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11:30 AM ET, August 20, 2006


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TechCrunched!  —  I'm still recovering from last night's shindig.  You know, what's the deal with these parties?  They are getting to be media events, that's all.  Be seen, and see.  Take photos or videos, get videoed or photoed.  Talk about tech?  I tried.  But it was just too noisy to have a decent conversation on video.
Discussion: Scripting News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Thank You For Coming To TechCrunch 7  —  The TechCrunch August Capital Party last night was a big success (if you define success as the police showing up at a top tier venture fund's offices at midnight to shut a party down).  Not everything went perfectly, but the alcohol and food flowed smoothly …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Zero Zero Party Over, Oops, Out of time!  Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 1999... TechCrunch 7  —  Super Blogger Robert Scoble with the Man of the Hour Mike Arrington  —  THOMAS HAWK'S DIGITAL CONNECTION  —  SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2006  —  Zero Zero Party Over, Oops, Out of time!
Discussion: blogs
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.
Discussion: alexmoskalyukblog and
Skeptic / Dead2.0:
My Web 2.0 Part-AY experience  —  For some people, Friday night is the night to go out.  Had a long week, rally with the troops, get a few drinks, and get out on the town, hoping to get a little ac-shun at the local brewpub, bridge-and-tunnel club, or after-hours lounge.
Discussion: Marketing Nirvna
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Scoop: More Details On Amazon's Unbox Video Service  —  We have some more details about Amazon's expected upcoming video service, dubbed Unbox.  Kevin Kelleher, a frequent contributor to Business 2.0 was able to actually download the Unbox software when it was up briefly on the Web.
Discussion: GigaOM and
Mikael / Fosfor Gadgets:
Top 10 most beautiful cellphones  —  Here's another of our popular Top 10 lists - this time we have looked into beautiful cellphones.  If your favorite designer phone didn't make it into the list, please add it in the comments.  Thanks.  —  10. Hitachi W42H
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
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
RocketDock-a Mac Dock clone for Windows  —  RocketDock by Punk Software is a great Mac OS X dock clone for Windows.  It is bouncy when you mouseover, allows you to drag and drop new shortcuts to the bar, and lets you customize all the settings, including the icon height, opacity, and even edge offset.
Discussion: Things That
James Kim / CNET
Archos 604 (30GB)  —  CNET editors' review  —  Archos's 604 (link to PDF) represents the latest in an esteemed line of gadgets from the king of portable video players (PVPs, or PMPs).  Superb construction and design, an all-encompassing feature list, and solid performance …
Discussion: Engadget
Ian Sager / Business Week:
Google Video: No Tube of Plenty  —  The search giant's video service is easy to use, but skimpy when it comes to programs you actually want to watch  —  The Good An endless flow of viral videos; simple upload process  —  The Bad Poor selection of videos for sale; lacks tools that let users personalize pages
Discussion: Google Watch and digg
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
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.
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" …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Looking through the wrong end of the wire
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Mike / Techdirt:
Hollywood Upset At Newspapers For Daring To Give Away DVDs …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Studio spills Apple's iTunes movie store plans
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Japan planning intelligent road systems
Discussion: Smart Mobs
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
SecureWorks admits to falsifying MacBook wireless hack
Apple admits excessive iPod hours
Discussion: Slashdot