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12:05 PM 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 …
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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: Between the Lines and CrunchNotes
BBC:
Twenty five years of the IBM PC  —  Computer firm IBM made technological history on 12 August 1981 with the announcement of a personal computer - the IBM 5150.  —  Costing $1,565, the 5150 had just 16K of memory - scarcely more than a couple of modest e-mails worth.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Sarah Szabo / ce.org:
CEA FORMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO EXPLORE GAMING EVENT OPTIONS  —  The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), the owner and producer of the International CES®, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, announced today that it is forming an advisory committee …
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: Newsome.Org and Micro Persuasion
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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.
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
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.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Jobs talks up Apple cell phone  —  Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs has been boasting about his company's much-rumored iPod cell phone amongst inner circles, AppleInsider has been told.  —  The remarks are uncharacteristic of Jobs, who is often regarded for his obsession with secrecy …
Discussion: Engadget, Tech Digest and I4U News
BBC:
Texting study to catch criminals  —  The individual styles of hundreds of people's text messages will be analysed in a study that aims to help police with criminal investigations.  —  Researchers will scrutinise volunteers' SMS messages to tease out patterns in the language and style of texts.
Discussion: Techdirt
roughlydrafted.com:
WW-Developer-C  —  The first thing Thurrott missed was the big D in WWDC.  Perhaps if Steve Jobs had jumped around the stage in a sweaty fat suit, and repeated the word over and over, it would have sunk in better.  —  Thurrott wasn't the only one stymied by the meaning of WWDC's acronym.
Discussion: ZefHemel.com and digg
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Go GigaOm Go  —  Had the good pleasure to hang out with lots of old friends and meet lots of new ones at last night's Om Malik GigaOm and Sharpcast launch party at Mighty in San Francisco.  The photography was challenging because it was *super* dark, but I did the best that I could and have a preliminary set of photos up here.
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Valleywag:   Geekout: Quite a Stirr, Om sweet Om
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
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Web 2.0 Around the World  —  In our current international edition, I got to put together a fun map of the best Web 2.0 sites from around the world.  Here's a link the actual list and you can see the map in this digital version of the magazine (pp.105-109).  The sites that made it are:
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Elgg - social network software for education  —  Written by Steve O'Hear and edited by Richard MacManus.  This is the second in a two-part series.  —  In part one of this series, e-learning 2. - how Web technologies are shaping education, I described the way in which teachers and students …
LinuxDevices.com:
Linux powers Sony's new Mylo WiFi handheld  —  In September, Sony expects to ship a Linux- and Qtopia-based handheld device featuring WiFi connectivity, an Opera web browser, and a variety of text- and voice-messaging clients and media players.  The Mylo — short for "My Life Online" …
Discussion: The Wireless Blog and Engadget
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
 
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Our new Delphic oracle  —  In a pithy post-Wikimania post …
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