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10:45 AM 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.
Discussion: Information Arbitrage
Steve Bryant /
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 …
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.
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.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
SiliconBeat to retire...VentureBeat has launched!
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
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Google: These books are free  —  Google Book Search now offers PDF files of scanned books that can be downloaded and printed for free, Google announced on Wednesday.  —  Readers can find the books by choosing the "Full view books" option on the Google Book Search home page before they activate their search.
Google Allowing Some Books for Offline Printing BUT Don't Forget …
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.
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
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 and Slashdot
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: stands apart in social networking  — 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: and Mashable!
A Closer Look At the PSP GPS Device  —  We have a closer look and more details on the PSP GPS Addon we saw last week.  The GPS goes on top of your PSP and can actually be folded down when not in use, making your PSP a little less bulbous.  We're not sure whether folding it will disable it …
Discussion: InstaGPS and Engadget
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Scoble visiting the Plex  —  Robert Scoble is visiting the plex tomorrow (okay, today at this point.  I lost this post and need to get the Wordpress autosave functionality going).  What should I ask Robert?  —  Aha, looks like he's got a question for me about the Windows Live Writer blog.
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: CrunchGear and The Pomo Blog
Creative Introduces the ZEN Vision W - Widescreen Portable Video, Photo and MP3 Player  —  Portable Entertainment Centre Plays up to 240 Hours of Video, Tens of Thousands of Photos or 15,000 Songs  —  Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products …
Doc Searls Weblog:
Meet two upstanding enemies of all that is splogging.  —  First Ian Kallen, who knows more about splogging than anybody else I've met; and who has provided much useful guidance for me, as both as a writer and a reader in the blogosphere.  Lately Ian and I have been talking more about what constitutes …
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
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Discussion: CrunchGear
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Blog or die.  —  I've been begging various product managers …
Discussion: The Apple Core
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
Discussion: Internet Pro Radio
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Guba takes a gamble: affiliate payments for free accounts
Discussion: Mashable! and GigaOM
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Joe / Techdirt:
Newspapers Should Ask Google If Linking To Other Sites Is A Good Business
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits and Mark Evans
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