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3:30 PM ET, August 31, 2006

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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 …
Om Daily:   Say Hello to VentureBeat  —  Matt Marshall is leaving San Jose …
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.
Darren Straight / LiveSide:
Windows Live OneCare Family Safety beta now available!  —  Following the recent Windows Live OneCare Family Safety Invites being sent out to Windows Live Butterflies and the appearing of Windows Live OneCare Family Safety on Connect we thought that this Beta would be resticted to only those who had been approved to use it.
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.
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 …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Requiem For The Future of VoIP  —  Om has pointed to an Aswath post regarding the winding down of the AOL Total Talk service.  —  Rather than look at it as a failure, my take on this is AOL really has seen the future sooner than others.  Much like the BT announcement earlier this week …
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 …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Handling noindex meta tags  —  Okay, here's a question.  I did the search [congoo] recently and didn't get the home page of Congoo-why not?  If you view the source of http://www.congoo.com/, it turns out that they have a noindex meta tag:  —  <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />
SaaS Revolution / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Recent press: Google's office apps are all the buzz; outlets question threats various threats to SaaS model  —  The big story of the week has been Google's launch of Google Apps for Your Domain, a suite of productivity applications that it plans to market to small and medium businesses …
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: jkOnTheRun and Susan Mernit's Blog
darkreading.com:
Wireless Piggybackers Put on Notice  —  We've all done it: You're using your laptop in a location without hotspot access.  You want onto the Internet, so you start scanning for open wireless LANs.  You find one and, regardless of who owns it, you piggyback a ride onto the Web.
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.
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.
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
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Flickr #1 Photography Site in UK  —  Flickr has taken the #1 spot in our Photography category and it seems to be down to good SEO (search engine optimisation) for soft porn searches.  I'll admit it was a bit of a surprise last week when I looked at our Photography category and noticed that Flickr had moved into the #1 spot.
Eric Case / Google Code:
Announcing Tesseract OCR  —  We wanted to let you all know that a few months ago we quietly released - or actually re-released - an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engine into open source.  You might wonder why Google is interested in OCR?  In a nutshell, we are all about making information available …
 
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