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5:30 PM ET, August 18, 2007


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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Just kidding?  —  Far be it from me to defend LA Times editorialists, but I think some critics are missing the attempted irony in their excoriated opinion piece about Google and newspapers — specifically, the new GoogleNews program that enables the subjects of news stories to respond.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Working on Social Network Aggregator  —  Brad Fitzpatrick, the founder of LiveJournal, who recently left Six Apart for Google has published notes on what he's going to be working on moving forward.  It is an interesting read entitled Brad's Thoughts on the Social Graph which contains the following excerpts
Discussion: Insider Chatter, Labnotes and digg
Brad Fitzpatrick /
Thoughts on the Social Graph  —  I've been thinking a lot about the social graph for awhile now: aggregating the graph, decentralization, social network portability, etc.  —  If you've seen me at any conference recently, I probably talked your ear off about it.
Jim Louderback / PC Magazine:
Passing the Torch  —  Our fearless leader is handing over the reigns of PC Mag.  —  After five years at Ziff Davis Media and nearly 16 years in editorial content—the last two at the helm of this terrific magazine—I've decided to try something new.  I've jumped over to become CEO of Revision3 …
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
The words we've all been waiting for  —  Skype.  Take a deep breath  —  Blog about the latest Skype news, written from the perspective of the people who work at Skype.  —  The words we've all been waiting for  —  By Villu Arak on August 18, 2007 in News, Events, Milestones.  —  Hello friends,
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Police Target 'Pirate Cinema' Fuelled by Downloaded Movies  —  A recent post on the organizers website declares: "The best films are free!  Pirate Cinema is an autonomous cinema with P2P-downloaded films.  Why should you give your money to big corporations?  We are showing the newest movies for free!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Episode #4: Chat with Real Networks CEO, Rob Glaser  —  Things are heating up this week, as Om and Joyce tear through another round of Hitlines without mercy.  We also sit down with RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser, a true veteran in the tech world.  All that plus analysis, predictions, and even an insult or two... on The GigaOM Show!
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Cellphone Contracts: Hard to Get off the Hook  —  Fed up with dropped calls and a string of defective cellphones, Corey Taylor said he became irate when he learned he'd have to pay $175 to get out of his long-term contract with Verizon Wireless.  So he resorted to a rather extreme measure.
Parks Associates Newsroom:
Gaming Remains the Most Popular Online Entertainment Activity  —  Playing games is still a more popular online activity in the U.S. than watching short video clips or visiting social networking websites, according to Casual Gaming Market Update, a new report from Parks Associates.
Discussion: DailyTech, TechWeb and
Houston Chronicle:
Earthlink's Wi-Fi delays put project in question  —  Months after the City Council approved a contract to allow EarthLink Inc. to blanket Houston with a wireless network, the build-out still has not begun.  —  The delay is prompting concern that the company, which publicly has said it is rethinking …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
comScore Media Metrix Releases Top 50 Web Ranking for July The Simpsons Movie Promotion Sparks Growth to Burger King Site making it the Top Gaining Property for July  —  Summer Vacation Season Continues to Spur Traffic to  —  Travel Sites for the Third Consecutive Month
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
FCC Commissioner: Pearl Jam censorship linked to net neutrality fight  —  FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, fire-breathing advocate of network neutrality regulation and opponent of media consolidation, has taken a stand on AT&T's now infamous censorship of Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder's anti-Bush remarks at Lollapalooza.
Clint Boulton /
IBM Bases New Lotus Notes, Domino 8 on Eclipse  —  IBM rolls outs Lotus Notes and Domino 8 as an open standards-based alternative to Microsoft Sharepoint and Office.  —  Having absorbed feedback from the beta tests of more than 30,000 businesses over the last two years …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: RBC Sees Strong Back-To-School Mac Sales; Finds "Sustained iPhone Momentum"  —  Pounding the table on Apple (AAPL) this morning, RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky reports that there are indications of "increased Mac momentum" in the back-to-school quarter.  He says RBC's "technology adoption panel" …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Jan Miksovsky / flow|state:
OpenID: Great idea, bewildering consumer experience  —  A while back I tried signing up for an OpenID, an "open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity."  The basic idea is that, instead of needing to choose a user name and password for every site you visit …
Discussion: broadstuff and Web Strategy
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