Check out Mini-Techmeme for simple mobiles or Techmeme Mobile for modern smartphones.
11:35 PM ET, August 17, 2006

Techmeme

 Top Items: 
David Pogue / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Picture - Zune In The Wild!  —  Thanks to our awesome tipsters, we scored this exclusive picture of the Microsoft Zune.  Yes, it looks almost exactly like the images we've shown you before on Gizmodo.  The player also comes with a pair of magnetic headphones …
Discussion: Gadgetell and PalmAddicts
RELATED ITEMS:
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Zune interface, features detailed  —  If you've been wondering how the Zune's user interface will compare with the iPod's, we have some real answers for you this morning: the similarities are significant, but Microsoft has made a number of changes that range from cool to not so cool.
Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Details  —  After lots of quality time groping the Zune like blind man on his wedding night, our people give us the lowdown on the player's functionality.  Get the scoop after the jump!  —  First off, that scroll wheel you see?  That's not a wheel.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
The skinny on desktop Linux pros, cons and adoption  —  There are all sorts of stories whirling around the Internet regarding the pros and cons of desktop Linux as well as its chances of adoption (or track record so far) that I thought I'd try to connect the dots to form a more coherent picture (well, perhaps a confusing picture).
RELATED ITEMS:
ongoing:
Back to the Mac  —  It took nearly two weeks to get the PowerBook fixed, but for now I'm a Macboy again.  On balance, the Mac experience is better.  But Ubuntu is not that far behind, and it's catching up.  I'm thinking about the endgame.  —  Where OS X Wins
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Linux' achilles heel: fonts
Discussion: StrayPackets
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Open source guru advocates ideological shift
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Great Cable Bandwidth Debate  —  The Wall Street Journal got hold of a secret Cable Labs report, that essentially says that CableCos will not be able to withstand a bandwidth challenge from Verizon's fiber network.  They will have to spend money to upgrade and keep up with fiber.
RELATED ITEMS:
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Will Cable Have to Spend Big to Compete with Verizon?
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Caterina / Caterina.net:
BizDev 2.0  —  When another blogger notices something you said, and points out its blogworthiness, the temptation is strong to scoop them.  And so I'm scooping Fred, who contacted me about a small startup that wanted an introduction, but I said we (that is, Flickr) probably didn't have the space …
RELATED ITEMS:
Dharmesh Shah / OnStartups.com:
Hindsight 2.0: Lessons From A Failed Web 2.0 Startup  —  Certain circles are buzzing with the news that Kiko is on sale on eBay.  I first heard the news last week, but it wasn't public until today so I didn't want to write about it.  —  For those that don't know who/what Kiko was …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-based HandyPC to challenge Nokia Communicator  —  German phone maker Road has announced its answer to Nokia's Communicator.  Dubbed the HandyPC, the phone-computer combo is based on the Linux operating system and Trolltech's Qtopia GUI.  It's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board too.
Light Reading:
Top Ten Video Sharing Websites  —  Ease of Use (30 points possible)  —  File Size, Storage Limitations (30 points possible)  —  Other Stuff: Format Flexibility, Editing, Distribution, and Privacy Options (40 points possible)  —  Final Score  —  Does everything imaginable with uploaded videos.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boeing Boeing .... Gone  —  Is it a case of don't trust the early adopters?  Boeing's Connexion "broadband in the sky" service received rave reviews from most of the early adopters who wrote long paeans about the service, and how they could Skype and work in the sky.  —  The mass market thought otherwise.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple says 'no' to wireless iPod claims  —  Apple has denied claims that the company is getting ready to offer a wireless iPod - an unusual move for a firm that usually refuses to comment on unannounced products.  —  According to a report at DigiTimes, Apple Taiwan dismissed the claims of …
CRN Australia:
Red Hat a no-show at LinuxWorld  —  Red Hat's no-show at LinuxWorld generated a lot of buzz on the show floor and had attendees scratching their heads about why the biggest Linux distributor didn't exhibit at the biggest Linux show.  —  That's the big question on the minds of attendees …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HelloWorld to take on YouTube?  Nope says "BlinkTest"  —  When people send me stuff I give it the "BlinkTest."  Named after Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" book.  —  What is my impression after the first 10 seconds?  Especially in comparison to something I already know about.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Viral Marketing: Gaming Hardware?  —  Another day, another sad attempt by Microsoft for a viral marketing campaigh.  Yeah, that I Love Bees campaign worked really well for them, but since then they have a new gig every damn week.  This one can be found at www.notfornoobs.com.
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
LinuxWorld 2006 is in now full swing at the Moscone Center in San Francisco (tomorrow is the last day).  I stopped by for a few hours today, ran into some friends and shot a few photos.  —  I usually end up spending most of my time in the .org Pavilion.  This year Slashdot had a big lounge there, complete with Slashdot beanbag chairs.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and digg
Zack / SnapStream Blog:
Project Hoover: Suck up every TV show in the new fall season, be your own TV critic  —  Each fall, the avid television watcher faces the daunting task of sorting through all of the new shows to decide what to watch.  The traditional method would be to trust a reviewer to suggest a few new shows …
Xeni Jardin / Wired News:
Wireless Works Wonders in Tibet  —  DHARAMSALA, India — Across the border from Chinese-occupied Tibet, the tech infrastructure in this high mountain village is a mess.  —  But a former Silicon Valley dot-commer and members of the underground security group Cult of the Dead Cow are working …
Discussion: Slashdot
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
An Open Letter to Nick Carr  —  It's really nothing personal, but I just find myself disagreeing with so much of what you have to say.  My eyeglasses do not see the world the way you do and my experiences in the universe draw me to very different conclusions than you draw.  —  Yesterday, was no small example.
Jo Best / silicon.com:
dotMobi to auction top-drawer names  —  Trademark holders, start your engines...  dotMobi, the company behind the newly launched mobile top level domain, has revealed more details on when enterprises and Joe Public can get their hands on a domain name.  —  It's also launching …
Discussion: Techdirt and MocoNews.net
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Techmeme at 11:35 PM ET, August 17, 2006.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Techmeme Sponsor Posts: 
Microsoft:
5 mind-bending facts about quantum computing  —  In GIF form, five of the most mind-bending things scientists have learned about life on an atomic and sub-atomic level.
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
Your Grandfather's Backup Tools Weren't Built for Today's Virtual Environments.  —  When the health of your business rides on the availability of your virtual machines and the applications they run …
Zoho:
The customer service lessons we must all learn from that Comcast call  —  By now, you've probably heard the call that hijacked the Internet last week.  If not, let me warn you.  It is painful - incredibly painful.
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
Sponsor Techmeme
 
 Site News: 

Nothing recent. See Techmeme News for earlier news.

 
 See Also: 
Techmeme: site main
Techmeme River: reverse chronological Techmeme
Mini-Techmeme: Techmeme for mobiles
Techmeme Leaderboard: Techmeme's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
Techmeme RSS feed
Techmeme on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
What Working in I.T. Really Means
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google's Writely released; will another sector be squashed?
Cameron Olthuis / Pronet Advertising:
10 things you should be monitoring
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Mac OS X Leopard tidbits roundup part 3
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Internet Explorer 7: Flawed or Misunderstood?
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and M-Dollar
David / Blogging Pro:
CSS Optimization: Make Your Sites Load Faster for Free
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips and digg
anandtech.com:
Search AnandTech  —  Apple's Mac Pro - A True PowerMac Successor
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Create an API for any site with Dapper
Discussion: David Galbraith
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Dell, AMD expected to expand chip pact
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Create an Email Blacklist in Gmail
David Pogue / New York Times:
Old Records Go In, CD's Come Out
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Apple retains huge lead in music player market
Discussion: Between the Lines
Jenstar / JenSense:
Third party downloads triggered by viewing Google AdSense
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Juliette Garside / Guardian:
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash

Nick Davies / Guardian:
The pervasive power of Rupert Murdoch: an extract from Hack Attack by Nick Davies

Financial Times:
Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year

 
Sister Sites:

Mediagazer
 Must-read media news
memeorandum
 Politics, opinion, and current events
WeSmirch
 Celebrity news and gossip