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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Introduces Feed Reader  —  Continuing its push into the universe of blogs and feeds, Google has launched a feed reader application.  Google Reader is a browser-based application that works with virtually all popular browsers on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE RELEASES RSS READER  —  Google has released an RSS reader.  It is a beta, in Google Labs.  I'll try to review it tomorrow, but in the last hour of tinkering with it, I have never been so frustrated with a product.  Nothing works the way it is supposed to, whole features are broken …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
What now?  —  What an amazing 24 hours... I did at least 20 press interviews, spoke with 100+ people at the Web 2.0 conference, and have been emailing and IMing with our bloggers constantly.  I'm fried... but it's a good fried.  It reminds me of finishing the marathon.
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Oracle buys Innobase.  MySQL between rock and hard place?  —  As reported in several sources (Slashdot, InfoWorld, AP on Yahoo, Reuters), Oracle has acquired Innobase Oy for an undisclosed sum of money.  This appears to be a strategic move by Oracle to put MySQL between a rock and hard place.
Discussion: Joseph Scott's Blog and Slashdot
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Yahoo! RSS awareness whitepaper  —  Yahoo! conducted a study of Internet users in August in an attempt to quantify the ubiquity of RSS among Internet users.  Yahoo! released a whitepaper covering some of their findings after surveying over 4000 Internet users in August.  —  Findings
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
RSS Needs to Become Seamless
Inside AdSense Team / Inside AdSense:
Six AdSense optimization tips for forums  —  1. Format is important for multiple ad units  —  Placing a skyscraper above the fold on the left side of your forum seems to produce slightly better performance than other positioning.  However, when using multiple ad units throughout the page …
The Doc Searls Weblog:
A post of thanks...  ... to Dave Winer, not only for getting me into blogging in the first place, but for putting this blog up on for its duration (and where I expect it will remain, on a server operated by Userland).  —  I've said it before, When they scroll the credits of my life …
Microsoft Team RSS Blog:
The orange icon...  It's great that a discussion of icons has recently restarted in the RSS community.  We are in the process of figuring out what icon to use on our toolbar in IE7 to represent feeds.  —  There are five parts of the experience for feeds in IE7: discovering if a webpage has a feed …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I tried the Google news reader again, this morning, after it had loaded all my feeds (it seems to take quite a few hours to do that).This is the second blog-related product they've come out with recently that appears not to have been touched by human beings before it was introduced to the world (the other was the ridiculous blog search).
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and TechBeat
Associated Press:
China to develop its own DVD format  —  Announced next-generation standard based on HD DVD  —  SHANGHAI, China - For the second time in two years, China has announced plans to develop its own next-generation DVD standard to break the monopoly of foreign companies and avoid paying heavy licensing fees.
Discussion: HD Beat and Cinematical
Tom Grubisich / Online Journalism Review:
Grassroots journalism: Actual content vs. shining ideal  —  Community news sites get a lot of hype, but can they produce quality journalism?  A survey, from pineapple salsa to virtual village greens.  —  Community sites filled with local news and humming with spirited discussion …
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog
down the avenue:
Blog/Post Web 2.0 Gathering  —  We're meeting at Gordon Biersch on 2 Harrison Street along the waterfront, in San Francisco for a bloggers/post Web 2.0 gathering tonight — Saturday — at 8 pm.  If only wikis or evites were integrated with blogs, we would have a better sense of how many to book for …
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
How Many Feeds Really Matter: Part 2
PC World:
The Hidden Money Trail  —  Those programs that pelt you with ads and bog down your PC are financed by some of America's largest companies.  —  Allison Smith will never forget the week before Memorial Day 2005.  —  Roaming the Internet looking for some free clip art, Smith found a site that looked perfect.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Marc / O'Reilly Radar:
If Everyone Thinks It's a Bubble, It's Not a Bubble  —  Our Web 2.0 conference is prompting all sorts of people to declare that the Bubble-with-a-capital-B is back, Web 2.0 is over, and here we go again.  The only problem with this is, if everyone agrees it's a bubble, then it isn't a bubble.
Richard MacManus / Read/Write Web:   Bubble or Bubble-let?  —  Mary Meeker called where we're at now a "boom-let".

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