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7:40 AM ET, August 22, 2006

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CNET News.com:
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 …
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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.
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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Cecile Daurat / Bloomberg:
AOL Says Chief Technology Officer Govern Left Company (Update1)
Kevin Maney:
AOL CTO leaves amid privacy fall-out
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Hear the Music, Avoid the Mosh Pit  —  Musician Suzanne Vega got her start in the New York folk scene, but now the 1980s star has found a following in cyberspace.  —  With the help of some programmers, Vega created a 3D animated image of herself, called an avatar, and she recently performed inside …
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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.
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Farecast, the airfare predictor, launches nationwide
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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.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Marketing Reality Check: Blogs, Pods, RSS  —  The Reach Most Marketers Crave Still Comes From TV, Print and Internet Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Digital properties may be VC darlings, hot on Wall Street and coveted by advertisers.  But try telling that to Dave and Jean Bretzlauf …
CNET News.com:
VCs see opportunity in blogosphere  —  Venture investors normally cite the strength of a company's management team as a key reason for investing in new technologies and ideas.  But two new venture investments in widely read blogs have taken this concept to a new level: investing directly in people for the content they produce.
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.
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.
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Privacy Debacle Hall of Fame  —  Earlier this month AOL publicly released a data trove: 500,000 search queries culled from three months of user traffic on its search engine.  —  The company claimed it was trying to help researchers by providing "anonymized" search information …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Can Paris Hilton boost YouTube?  —  YouTube will unveil a number of custom branded commercial channels tomorrow in its latest move to monetize the site.  The bizarre cultural icon Paris Hilton is already highlighted on the front page of the site with her own YouTube channel …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
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 …
hosting.mansellgroup.net:
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 …
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Scoble, That's Not what Naked Conversations Said...  Scoble gets into more blogging tussles than I do.  He's also a lot more gracious about it than I am in most cases.  The current one is about the definition of a blog began here and seemingly will end here.
 
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