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11:30 PM ET, August 18, 2006


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Paul Graham /
The Kiko Affair  —  There's a lot of talk lately about Kiko's founders putting the site up for auction on eBay.  There's both less and more than meets the eye here.  —  I think Dharmesh Shah is overreacting, for example, when he implies this somehow signals the end of "Web 2.0:"
David / Signal vs. Noise:
Google does not render resistance futile  —  From the ashes of Kiko, Paul Graham reads that Google is unstoppable.  That all hope is lost when fighting big G on its home turf.  That resistance is futile: … What a depressing conclusion from a man who has inspired so many and gives hope to those who dare challenge the incumbents.
Discussion: Publishing 2.0, evhead and WeBreakStuff
Washington Post:
What is the Sponsored Blogroll?  —  The Sponsored Blogroll is an index on the homepage that promotes bloggers who are participating in a partnership with the advertising team of WPNI.  If you are a blogger or blog network looking to expand your readership and advertising …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Washington Post Launches Blogroll Ad Network  —  Jeff Burkett at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive blogs that the WashingtonPost has launched a brand new program that helps marketers find blogs to advertise on.  It's called the Sponsored Blogroll.  —  Basically, the way this works …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Boeing to End Its Service for Using Internet Aloft  —  Maybe it was the Internet bubble in the sky or perhaps it was just that the business plan could not fly.  —  Boeing announced on Thursday that it planned to scrap its in-flight Internet service, saying there was not enough demand.
Agence France Presse:
Boeing abandons in-flight Internet service
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Alan / gedankengang:
Amazon's Digital Video sneak peek: "Amazon Unbox"  —  It seems Amazon might soon be launching their digital video download store, called "Amazon Unbox Video".  According to what I can find, it'll have purchase and rental capability, as well as support for devices other than your PC (Your TV and Creative Zen Vision at least).
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
First Look at Amazon's Movie Download Site?
Discussion: Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
Paul Bond / Reuters:
EchoStar must disable DVRs, judge rules  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A judge has ordered EchoStar to disable the digital video recorders used by several million subscribers to its Dish satellite TV service because they infringe on patents held by TiVo.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Second Life & The Metaverse Business Expo  —  Whatever happens at the second Second Life Community Convention this weekend, I'm fairly sure the highlight won't be Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale appearing onstage in a sequined codpiece.  —  That was last year, when the inaugural convention …
Matt Andrejczak / MarketWatch:
Dell adds AMD chips to desktop PC line  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Dell Inc., the world's No. 1 PC maker, will use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in some of its consumer desktop computers, breaking its exclusive PC chip supply agreement with Intel Corp.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Report: Dell orders about 2 million AMD PCs
Discussion: and The Tech Report
JoelGeek /
Excalibur Smartphone exposed and Q to launch on Sprint soon  —  A very reliable source confirmed that a number of Microsoft Smartphones are hitting the streets soon.  My source was also kind enough to share some of the best pics I've seen of the Excalibur (see below).  —  The Excalibur
Microsoft Announces Preliminary Results of Tender Offer  —  Company expects to acquire 155 million shares at $24.75 per share; boosts ongoing share repurchase program by $16 billion.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the preliminary results of its modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer …
Get in shape at Traineo  —  Web site Traineo is a weight loss and fitness tracker designed to keep you motivated to achieve your fitness goals.  —  Aside from the bevy of graphs and tables for tracking your exercise and diet habits, Traineo has a really interesting concept wherein you choose …
Discussion: and Solution Watch
Track popular videos with the Internet TV Charts  —  You can keep track of the Internet's most viral videos with the Internet TV Charts.  —  Right now, the service is following Google Video, YouTube, Digg, and VideoSift, and I'm hoping that the creator plans to add in some more (Yahoo Video, SingingFish, maybe even some news sites?).
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Micro Persuasion
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ready To Party?  —  The TechCrunch August Capital party is tonight, Friday, at August Capital in Menlo Park (map).  The fun starts at 6 pm.  Additional details are on the wiki.  —  There will be plenty to eat and drink, lots of companies will be demo'ing, and as always Pandora is piping in the music.
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
MacBook Wi-Fi hack didn't use Apple drivers  —  In early August a senior researcher at SecureWorks said he had revealed a vulnerability in Apple's MacBook wireless software driver that would allow him to take control of the machine.  While the researcher did find a vulnerability …
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Wi-Fi Exploit Not an Apple Problem, Company Says
Discussion: Engadget
Karen Brown /
Internal CableLabs Report Sparks Stir  —  (Multichannel News) _ An internal CableLabs report leaked to the Wall Street Journal purportedly concluding that cable operators will have to shell out money for fiber-to-the-home upgrades is generating a firestorm of response from the industry today.
Discussion: GigaOM and
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
DNS could slow broadband service  —  A broadband provider's claim of superfast speeds may only be as good as its weakest link, which could be its domain name server software.  —  A report issued Thursday by Nominum, a company that sells domain name system (DNS) server software …
Discussion: Elliott Back
Business Week:
Wiretap Ruling Threatens Telecoms  —  Businesses accused of helping the Bush Administration eavesdrop on customers could be in for a legal bruising  —  Telecommunications and Internet companies accused of working with the Bush Administration's domestic eavesdropping program …
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Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google AdSense Tries to Auto-Install Software
Discussion: Techdirt and MarketingShift
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GoogleFi in Mountain View, MetroFi in San Jose
Discussion: Public Knowledge
Washington Post:
The FBI's Upgrade That Wasn't  —  $170 Million Bought an Unusable Computer System
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Adobe, Linux and DRM
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Round 2: Dial Tone
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple releases iPod factory audit results
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Moo be gone! Apple releases MacBook SMC firmware update
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
AOL to offer free personal email domains
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Computers write news at Thomson
Discussion: Techdirt and Virtual Economics
Ars Technica:
Quad-core race heats up
Discussion: Slashdot
ADP to buy Web services provider Employease
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Metcalfe's Law Really Wrong?
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
New features for YouTube  —  Tonight YouTube went down for a few hours …
Discussion: Mashable! and
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
MPAA push-polling the public to change copyright views

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google announces ad partner support for Accelerated Mobile Pages, its version of Facebook's Instant Articles, launching early next year

Jessica Goodman / Entertainment Weekly:
Adele's new album, 25, now available on Pandora despite not being on subscription streaming sites like Apple Music and Spotify

Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

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