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3:00 PM ET, August 4, 2006

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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.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Kevin Rose: The Users shouldn't be paid... but I'll take $60M*  —  You gotta love it: Kevin Rose says users shouldn't be paid even though 30% of the front page stories come from the top 10 users on DIGG.  Congrats on the cover of BusinessWeek Kevin, but be careful counting those chickens before they hatch …
Rafat / paidContent.org:
BW: OMG, Like, Totally, Digg
Discussion: Blogspotting
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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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.
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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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 …
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
Apple Shares Fall as Options Lead to Restatement (Update1)
Discussion: B2Day and SeekingAlpha CE Stocks
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.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google, Yahoo! and MSN: Brand Association  —  Here's a preview of a slide from my Search Engine Landscape Presentation for Search Engine Strategies - San Jose (11:00am on Monday).  Each time I present on this panel , I look forward to showing everyone some fresh perspective on the search/portal landscape.
Discussion: The 360 and E-consultancy
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Music You Can See: Warner Plans to Sell Albums on DVDs  —  The music industry has for years struggled to develop a new physical format that could spark increased sales by replacing the CD.  Now Warner Music Group Corp. is planning an aggressive attempt to address the issue by pushing consumers …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
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
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Circuit City invites wrath of the MPAA by copying DVDs  —  Fair Use advocates, take notice.  Circuit City is apparently putting its neck on the line to provide customers with DVD transfer services.  The company is offering a "DVD video transfer service" that for all intents and purposes is illegal.
Discussion: Boing Boing, MAKE Magazine and Slashdot
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
IE7 or Firefox 2: Which browser is more secure?  —  Microsoft and Mozilla are on a collision course, both racing to complete major updates to their flagship web browsers scheduled for release this fall.  Over the past two years, Firefox has zoomed from nowhere to gobble a significant chunk …
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
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
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Kevin Bullis / Technology Review:
Are Lithium-Ion Electric Cars Safe?
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Jon Wilcox / Total Video Games News Feed:
Rockstar Scraps Bully For Xbox
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Gavin O'Malley / AdAge:
Heavy.com Creates Online Dating Game for Fosters
Hans Greimel / Associated Press:
Japanese Cos. Plan Web TV Joint Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Google Blogoscoped:
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Doc Searls Weblog:
As we were flying from L.A. to Boston today, we diverted north …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FCC pushes for broadband over power lines
Danny O'Brien / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The World's Worst Internet Laws Sneaking Through the Senate
Business Week:
What Constitutes a Click?
Discussion: AdJab and Slashdot
Guardian:
Is Sony fighting a losing battle?
Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
Market for Online Video To Increase 10-fold By 2010