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Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Digital music sales surge amid broader decline  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The music industry cheered a tripling of digital music sales in the first half of 2005 that was spurred by mobile phone "ringtunes" and online services and offset persistent declines in overall sales.
Digital sales triple to 6% …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Fans spent $790m on digital music in H1
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Reading Battelle's book makes me look at the Search  —  I just finished reading John Battelle's The Search.  First, a disclosure.  He sent me the book and even signed it.  So, I'm a bit biased to say something nice about it.  —  I did enjoy it.  Even ignored West Wing, which was on TV.
Scoble ♥ RDF  —  Check out Scoble's speculation on The Perfect Search: he'd like to find a hotel in New York with free WiFi, a good view, and good food, in a particular price-range.  Rob, meet Tim Berners-Lee; Tim, meet Rob.  Rob wants the Semantic Web.
USA Today:
Video-laced websites evolve into pseudo-TV stations  —  LOS ANGELES — Don't touch that mouse.  Online news and entertainment video is booming, says market tracker Forrester Research, with video traffic doubling every six to eight months on average at websites that offer sight, sound and motion.
John Consoli /
ABC, CBS and NBC Inch Closer to Launching Entertainment VOD on Cable
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
All That Fizzes Is Not Soda  —  For those who've never tried carbonated yogurt, here's what you can expect:  —  It's a little tart and a little sweet, and bubbles lightly with fruity flavor as it hits your tongue.  People who like regular yogurt will probably find it tasty and also slightly weird …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jason / A design and usability blog:
Writeboard is live  —  Today we officially announce Writeboard (and here's what it looks like for those visual thinkers).  It's free and available as a standalone hosted web app.  It's also integrated into Backpack if you have a Backpack account.  More on the Backpack integration below.
Jeff Clavier / Software Only:
On Web 2.0 Definitions  —  The buzz has been increasing over the past few days on what is Web 2.0, and what it is not.  Om sort of initiated the movement by blogging his answer to a question asked during a dinner conversation.  My own response (at the same dinner) included 3 characteristics …
Ann Harrison / Wired News:
'UnGoogleables' Hide From Search  —  Geri Agalia doesn't appear to leave less of a data trail than most Americans.  She has a phone in her name, a bank account, utility bills, a mortgage and a credit card.  But the stay-at-home mom and part-time student is among a select and ever-shrinking group …
Discussion: Techdirt
Steven Johnson /
Emerging Technology  —  Web 2.0 Arrives  —  Software upgrades promise to turn the Internet into a lush rain forest of information teeming with new life  —  Some technological revolutions arrive as revelation.  You hear a human voice wafting out from a rotating plastic disk …
Whatshisface / The Post Money Value:
Web 2.0 != a check  —  It's great people are reading my blog before sending me a business plan.  I've gotten a bunch of business plans, podcasts, etc, that I would have otherwise never had a shot at.  I've had over 50 'no harm, no foul' meetings, participated in over 25 meetings with angels, start up groups, and various bar mitzvahs.
JD at Drake Associates / Drakeview:
104th Carnival of the Capitalists  —  2 years ago Jay and Rob created the Carnival of the Capitalists.  This edition celebrates the end of the 2nd year and looks forward to the Anniversary editions from the founders the next two weeks.  In that time there has been some 3,500 hundred posts …
Frank Barnako / MarketWatch:
Web auction for Katrina-hit boats  —  WASHINGTOIN (MarketWatch) — As many as 800 boats and yachts damaged by Hurricane Katrina will be sold over the Internet.  —  National Liquidators, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company that calls itself the world's largest boat-liquidation company …
Discussion: IP Democracy

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Steven Levy / Newsweek:
The Mind of an Inventor  —  He built his first computer as a child.
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Microsoft invents a 'one-play only' DVD to combat Hollywood piracy
AND SO IT BEGINS  —  Allow me to present Michigan SB-0416 …
Discussion: Kotaku
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