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Michael Graves /
Weblogs 2.0  —  Word is out, and it's true: VeriSign has acquired the assets of Dave Winer's  I'm sure Dave will have plenty to say on the subject, but this past year has reached a point where Dave needed to either a) invest significant capital into the development of Weblogs 2.0 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What a day!  —  These notes were written on the flight from Cincinnati to Greensboro, early yesterday evening.  —  Today was a travel day, an interesting one for sure, unique in many ways.  It was the first time I began a trip in the East Bay, and I learned a ton about getting from Berkeley to SFO for an 11AM weekday flight.
Discussion: Joseph Scott's Blog
Staci / Details Starting To Emerge; Price Tag $2.3 Million : Updated at 11:50 p.m. eastern to include interview with Dave Winer: VeriSign moved quickly tonight to shift the story from reports of a sale to what the company will do with its new acquisition from Dave Winer.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dave Winer gives rest of the story on sale
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
The weblog:
Doing the numbers on the AOL-WeblogsInc deal  —  AOL bought Weblogs inc., the two year old weblog network founded by Jason Calacanis and Brian Alvey, for a number that is rumored to be anywhere between $25 million and $40 million.  In this process, Time Warner may be providing some ideas …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Guy who was busted "for using lynx" found guilty  —  Last January, I got an email from a trusted source swearing that a good pal of his had been arrested while making a donation to an online tsunami relief fund because he'd been using a non-standard text-based browser that triggered the donor's intrusion detection system.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Tsunami appeal site 'hacker' found guilty
Discussion: iBLOGthere4iM
With more than 14 million blogs in existence and another 80,000 being created each day, how is a person supposed to find the ones worth reading?  —  That is the question CNET is attempting to answer with our first Blog 100 list.  This effort adds to products such as Blogs …
Business Week:
Daggers Drawn Over DVDs  —  How Sony gained an edge in its fierce battle with Microsoft over video formats  —  Every July, 400 of the most powerful media and tech industry chieftains meet at investment banker Herb Allen's conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, for what are usually convivial discussions of megatrends and megamergers.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The next free ebook (Squidoo!)  —  Everyone's an Expert (about something).  —  How do you get more people to visit your site?  —  or buy your product?  —  or donate to your charity online?  —  How do you get your ideas to spread?  —  If you work on the web, this is one of the biggest questions you wrestle with.
Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 Released  —  Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 is now available for download.  Also known as the 1.8 Beta 5 milestone, this is the last beta release of the next major Firefox update and is aimed at testers, extension/theme authors and Web developers.
Discussion: Tech.Life.Blogged and digg
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
A Personal Note  —  Before sharing some thoughts from the excellent Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, I want to offer a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has posted or sent encouraging comments in the last few days.  The readership of the blog exploded after John Batelle and others linked …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Driving under the influence of Web maps  —  It was a nearly cloudless, sunny day in San Francisco as I set out on my Wednesday drive.  My goal: Test the accuracy and timing of the maps and driving directions provided by Yahoo, Google, MSN and America Online's MapQuest.
Patrick Ross / CNET
Here's a surefire way to stifle innovation  —  During the Grokster debate, we frequently heard those opposed to the content industry's position chant, "Don't stifle innovation!"  —  Now that the Grokster decision has been handed down and innovation still appears to be among us, it's important to continue the fight for new ideas.

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