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9:15 PM ET, July 27, 2008


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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Who Is Johng77536 And How Did He Game Twitter?  —  One of the reasons Twitter is such a useful platform for publishing is that it is largely spam free - you only received messages from people you choose to follow.  So even though a large number of spammy accounts have appeared on the service …
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
Aaron Wall / SEO
Google Knol - Google's Latest Attack on Copyright  —  Knol Off to a Quick Start  —  One day after Knol publicly launched Wil Reynolds noticed that a Knol page was already ranking.  Danny Sullivan did a further test showing that 33% of his test set of Knol pages were ranking in the first page of search results.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Looking for ‘Plan B’  —  One of the striking things to me about Internet entrepreneurs and VCs is that almost no one is seeking to create long-term value or build businesses that will be sustainable and be around in a decade.  Many will deny this but if you look around, the Craigslists of the Internet are anomalous.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
PR Rule #1: People who are telling the truth about themselves do not insist on being ‘off the record’  —  Best part of Joe Nocera's article from yesterday's New York Times ("Apple's Culture of Secrecy") was, of course, the quote from Steve Jobs, the one where Nocera picks up the phone …
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Microsoft must move fast to realize its online future  —  For the past few months, the question of what Steve Ballmer had up his sleeve has been bandied about quite a bit.  Would he attempt to acquire every last part of Yahoo?  Would he only acquire the company's search?
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
An un-American feel aids expanding US Web firms  —  NEW YORK - AOL splashes images of Bollywood celebrities on its new home page for India.  MySpace accepts sign-ups from mobile phones in Japan.  Google departs from its customarily spartan home page and peppers its Korean site with colorful, animated icons.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious 2.0 Imminent Again  —  Yahoo's inability to launch Delicious 2.0, which was feature complete and in private beta back in September 2007, has become a bit of a joke around Silicon Valley.  —  Last month we called on Yahoo to provide guidance on when we might see the new version of the service.
Britta Gustafson / delicious blog:
public service announcement: do you know where your password is?
Discussion: Mashable!
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Say So Long to an Old Companion: Cassette Tapes  —  There was a funeral the other day in the Midtown offices of Hachette, the book publisher, to mourn the passing of what it called a “dear friend.”  Nobody had actually died, except for a piece of technology, the cassette tape.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bad News For MySpace: Growth Curve Flattened.  Good News For MySpace: It's A Real Business  —  Bad news for Rupert Murdoch: Goldman Sachs figures his Internet business is worth perhaps $3 billion — about half the value he was trying to get for it earlier this year.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Rumored Apple tablet vs. traditional Tablet PC: How dual-sided screen panel approach could give Apple an edge  —  Imagine a laptop that can instantly turn into a touch-screen tablet—a super-sized iPod Touch when shut.  —  Might this be the mysterious Apple product transition?  —  Clues are out there.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Russia, The Final Frontier For Data Centers?  —  To paraphrase (and mangle) StarTrek's famous tagline: Can Russia be the place where Internet companies boldly go looking for the final frontier of data center?  At least one blog thinks so, and points to the massive hydroelectric power capacity on tap in Russia.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
The Young Turks of Cyberspace  —  The drumroll leading up to the publication of Sarah Lacy's book about the 20-something entrepreneurs who brought us such familiar Web sites as Facebook was certainly impressive.  For months, Lacy demurred when asked to reveal the title yet talked up her project …
Sarah Lacy:   NYT Review of...Me?
Jaxon Van Derbeken / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. computer tech had turned life around  —  Prosecutors portray Terry Childs as an unstable, power-mad computer engineer who held hostage the San Francisco city network he had built and awaited its destruction as revenge on bosses he saw as inferiors.  —  To Childs' friends …
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