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9:15 AM ET, August 31, 2006


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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.
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Is an Apple-Sun merger in the works?  —  Commentary: Why Apple really put Google's Schmidt on board  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — As soon as Google CEO Eric Schmidt was named to the board of directors at Apple some mild speculation ensued suggesting that he'd eventually become CEO of Apple.
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
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 …
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!
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: Techdirt and I4U News
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
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!
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.
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.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Scobleizer
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
Joe / Techdirt:
Newspapers Should Ask Google If Linking To Other Sites Is A Good Business  —  from the it-is dept  —  It's no secret that newspapers have had to be dragged kicking and screaming onto the internet.  Many of their more ambitious online undertakings have simply been attempts to apply the old model of distribution to the digital space.
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits and Mark Evans
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Anything But iPod and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Guba takes a gamble: affiliate payments for free accounts  —  Video site Guba, one of the most interesting players in the space, has released an affiliate program that will pay you 25 cents for every new free (US based) account resulting from a clickthrough of an embedded video on your site.
Discussion: Mashable! and GigaOM
Journalists sued over iPod story  —  A CHINESE court has frozen the personal assets of a reporter and an editor at a Shanghai newspaper after Apple iPod manufacturer Foxconn sued the pair for 30 million yuan (US$3.77 million) for allegedly damaging its reputation over reports of substandard work conditions.
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 …
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Blog or die.  —  I've been begging various product managers …
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Chris Remo / Shacknews:
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Discussion: Kotaku and The Tech Report
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Thousands of Spanish Web Sites Knocked Offline by Software Error
Discussion: Internet Pro Radio
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
New Tools for Social Media Optimization
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Explorer 7: Good Solid Browser, Or Ford Pinto?
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:
YouTube launches Colleges, enters Facebook territory
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Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Make a custom projector screen
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Creative preps for more Zen patent lawsuits to "protect" itself
Discussion: Techdirt
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Shows Off Counterterrorism Database
Josh / Bokardo:
Are Social Web Apps Here to Stay?
Verizon Removes DSL Supplier Surcharge
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Apple Sends a NastyGram
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Why marketing should make the user manuals!