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Stowe Boyd / Message:
The Social Scale of Social Media: The Conversational Index  —  I think it was Brian Ritchie, one of the inventors of Unix and C, who said "All large systems that work start as small systems that work."  This is an enormously powerful thought, one that can be carried into all corners of life …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
The Conversational Index for blogs  —  Microsoft Emerging Business Team  —  The Conversational Index for blogs  —  Stowe Boyd has introduced the notion of a Conversational Index to measure the effectiveness of blogs.  I agree completely with Stowe on this.
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Tracking the COMPLETE CONVERSATION - Part 3  —  Stowe Boyd introduces the concept of the Conversational Index: … I'm fully with him on this, the CI would be a really useful indicator of the interest level a blog enjoys - but we need to step further than just having another nice badge to be displayed on our blogs.
Discussion: Squash
Declan McCullagh / CNET
FAQ: When Google is not your friend  —  FAQ Google's recent legal spat with the U.S. Department of Justice highlights not only what information search engines record about us but also the shortcomings in a federal law that's supposed to protect online privacy.
Verbatim: Search firms surveyed on privacy  —  update To find out what kind of information the four major search companies retain about their users, CNET surveyed America Online, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.  —  We asked the same seven questions of each company.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
How The US Department Of Justice …
Discussion: SLI Systems Blog
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
The Rise of the Memetrackers  —  Has Memeorandum got competition?  Over the last few months, a number of services have sprung up to help us find the most talked-about news of the moment.  Time for a check-up on the state of the memeosphere...  Memeorandum - If you're into tech or US politics, Memeorandum is unbeatable.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Memeorandum Hunters  —  I've written about two new real-time news aggregators today, Megite and Newroo.  —  The space is clearly hot, with both funded and unfunded companies rushing to release products.  The goal?  Leverage all of the great edge blog content out there …
Discussion: Darwinian Web
S Karat / ContentSutra:
Kleiner Perkins And Ram Shriram At It Again In India; Pick Up Stake In  —  The Economic Times has lost news sense.  If India's largest internet classifieds company gets investment from world's fat cat VCs, it can't be shrugged away as a small news brief somewhere in the page X of the newsaper.
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Google to Acquire World  —  At least according to this article in the Times of London (which presumably is read by the Werewolves of London).  —  I don't even know where to start, so let's take this story paragraph by paragraph.  —  Google is working on a project to create its own global internet protocol (IP) network...
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Our Internet, Up for Grabs … The modest hyperbole in this commentary should not distract you from its essential truth: The cable and phone companies are truly out to turn the Net into their own collection of walled gardens.  They have purchased a compliant Congress, and the more centralized …
Discussion: technology filter and Smart Mobs
Ward / Nerd Vittles:
Newbie's Guide to Asterisk@Home 2.5: Unabridged Soup-to-Nuts Installation Guide  —  Want a rock-solid PBX at a rock-bottom price: free!  Well, it's been two days since our tutorial on AAH 2.4 but here we go again!  Asterisk@Home 2.5 has hit the street because of another serious bug-fix release of Asterisk.
Steven Noels /
Daisy 1.4 released  —  Outerthought proudly announces the immediate release of version 1.4 of its flagship open source CMS Daisy, which now has become the only open source CMS to support book-quality publishing, making Daisy a supreme choice for software manual production and knowledge management applications …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Games that stick it to 'The Man'  —  Big corporations beware: Some video game developers are on a mission to skewer your reputation.  —  For several years, hard-core game players have complained that big consumer brands are increasingly being featured in their virtual game worlds.
Discussion: Fresh Inc.
Open for Discussion:
Listening and Learning Through Blogging  —  I've just finished my second posting, and I've realized how much there is to learn about the blogosphere.  I've spent a lot of time looking at other blogs, listening to what others are saying about what we're doing, and picking up some suggestions along the way.
Tomb Raider: Legend  —  Published by Eidos and developed by Crystal Dynamics  —  TBC players, Autumn 2006.  —  The first lady of computing vaults, spins, poses and pouts her way onto the Xbox 360  —  But has she learnt from recent failures?  —  Lara steps gingerly onto the stone walkway.
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Kotaku
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Libraries fear digital lockdown  —  Libraries have warned that the rise of digital publishing may make it harder or even impossible to access items in their collections in the future.  —  Many publishers put restrictions on how digital books and journals can be used.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Nicholas Paphitis / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Phones of Greek, U.S., officals tapped  —  ATHENS, Greece — Mobile phones belonging to top Greek military and government officials - including the prime minister - and the U.S. embassy were tapped for nearly a year beginning in the weeks before the 2004 Olympic games, the government said Thursday.
Discussion: Schneier on Security
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Verizon & Unnecessary Roughness  —  Business Week article about how Verizon wants to reserve 80% of its network bandwidth for itself, caused a minor ruckus yesterday as one after another, everyone brought up the issue of network neutrality and started the finger pointing.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Reading Feeds With RSS Bandit  —  Dave Naylor and I were IMing today about IE 7's new RSS feature.  He was very excited.  I haven't tried it yet, but the screenshot he sent me didn't make me think it was better than the RSS Bandit feed reader I currently use.
Anil Dash:
Alt Weeklies, San Francisco, Curiosity, and Bulls**t  —  I was startled by this phenomenally wrong-headed editorial in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  Tim Redmond exposes his insecurities by arguing that Craig Newmark's work in Craigslist doesn't build communities because it threatens the business models of alt weeklies.
Out-Law.Com / The Register:
Mobile phone tracking, girlfriend stalking and the law  —  A service has launched in the UK which allows you to track any mobile phone around the globe and follow its movements from your own computer.  The Guardian ran a feature on it yesterday called 'How I stalked my girlfriend'.  It painted a scary picture.
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash
Yahoo's media boss: so out  —  So, please, let's just stipulate, already: Lloyd Braun is out of Yahoo.  The rumors of his departure have been around so long that everyone's bored of them; we're promoting them to the status of fact.  —  To recap, Braun was brought in by CEO Terry Semel to take Yahoo into media.
Anne 2.0:
Why "Do What You Love" Is A Recipe for Web 2.0-Style Disruption  —  Mary Hodder's new online video aggregation service Dabble is launching its balpha (that's not quite beta but beyond alpha) next week.  Om Malik, senior writer at Business 2.0 magazine, reviewed the service this morning.

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