridge over which lots of bloggers walked happily each day.  Under the bridge, in a dark and gloomy hole, lived a troll named Nick.
Rob Hyndman /   Why I Read Nick Carr
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.
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.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Talk Adds Voice Mail, File Sharing
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Lifehacker
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 ( ) …
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.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
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 …
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.
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
You've got gold - AOL goes digging
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.
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" …
Mattmcal / Matt McAlister:
Recommending RSS feeds on My Yahoo!  —  Former Yahoo! colleague Don Loeb (now at Feedburner) called out the recent addition of RSS feed recommendations to the My Yahoo! product.  This module automatically bubbles up sources that you might want to add to your page so that you don't have to hunt …
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.
Joe / Techdirt:   Credit Card Debt Much More Fun When Experienced With Friends
Lorne Manly / New York Times:
A Food Web Site, Spiced With Attitude  —  HIPNESS is rarely a prime ingredient in the most popular Web sites devoted to food and drink., a new food Web site that begins its rollout next week, hopes to inject that sensibility into its smorgasbord of recipes, restaurant reviews …
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
Paul Loughrey /
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.
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