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4:20 PM ET, August 3, 2006

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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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AOL/AIM users to get 5GB free storage  —  The one upsmanship in giving away storage continues with an announcement today from AOL that come September the company will provide 5 GB of free storage on the company's XDrive system to anyone with as little as an AOL or AIM screen name.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Paying the Audience Pays Off: Netscape Steals Away Some Top Digg Users
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SkyRider, A New P2P Start Up Emerges  —  Peer-to-peer (P2P) networking is once again catching the imagination of the venture capital community in Silicon Valley.  RedSwoosh, BitTorrent, Pando, and dozens of others have come out with different twists on the core concept of peer-to-peer networking, and have raised millions.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SkyRider aims to monetize P2P  —  Mountain View based stealth P2P company SkyRider formally announced their company's existence today but was maddeningly vague about what they will actually do when they launch this fall.  The company, which is headed by former Cisco CTO Edward Kozel …
Roeder-Johnson Current:
SKYRIDER'S SMART NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS THE CREATION …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Net
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:   Skyrider gets $8M to launch new sort of search engine: of peer-to-peer
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 …
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 …
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.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Is Google AdSense Destroying Hard-Hitting Investigative Journalism?
Discussion: InterMedia
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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Russ Walker / Security Fix:
Follow-up to the Macbook Post
Discussion: Daring Fireball and digg
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
Assaf / Supr.c.ilio.us:
What the Web 2.0 means  —  To everyday American, the Web 2.0 is just a normal part of life, like SUVs and apple pie.  It makes you happy, gets you laid and pays the bill.  So no wonder, we rarely stop our busy daily routine to ask ourselves: what does it all mean?
Discussion: kottke.org and Signal vs. Noise
Bloglines:
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.
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Google's Matt Cutts on Duplicate Content and More
Ted's Take:
the New AOL  —  AOL made a lot of news yesterday, and the media gobbled it up.  There has been lots of speculation about our new strategy, our business model, our product plans, and the risks of such a dramatic pivot.  As someone who has been at AOL through most of its incarnations …
Seo Book / SEO Book.com:
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.
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Free AOL: Too little, too late?  —  Analysts debate whether giving away e-mail, other services will help the struggling Internet company.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — 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.
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
Namespaced Extensions in Feeds  —  Feeds can be used for more than just text; they can embed pictures, podcasts and video.  There are even more esoteric bits of data that can be attached to feeds, like the geographic location that a post is about, the number of comments it has received and that …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
New tools test VoIP security  —  LAS VEGAS—If your VoIP phone starts ringing off the hook, it might not denote a surge in your popularity—just that someone is trying one of 13 newly released security tools.  —  Researchers at the Black Hat security conference here released the tools on Wednesday.
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.
 
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