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4:46 AM ET, August 11, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchGear, For the Gadget Obsessive  —  The Crunch Network is expanding today - CrunchGear, our newest blog, was just released into the wild on a shiny new server.  CrunchGear is all about new gadgets, gear and computer hardware.  We've covered gadgets occasionally in the past (Sonos …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog and Om Daily
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Welcome to CrunchGear.com  —  Hello, and welcome to the latest CrunchNetwork blog, CrunchGear.com, a daily journal of all things gadget-tastic.  Our goal is to take a long, hard look at the daily gadget grind and separate the wheat - the gear we will actually buy and will actually reach our shores - from the chaff.
Discussion: CrunchNotes
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Del.icio.us Traffic More Than Doubled Since January  —  Traffic to del.icio.us has more than doubled since Yahoo! acquired it in December 2005.  According to Hitwise data from its sample of 10 million US Internet users, the market share of visits to del.icio.us was up 122% from January 2006 to July 2006.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and Newsome.Org
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Traffic fight: Hitwise says Del.icio.us is soaring  —  New numbers indicate that, just as the company says, Yahoo! owned del.icio.us has experienced substantial growth since the December acquisition.  Respected traffic analysts Hitwise just posted a report that the site's traffic has more than doubled since January.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Amy Gilroy / twice.com:
Microsoft Zune Will Hit Stores at $299  —  Redmond, Wash. - Microsoft is in the process of unveiling to select retailers the first of its line of Zune wearable digital audio players and informed retailers it will offer a single unit this fall, available in three colors at a suggested retail price of $299.
Globe and Mail:
Social media and the London terrorist plot  —  Anyone who remembers the London subway[amp]nbsp;bombings probably recalls the dozens of cellphone-camera photos of[amp]nbsp;disheveled victims[amp]nbsp;and twisted metal[amp]nbsp;in the chaos of the London underground — pictures that became …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and rexblog
Thomas J. Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Weighing a Switch to a Mac  —  Ten years ago, if you were a Windows user, the idea of switching to a Macintosh might not have seemed enticing.  An abundance of new Windows software was arriving on store shelves, while the selection available to Mac users seemed to be falling behind, often relegated to a back corner of the same store.
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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Getting Hung Up on the Apple-Microsoft War
BBC:
Young drive 'radical media shift'  —  The "networked generation" is driving a radical shift in media consumption, says UK telecoms regulator Ofcom.  —  Sixteen to 24 year olds are spurning television, radio and newspapers in favour of online services, says the regulator's study.
Gizmodo:
Super Mario Robot: Remote Controlled by Japanese NES Joypad  —  More remote controlled goodness!  This little Mario action figure walks when you mash on the joypad—a Japanese NES (or Famicon) replica controller.  He knows how to go forward, backward, left and right.  No fireballs or jumping, unfortunately.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Kotaku
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Web stats are broken — so you'd better have brass knuckles  —  Statistics on the Internet is like water for a flower.  You need them for much of the Web to survive.  —  But independent third-party tracking of traffic to Web sites, and of user clicks on Web page links, is deeply flawed …
Discussion: Webanalyticsbook.com
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
AOL gaffe draws Capitol Hill rebuke  —  AOL's recent privacy gaffe that exposed user search histories may breathe new life into a proposal to slap strict rules on what data Internet companies may collect.  —  Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Wednesday that AOL's disclosure …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Webshots to relaunch with a Web 2.0 look  —  There won't be tagging, but CNet's photosharing site Webshots is adding a number of features reminiscent of Flickr and getting a whole new look.  The relaunch will occur some time in late August, but an alpha site is up here.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Broadband bundles to drive wireless spectrum sale  —  A government auction that begins Wednesday could bring everyone from cable companies to satellite television providers to the wireless world.  —  The so-called quadruple-play service package—which would add wireless voice and data services …
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adobe.com:
Viacom to Leverage Adobe's Engagement Platform for Creating and Delivering Digital Experiences Online and On the Go  —  Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) and Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced a strategic alliance to develop and deliver Viacom's exclusive branded content using the Adobe® Engagement Platform.
Carlo / Techdirt:
Cheap Calls Lead To International Phone Spam  —  For a few years, we've been warned about the impending doom of VoIP spam, though much of that concern was centered on automated calls sent to users on VoIP networks.  Apparently the real problem is being driven not by the ability to send …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
TDavid / Things That:
Today only some green from your wallet for a Google Checkout T-shirt  —  Want to jumpstart your checkout service, just kick in a free t-shirt, or so that's Google's plan: … The first time I mentioned Google Checkout Jeremy Wright tried buying something and only met with frustration.
Valleywag:
Geekout: Quite a Stirr, Om sweet Om  —  What's a little startup to do when it's invited to two schmoozetastic parties in one night?  Send the CEO to one and the marketing director to the other, natch.  Yes, more than one startup actually did this (and several others hit both parties despite …
 
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Reuters:
Google sees spending surge
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Beefed-up Treo 700w for Sprint on September 3?
Discussion: Treonauts and PalmAddicts
Jeremy Dunham / IGN:
Original PS3 IP From Surreal
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
LinuxDevices.com:
Linux powers Sony's new Mylo WiFi handheld
Discussion: Engadget
Google Blogoscoped:
Searching Yahoo for "Google.com"
Nick / Rough Type:
Our new Delphic oracle  —  In a pithy post-Wikimania post …
Valleywag:
Why Jason Calacanis matters: He could be the new Ted Leonsis — and more
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Partner Page on the way?
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
AOL gives away free phone numbers with AIM Phoneline
Discussion: George Ou
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Undistinguished Identity and Your Reputation
Nick / Rough Type:
Ongoing  —  A hundred years or so ago, our foremothers seemed …
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Gartner Names Hot Technologies With Greatest Potential Impact
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Skype Goes Mobile With iSkoot
Gizmodo:
Real-Time Airport Plane Visualization
vnunet:
Judge attacks 'Wild West' blogosphere
Discussion: Techdirt and The Blog Herald
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage
 

 
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Tom Friend / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: the NBA is formalizing deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which may prompt WBD to sue; ESPN may pay $2.8B annually, NBC $2.6B, and Amazon $1.8B to $2B

Alex Ritman / Variety:
UK-based studio Anton raised €100M led by BlackRock-managed funds and accounts to expand its feature film and TV series development and production

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

 
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