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2:30 AM ET, September 1, 2006

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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.
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Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:   Scrap Web 2.0, yes, but embrace Knowledge 2.0 surely
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 …
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.
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Paul Abrahams / PRWeek:   LOGIN TO PRWEEK  —  Blogs: Smokey and the Bandit Part 4?
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 …
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Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Social software is not a fad
Discussion: Cloud Street
Ravi / All about Linux:
Transcript of talk with Richard .M. Stallman on the sidelines of 4th International GPLv3 Conference held at Bangalore  —  Various governments in the developing world are slowly but surely waking up to the advantages that free software can provide both in terms of monetary savings as well as otherwise.
Discussion: Open Sources 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.
Owen Thomas / CNNMoney.com:
Woman sues Google for removing ads  —  We thought we'd seen all kinds of click-fraud lawsuits, but this one takes the cake: Management consultant Theresa Bradley has sued Google for, among other things, wasting her time, eWeek's Google Watch blog reports.  Bradley's $250,000 lawsuit alleges …
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
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.
Discussion: Engadget, eHomeUpgrade and Gear Live
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Record your xtreem exploits with Elmo's SUV-Cam
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Fred / A VC:
Social Widgets  —  I've spent a lot of time thinking …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Event September 12th? Movie Store? [Updatedx2]
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Stowe Boyd / Message:
FOO Camp: I Don't Understand The Anger
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What's new in this beta release compared to the first beta release …
JJ Hawkins / PVR Wire:
Tivo Series 3 Unboxed
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
What Is the Business Case for Upgrading to Vista?
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
The iRocker chair with built-in iPod dock
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Grant Robertson / The Digital Music Weblog:
Is SpiralFrog an end run around royalty payments?
Discussion: MediaShift
Mike Melanson / Penguin.SWF:
Basic Beta Briefing
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Global Neighborhoods TOC v.01
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Stiletto and Soloist - so happy together
Discussion: Engadget
SaaS Revolution / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Recent press: Google's office apps are all the buzz; outlets …
China Martens / InfoWorld:
Web browser leaves no footprints
Joe McKendrick / Service-Oriented Architecture:
Pouring cold water on SOA 'reuse' mantra
Discussion: Todd Biske and Labnotes
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UWB Hub coming in October
 

 
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