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4:50 AM ET, August 22, 2006


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Three workers depart AOL after privacy uproar  —  update Two AOL employees have been fired, and its chief technology officer is resigning, after the release of Web search data from thousands of AOL members prompted widespread criticism of the company.  —  CTO Maureen Govern …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Sources: AOL Chief Technology Officer Resigns  —  NEW YORK (Reuters)—AOL chief technology officer Maureen Govern, who oversaw the division responsible for accidentally releasing search data for more than a half a millions Internet users, has resigned from the company, according to an internal company memorandum.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Reason for leaving last job: Violated the privacy of 600,000 company customers  —  The heads have begun to roll at AOL.  This morning the company sacked its chief technology officer and two other employees for their roles in the unauthorized release of AOL user search records (see "No, no …
Google Blogoscoped:
AOL Employees Fired Over Data Leak  —  Ouch.  The AOL developer who posted the search logs online recently was fired, Elinor Mills reports.  So was his supervisor.  And AOL's chief technology officer resigned.  ("The fish starts stinking from the head," as we say in Germany.)
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Kevin Maney:
AOL CTO leaves amid privacy fall-out
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AOL CTO resigns, company to review data policy-sources
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Free wireless a high-wire act  —  MetroFi needs to draw enough ads to make service add profits  —  It used to be that laptop owners were just tickled to find a free wireless Internet hot spot.  —  But what was once a freebie limited to cafes, hotels and airports is now spreading citywide.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Farecast, the airfare predictor, launches nationwide
Discussion: TechCrunch and SearchViews
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Cisco buys video-on-demand start-up  —  Networking equipment maker Cisco Systems is set to announce Tuesday that it will spend $92 million to buy a small software start-up called Arroyo Video Solutions to ready itself for the new age of on-demand TV viewing.
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: Microsoft in buying mood  —  Spending spree takes aim at smaller companies  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer was quick to reply when recently asked why the company wasn't pursuing acquisitions more aggressively.  —  "We are buying more companies than we have ever bought …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SocialPicks enables collaborative investment research  —  There's no shortage of stock market oriented communities coming online, it's almost hard to tell them apart, but today's entrant is particularly interesting.  SocialPicks is focused on reputation building and small group collaboration.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Marketing Reality Check: Blogs, Pods, RSS  —  The Reach Most Marketers Crave Still Comes From TV, Print and Internet Ads  —  NEW YORK ( — Digital properties may be VC darlings, hot on Wall Street and coveted by advertisers.  But try telling that to Dave and Jean Bretzlauf …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Enterprise 2.0 = Next Generation IT  —  After Wikipedia deleted the "Enterprise 2.0" entry, the Enterprise Irregulars swarmed, responding to the critique of the term by a Wikipedian editor as a "neologism of dubious utility" and taking a crack at defining it.
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Seattle internet startups ordered by traffic  —  About a week ago, John Cook at the Seattle PI posted a great list of Seattle area internet startups.  —  I thought it might be fun to see a version of this list ordered by web traffic.  With much thanks to John for the original …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
September shall be the bearer of an Apple special "presentation"  —  Ah, how we miss our Apple Special Events—there haven't been too many of them since last year around this time.  There is a short blurb on Macworld UK that Apple will be attending, for the first time ever, Photokina 2006.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zooomr launches zoomable picture in picture feature  —  Photosharing upstart Zooomr launched a number of new features today, the most notable one called Portals.  It's a means of linking zoomable pictures inside of each other.  It's quite striking, as you can see from the video below.
Could LBO Firms Buy Microsoft?  —  I appeared on CNBC's SquawkBox program this morning, in order to discuss The Financial Times' inane suggestion that Microsoft could be next on the private equity shopping list.  As I told the equally-skeptical anchors, Snakes on a Plane will win …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
I know you are, but what am I Jeff ?  Is this Journalism ?  —  I usually try to stay away from Blogwars.  You know where one blog calls out another for any number of reasons, but primarily its to try to generate more interest and traffic to their blog.  —  I get enough traffic here …
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft Invites Mozilla Devs Over  —  The head of Microsoft's open source lab is inviting Mozilla developers up to Redmond for some help in making sure Firefox and Thunderbird run on Windows Vista.  The offer is part of a weekly lab Microsoft is holding for developers in order to reduce application compatibility problems.
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