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5:45 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.
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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Blogging Is the New Novel/Screenplay Writing
Discussion: Scripting News
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.
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 …
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
You've got gold - AOL goes digging  —  America Online is prepared to take a backhoe to a Medfield couple's yard in a search for as much as $500,000 in hidden gold and platinum bars it believes may have been buried there by the family's neo-Nazi son who made millions off of Internet spam scams.
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?
Ryan Naraine /
'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
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.
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple scores high in customer satisfaction survey, again  —  Every once in a while you get bit by the irony bug, even at the Orbiting HQ.  This morning was my morning.  I was just finishing up on an article about Apple scoring first in the American Customer Satisfaction Index for personal computers.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and digg
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
Alison Murdock / Under the Radar:
Live from Under the Radar - Office 2.0 / Winners Announced  —  An evening that showcased four innovative companies that are pushing the envelope with Office 2.0 apps that are helping to not only changing the way we work, but also changing the way we work "together."
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 …
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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In-game advertising goes too far: NPC in fantasy game trying …
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