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7:50 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.
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."
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Lawyers, Priests, and AOL's Data Release
Nick / Rough Type:   Just say "delete"  —  Jack Welch earned the nickname Neutron Jack …
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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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
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Reuters:
Viacom, Google aim ad-backed videos at Web sites  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks has agreed to distribute clips from its cable networks over Google Inc.'s advertising network, in a test of what could become a new economic model for Web-based video delivery, the companies said on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
PC Pro:
AMD to drop ATi brand  —  Chip guru AMD has announced that it's going to drop the ATi brand name following its takeover of the Canadian graphics underdog.  Gareth Cater from AMD told Custom PC that 'the new company will be called AMD,' meaning that we could shortly be seeing AMD-branded Radeon graphics chips.
Discussion: Engadget, Neowin.net and TechBlog
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
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
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
Business 2.0:
Why we don't get the (text) message  —  Texting is insanely popular overseas, but practically nonexistent in the United States - for now.  That just means we'll have to import the best tech from abroad. … Consider this anomaly: Ecuador, with a per capita GDP of $4,300 …
Discussion: textually.org and MocoNews.net
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Gizmodo:
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Reader Comment on Net Neutrality (and My Rebuttal)
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Andy McCue / CNET News.com:
Airlines to replace 'no smoking' with 'no mobile'
Barbara Shecter / National Post:
Will iPod kill satellite radio?
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 Earlier Items: 
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Chatcast Coverage of the WWDC keynote
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Topix.net Intros Enhanced Blog/News Search
Robert Levine / New York Times:
The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place
Discussion: Valleywag and Rough Type
Jon / The Pocket Gamer Blog:
Why I've gone back to DS Fat
Discussion: DS Fanboy, Kotaku and Joystiq
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Kingston K-PEX goes on sale, Kevin Spacey not involved
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Mitch Kapor Thaws Fossilware Fave
Discussion: Slashdot
David Carr / New York Times:
Investors, Including Bono, Buy a Piece of Forbes