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4:25 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 …
DesktopLinux.com:
Firefox 2.0 beta 2 boasts enhanced look, features  —  Mozilla released Beta 2 of its upcoming Firefox 2 browser for developer review Aug. 31, emphasizing that it is being made available for testing purposes only.  The release contains a number of new features, as well as some enhancements to look and feel.
Larry Angell / iLounge:
Reports: Apple to hold special event on September 12th  —  Based on reports from European Apple enthusiast websites and last night's YourMacLife radio broadcast, Apple is in the process of inviting members of the press to a special event for new products, to be held on September 12, 2006.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Event September 12th? Movie Store? [Updatedx2]
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Dan Frommer / Forbes:
America's Most Wired Cities  —  With most of the U.S. technology industry focused on the East and West coasts, you'd think the best place to get online would be San Francisco, or perhaps New York City.  But Atlanta tops Forbes.com's survey of America's most wired cities.
Discussion: GigaOM
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
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.
telekom3.de:
Deutsche Telekoms offering new rate packages consisting of Internet, fixline telephony, mobile communications, and entertainment  —  T-Com now offering single-, double-, and triple-play - Price reductions of up to 30 percent - T-Mobile introduces inexpensive minutes and flat-rate packages …
Discussion: GigaOM and EuroTelcoblog
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
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Paris Hilton hacks voicemail using Asterisk  —  Celebrities Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are in a well-known feud that now has entered one of my favorite realms, namely VoIP.  According to an InfoWorld article, (which Asterisk VoIP News reminded me about), it is alleged that Paris Hilton used …
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.
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Social software is not a fad  —  Ryan Carson says he doesn't have time to use all those social apps like del.icio.us and Flickr and Digg, although he thinks they are cool, and Phil Edwards says that he likes them too but sees the phenomenon as appealing to a relatively small niche of Web geeks …
Discussion: Cloud Street
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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 …
Stowe Boyd / Message:
FOO Camp: I Don't Understand The Anger  —  O'Reilly's FOO (Friends Of O'Reilly) Camp continues to draw all sorts of flames: … Dave's handwringing is echoed by Kent Newsome ("If people were really interested in effecting positive change, the blogosphere would get together and boycott invitiation-only throwbacks like Foo Camp.").
Discussion: Mathew Ingram, Labnotes and Newsome.Org
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
An open note to O'Reillyites
Discussion: Valleywag and Newsome.Org
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
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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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds seek formal extension of Microsoft antitrust deal
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Record your xtreem exploits with Elmo's SUV-Cam
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Gizmodo
Fred / A VC:
Social Widgets  —  I've spent a lot of time thinking …
microsoft.com:
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
Grant Robertson / The Digital Music Weblog:
Is SpiralFrog an end run around royalty payments?
Discussion: MediaShift
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Basic Beta Briefing
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Flickr #1 Photography Site in UK
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Requiem For The Future of VoIP
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Global Neighborhoods TOC v.01
Darren Straight / LiveSide:
Windows Live OneCare Family Safety beta now available!
China Martens / InfoWorld:
Web browser leaves no footprints
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