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7:20 AM ET, August 18, 2007


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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.
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
Los Angeles Times:
It's not journalism  —  Google's latest effort highlights the difference between what it does and what newspapers and magazines do.  —  Many publishers consider the Internet, and Google in particular, a greater threat to their livelihoods than Osama bin Laden.
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The L.A. Times tells its readers: 'Shut up'  —  Commentary: A Times editorial attacks the concept of reader comments on news stories, declaring Google a greater threat "than Osama bin Laden."  —  The Los Angeles Times this morning insulted its readers in a stunning editorial that compared Google …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Second lawsuit filed over iPhone battery replacement  —  Suit questions whether Apple kept battery information from early buyers to boost sales  —  A second class-action lawsuit argues that Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc. failed to tell early buyers of the iPhone that annual fees of more than $100 …
Discussion: TMCnet and
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone battery lawsuit x2: west coast style
RSnake / web application security lab:
XSS Hole In Google Apps Is "Expected Behavior"  —  You know, just when I think I'm being a super nice guy, and I go out of my way to go through responsible disclosure, I am slapped in the face with the exact reason why I don't think responsible disclosure works for some companies.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:   Google Gadgets can be misused by phishers
Austin Modine / The Register:
RIAA gets some class  —  The RIAA has been slapped by a class action lawsuit, filed by Tanya Anderson, a single mom from Oregon who claims the organization's goons impersonated her 10-year-old daughter's grandmother over the phone to extract evidence.  —  Charges filed against the RIAA include …
Discussion: TechSpot News and p2pnet
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
eBay says Skype was not attacked  —  (InfoWorld) - Skype has not been attacked, eBay said Friday, dispelling rumors that Russian hackers took down its popular online telephony service.  —  For more than a day now, millions of Skype users have been knocked offline by a major service outage that has crippled the service.
RELATED:   [Full-disclosure] Skype Network Remote DoS Exploit
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.
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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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Throttles BitTorrent Traffic, Seeding Impossible  —  ISPs have been throttling BitTorrent traffic for almost two years now.  Most ISPs simply limit the available bandwidth for BitTorrent traffic, but Comcast takes it one step further, and prevents their customers from seeding.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Lawsuit Challenges Google's Keyword Ads  —  Google and other search engines have been on the receiving end of a dozen or so lawsuits challenging a common practice in search advertising: the use of someone's trademark, say Mercedes Benz, to show an ad for a competitor, say a BMW dealer.
Matthew Elliott / CNET
First quad-core laptop hits U.S.  —  Nevermind there's little to no software that can take advantage of four processing cores, Xtreme Notebooks has released the first quad-core laptop in the U.S. With no mobile quad-core parts in existence, the Xtreme 917V Accelerator turns to desktop CPUs …
Discussion: CNET
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
It's Official: "Funny Videos" = "YouTube"  —  Remember all the hubbub about using Google's name to describe searches on other engines?  New data suggests that "YouTube" has become synonymous with "funny videos," and I don't expect Mountain View to make as much of a fuss over this custom.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
YouTube Replace Searches for Funny Videos
David Kaplan /
Advertising As Content Sites Proliferate, But Viewers Might Skip Altogether  —  Most online video sites continue to struggle with finding the right way to balance advertising and entertainment.  That debate aside, a NYT piece and one on Adweek finds marketers are attempting to avoid …
Exclusive: Fark founder accuses Fox newsman of hacking  —  Local TV reporters are infamous for practicing "ambush" journalism — but as they try to take their gotcha practices to the Web, increasingly they're the ones ambushed.  The first rule of hacking, after all, is "Don't get caught."
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Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Apple: RBC Sees Strong Back-To-School Mac Sales; Finds "Sustained iPhone Momentum"
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