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6:20 PM ET, July 2, 2006

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where was Google?  —  Thinking back on the last two days of Gnomedex and I am wondering "where was Google?"  I don't remember meeting a Google employee (I just looked through my stack of more than a hundred business cards and didn't find one from Google).  —  But, yet, Google was the talk of the conference.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google a one trick pony?  —  BusinessWeek has an interesting article about Google "So Much Fanfare, So Few Hits".  This follows the theme of my previous post "MacroMyopia and the Technology Hype Cycle".  The article basically says there is way too much hype about anything Google announces …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Aneil / PostBubble:
A fresh perspective on the Google saga
Randall Stross / New York Times:
AOL Said, 'If You Leave Me I'll Do Something Crazy'  —  "YOU'RE going to listen to me."  —  This was the taunting command of an AOL customer service representative who sounded like a jailer twirling his keychain.  The customer on the phone wanted to complete his business …
Blake Ross / Blake Ross on Firefox:
Gnomedex  —  I just led—or tried to lead—a discussion here at Gnomedex about spreading software through grassroots means.  —  During the discussion, Dave Winer stood up and asked caustically why I wasn't discussing Firefox's future and how it will help users.  The answer is simple: I wasn't leading a Q&A about Firefox.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My talk this morning  —  I'm going to try to explain how I think about communication, technology, creativity and making money.  There are a couple of very very simple ideas that are behind everything I do, RSS, blogging, OPML, outlining, podcasting, unconferences, everything.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Gnomedex Notes: Day 2  —  10 a.m.: Web browsers are going to …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Sam Ruby:
Repave Periodically  —  Bill de hÓra: I don't have time to change OSes  —  That's scary.  When was the last time you installed any version of Windows?  For me, it was April.  —  My biggest concern is an involuntary need to reinstall that comes at a time that I can least afford it.
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Another reason to love Open Source
Discussion: Open Culture
Business Week:
How Failure Breeds Success  —  Everyone fears failure.  But breakthroughs depend on it.  The best companies embrace their mistakes and learn from them  —  Ever heard of Choglit?  How about OK Soda or Surge?  Long after "New Coke" became nearly synonymous with innovation failure …
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Accidental Tech Entrepreneurs Turn Their Hobbies Into Livelihoods  —  InformationWeek interviewed five accidental entrepreneurs, including the founders of del.icio.us and Digg and the author of the blog Dooce, to find out how they freed themselves from the paycheck-to-paycheck grind.
Jessie Seyfer / Mercury News:
Seven bidders step up with wireless Net plan for valley  —  NETWORK TO COVER 1,500 SQUARE MILES FROM SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH SANTA CRUZ  —  Seven bidders stepped up Friday with proposals for bringing affordable wireless Internet access to all 1,500 square miles of Silicon Valley — a costly, technically challenging task.
Daniel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Internet and Land-Line Calls on One Phone  —  At one point, the biggest selling point in Internet phone services was price.  —  Companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp. and 8x8 Inc. enticed customers with calling plans that offered local and long-distance services over a high-speed Internet connection for as little as $15 a month.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Some MacBooks have premature age spots  —  What began as a few isolated reports of mysterious stains appearing on the wrist rests of Apple Computer's MacBooks looks to be more widespread and the impetus for a growing Web community of displeased owners.  —  Reports of the discoloration …
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Eon8 - a Summary  —  Well, Eon8 came and went, and a whole bunch of people are probably feeling majorly burnt out.  Eon8 (a mysterious site that developed a creeping sense of inevitable doom, thanks to some nifty tricks employed by the site creator) was simply an experiment …
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG and My blog index
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Delete All Spam In Gmail  —  Gmail has a great spam filter, but the spam is hard to delete.  And that's a problem if you get hundreds of spam messages everyday.  Gmail is rolling out a new link called "Delete all spam messages now" so you don't have to repeatedly select all messages and delete them.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Suit over poor Google ranking may go forward  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—A federal judge in California hinted that a parenting Web site that's suing Google over a poor ranking in the search giant's massive index would be able to proceed with its lawsuit.  —  During a hearing here Friday …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Jabra announces iPod Bluetooth adapter  —  Since Apple's still showing no sign of caving into consumer demand and releasing a Bluetooth-equipped iPod (even a proprietary solution would be a good start — anything to get rid of that annoying white cord), more and more manufacturers are looking …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Dick / Burning Questions:
newTunes for iTunes (Podcast Category Changes)  —  Apple has launched a streamlined new categorization scheme for podcasts listed in the iTunes Music Store.  Somebody wasn't paying attention to our "don't launch changes on a Friday before a holiday" policy, but we'll let it slide this time.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Seagate's leaking hard drives for 10x the fun  —  The wild and wacky frontier of hard drive technology is always full of surprising new ways to keep those drive capacities growing, and this new patent for leaking nanotube-housed lubricant onto disc platters is no exception.
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Helen Knight / New Scientist Invention blog:
Leaking hard drives
Discussion: StorageMojo
 
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