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4:46 AM ET, August 12, 2006

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Compete Blog:
Social Networks gaining on Top Portals  —  Membership at social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace is exploding.  Everyone is doing it.  Well... a lot of people are.  In June, 2 out of every 3 people online visited a social networking site.  —  Since January 2004 …
Discussion: Open Culture
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Networks gaining on Internet portals
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
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: HorsePigCow, TechEffect, ReveNews and digg
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Joe / Techdirt:   Who Are You And What Have You Done With The Real John Dvorak?
CNET News.com:
First Blu-ray disc drive won't play Blu-ray movies  —  The first Blu-ray (BD) disc drive for desktop PCs is here, but be warned — it won't play commercial BD movies.  —  Sony officially announced its BWU-100A product at its "Experience More 2006" event in Sydney yesterday …
Ryan Garside / bit-tech.net:
"Bully" trailer online - critics crying out for ban  —  The backlash from Bully has been huge with both Jack Thompson from the US, and Keith Vaz, a Labour MP, both pushing movements to get the game banned before it's even released.  However, Rockstar have replied by releasing a trailer …
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
G4, Jack Thompson yell at each other
Discussion: Cathode Tan
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
A Wall Street Rush to Patent Profit-Making Methods  —  THERE is a new cold war on the horizon.  —  An intellectual property arms race is escalating on Wall Street, where financial services firms like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup are building up stockpiles of patents on processes like software-based pricing …
Gizmodo:
VIVOphone VoiceKey: Skype Gets Even Easier  —  Voice-over IP (VoIP) gets easier to deal with every day as the old-skool phone companies shake in their boots, and here's the next nail in their coffin from VIVOphone, the VoiceKey which is scarcely larger than a thumb drive.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com, Gear Live and Engadget
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Too Many Online Travel Start-Ups?  —  How many web travel startups make a bubble?  We're not sure, but it's starting to look like one.  —  Yesterday Groople said it has raised $6 million led by ArrowPath Venture Partners and FA Technology Ventures for its group-targeted travel.
Discussion: Seth's Blog
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denver.dbusinessnews.com:   Groople Secures $6 Million in Additional Financing
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Verizon V640 EVDO ExpressCard Review: MacBook Pro  —  For anyone that has picked up a MacBook Pro, or any other laptop computer that has replaced the PCMCIA card with the newer ExpressCard format, you will be happy to hear that a couple of options have become available for getting on the Internet while on the go.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Use "POD" in your trademark, get sued.  Has Apple gone to far?  —  Has Apple gone too far?  —  Even if the product you make doesn't look, smell, feel, or do anything remotely close to what an iPod does, and even if consumers can't buy it on the shelves in a store, that apparently …
Discussion: digg
Chris Remo / Shacknews:
Microsoft to Introduce "Panorama;" Live Arcade for Vista?  —  Shacknews has learned from reputable sources who wish to remain nameless that Microsoft plans to introduce what seems to be a Windows gaming service called "Panorama."  Apparently, Panorama will be a part of Windows Vista …
PR Newswire:
User-Generated Content Drives Half of U.S. Top 10 Fastest Growing Web Brands, According to Nielsen//NetRatings  —  MySpace Is Fastest Growing Among Top Web Brands, Google Maintains Double Digit Growth  —  NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Nielsen//NetRatings (Nasdaq: NTRT - News) …
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Video - What a Difference a Link Makes  —  Saw this post from Steve Rubel that alerted me to the fact that Google changed the links above its main search box yesterday (Wednesday), removing Froogle and replacing it with Video.  As the links on Google's home page don't change very often …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
CEA: RIAA refuses to cooperate, carries out "thinly veiled attack" on fair use  —  Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro is frustrated with the music industry.  While the consumer electronics industry works to find a middle ground between the interests …
Discussion: TechSpot, Engadget and Slashdot
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.
MichaelF / Port 25:
Talking Mono with Miguel de Icaza  —  In this, the last of our interviews from the LANG.NET Symposium, Sam sits down with Miguel de Icaza, VP Development Platform at Novell and co-founder of Ximian.  Miguel is also responsible for starting two Open Source project you may have heard of: GNOME and Mono.
Discussion: Slashdot
Ars Technica:
Mac Pro  —  Apple lays the PowerPC architecture to rest with the introduction of the new Mac Pro.  How well does this dual-Xeon, quad-core workstation this measure up to its PowerPC predecessor as well as the rest of Apple's Intel lineup?  —  » Full Story » Discussion
 
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Perspective: Teen's warning on the gospel of Wikipedia
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Firefox code gets vetted
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Fanpop: an easy, fun way to share topical information
Discussion: PostBubble
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Hubpages helps you publish and make money; raises $2 million
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Q&A with Fotolog Co-Founder Adam Seifer
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Texting study to catch criminals
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Twenty five years of the IBM PC
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Jobs talks up Apple cell phone