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1:20 PM ET, July 26, 2006

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Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
It May Be a Long Time Before the Long Tail Is Wagging the Web  —  Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson's hot, new best seller, "The Long Tail," is causing a sensation with its eye-opening claims about the way the Web is rewriting the rules of commerce.  But I've looked at some of the same data …
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Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE BACKLASH, CHAPTER 1  —  I'll take it as a compliment that I now warrant a proper Wall Street Journal takedown for crimes of...well, I'm not quite sure what the crimes are.  But Lee Gomes has tried mightily to find flaws with the Long Tail theory and deserves a response of some sort.
Nick / Rough Type:
How large is the long tail?  —  In his column in the Wall Street Journal today, Lee Gomes tries to debunk Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory, and on his Long Tail blog today, Anderson tries to debunk Gomes's debunking.  It's an interesting - and important - debate, and I find myself agreeing with both gentlemen.
Kevin Rose / my blog:
Calacanis  —  I rarely blog, but I recently saw this post by Jason Calacanis so I thought I'd share my thoughts.  —  Jason,  —  Clever PR stunt, but man, in the end I believe it's going to do more damage for Netscape than good.  Ya see users like Digg, Del.icio.us, Reddit and Flickr …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Kevin Rose cracks (or "how to know when you've won the debate")  —  Update: This story has been DUGG (but is not yet 'Scaped).  —  Update2: Looks like the story has been killed on DIGG—go figure. :-)  —  OK, it's on. :-)  —  On the latest DIGG Nation (minute 8), Digg co-funder Kevin Rose goes …
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Should Community-Edited News Sites Pay Top Editors?  —  If there is one push-and-pull balancing act that defines news in the age of Web 2.0, it's the question of how much power to give the audience, the masses, the collective mind, and how much control remains centralized.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google to offer advertisers click fraud stats  —  Responding to concerns about click fraud in the online-ad industry, Google will be revealing to advertisers the number of invalid clicks on their ads with changes it's set to make to its AdWords system late Tuesday.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
TiVo Is Watching When You Don't Watch, and It Tattles  —  AS the advertising and television industries debate how to measure viewers of shows watched on digital video recorders, the pioneering maker of the recorders, TiVo, is getting into the argument.  It is starting a research division …
Business Wire:
Facebook Launches Back-to-School Promotion to Give Away 10 Million Music Samplers from iTunes  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 25, 2006—Facebook, the social directory that allows people to share information, announced today a back-to-school promotion to give away 10 million music samplers …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Who's Getting What Out Of The iTunes/Facebook Deal?
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Joshua Chaffin / MarketWatch:
Time Inc. to suspend print version of Teen People  —  Teen People, one of the first major magazines to be launched simultaneously in print and on the web, on Tuesday said that it would suspend its print operations.  —  The decision, which was taken by Time Inc., is another sign of the migration of readers …
Discussion: Mark Evans and paidContent.org
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
SightSpeed 5.0 Launches  —  Berkeley, CA based SightSpeed, an IP video and voice services company, is launching its 5.0 product tonight.  —  While many of the changes are upgrades to its video product suite (including a new video codec) and user interface (which is already good), SightSpeed makes several introductions in this launch.
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Yahoo, Symantec Partner on Net Security  —  Yahoo and Symantec announced a partnership on Tuesday that will promote the company's Internet security products to Yahoo's users.  Several Yahoo services would be enhanced with online versions of Symantec products, including Yahoo Mail, Toolbar and HotJobs.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SayNow helps musicians call their fans  —  Sometimes simple systems work the best and SayNow might be one of those cases.  The service, still in private beta, is targeting musicians on MySpace who want to exchange voice messages with their fans.  They can record voice messages …
Discussion: textually.org
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Real-Time Traffic From Google Maps Mobile  —  Google Maps has rolled out a new mobile version offering real-time traffic information in 30 US cities.  The service also offers directions designed for those who are walking, in addition to driving.  —  The mobile version is explained more here from Google.
Joris Evers / ZDNet:
Symantec continues Vista bug hunt  —  After poking around the Windows Vista networking stack, Symantec researchers have tried out privilege-escalation attacks on an early version of the Windows XP successor.  —  In a second report on Vista, Symantec takes on a security feature called User Account Control …
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