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9:40 PM ET, August 22, 2006


 Top Items: 
Business 2.0:
Blogging for Dollars  —  It's not just a hobby — some small sites are making big money.  Here's how to turn your passion into an online empire.  —  (Business 2.0) — Michael Arrington is a partying kind of guy.  While showing off his home in Atherton, Calif., he boasts about how he crammed 500 people …
Valleywag:   Biz 2 pretends Mike Arrington is fun
Paul Bond / Reuters:
YouTube eyes ad money with Paris Hilton channel  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - YouTube, the online sensation that facilitates the viewing of 100 million amateur videos a day, is introducing a couple of new ways for advertisers to tap into the Web site's popularity while preserving its decidedly noncommercial attitude.
Financial Times:
YouTube in push to link with advertisers  —  YouTube, the fast-growing internet video site, will on Tuesday unveil its most ambitious attempt yet to make money from advertisers by allowing them to promote their brands through customised channels on its site.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
YouTube's Ads Blur Lines
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Can Paris Hilton boost YouTube?
Declan Kennedy / apc:
How Vista screws dual-booting nirvana  —  The other day I found myself staring out the window next to my desk.  It was around 6.30 in the evening, and the lights had just gone on over Hyde Park.  —  The whole scene was one of winter serenity, aided considerably by the window sill …
Description of Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2 … This article discusses a Beta release of a Microsoft product.  The information in this article is provided as-is and is subject to change without notice.  —  No formal product support is available from Microsoft for this Beta product.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Windows Vista Desktop Search Now Available for Windows XP
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Hello hullo!  —  Over the last few weeks I've been playing with the beta of a promising new free service called hullo.  Now you can try it too.  —  hullo bills itself as a personal call manager.  The promise is that it will help you stay in touch better than ever before.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Qwest calls for mandatory data retention laws  —  ASPEN, Colo.—Broadband company Qwest Communications International on Tuesday strongly endorsed federal legislation requiring Internet providers to keep records of their customers' behavior, a move that could accelerate efforts in Congress to enact new laws.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
VC funding for individual blogs?  —  Several high profile blogs have taken VC money recently.  Om Malik, formerly of Business 2.0 and writer of Giga Om, has struck off on his own with VC money from a startup VC, True Ventures.  SoftBank Capital invested $5 million in, a blog written by Arianna Huffington.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and Scobleizer
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft invites Firefox development team to Redmond  —  Microsoft wants to help aid in the development of Firefox.  It sounds pretty scary, doesn't it?  If you're still here, let me tell you that it's not as bad as it seems.  Sam Ramjii, Director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What's new for your Blackberry  —  When I got my Blackberry, at first it was culture shock, I wanted my Plain Jane Nokia back, but after a while I got used to using it as a phone, then fell in love with it because it did email so well, but I wanted more, I wanted news.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds blog-like notes feature  —  A week after winning applause across the blogosphere for taking the big step of opening up its API, social networking site Facebook today launched a new feature called notes - essentially a blogging tool.  —  The best thing about the new notes tool …
Microsoft patch opens users to attack  —  Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus 2006-08-22  —  UPDATE: Microsoft continued to work on a fix on Tuesday for an exploitable flaw introduced by the company's latest security update to Internet Explorer.  —  The flaw, initially thought to only crash Internet Explorer …
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nimbuzz Could Change the Face of Mobile Communications: a MobileCrunch Exclusive!  —  I've had the good fortune to have been given access to Nimbuzz for the last few weeks.  My testing has convinced me that once widely deployed, this application has the potential to shake mobile communication service providers to their very core.
Discussion: TechCrunch and alarm:clock euro
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Spamigation: automated litigation  —  Brad Templeton has coined "Spamigation" for spam litigation, lawsuits that are automated by computers, noting that while suing people can be readily automated so that it's possible to sue millions, legal defenses are much harder to automate.
Red Herring:
Guba's On-Demand Experiment  —  Video sharing, downloading startup tests how to get people to buy movies and TV online.  —  In an effort to jump-start their video pay-per-download service, Guba said Monday it has slashed the prices for buying or renting premium television shows and movies from their site.
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Verizon imposes new DSL surcharge as government fees removed
Joris Evers / CNET
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