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3:00 PM ET, August 11, 2006

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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, 21talks and I4U News
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Missing the point about YouTube  —  Commentary: Pent up demand and ease of use add up to explosive growth  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — YouTube, the privately-held video sharing website, now delivers an estimated 100 million videos a day to its users.  The site has been online for barely a year.
Discussion: Techdirt, TechEffect, ReveNews and digg
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
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 and InfoWorld Tech Watch
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and CrunchNotes
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
whocalled.us  —  Here's another take on Suburban Mom Embraces the Surveillance Society. whocalled.us is a site where people can share comments about the identity of phone spammers.  Get a call from an unrecognized number on your cell?  Look it up to see who it was, where they are, and who else they called that didn't like it.
TIM / LibraryThing:
Forums are broken: Introducing LibraryThing's new Talk feature  —  This post introduces the Talk feature.  —  Although still developing, we think Talk is our most significant addition since LibraryThing started mining for book recommendations and similar libraries.
Discussion: unmediated and Joho the Blog
USA Today:
Google promises all searches stay private  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a message for Google users: Your searches are safe.  —  AOL has been in hot water this week for inadvertently releasing customer searches for a research project.  But Schmidt, speaking …
Discussion: Download Squad and Rough Type
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Zune vs. Heightened Airport Security  —  A reader sent in this tip about the clash between a friend and airport security, with a little bit of Microsoft Zune thrown in.  Apparently, this Microsoft-insider friend was flying somewhere today, and when he got to the security check …
Discussion: Valleywag
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Zune speculation mounts  —  A story by TWICE suggests that Microsoft's attempt to unseat iPod could be in US shops this autumn: … Price is interesting - $299 translates directly to £156, but would probably iron out at around £180 in the shops over in Blighty.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Microsoft News Tracker
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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 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Q&A with Fotolog Co-Founder Adam Seifer  —  Fotolog, one of the many photosharing sites out there, says it already has four million members.  And with no attempts at creating a non-English site, users are mostly in Latin America.  (Unintended consequence of a Flat world?)
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fanpop: an easy, fun way to share topical information  —  Fanpop is a recently launched site that brings together user submitted links, syndicated headlines, forums and social networking.  It calls itself a place for fans to share their favorite content regarding any topic.
Discussion: PostBubble
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
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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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Hubpages helps you publish and make money; raises $2 million
Discussion: Library clips
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Strict vs Google Deprecated
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
VIVOphone VoiceKey Skype adapter
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
denver.dbusinessnews.com:
Groople Secures $6 Million in Additional Financing
Discussion: GigaOM
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Air Travel Tipping Point
Mike / Techdirt:
MTV Still Looking To Become The MTV Of The Internet
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
2 Editors Resign at Web Site Linked to Journalism Review
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
SES San Jose 2006 Quick Link Recap
 Earlier Items: 
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web 2.0 Apps in Russia
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Browsers 2.0: Interview with Flock co-founder Geoffrey Arone
papers.ssrn.com:
Abstract:  —  This foundational white paper reports …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
.NET and Java to get better dynamic language support
Reuters:
Google sees spending surge
LinuxDevices.com:
Linux powers Sony's new Mylo WiFi handheld
Discussion: The Wireless Blog and 21talks
Globe and Mail:
Social media and the London terrorist plot
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and rexblog
Thomas J. Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Weighing a Switch to a Mac
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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