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1:35 PM ET, August 3, 2006


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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The first 10 Navigators: We've hired three of the top 12 DIGG users, the #1 user from Newsvine, the #1 user from Reddit, and a bunch of Weblogs, Inc. folks.  —  The word is getting out about the first 10 Netscape Navigators (people who took "the offer" to become paid bookmarkers).
Corey Spring / Newsvine:
The Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Netscape Navigators Revealed
Chris Thompson / East Bay Express:
Publishers vs. the Censorbot  —  As Google becomes more crucial to the revenues of online news sites, its practice of withholding ads from edgy stories threatens Web journalism.  —  Google has entered that rarefied tier of corporations whose services or products are indispensable to American life.
Discussion: TeleRead
Mike / Techdirt:
Is Google AdSense Destroying Hard-Hitting Investigative Journalism?  —  from the putting-woodward-and-bernstein-out-of- business dept  —  There have been stories about how Google's AdSense contextual advertising program has helped contribute to the clogging of search engines with useless pages designed …
Discussion: InterMedia
Feed Access Control Standard for RSS and ATOM  —  As we've seen more types of information get syndicated, and as feeds are becoming used for multiple purposes, we've been growing concerned about the lack of controls on the distribution of personal data, especially through RSS.
Matt Cutts / Google Blogoscoped:
Matt Cutts on Searching Homepages Only and More  —  Here's a partial transcript of Google employee Matt Cutt's latest video musings... edited for clarity.  —  Q: Is it possible to search for just homepages?  I try doing -inurl:html, -inurl:htm, etc., but that doesn't filter out enough.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Matt Cutts on Duplicate Content and More
ORGANIZE PHOTOS BY 'WHERE' NOT 'WHEN' WITH GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM FOR SONY DIGITAL CAMERAS  —  Sony Electronics today announced a GPS device that puts your pictures on the map.  —  Using time and location recordings from Sony's GPS-CS1 GPS device and the time stamp from a Sony digital still camera …
Timothy B. Lee / New York Times:
Entangling the Web  —  AFTER a decade of explosive growth, a revolutionary new technology transforms the American economy.  It allows people to communicate and do business across great distances faster than ever before.  Critics, however, contend that access is controlled by a few large corporations eager …
Paul R. La Monica /
Free AOL: Too little, too late?  —  Analysts debate whether giving away e-mail, other services will help the struggling Internet company.  —  NEW YORK ( — One of the worst kept secrets in the business world finally became official Wednesday: AOL is now going to offer many of its services for free to broadband customers.
Staci /
Earnings: Time Warner:$1 Billion Profit For 2Q06; AOL Freed; Time Inc. Disappoints;
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Voice-over-GoogleFi  —  GoogleFi, Google's Mountain View network, may be good for data connections, but is it good enough for making voice calls?  In order to find out answers, I headed down to Mountain View to conduct some first hand tests, and well, make some VoIP calls.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Breaks 60% - U.S. July Search Volume Numbers  —  In addition to market share of visits and page impressions, one of the statistics that Hitwise compiles is the volume of searches executed on the top search engines.  Given our large sample, "top" is defined as 57 search engines used …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Hackers Clone E-Passports  —  LAS VEGAS — A German computer security consultant has shown that he can clone the electronic passports that the United States and other countries are beginning to distribute this year.  —  The controversial e-passports contain radio frequency ID, or RFID …
Discussion: Slashdot
Seo Book / SEO
The Myth of a Perfectly Optimized Page  —  I frequently get asked to look at a page to see if I think it is perfectly optimized.  But I rarely think you can tell if a page is perfectly optimized just by looking at one page.  —  Most of the optimized pages I am asked to look at have no clear goal at hand.
Longofest / MacRumors:
WWDC Keynote Info?  XServe, Mac Pro, Displays?  —  MacRumors has obtained unconfirmed information that could shed light on what the community can expect next Monday during Steve Job's keynote.  —  Xserve  —  According to our source, Apple will be set to unveil Xeon-based Xserves.
Discussion: Blackfriars' Marketing and digg
Sandy / meeblog:
meebo me  —  sandy posted this on August 2nd, 2006 in releases category  —  Since the launch of meebo, we've primarily focused on making the experience inside a really great one.  We've taken thousands of emails, hundreds of requests, and even shelled out a few dollars on real, live usability data.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
What is Red Hat's achilles heel?  No, it's not SuSE, Windows, or Solaris.  Ubuntu anyone?  —  By way of Slashdot comes this interesting editorial at by Tony Mobily who makes a case for why Linux server success is connected to Linux desktop usage …
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
AOL to provide 5GB of online storage for free  —  AOL (this blog's parent company) announced today that starting next month it will offer 5GB of free online storage for all web users.  The free online storage will start in September, and will be powered by Xdrive, a service acquired by AOL late last year.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Picasa Now for Mac, Almost  —  Google released a web uploader for the Mac tonight.  This is not a Mac version of Picasa desktop software, which is still only available only for Windows and Linux machines, but it does allow Web users to upload photos from either iPhoto or from the Desktop to Picasa Web Albums.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google, Yahoo, others team against click fraud  —  After numerous class action lawsuits and criticism from advertisers, the major Web search companies finally announced on Wednesday plans to work together with two industry groups to quantify click fraud.  —  Click fraud occurs when online ads …
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Get The Snakes On A Bleeping Plane On A Bleeping Phone  —  The forthcoming movie Snakes on a Plane has become a minor piece of web folklore after its makers filmed five additional days of footage nearly six months after finishing principal photography — to incorporate online criticism and suggestions into the movie.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less  —  UPDATE, 6:45 p.m. ET: Watch the video of the Ellch/Maynor presentation on a new method they discovered for remotely circumventing the security of an Apple Macbook computer to seize total control over the machine.
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Long lines, pillaged food stations— Welcome to Black Hat!!
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What Is 'Photosynth'?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ZScanner 700 — almost as cool as a View-Master 3D
Dan Nystedt / Macworld UK:
RealNetworks to distribute Google and Mozilla software
Phil Bradley / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Lycos Revamps Email Offering
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 Earlier Items: 
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Researchers develop algorithm to combat photo blur
jwalsh Filed / Open Knowledge Foundation Weblog:
Why open geodata in an open source software foundation?
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rollyo Adds A Ton of Features
Mathew Ingram /
Enquisite launches — deep site analysis
Discussion: down the avenue and Traffick
Black Voices:
Important AOL Announcement
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iChat Mobile: is it the iPhone (part forty bajillion)?