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2:50 PM ET, September 4, 2006

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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
New iPods, iMac due September 12  —  Apple will take advantage of a September 12 media event to introduce the second-generation iPod nano, an updated 5G iPod, and upgraded iMacs, sources tell Think Secret.  —  Additional members of the media are slated to received invitations to the event this week …
Discussion: Engadget and MethodShop
Aaron Swartz:
Who Writes Wikipedia?  —  Wikimedia 2006 Elections  —  Part 2: Who Writes Wikipedia?  —  Part 3: Who Runs Wikipedia? (coming Wednesday)  —  If you translate this essay, please contact me.  —  Vote for me in the election for the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Directors.
BBC:
'Adware' attack on privacy tool  —  Software that claimed to provide increased privacy whilst surfing the web has been criticised by computer experts and the blogging community.  —  The application Browzar has been branded "adware" by many because it directs web searches to online adverts.
Robert Levine / New York Times:
New Web Sites Seeking Profit in Wiki Model  —  Every day, millions of people find answers on Wikipedia to questions both trivial and serious.  Jack Herrick found his business model there.  —  In 2004, Mr. Herrick acquired the how-to guide eHow.com, which featured articles written by paid freelance writers.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Internet Phone Upstart at a Crossroads: Off the Hook, or Off the Mark?  —  Jeffrey A. Citron, the chief executive of Vonage, stood above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in May, celebrating the initial public offering of the Internet telephone company he grew from a bud.
Discussion: IP Democracy, VoIP Watch and 21talks
Robert Levine / New York Times:
MySpace Music Store Is New Challenge for Big Labels  —  So far none of the companies that sell music online have emerged as serious competitors to the iTunes Music Store of Apple Computer.  But not one of them has an audience like MySpace, which millions of teenage and twentysomething music fans visit every day.
Discussion: David Card and I4U News
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The Register:
Google developing eavesdropping software  —  Audio 'fingerprint' for content relevant ads  —  By Faultline → More by this author  —  Comment The first thing that came out of our mouths when we heard that Google is working on a system that listens to what's on your TV playing in the background …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
ZapTXT: promising RSS topic subscription service  —  With the messy demise of PubSub, I've been looking for a decent keyword and topic subscription service to replace it.  ZapTXT could very well meet my requirements, except for the odd fact that it doesn't output in RSS (more on that below).
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and rev2.org
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Yahoo! launches 'social search' in Britain with multimillion-pound ad campaign  —  Yahoo! will launch a service today that allows users to ask other people's advice, when looking for anything from a good hotel or bar to an apple pie recipe, rather than rely solely upon electronically generated search results.
Discussion: E-consultancy and paidContent.org
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
When a Plan Comes Together  —  Today I was browsing Windows Live QnA and stumbled across one the user pages (shown below) and realized that we've finally shipped the Windows Live friends list to another web property besides Windows Live Spaces  —  This is one of the coolest things about working …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, Primordial and LiveSide
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA doesn't like independent experts  —  For the past few years, the Recording Industry Association of America has battled file sharing by threatening those it suspects of illegally downloading music with lawsuits.  Many potential defendants opt for expensive settlements with the RIAA, others decide to fight it out in court.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
DigiTimes:
Most PC buyers need to purchase MCE for free Vista upgrade, PC makers say  —  Only around 10% of PCs to be shipped in the fourth quarter of this year are equipped with MCE (Windows XP Media Center Edition) and consumers who buy the remaining 90% of PCs will need to purchase MCE to be able …
Discussion: PVR Wire and InsideMicrosoft
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
The New Tastemakers  —  SETH FORD-YOUNG is a professional bass player who performs up to five nights a week with local jazz and rock bands and occasionally lends his talents to recording sessions for artists like Tom Waits.  But these days he has an unusual second gig.
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
Some thoughts about FOO and elitism...  I'm going to try over the next few days to capture retrospectively my FOO experience in a little detail.  I didn't think I'd have enough time to do it, but it turns out that when you're trying to avoid writing your talk for major conferences in the US there's …
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Between Popular and Personal there is Social  —  Every time I see Gabe Rivera of TechMeme, I ask for the same thing — MeMeme.  Give me TechMeme where the core index is based on who I read, about 150 people at any given time, to show me what my friends are interested in.
Redbarren / ben barren:
Fast + Furious Rocket Fuel Startups Should Gauge Probability of Success  —  Paul Graham, the partner in Y'institutionalised angel investing, is one of the kings of the upside down, yet so obvious why didnt you get it soundbite.  —  This one (about a startup needing to get "a lot of subtle …
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Found Footage: a Mac Classic booting
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
On open letter to Blogger
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
I Hate Blogger  —  So on another post of mine two Thomas Hawk readers …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Treo 700wx launches on Sprint
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Image Labeler, the ESP Game, and Human-Computer Symbiosis
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I continue to have problems with all three of my Macs.
Discussion: Dan Gillmor's Blog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Getting outside the frothy bubble
Smaran Dayal / Torrentfreak:
Mac BitTorrent Clients Reviewed
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The Last Stand of the 6-Percenters?
 

 
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