Long Tail comment elsewhere... - Might the Long Tail actually reduce choice? — Nick Carr notes a NYT column that suggests that if all content is "unbundled" and forced to fend for itself, the cultural products subsidized by commercial junk may go away. Carr writes: "It's not a sure thing …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, Small Initiatives, Blackfriars' Marketing, Data Mining and paidContent.org
Marc Gunther / CNNMoney.com: The extinction of mass culture
Jay Small / Small Initiatives: Papers already in the long tail
Matthew Hurst / Data Mining: Careful with Those Stats, Eugene
Glenn Chapman / Mail&Guardian:
Yahoo! cries foul as MySpace pulls top ranking — The MySpace website deemed a virtual clubhouse where teenagers bare details of their lives has eclipsed internet oldster Yahoo! as the most popular website in the United States, a research firm said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Thomas Hawk's Digital …, Mathew Ingram, paidContent.org, GigaOM, Business Wire, Screenwerk and Threadwatch.org
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection: Yahoo Calls Hitwise Report Claiming MySpace #1 Internet Site Misleading
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work: MySpace might be bigger — or not
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM: Yahoo Rejects MySpace #1 Claim
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Yahoo! to Hitwise: Run the Numbers Again
The Founder / Threadwatch.org: Yahoo - How dare you say MySpace has more Traffic
10 Questions for Amanda Congdon — Amanda Congdon, the former co-producer and host of Rocketboom, a popular video blog, left the site this week after a dispute with producer-director Andrew Baron. The news of Congdon's departure — which she announced, in Star Jones-like fashion, in her own vlog — has set the Blogosphere abuzz.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank, The Blog Herald, Things That, B.L. Ochman's weblog and Blogebrity
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog: Rocketboom 2.0 Launches Cautiously
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Behind Rocketboom's breakup fireworks — The news broke last week that Amanda Congdon, the face of the popular New York-based video blog Rocketboom, would no longer be the face. — What was not clear were the circumstances behind Congdon's departure.
Discussion: Steve Garfield's Off …
Yahoo! and Microsoft Bridge Global Instant Messaging Communities — Beta testing of unprecedented interoperability between Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice lets users communicate across IM services. — SUNNYVALE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — July 12, 2006 — Yahoo! …
Discussion: TechCrunch, greg hughes and 21talks
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: IM interoperability: not just a dream anymore
Statement on July 12 Fine Announced by European Commission — Fine not appropriate; key issue not compliance, but clarity of March 2004 decision. — REDMOND, Wash. — July 12, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. issued the following statement by General Counsel Brad Smith, following the decision …
Discussion: Microsoft News Tracker, Bink.nu and Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Elhood Gets Funding for Hispanic MySpace Clone — More niche social networking: Elhood, which launched officially on June 26th, is a Hispanic social network. Today it emerged that the site has taken a second round of funding led by Jose "Pepe" Barroso", head of Pep's Records (a joint venture with SonyBMG Spain).
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog and paidContent.org
Cybercrooks turn to hacking many applications — SEATTLE — In a widely aired TV commercial, a hip-looking dude personifying Apple products wipes the nose of a sickly businessman representing Windows PCs, and smugly declares Apple's immunity to computer viruses. — But the ad belies an alarming shift in cyberattacks.
New Baby at Google Labs — Days after releasing Google Vortex, a hyperdimensional transporter array that you can run on Windows 2000/XP (Linux version coming), the Mountain View juggernaut announced Glife - a 100% hosted pregnancy solution. This is Google's latest attempt to overtake …
Colin Campbell / next-gen.biz:
Rein Pours Scorn on Episodic — Epic Games VP Mark Rein called episodic gaming a "broken business," triggering outrage among some delegates during the Develop Conference in Brighton, England today. Lots of good stuff inside... During his keynote, Rein also talked about the economics …
Discussion: Joystiq, Games, Gaming …, Blue's News and Kotaku
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Joystiq: Epic's Mark Rein: Intel is killing PC Gaming
Josh / Games, Gaming and Blog Stuff From Cathode Tan: Rein Dismisses Episodic Content As Competition
Microsoft Unveils New Ways for Industry Partners to Take Advantage of Market Opportunity and Build Profitability — Microsoft invests in partner profitability, and provides innovative, people-centric services and solutions. — BOSTON — July 12, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. opened the second …
Discussion: Ed Bott's Microsoft Report, Microsoft News Tracker and Bink.nu
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: Microsoft Virtual PC now free
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Big Media Just Wants to Relate — Social-networking sites are so popular that advertising companies are spending big bucks to buy their way into the business — Last month, advertising giant Interpublic Group caused a stir when it agreed to spend at least $10 million on advertising at Facebook …
Discussion: Techdirt, CNET News.com, Adverblog and InterMedia
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com: MySpace may face legislative crackdown
Martina / Adverblog: Advertising and social-networking sites
Steve Bryant / InterMedia: MySpace Has Less Sex Than You Think It Does
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Geek Entertainment TV Sells Out To PodTech — Breaking news! PodTech has just acquired video blogging snarksters Geek Entertainment TV. — GETV co-founders Eddie Codel and Irina Slutsky will be working full-time for PodTech, reporting to Robert Scoble, the former Microsoft blogger …
Discussion: Like It Matters, Scobleizer and PodTech Comments …
Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters: geekentertainmenttv now part of podtech 12jul06
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Go to lunch, get blogged, buy company, huh, whoa!
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Missing the Tower for the Trees — Cellular Firms Want Strong Signals but Not Eyesores — It's tough to spot, but there is a pine tree in Great Falls Park that's a little taller and fatter than most of the others in the dense forest. — The tree — with a steel trunk …
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Is Your Horizon Cloudy or Is The Vista Clear? — Last night I was chatting with a friend who I haven't heard from in awhile, prompted by my upcoming birthday. He had been following my blog and the work I do here at GBM and is very intrigued by Tablet PCs. He's thinking of joining the ranks of Tableteers.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Things That
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica: Gates: Vista "80%" chance for January release
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Microsoft approaches iPod accessory makers for Zune — Editor-in-Chief, iLounge submit a news tip — After offering confirmation of recent reports that Microsoft will release an iPod-competitive media player called Zune, representatives of iPod accessory manufacturers have disclosed …
Discussion: Engadget, dapreview.net and Alice Hill's Real Tech News
Darren Murph / Engadget: Microsoft approaches iPod accessory makers for Zune
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: More Info on Argo ... It's Now Zune
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
The Great Divide — The two sides — adware provider and security researcher — couldn't be farther apart, and Zango's Stratz made it sound as if that would always be the case. — "We know where Boyd and others like him stand, and they know where we stand," Stratz said. — Ouch!
Aquafinality / digg: Teenagers used to push Zango on Myspace?
Timothy / Slashdot: Adware Spreads Through Myspace