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6:20 PM ET, August 7, 2006

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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AOL apologizes for release of user search data  —  AOL apologized on Monday for releasing search-log data on subscribers that had been intended for use with AOL's newly launched research site.  —  The randomly selected data, which focused on 658,000 subscribers and posted 10 days ago …
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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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
AOL: DOOOOOOH!  —  AOL has officially responded to the recent ruckus over data released by folks in its research group.  The summary: Man, did we screw up.  —  I emailed my contacts there and got an early draft of the release:  —  "This was a screw up, and we're angry and upset about it.
Discussion: Kevin Maney, Techdirt and SiliconBeat
Google Blogoscoped:
AOL Shared Private Search Queries  —  AOL released their user's search queries - around 20 million queries collected from half a million users over a period of three months*.  AOL claimed the log might be useful for "personalization, query reformulation or other type of search research."
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
We screwed up—so lets talk about a real solution to search privacy,  —  I'm furious about the fact that someone released this user data, regardless of their intentions (which were good: to share data with the research communities).  This was a huge mistake, and people have to really think …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Lawyers, Priests, and AOL's Data Release
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from WWDC 2006: Steve Jobs keynote  —  8:23AM PST - Alright everybody, we're kicking off over here at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Be sure to book mark this URL, as even though we're doing a little pre-game coverage now, this is where it's all gonna go down when Steve takes the stage at 10:00AM.
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Liveblogging Apple WWDC06 in San Francisco  —  Xeni Jardin: I'm in San Francisco at Apple WWDC06 this morning, and will be posting live notes here.  —XJ  —  9:13am — Scoped out a few square inches of squatting turf near the media entrance on third floor.  Open laptop.  Waiting for doors to open.
Apple:
Apple Introduces Xserve with Quad 64-bit Xeon Processors
Paul Miller / Engadget:   Apple unveils dual Xeon-based Mac Pro
ZDNet:   Leopard, Power Macs expected at Apple confab
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.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
McKinsey Study Predicts Continuing Decline in TV Selling Power  —  Cites 50% Drop in Viewers, 40% Hike in Prime-Time Ad Spend Over Last Decade  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — A study is about to give Madison Avenue a fresh pummeling: McKinsey & Co. is telling a host of major marketers that by 2010 …
Yahoo! Search blog:
Announcing Yahoo! Search Builder  —  Look Ma, My Own Search Engine!  —  It's always great to help a friend.  A friend of mine who is a diver wanted a specialized search engine for his website focused on diving.  At around the same time, an engineer at Yahoo! built a prototype that made building specialized search engines a snap.
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wordpress.com Rising: Stats After 8 Months
Discussion: Toni's Garage and Changing Way
Stephen Baker / Blogspotting:
BW's article on Digg, one response  —  Last week's BW cover story on Digg provoked lots of angry responses in the blogs.  Since I'm on book leave, I'm a bit of an outsider.  But I went onto Paid Content and asked Rafat Ali to detail his criticisms.  He did.  I'll leave the response to my colleagues who produced the article.
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, HD Beat and VC Confidential
Los Angeles Times:
Underwhelmed by It All  —  For the 12-to-24 set, boredom is a recreational hazard.  —  With their vast arsenals of electronic gear, they are the most entertained generation ever.  Yet the YouTubing, MySpacing, multi-tasking teens and young adults widely seen as Hollywood's most wanted audience …
Discussion: Rough Type and Ypulse
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Topix.net Intros Enhanced Blog/News Search  —  Topix.net, which crawls thousands of news sites and blogs and categorizes them into different topical pages, has unveiled a cleaner look and some enhancements to its search capabilities.  Topix is owned by newspaper giants Gannett …
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: Valleywag and Rough Type
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.
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, SiliconBeat, GigaOM and Romenesko
 
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Tibetan government in exile launches online TV site
Discussion: GigaOM and ContentSutra
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
WWDC 2006 Live Keynote Coverage
Discussion: Infinite Loop and I4U News
Jon / The Pocket Gamer Blog:
Why I've gone back to DS Fat
Discussion: DS Fanboy, Kotaku and Joystiq
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Robert Young / GigaOM:
Why Murdoch Won't buy YouTube
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