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1:50 PM ET, August 4, 2006

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Business Week:
Valley Boys  —  Digg.com's Kevin Rose leads a new brat pack of young entrepreneurs  —  It was June 26, 4:45 a.m., and Digg founder Kevin Rose was slugging back tea and trying to keep his eyes open as he drove his Volkswagen Golf to Digg's headquarters above the grungy offices of the SF Bay Guardian in Potrero Hill.
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Joe / Techdirt:
Forget Paper Millionaire, Digg Founder's A Vapormillionaire  —  from the bet-this-story-won't-get-dugg dept  —  We've become very accustomed to stories about how this or that startup could be worth $x billion, though they typically offer little justification for that price tag.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Rafat / paidContent.org:
BW: OMG, Like, Totally, Digg
Discussion: Blogspotting
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   Kevin Rose: The Users shouldn't be paid... but I'll take $60M*
Jaime Espantaleon / Associated Press:
Apple defends iTunes-iPod compatibility  —  AUG. 2 7:01 P.M. ET Apple Computer Inc. has struck a defiant stance with Scandinavian regulators, staunchly defending its right to make its iPod the only portable music player compatible with songs purchased from the company's iTunes music store.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and digg
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Associated Press:
French iTunes law goes into effect  —  PARIS (AP) — A closely watched French law that allows regulators to force Apple (AAPL) to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went into effect Thursday.  —  The Internet copyright law passed France's parliament June 30 …
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Apple in deals to connect iPod in new car models
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
[wikimedia] Jimmy Wales  —  I'm at Wikimania, the Wikipedian convention/conference.  Wikipedians are the core group of somehwere under 1,000 people who put in enormous amounts of time writing and editing.  The conference is being held at Harvard Law (thank you, Berkman Center!)
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Acarvin / Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth:
Jimmy Wales Announces $100 Laptop Partnership, Wikiversity, Wikiwyg
Discussion: TeleRead
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   Jimmy speaks: Future of Wikipedia is Quality; WYSIWYG is coming …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dazzle Us Again, Del.icio.us  —  It's been nearly eight months since Del.icio.us was acquired by Yahoo, and it is still the reigning champion of social bookmarking.  —  But the recent numbers aren't looking so good.  In fact, by some measures they've tanked completely.
Discussion: 0xDECAFBAD and digg
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Yahoo! Search blog:
What's cooking at del.icio.us  —  It's been a busy few months for the del.icio.us team — building new features, scaling-up our infrastructure to meet growing demand, and working with our Yahoo! and MyWeb colleagues to share ideas and integrate our technologies.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
AOL Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs, Some in Virginia  —  AOL said yesterday it planned to lay off more than a quarter of its workforce — including hundreds of employees in Northern Virginia — over the next six months as the company restructures its business to focus on online advertising instead of dial-up subscriptions.
tedlee.net:
When bad customer service turns good  —  If you read my previous post, you know that my 4 month old Macbook Pro had an issue last week, and had to be sent in for repair.  I explained to the tech on the phone that I needed the notebook returned to me by Friday Aug 4 so I would have it for WWDC.
Super Admin / WordPress.com Blog:
Custom CSS  —  It is our greatest pleasure to give you what you want.  Since the very first signup, WordPress.com bloggers have wanted to edit their themes.  Today is your day.  —  With the release of the Sandbox theme, you have a clean slate with some of the best markup ever generated by WordPress.
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Associated Press:
Microsoft to hackers: Take your best shot  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the past several years, Microsoft Corp. is trying a new tactic: inviting some of the world's best-known computer experts to try to poke holes in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system.
Discussion: Slashdot
Gavin O'Malley / AdAge:
Google Hires Former 'Time' President Eileen Naughton  —  Search Giant Looks to Strengthen Ties With Madison Avenue  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google has named Eileen Naughton, the former president of Time magazine, as head of ad sales for the web giant's New York offices.
Discussion: Valleywag and paidContent.org
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
'Cider' makes Windows games run on Intel Macs  —  Coming soon: Windows games that will run on Intel Macs thanks to TransGaming's new Cider software.  There's no rebooting involved and no separate Windows partition to be installed.  It all happens transparently.
Sal Cangeloso / xyzcomputing.com:
The Ad-Supported Operating System  —  Advertising is a very interesting thing.  Whether you like it or not (probably not) it is a force to be reckoned with and has formed the backbone of today's media.  While it can be annoying, advertising is the foundation of today's free content media, something which includes much of the internet.
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Slashdot
Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
Market for Online Video To Increase 10-fold By 2010  —  THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR ONLINE video content will expand tenfold by 2010, topping 130 million households, according to a new report titled "Online Content Aggregators—AOL, Google, Yahoo!, MSN, Apple—Slowly Defining the Future of Television …
Business Week:
What Constitutes a Click?  —  As part of an effort to combat advertising fraud, Google and other search engines are searching for a standard definition  —  Even the bitterest of enemies can find common ground when reputation is on the line.  That helps explain why Web-search rivals Google …
Discussion: AdJab and Slashdot
 
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