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10:35 PM ET, August 31, 2006

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Associated Press:
Cell phones won't keep your secrets  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The married man's girlfriend sent a text message to his cell phone: His wife was getting suspicious.  Perhaps they should cool it for a few days.  —  "So," she wrote, "I'll talk to u next week."  —  "You want a break from me?
Discussion: Lifehacker and Slashdot
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic  —  A considerable portion of my consulting time has recently revolved around the optmization of corporate blogs (or the addition of blogs to revamped sites).  As usual, I find a pattern emerging in the strategies that need attention and the pitfalls that must be avoided.
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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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.
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.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Berners-Lee calls for Web 2.0 calm  —  Analysis Five years after the first internet bubble burst, we're now witnessing the backlash against Web 2.0 and a plethora of me-too business plans, marketing pitches and analyst reports exploiting the nebulous phrase.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
CrossOver Mac beta released: run Windows apps in OS X  —  Nope, this isn't a virtual machine a la Parallels or VMware for Mac, this is the real deal: CodeWeavers released the beta of CrossOver Mac, a WINE environment port to OS X that allows you to run Windows apps without actually running Windows.
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 …
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.
China Martens / InfoWorld:
Web browser leaves no footprints  —  Browzar deletes Internet caches, histories, cookies to protect user privacy  —  The latest entrant to the crowded Internet browser market is the appropriately named Browzar, a tool specifically designed to protect users' privacy by not retaining details of the Web sites they've searched.
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.
Noahmax / Defense Tech:
AIR FORCE WANTS SOFTWARE SPIES  —  What if you could send a computer program to do the job of a spy, or a bomber, or drone?  It sounds like science fiction — and it'll probably stay that way, for a long, long time.  But Air Force researchers think there's enough to the idea to start funding …
Discussion: The Raw Feed and 27B Stroke 6
Mike Melanson / Penguin.SWF:
Basic Beta Briefing  —  Our current schedule for releasing the final version of Flash Player 9 for Linux is early 2007.  Many readers have understandably requested a beta version before that time.  —  Yes, we do plan to release a beta version in advance of the final version.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs, JD on EP and TechWeb
The Ask.com Blog:
Search with a :-)  —  For a long time people have wanted the ability to search for terms and phrases on the web using non-letter (A-Z) characters.  Put another way, searching using non-alphanumeric characters.  —  Well the time has come here at Ask.com and we've started to roll-out some what we hope are useful and practical examples.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Verizon and BellSouth shamefully retract USF "replacement" fees  —  In case you haven't been following the exciting world of telecom regulation lately (and really, why would you?), the FCC recently mandated that DSL providers no longer have to pay into the Universal Service Fund that's meant …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Global Neighborhoods TOC v.01  —  For you old timers who have followed this blog when Robert and I just started writing Naked Conversations, you may recall how we struggled over our Table of Contents (TOC).  The TOC is a key component of what you send to the publisher in the hopes of getting an advance payment for writing a book.
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 …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Microsoft's PR agency admits it doesn't "get" blogs!  —  My former boss at the Financial Times Paul Abrahams, heads up the sizeable UK office for Waggener Edstrom—Microsoft's long standing PR firm.  Microsoft is WaggEd's largest client, and also it's largest cash cow, a very close relationship now well into its third decade.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
What Is the Business Case for Upgrading to Vista?  —  How will Microsoft - and its business customers - cost-justify upgrading to Vista in the coming months/years?  —  With Windows Vista, Microsoft needs to please at least two constituencies with very different sets of requirements.
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Event September 12th? Movie Store? [Updatedx2]
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Mike / The Raw Feed:
Finally: A Robot For Your iPod
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and Gear Live
microsoft.com:
What's new in this beta release compared to the first beta release …
JJ Hawkins / PVR Wire:
Tivo Series 3 Unboxed
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
The iRocker chair with built-in iPod dock
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ellen Qualls / forwardtogetherpac.com:
Forward Together - Gov. Mark R. Warner, Honorary Chair
Grant Robertson / The Digital Music Weblog:
Is SpiralFrog an end run around royalty payments?
Discussion: MediaShift and New York Times
Gizmodo:
5 Ways To Peak Your WiFi Feng Shui: Featuring the Radiolabs Stage …
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Requiem For The Future of VoIP
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Stiletto and Soloist - so happy together
Discussion: Engadget
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Tech Support With Thomas Hawk
Cpd / e.politics:
The Washington Post, Social Media and Audience-Building
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
UWB Hub coming in October
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Handling noindex meta tags
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Scoble visiting the Plex
John Markoff / New York Times:
Man From Google Joins Apple's Board