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12:35 PM ET, August 7, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Proudly Releases Massive Amounts of Private Data  —  Further Update: Sometime after 7 pm the download link went down as well, but there is at least one mirror site.  AOL is in damage control mode - the fact that they took the data down shows that someone there had the sense to realize …
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Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
AOL Search Data Shows Users Planning to commit Murder.  —  http://research.aol.com released a list of 20 million + searches by 500,000 AOL users.  Contained in this list are social security numbers, credit cards and other personal information.  There are some truly scary things in this database.
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Aol Releases Googles most prized Keyword List... Google is gonna get mega spammed.  —  I'm shocked that AOL released this data, Google is going to be pissed.  —  http://research.aol.com/pmwiki/ pmwiki.php?  n=Research.500kUserQueriesSampledOver3M onths  —  The big affiliate marketers …
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
AOL Just Did the Unthinkable - Boycott AOL?
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
State of the Blogosphere, August 2006  —  Three months have passed since my last State of the Blogosphere report, so time for an update on the numbers.  For those of you who just want the most interesting tidbits, I've tried something new this time sround - I've put in boldface the most significant information.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wordpress.com Rising: Stats After 8 Months  —  Wordpress.com, a free, hosted blog service, turns eight months old this month.  CEO Toni Schneider shared some of the current stats of the service with me over the weekend at a conference they held in San Francisco.
Discussion: Changing Way
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Michelle Quinn / Mercury News:
Ex-Microsoft blogger starts on a new media adventure  —  If the public perception of Microsoft has softened recently, Robert Scoble may be partially responsible.  —  Over the past three years, Scoble has gained fame as the ``Microsoft blogger,'' a Microsoft employee writing online about Microsoft and its products.
Discussion: Scobleizer and powered
David Carr / New York Times:
Investors, Including Bono, Buy a Piece of Forbes  —  SINCE the death in 1990 of the legendary publisher Malcolm S. Forbes, his four sons and a daughter have sold his cherished assets here and there — his private jet, the collection of Fabergé eggs, a handwritten copy of Lincoln's last address.
Discussion: B2Day, GigaOM and Romenesko
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
Forbes Sells "Significant Minority Stake" To Elevation Partners; Could Be Up To 40% For $250M-300M  So the rumors about Forbes trying to sell a stake in the company were true: The Forbes family has formed a new company, Forbes Media, which includes the 89-year-old Forbes magazine …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google to distribute MTV clips with ads  —  NEW YORK — In a further reach for online video, Google Inc. will begin distributing clips from MTV Networks' shows to other Web sites through its budding video service in a model that offers content creators a new source of distribution and revenue.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Video clips by Viacom on Google  —  NEW YORK Google has struck a deal to allow Web site owners to put video clips from Viacom, including "SpongeBob SquarePants" and MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County," on their pages.  The clips will be accompanied by advertising, with Viacom …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:   MTV, GOOGLE FOCUS ON LEADER YOUTUBE
Robert Levine / New York Times:
The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place  —  As hard-core Wikipedia contributors gathered here during the weekend to consider the next phase of the online encyclopedia's life cycle, Jimmy Wales, the site's founder, said that the emphasis going forward would be on quality, not quantity.
Discussion: Rough Type
Ryansingel / 27B Stroke 6:
Happy Happy Happy Birthday, Mr. WWW  —  Happy 15th Birthday, WorldWideWeb!  —  We here at 27B would like to say thanks for all the good times you brought us.  —  And don't think we've forgotten about you just because no one says doubleUdoubleUdoubleU anymore and instead of calling …
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Happy Birthday World Wide Web: Navigate the Internet Timeline
Discussion: Download Squad and textually.org
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Kingston K-PEX goes on sale, Kevin Spacey not involved  —  Kingston in Taiwan just dropped us a line to say the personal media player it had on show at Computex this year is now on sale.  —  The 1GB K-PEX is set to sell for US$130, while the 2GB model will be $50 more.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Anything But iPod
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Picture Tubes Are Fading Into the Past  —  The bulky, squarish, heavy picture tube, the standard television technology for more than 60 years, is heading for the dustbin of history much faster than anyone expected.  —  This year, the number of TV models in the United States …
Discussion: 1080eye
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Mitch Kapor Thaws Fossilware Fave  —  Mitch Kapor made his fortune designing the first PC spreadsheet, but his favorite creation is an obscure personal information management app called Lotus Agenda.  —  Its draw: Unlike most calendar tools, which require users to input data in a particular …
Discussion: Slashdot
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Why Murdoch Won't buy YouTube  —  Ever since YouTube's CEO Chad Hurley participated in Herb Allen's annual Sun Valley media mogulfest, there has been much speculation about who will acquire the young online video phenom.  If the chatter in the blogosphere is a reliable indicator, many believe it will be Rupert Murdoch.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Blackberry a Juicy Hacker Target  —  LAS VEGAS — A computer security researcher says he's found an unexpected new path into company networks: the Blackberry.  —  Jesse D'Aguanno, a consultant with Praetorian Global, has developed a hacking program that exploits the trust relationship between …
Discussion: Engadget, Alec Saunders .LOG and digg
Staci / paidContent.org:
MyWSJ Launches; Personalized News For Subs Only  —  It's the latest online news accessory — the personalized pages of yesteryear reimagined with the tools of today.  The NYT's MyTimes.com beta has been rolling out slowly over the past few weeks, My USA Today News beta is up and this past week beta invites started to arrive for MyWSJ.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and ben barren
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   Wall Street Journal launches personal homepage
 
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Jon / The Pocket Gamer Blog:
Why I've gone back to DS Fat
Discussion: DS Fanboy, Kotaku and Joystiq
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from WWDC 2006: Steve Jobs keynote
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Daniel Taylor / Mobile Enterprise Weblog:
Carnival of the Mobilists, Number 39
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NetNewsWire 3.0d7: Super Early Sneak Peak
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
PrefPass makes anonymous personalization easy
 Earlier Items: 
Shailaja Neelakantan / GigaOM:
Tibet Web TV Launched
Discussion: Boing Boing and ContentSutra
Euan Semple / The Obvious?:
Rolling snowballs  —  When Doc was speaking at Reboot earlier …
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog and Message
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
MAINSTREAM MEDIA MELTDOWN III
Ryan Block / Engadget:
BlackBerry 8100 cameraphone! Stealth revealed!