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12:00 PM ET, August 31, 2006

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Man From Google Joins Apple's Board  —  When Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, was named to Apple Computer's board this week, it did more than signal a potential alliance between powerful companies.  It touched off a wave of speculation about the motives of the man behind the move: Apple's co-founder, Steven P. Jobs.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat Launches  —  Welcome to VentureBeat -the successor to SiliconBeat! … Dear friends,  —  On Friday, I will serve my last day at the San Jose Mercury News and will no longer be blogging at SiliconBeat.  VentureBeat has become my sole occupation and focus.
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
SiliconBeat to retire...VentureBeat has launched!  —  Folks, we've made some changes here at SiliconBeat.  —  Matt is going independent and will carry on the blogging at his new site, VentureBeat.  You can see his first post here.  —  Mike, who had stepped back anyway from blogging actively …
Steve Bryant / eWEEK.com:
Google Sued for AdSense Fraud  —  A would-be AdSense customer is suing Google for $250,000 because it took her 100 hours to place and review AdSense advertisements on her Web site, which Google subsequently removed, Google Watch has learned.  —  In a 25-page complaint filed earlier this week …
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Jenstar / JenSense:
Google AdSense sued by woman who admits clicking her own ads  —  Theresa B. Bradley filed a lawsuit against Google for $250,000 for fraud and misrepresentation after they suspended her account for invalid clicks... and this when she admits to clicking on her own ads.
Elaine Kurtenbach / Associated Press:
Company in iPod labor fuss eases claims  —  SHANGHAI, China (AP) — A maker of Apple Computer's iconic iPod said Thursday it has cut its demand for defamation damages over a report it mistreated its workers to a symbolic 1 yuan (12 U.S. cents) following a wave of bad publicity.
Discussion: Engadget and Techdirt
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Valleywag:
Cheatsheet: What is Digg?  —  "When I'm talking to clients," a seemingly well-informed Google employee told me over brunch, "I want to mention Digg.  I know it's something I'm supposed to know about, but I don't."  No worries.  For everyone who needs a refresher on Digg, we have an exhaustive cheatsheet for the popular site.
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
UWB Hub coming in October  —  Japan based Y-E Data Inc. has announced the development of the "Wireless Hub" based on UWB (ultra wideband) wireless technology which is the first ever commercial application for UWB ever announced.  The Wireless Hub mounts a UWB wireless communication module, as well as four USB ports.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Slashdot
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Films That Come Over the Net Don't Come Easy  —  Several obstacles — meager libraries, frustrating download times, copyright issues — have hamstrung online movie offerings to date.  But the biggest challenge has been what those in the industry refer to as the "last 10 feet" problem.
Discussion: IP Democracy, PVR Wire and Lost Remote
Ed Foster's Radio Weblog:
Comcast Provides Preview of Net Non-Neutrality  —  With both sides in the net neutrality debate predicting catastrophic consequences if their opponents prevail, any real world evidence of what a non-neutral net might be like can help.  So I have to wonder if a recent gripe …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Tech Support With Thomas Hawk  —  Ok, I've been thinking about doing a post like this for a while.  This is going to be the post where I bitch about technology not working right.  Except that this is going to be a living breathing post that frequently jumps to the top of my blog.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
RIAA copyright education is contradictory, critics say  —  The music industry's educational video about copyright law is full of baloney, according to several trade and public interest groups.  —  The Consumer Electronics Association and Public Knowledge are among the groups to issue …
Discussion: I4U News and Techdirt
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Faces.com stands apart in social networking  —  Faces.com is a social networking site from Australia with an emphasis on multimedia sharing and an impressive feature set.  The site has been up for several years but has recently undergone a total rebirth and is looking quite good.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
Cpd / e.politics:
The Washington Post, Social Media and Audience-Building  —  The Washington Post (or, properly, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive) is one news outlet that gets social media: they seem to truly understand the the benefits that come from being a part of the broader internet conversation …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Times Reader - Exclusive Screenshots Of Yet-To-Be Released Microsoft App … Times Reader is an upcoming new application from The New York Times and Microsoft, which lets users read the NY Times electronically using advanced screen reading technology from Microsoft.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
An open note to O'Reillyites  —  I know it may be hard to believe this, but I don't wish your company harm, or anyone at your company including the top guy.  However, it wasn't until the last round of BS that I realized why there's such a big disconnect, and I thought I should share it …
Nick / Rough Type:
Social software in perspective  —  Is social software a phenomenon or a passing fancy?  The reality seems to lie somewhere in between, though considerably closer to fancy than phenomenon.  "Social software," writes Phil Edwards today, "looks like very big news indeed from some perspectives …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startup Uses Military Tech to Fix Low Res Video  —  Motion DSP is creating a simple web based interface that will significantly enhance low resolution camera phone video into surprisingly high quality stuff.  It started off in 1998 as a U.S. military funded project at UC Santa Cruz.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and The Pomo Blog
 
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
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Discussion: CrunchGear
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Blog or die.  —  I've been begging various product managers …
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Chris Remo / Shacknews:
3D Realms Sees Major Employee Departures, Fate of DNF in Question?
Discussion: Kotaku and The Tech Report
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Thousands of Spanish Web Sites Knocked Offline by Software Error
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 Earlier Items: 
Gizmodo:
A Closer Look At the PSP GPS Device
Discussion: InstaGPS and Engadget
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / DesktopLinux.com:
Results from the 2006 Desktop Linux Survey - Part 1
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Explorer 7: Good Solid Browser, Or Ford Pinto?
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer
fujitsu.com:
Fujitsu Introduces its First 2.5" Hard Disk Drives Featuring …
Doc Searls Weblog:
Meet two upstanding enemies of all that is splogging.
Joe / Techdirt:
Newspapers Should Ask Google If Linking To Other Sites Is A Good Business
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits and Mark Evans
sg.creative.com:
Creative Introduces the ZEN Vision W - Widescreen Portable Video …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google: These books are free