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10:55 PM ET, August 2, 2008

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William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
End of the Blog  —  I have decided to end the blog, after doing around 800 postings over about 4 years.  I regret closing the blog and I owe readers an explanation.  There are two reasons.  —  1. The Inability or Refusal to Accept the Blog for What it is: A Personal Blog
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Still Searching for, Well, Yahoo  —  JERRY YANG, the soft-spoken chief executive of Yahoo, rarely becomes animated, at least in public.  But ask him about his company's lackluster performance over the past year, and he will begin to pound the table — albeit ever so lightly — punctuating his answer with a dose of impatience.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL's Tacoda To Terminate Inventory Contracts With Publishers; Clarizio: ‘Expanding, Not Shuttering’  —  AOL (NYSE: TWX) behavioral targeting unit Tacoda will terminate the existing inventory contracts with web publishers within 30 days, the company said in e-mail to clients last week.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AOL shutters Tacoda, forces customers into low-end Ad.com  —  Tacoda, the well-known ad network company which offers relatively high rates to publishers to place advertisements automatically on their Web pages, is officially shutting down.  —  The entity, recently bought by AOL …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Lumo / The Reference Frame:
Fix: IE7 with Sitemeter: Operation aborted … This posting is primarily addressed to those webmasters who experience a similar problem.  —  If your web page contains a Sitemeter counter, Internet Explorer users eventually see an “Operation aborted” error message.
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Rob Cottingham / ReadWriteWeb:
Tag Clouds R.I.P.?  —  I loved tag clouds from the moment I saw them, and I still do.  Two years ago, they roamed the social web like buffalo on the pre-Columbian plains of North America... huge, thundering herds of keywords of all shades and sizes.  And you'll see them to this day on many …
Discussion: Network(ed)News and HighTouch
Industry Standard:
Dell tries to trademark “cloud computing”  —  After witnessing countless corparate attempts to patent common practices or trademark common terms, and seeing the resulting PR fallout, one would think that companies would just stop trying.  Dell, however, seems to think that it should be able …
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Porn Industry Learns from RIAA Tactics, Targets Web Sites Instead  —  Pornographers band together under The PAK Group to take on smut pirates  —  Apparently fed up with the lack of progress and high expense of attacking individual file sharers, porn industry leader Jason Tucker announced …
Steven Schwankert / IDG News Service:
Softbank Aims to Be World's Top Mobile Internet Company  —  Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son has set a goal to become the world's largest mobile Internet company, he said Saturday in a speech aimed at inspiring owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in China.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Personalized News Site Bites The Dust  —  When Thoof launched in July 2007 a lot of people gave it a good chance of success despite the fact that it was entering into the dreaded personalized news space.  Sure, the market was littered with failed startups, but Thoof was founded …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How “Janet” Fooled the Twittersphere She's the Voice of Exxon Mobil  —  The game is up, “Janet” is not an official Exxon representative  —  A few days ago, the Twittersphere was curious, interested, and excited to see a member of Exxon Mobil's employee ranks to join the twitter conversation …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   What Should Exxon Do About Twitter? Absolutely Nothing
Steven Schwankert / IDG News Service:
Alibaba: ‘We Will Do Things Our Own Way’  —  Alibaba.com Group CEO Jack Ma said Saturday that no matter what happened to major shareholder Yahoo, the company would retain its independence.  —  “As to the sale [of Yahoo], when this happened, I told the team, no matter what happens we will do things our own way.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Don't Want to Talk About It?  Order a Missed Call  —  When Alexis Gorman, 26, wanted to tell a man she had been dating that the courtship was over, she felt sending a Dear John text message was too impersonal.  But she worried that if she called the man, she would face an awkward conversation or a confrontation.
 
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Reuters:
UBS cuts ValueClick's price target to $13, shares fall
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Voting machine gets LinuxWorld tryout
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Calls Firefox Competitor To Windows
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Toyota Announces Segway Killer: The Winglet Personal Transporter
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Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Firefox Closer to Supporting Open-source Video Codec
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Marc Benioff / TechCrunchIT:
Welcome to Web 3.0: Now Your Other Computer is a Data Center
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GigaOM:
F|R: The Top 5 Reasons Tech Execs Fail
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPhone Calendar Syncing
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Technovia
Gary Gale / The Yahoo! Geo Technologies Blog:
Yahoo! Maps Gets a Summer-time Refresh
Andrew Lih:
Recently Unblocked in China...
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Web Wars Videos: Does Anybody Care About Android?
Fred / A VC:
The Lazy and Smarter Web
Discussion: VCMike's Blog
The Technium:
People Want To Pay  —  Yes, everything will be free …
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Advice: Microsoft Should Invest Y Combinator-style
Discussion: HipMojo.com and blist
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Apple bails on Black Hat talk
 

 
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