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12:40 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.
Rafat / paidContent.org:
BW: OMG, Like, Totally, Digg
Discussion: Blogspotting
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.
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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.
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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: digg
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!)
Discussion: Gear Live, Dembot and Scripting News
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Jimmy speaks: Future of Wikipedia is Quality; WYSIWYG is coming to Wikipedia; Bio Pages are a problem (hello?!)  ; Fair Use of Images Debate rages on  —  The founder (co-founder?) of Wikipedia is speaking at the Wikimania conference right now.  He went over the Seigenthaler-case …
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.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Adds Malware Warnings  —  Google now shows a warning when you click on certain potentially harmful search results.  For example, when you search for list keygen mirc and click on the first result, instead of the target page you'll see this (Google links to the StopBadware.org initiative, which it also sponsors):
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Malware Warnings on Google Search Results
Super Admin / WordPress.com Blog:
Private Blogs  —  For a while now we've enabled privacy options for your blog because we understand that not everyone wants everything out there.  Tonight, we've decided to take that a step further.  —  If you go to your Dashboard, click Options and then Privacy, you will see a new set of options.
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Melanie Colburn / John Battelle's Searchblog:
FINDING YOUR SEARCH BUDDIES  —  There's a new social service that pairs search users in part by their similar queries, as well as pages visited in web browsing and preferred interests.  Others Online stands out from many social sites with its browser toolbar that when activated passively records demonstrated interests.
Discussion: B2Day, WebMetricsGuru and Library clips
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   OthersOnline matches people by online interests
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 …
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
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
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Yahoo! Stealing Searching From Google  —  Did you know that when you search at Yahoo! for google.com or google you get a Yahoo! Shortcut telling you to search the web with Yahoo and not Google.  —  Now, if you do a search at Google for yahoo or yahoo.com you do not have Google telling you to search with Google instead of Yahoo!.
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Announces Update Regarding Stock Option Grants  —  As Apple® previously announced, an internal investigation discovered irregularities related to the issuance of certain stock option grants made between 1997 and 2001.  A special committee of Apple's outside directors …
Hans Greimel / Associated Press:
Japanese Cos.  Plan Web TV Joint Standard  —  TOKYO — Sony, Matsushita and three other Japanese electronics makers plan to develop a join standard for new Internet televisions that will make it easier for people to see video available on the Web, a Sony spokeswoman said Thursday.
Tony Mobily / Free Software Magazine:
Why Red Hat will go bust because of Ubuntu  —  I don't like writing controversial editorials.  Controversy is an effective means to get a lot of accesses: most people seem to enjoy reading controversial articles, maybe because they like torturing themselves.  (And yes, I used to read a lot of Maureen O'Gara's articles myself!).
Discussion: Nik Cubrilovic, digg and Slashdot
 
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