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4:45 PM ET, September 4, 2006


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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: VoIP Watch and 21talks
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Vonage Hits the Two Million Mark  —  The New York Times Matt Richtel has this piece today on Vonage, which includes a rare interview with high-profile co-founder Jeff Citron (whom Richtel misidentifies as CEO of the company — Citron is actually Chairman and Chief Strategist.
Discussion: VoIP Now
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.
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, which featured articles written by paid freelance writers.
'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.
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.
Discussion: John Furrier and The Blog Herald
Tom Coates /
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 …
Discussion: John Furrier
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
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
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
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
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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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