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1:25 AM ET, August 11, 2008


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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Is Google a Media Company?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Type “buttermilk pancakes” into Google, and among the top three or four search results you will find a link to a detailed recipe complete with a photo of a scrumptious stack from a site called Knol, which is owned by Google.
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Live video of HTC's “Dream” Android phone?  —  Yeah, it's not the highest quality video we've ever seen, but if you can look past the blurriness and Darth Vader breathing noises you might be pleasantly surprised.  Thanks to an eagle-eyed tipster, we've some video footage of what might be the HTC Dream.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Who Will Be First to Sue Alexa?  —  Alexa, oh Alexa, how you kill thee.  I've written and spoken about Alexa since they began operations nearly a decade ago.  I've watched agencies pitch advertising based on Alexa charts.  There are still ad networks that use Alexa rankings as a baseline for pricing Web site advertising.
Andy Beard / Collective Thoughts:
Why Are Alexa Double-Dipping Social Media Penalties?
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Many Fail to See the Humor in ‘I Am Rich’ for the iPhone  —  When Apple announced in March that it would open up the iPhone to outside software developers, it promised that the resulting applications would help create “amazing” and “innovative” applications that would transform the concept of a smartphone.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Intel's Nehalem chips to get ‘Core’ branding  —  Intel's next-generation desktop processors will be branded “Intel Core” with an “i7” identifier for the first wave of products.  —  The i7 identifier will apply to the first crop of high-end desktop processors, according to George Alfs, an Intel spokesperson.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Long Term Impacts of Online Critics on Personal Brands  —  This post is not about Thomas vs Simon B, but instead about the long term online impacts to personal and corporate brands.  —  A focus on online reputation and brands  —  I'm hesitant to publish this post …
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Why laptops will kick desktop PCs to the curb  —  Years ago, the desktop dominated the PC market.  It not only provided users with unequaled power, it proved to be a far more suitable machine than its notebook counterpart, which suffered from a short battery life and a prohibitive price tag.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Holy Cash Cow, Batman!  Content Is Back  —  ON an early Saturday morning about three weeks ago, Barry M. Meyer pulled a sheet of paper from the fax machine in his home office, inhaled deeply and held it up to the light of a nearby window.  —  The number on the fax was eye-popping: $66 million, plus change.
Discussion: and CinemaTech
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Cash-rich Microsoft may buy back shares  —  The failure Microsoft Corp.'s Yahoo acquisition bid has put the Redmond, Wash., company in a familiar predicament: What should it do with all its cash?  —  A potential answer surfaced last week, with the news that a top Wall Street analyst believes Microsoft …
Mathew /
Salon builds it — but will anyone come?  —  For a number of months now, the online magazine Salon has been building a hosted blog network/media hub called, which is expected to launch officially this morning.  According to a blog post by Open Salon director Kerry Lauerman a few weeks ago …
Discussion: The Social
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Apple's Rotten Decision  —  One of the more hotly-discussed topics among attendees of this year's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas was Apple's last minute decision to cancel its scheduled presentations, and the somewhat disengaged stance it continues to maintain regarding the vulnerability research community in general.
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Operator: Portable Anonymous Opera Browsing  —  I'm not a big Opera fan, but I have to say I'm pretty impressed with Operator - a portable version with built-in Tor (hence the semi-clever name) anonymous browsing.  —  Download the 7mb zip and extract it to your flash drive …
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Web Privacy on the Radar in Congress
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Return To Sender  —  Almost all of the complex exploits …
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The Noncompete Ruling Won't Change Anything, Anywhere
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Innocent infringement defense may reduce damages to $200 per song file …
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Discussion: GigaOM
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Found Footage: ‘I Am Rich’ walk through
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
eBay: It's a Gamble!
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Fred Goodman / New York Times:
An Old Rocker Gets Digital
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