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8:35 AM ET, August 12, 2006

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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: Web Strategy and Open Culture
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Networks gaining on Internet portals
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
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 …
Discussion: Kotaku, DigitalBattle, MTV and Techdirt
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
G4, Jack Thompson yell at each other
Discussion: Cathode Tan
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: Gear Live, MobileWhack.com and Engadget
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
QuadsZilla / SEO BlackHat:
Tool: What it's Worth to Rank in Google, Yahoo and MSN  —  Want to know what it means to rank 4th in MSN?  How about to rank 2nd in Yahoo?  Or what about ranking 1st in Google and 3rd in MSN?  —  Well then grab the number of overture searches the term had last month and use our new …
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) …
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
Mathew Ingram / Globe and Mail:
Social media and the London terrorist plot  —  Anyone who remembers the London subway bombings probably recalls the dozens of cellphone-camera photos of disheveled victims and twisted metal in the chaos of the London underground — pictures that became a powerful sign of how important …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Smart people are talking about AOL; let's pay them back by listening.  —  I'm still seething and I'm reticent to blog about my feeling right now for fear I'll say something I regret.  —  However, there are a lot of smart folks out there talking about us (AOL) and I'm going to highlight them here …
Discussion: Happenings
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
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
What's Up, Mike?  A Brief Talk with TechCrunch's Editor  —  Mike Arrington's new CrunchGear blog won't be the end of his ambitions.  Mike told me he's planning two more blogs in the next month, starting with gaming, probably by acquisition.  That's on top of flagship TechCrunch …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Publishing 2.0: GigaOm and CrunchNetwork  —  The new tech publishing moguls, following in the footsteps of Jason Calacanis' Weblogs Inc. and Nick Denton's Gawker network, are moving fast to expand their networks and coverage.  The newly funded Om Malik has added several writers and just launched …
Discussion: Om Daily and Master of 500 Hats
 
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