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1:35 AM ET, June 26, 2006


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Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Waiting for the Dough on the Web  —  NOW and then, an executive whose brain I'm siphoning will turn the tables and pose a question.  And lately, I've been getting a few versions of this: "You talk to a lot of the traditional media companies.  Who do you think has got this Internet thing figured out?"
Rafat /
The Next Big Step: Announcing Our Funding, from Patricof's Greycroft Partners [by Rafat]  —  The biggest step till now was me deciding to go full time with the blog, back in early 2003.  This tops that:  —  The news: ContentNext Media, the parent company of our three sites - …
Discussion: Rex Hammock's Weblog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rafat Ali's ContentNext Raises VC Dollars  —  Rafat Ali, the founder and editor of ContentNext Media Inc., the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company that publishes PaidContent, Content Sutra and MocoNews has raised venture capital from veteran VC Alan Patricof's new firm, GreyCroft Partners.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Look, New Name For  —  Tag metasearch engine (TechCrunch posts describing the service are here) is getting a name change and a redesign at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle later this week (Chris Pirillo founded the company and also runs the conference).
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
TagJag: The New Name for  —, Chris Pirillo's RSS metasearch engine, is to be redesigned and renamed "TagJag".  The relaunched site will appear at - it will be unveiled at Chris' Gnomedex Conference in Seattle, which starts on June 29th.
Gina Bianchini / Ning | Blog:
Introducing the Ningbar  —  Good Morning!  Last night, while small children and dogs slept, the social web apps running on Ning got a little facelift and a ton of new features.  —  We've replace the Sidebar, formerly hogging the right hand column of every Ning app, with the new Ningbar …
Brian W. McCallister / Brian McCallister:
Ningbar Baby!  —  Last night (well, in the wee hours of this morning …
Stuart / Popgadget:
Egokast video belt buckle  —  Oh, decisions, decisions.  What belt shall I wear tonight to set off my new outfit?  Hmm, the traditional leather?  The one with the clamp fastener or the metal buckle?  I guess I'll just settle on the one with the 3" video display where I can insert an SD card …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:   Egokast Video Belt Buckle
Tom Espiner / CNET
Zombie builders send out phone texts  —  Hackers are trying to lure people to a malicious Web site using cell phone text messages, a security company has warned.  —  The blended attack uses social engineering techniques in its attempt to trick people to the site, security vendor Websense said in an advisory.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper  —  Newspapers are dying, but the news is thriving.  —  That high-pitched squealing you hear in the background is the sound of the American newspaper shrinking.  —  The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times …
Carlfish / The Fishbowl:
WE COME TO BURY WINFS...  The first thing to strike me about the blog post announcing the end of WinFS as a Vista feature is how totally un-blog-like it is.  —  Every comment (bar one) got the point.  WinFS is dead.  Its carcass is being split between SQL Server and ADO.NET …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Cisco leads $15.5 million investment in IPTV start-up, Akimbo  —  Cisco Systems, perceived by some as a faceless, somewhat boring Internet router company, wants to get more personal.  —  There's nothing it would rather do than enter your living room, plop itself down on your couch …
Discussion: GigaOM
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Apple to play integral role in Best Buy Mac sales  —  June 24, 2006 - Apple will staff Best Buy locations selling its computers with its own employees in a similar fashion as the company has done with its displays at many CompUSA stores.  —  The Apple-badged workers, or Apple Solutions Consultants …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Production values debate breaks out during videologger session  —  I just listened to the video blogging session at BloggerCon.  —  In the discussion it was clear that there is a coming conflict between people who "do it for love" and those who are doing video to build an audience …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Advertisers: You're next  —  I'm seeing a lot of avoidance of the elephant that isn't quite in the room yet but is banging at the door:  —  Advertising is the next big industry to suffer huge upheaval thanks to the internet.  They may think they're already there, but they're not, not by a long shot.
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