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10:00 AM ET, August 3, 2006


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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 /
Detailing AOL's Change Of Course; Reshaping The Access Business
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Staci /
Earnings: Time Warner:$1 Billion Profit For 2Q06; AOL Freed; Time Inc. Disappoints;
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Netscape Navigators Revealed  —  Netscape has raised some eyebrows with their pending paid social news editors aka "Netscape Navigators"and now they've finally revealed them.  Netscape just added the section on the right hand side of their main page.  —  Here is a list of the hired guns with pictures:
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).
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.
Discussion: Matt Cutts and Forever Geek
Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Matt Cutts on Duplicate Content and More
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?
Larry Gordon / Los Angeles Times:
UC May Join Google's Library Project  —  The firm would gain access to 34 million volumes in its effort to offer digitized books.  —  In a move with major significance for the worlds of academic research and publishing, the University of California is in talks to join Google's controversial project …
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:   UC in Discussions to Join Google Library Project
Joris Evers / CNET
Apple fixes 26 Mac OS flaws  —  Apple Computer issued on Tuesday updates for its Mac OS X operating system to fix 26 security flaws, some serious.  —  Several of the vulnerabilities affect the way in which Mac OS X handles images and the file-sharing capabilities of the software, according to an Apple security advisory.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The Tao of Mac
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
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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.
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 …
Dan Nystedt / Macworld UK:
RealNetworks to distribute Google and Mozilla software  —  Developers of three popular software applications - RealPlayer, Firefox, and Google's Toolbar - have reached a multi-year agreement to distribute certain applications to users.  —  When users download RealNetworks' RealPlayer media software …
Samuel Rose / Smart Mobs:
P2P International Currency Exchange  —  what is a bliki?]  —  [via P2P Blog]  — describes itself as: … Many people just keep foreign money as a souvenir, because it is often not worth exchanging it upon returning home.  Or, sometimes, in my case I give it to friends and family travelling to the same destination.
Discussion: InterMedia and The weblog
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iChat Mobile: is it the iPhone (part forty bajillion)?  —  Ok everybody, alright, get it all out of your systems now.  WWDC's in a few days, and the predominant rumor is that the iPhone is what we're going to get from it.  Apple knows we want it, and we know they're working on it.
LATEST WALKMAN PLAYERS ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR AND STAMINA TO YOUR DIGITAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE  —  Sony today unveiled a line of flash-based, digital music players that combine style and exceptional battery power.  The new NW-E Series of Walkman® players comes in six different colors (pink …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rollyo Adds A Ton of Features  —  Rollyo, a San Francisco based startup that launched in September 2005, released a bevy of new features on their site tonight.  I won't go into detail on all of them, but a complete list is available on their About page.  —  If you aren't familiar with Rollyo …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Diigo is a research tool that rocks  —  I just looked at the new research megatool Diigo and though several bloggers have covered it in the past and in previous incarnations (including our charming leader) I think they really missed the boat when many called it an unexciting entry into the crowded social bookmarking space.
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 …
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Why open geodata in an open source software foundation?
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Google-AP Deal Not Pay-Per-Click & Some Further Details
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Important AOL Announcement
Official Google Blog:
It's all about the photos...on a Mac
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Buyer Beware: Verizon Wireless and Sprextel disabling features on handsets they sell
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Researcher creates net neutrality test