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11:25 PM ET, August 31, 2006

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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.
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.
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.
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Japanese robot adds wheels to iPod  —  TOKYO - The new Japanese robot Miuro turns an iPod music player into a dancing boombox-on-wheels.  The 14-inch-long machine from ZMP Inc. blares music as it rolls and twists from room to room.  The robot, which looks like a ball popping out of an egg, has a speaker system from Kenwood Corp.
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.
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Microsoft's PR agency 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 and Mickeleh's Take
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.
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Have I lost my "blog power"?  —  Anand M., in India, asks "has Scoble lost his blog power?"  (I linked to him and he didn't get many visits).  My read?  If I ever did have blog power, it's gone now.  Digg and TechMeme have all the power now.  —  I think Rageboy has the clue to what's going on here …
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.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MySpace driving more retail traffic than MSN search  —  New Hitwise findings indicate that MySpace sent more US traffic to online retail sites last week than MSN search, the third largest search engine on the web.  That's big news, as it's tangible evidence that youth oriented online social networking …
Discussion: Financial Times
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.
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 …
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.
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Arn / MacRumors:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Verizon and BellSouth shamefully retract USF "replacement" fees
microsoft.com:
What's new in this beta release compared to the first beta release …
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
What Is the Business Case for Upgrading to Vista?
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Forward Together - Gov. Mark R. Warner, Honorary Chair
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Recent press: Google's office apps are all the buzz; outlets …
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Pouring cold water on SOA 'reuse' mantra
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The Washington Post, Social Media and Audience-Building
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UWB Hub coming in October
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startup Uses Military Tech to Fix Low Res Video
John Markoff / New York Times:
Man From Google Joins Apple's Board
 

 
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