Kazaa site becomes legal service — File-sharing site Kazaa will become a legal music download service following a series of high profile legal battles. — The peer-to-peer network has also agreed to pay $100m (£53m) in damages to the record industry.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and The Tech Report
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report: Kazaa to become legal download service
Kazaa to pay record groups $100m — By Joshua Chaffin in New York and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in London — The record industry on Thursday said it had reached a legal settlement with Kazaa, a popular peer-to-peer file-sharing service that is considered a major contributor to piracy.
Carlo / Techdirt: Kazaa To Pay Up, Go Straight
Zillow's Open API — It's rare that Zillow parts the curtain and shines a light on our product roadmap, but today at the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference in San Francisco, Rich and Lloyd are sharing the news that Zillow has begun to develop an Open API to share data on nearly 67 million homes in America.
Discussion: Greg Yardley's Internet Blog, Screenwerk and John Cook's Venture Blog
Greg Yardley / Greg Yardley's Internet Blog: Zillow - a terrific, boring business
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Panel: Don't Give Up on Print
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog: Zillow and Open APIs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zillow - API and Mobile Feature
Zillow - API and Mobile Feature
Discussion: Zillow Blog and Screenwerk
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Zillow Mobile (and API)
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft posts record job growth — Company added 10,081 employees in past fiscal year — Microsoft Corp. bulked up for battle with Google and other rivals by adding more than 10,000 employees worldwide in the past year — the largest annual increase in the company's history.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft employment soars
Microsoft employment soars
Discussion: Microsoft News Tracker
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: Microsoft headcount jumps by 10K during FY06
Nick / Rough Type:
Lee Gomes responds to Chris Anderson — Late yesterday, in an email exchange, I asked Lee Gomes what he thought of Chris Anderson's response to his Wall Street Journal column on the Long Tail. (Which I discussed here.) In particular, I wanted to know whether he thought (as I do) …
Fred / A VC: Arguing About The Long Tail
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone: Heads or Tails? No, Heads and Tails
Gerd Leonhard / The Future of Music …: WSJ: a critical voice on Chris Anderson's LongTail Theory, and book (WSJ)
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day: Questioning the Long Tail
Tom Foremski / IMHO: Where are the profits in the long tail?
Alexander Muse / Texas Startup Blog: Much ado about nothing: The Long Tail Debate
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Live From GoogleFi — Live from Mountain View - This morning I got an email invitation welcoming me to try out Google's Mountain View WiFi network as one of the trusted testers. I'm not sure if it was a random invite or not, after writing a bit about Google's Mountain View plans …
Discussion: SearchViews and Download Squad
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad: Google Wi-Fi Testing
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
A word about metrics, part II — Okay, in a previous post I told a story about Google's market share in early days, and mentioned that you have to think about the limitations of any measuring methodology. I briefly touched on sampling bias too. Let's look consider sampling bias in a different arena: Alexa.
Discussion: Netvibes.com Blog and WebMetricsGuru
Tariq Krim / Netvibes.com Blog: Netvibes introduces Meebo and Alexa modules
Marshall Sponder / WebMetricsGuru: Matt Cutt's - A word about metrics - part two
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
YouTube strategy sticks to clips — CEO OFFERS FEW INSIGHTS ON PLANS FOR PROFITS — Not coming soon to YouTube: full-length movies or other time-consuming video. — Instead, the off-the-charts-successful online video distributor is aiming for the quick-click generation that likes …
Discussion: The Technology Chronicles and SiliconBeat
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles: Chad Hurley: too hot to touch at YouTube
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat: YouTube's Hurley: Gates trying to build YouTube clone
Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
Fake Leopard Screenshot Contest Winners: Better Than The Real Thing? — The Fake Leopard Screenshot Contest quite honestly launched with some ridiculous publicity... apparently something about the idea of a contest with users trying to imagine a better OS X struck something within a lot of people …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Download Squad, The Unofficial Apple Weblog and digg
Jordan Running / Download Squad: The OS X Leopard that might have been
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog: Fake Leopard screenshot winner
Mac Masore / digg: Fake Leopard Screenshots Winners announced
Pics of Nikon D80 Leaked Accidentally on Purpose — You may remember how we showed you that cryptic picture of an upcoming 10.2-megapixel Nikon DSLR from the company's website, and now it appears that a few real pictures of the camera, to be launched on August 9th, have been leaked from the Nikon Europe site.
Sean Portnoy / Shop Talk: Nikon D80 Rumors are Swirling
Paul Miller / Engadget: Nikon D80 pics revealed
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Snapvine gives voice to social networks — Humorous voice messages that inform friends of their bad breath or body odor may not seem like a big business opportunity. Neither would wake-up calls to mobile phones that include horoscopes, jokes or weather reports.
Discussion: MocoNews.net and Webtown
Tropicaljantie / Webtown: Social networks with Voice.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
How Bot Those Nets? — What could you do if you controlled a network of thousands of computers — or, at least, could use the spare processor cycles on those machines? You could perform massively parallel computations: model nuclear explosions or global weather patterns …
Want to get good at videogames? Hire a kid — When David Estalote wanted to learn to play the piano, the 27-year-old New Yorker sought out a teacher at a local music college. To learn to play golf, he took lessons from a pro at his grandfather's country club.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Xbox Live's Major Nelson
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson: Getting paid to teach Halo 2?
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Will Drop Cases If You Point Out That An IP Address Isn't A Person — For years, the RIAA has claimed that having the IP address of a computer that has shared unauthorized files is the equivalent of having the evidence of who was actually sharing files. That, of course, is false.
Discussion: Recording Industry vs … and open
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People: RIAA Discontinued Case in California, Virgin v. Marson
Clickstream Study Reveals Dynamic Web — A recent clickstream study revealed new information about how we use and peruse the Web. University of Hamburg researchers found that the Web is moving from a static hypertext information system to dynamic interactive services with rapid interactivity between man and machine.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch Blog
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch Blog: Study Reveals Changing Web
Matt Goyer / Matt Goyer's Media Center Blog:
Thoughts on MCE beta feedback — I seem to be one of the few program managers on the Media Center team who reads our beta newsgroups on a daily basis and I must say that I find the experience to be just a little bit frustrating. While I'm tempted to respond to every post I'd like to clear …
Discussion: Gizmodo and eHomeUpgrade
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: Matt Goyer Offers a Bullet Point List of Vista MCE Improvements