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10:20 PM ET, August 19, 2006


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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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
If Google Is the New Microsoft, That's Precisely Why They Shouldn't Be Feared  —  Google is the new Microsoft, and therefore direct competition with Google should be avoided at all costs — that is Paul Graham's takeawy from the news that Kiko, a web calendar play done in by Google Calendar, is autioning off its assets:
evhead:   On Kiko and various things
Griffin Wright / Wired News:
Putting Google-Fi to the Test  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Google launched its citywide Wi-Fi service here this week, and Wired News decided to put it to the test.  —  Our first stop: Off the freeway at the southwest end of town, and the coverage was not bad.
Discussion: Public Knowledge
Official Google Base Blog:
Reporting on Google Base  —  We're pleased to offer Google Base providers more information on how your items are faring.  For example, you might want to know how often they are part of search results ("impressions"), and how frequently people are clicking on them ("clicks").
Discussion: Googling Google
Stowe Boyd / Message:
A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand... Or Can It?  —  The shape of my reading this past week allowed me to somehow miss the controversy stirred up by the gloriously prickly Nick Carr with his Great Unread post, destined however to be known for his use of Galbraith's "innocent fraud" term vis-a-vis the blogosphere:
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Is this the new Amazon video store?  —  People were snatching early glimpses of what may be's new video store on Friday, after a former employee posted screenshots of the store on his blog.  —  Web pages that first surfaced at, titled "Amazon Digital Video" …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Profit Falls by Half at Dell  —  Three days after its announcement of a vast safety recall, Dell reported little but bad news yesterday: profits down by half, and an informal Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its accounting.  —  Speaking from China to Wall Street analysts …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and David Galbraith
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Japan planning intelligent road systems  —  Finding real-time traffic data is becoming less unusual thanks to nav units popping up more frequently in vehicles nowadays, but real-time data about about potential road hazards, pedestrians in the way, and other random tidbits that could prevent a serious headache …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Dublin man plans Apple "walk of shame"  —  Following a week of waiting for Apple to arrange for the pickup of a malfunctioning iMac G5, a Dublin says he has decided to prove that he can walk to Cork — the location of the nearest Apple repair center — faster than Apple can arrange for the pickup of his broken Mac.
Discussion: MacUser
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Looking through the wrong end of the wire  —  There's a fascinating — and entertainingly pissy, if sometimes obtuse — argument going on over Metcalfe's Law (which states that the value of a communications network grows exponentially as its number of users grows).
Discussion: A VC and BGSL
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
SecureWorks admits to falsifying MacBook wireless hack  —  Remember those hackers in the Washington Post story who claimed to have hacked a MacBook's wireless drivers to gain control of it?  Then remember the follow-up story where the author, Brian Krebs basically, um, how shall I say …
Discussion: Security Fix, Engadget and CrunchGear
Apple admits excessive iPod hours  —  Apple Computer has said a report of labour conditions at its iPod plant in China found workers did more than 60 hours a week a third of the time.  —  Staff making the world's most popular MP3 player also worked more than six consecutive days 25% of the time.
Discussion: Slashdot
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
TechCrunch 7 Party  —  Tonight TechCrunch had their massive TechCrunch 7 Party at August Capital in Menlo Park.  Over 750 people were in attendance and since Mike Arrington dubbed me the "official photographer", I felt that I should probably shoot a few photos.
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
TechCrunch Party Pictures
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Test Your Site's Link Popularity with Socialmeter  —  Socialmeter, which I spotted on, scans several major link-tracking sites and spits back an analysis of your URL's popularity.  Currently they track links on, digg, Furl, Google, Netscape, Reddit, Technorati and a handful of others.
Discussion: 3spots and Digital Inspiration
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: Nik Cubrilovic and Elliott Back
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Hollywood Upset At Newspapers For Daring To Give Away DVDs …
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Discussion: Joe Duck
Jan Kabili / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iScorch to the rescue  —  I lost my lighter to airport security the other day.
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 Earlier Items: 
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Studio spills Apple's iTunes movie store plans
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Wal-mart stops Bully pre-sales under pressure [Update 1]
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Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
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Excalibur Smartphone exposed and Q to launch on Sprint soon
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell and Phone Scoop

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