David / Signal vs. Noise:
Google does not render resistance futile — From the ashes of Kiko, Paul Graham reads that Google is unstoppable. That all hope is lost when fighting big G on its home turf. That resistance is futile: … What a depressing conclusion from a man who has inspired so many and gives hope to those who dare challenge the incumbents.
Discussion: evhead, Digital Micro-Markets and WeBreakStuff
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
If Google Is the New Microsoft, That's Precisely Why They Shouldn't Be Feared — Google is the new Microsoft, and therefore direct competition with Google should be avoided at all costs — that is Paul Graham's takeawy from the news that Kiko, a web calendar play done in by Google Calendar, is autioning off its assets:
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Silicon Valley Sleuth
Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth: It's raining web2.0
Paul Graham / paulgraham.infogami.com:
The Kiko Affair — There's a lot of talk lately about Kiko's founders putting the site up for auction on eBay. There's both less and more than meets the eye here. — I think Dharmesh Shah is overreacting, for example, when he implies this somehow signals the end of "Web 2.0:"
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets: Web 2.0 dreaming: get rich quick, or fail trying
Mark Wilson / Semantic thoughts: Bubble 2.0 begins to deflate - 9 lessons
Jason Hoffman / Joyeur: Google Analytics is very very very nice (now) 
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard: Kiko's calendar auction and the old "incremental change" song
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited: Does Google mean resistance is futile
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog: Kiko Signals Web 2.0 Way
Andrew / Changing Way: Web Calendars
Apple admits excessive iPod hours — Apple Computer has said a report of labour conditions at its iPod plant in China found workers did more than 60 hours a week a third of the time. — Staff making the world's most popular MP3 player also worked more than six consecutive days 25% of the time.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Digital Music News and Slashdot
John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Finds No Forced Labor at iPod Factory in South China — Apple Computer said Thursday that it had found no evidence of forced-labor conditions at a Chinese factory that makes iPod digital music players. — But it said that a company investigation found several violations of Apple's code …
Discussion: Valleywag, michael parekh on IT and Good Morning Silicon Valley
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley: 60 hour workweek? Luxury! …
Griffin Wright / Wired News:
Putting Google-Fi to the Test — MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Google launched its citywide Wi-Fi service here this week, and Wired News decided to put it to the test. — Our first stop: Off the freeway at the southwest end of town, and the coverage was not bad.
Discussion: Public Knowledge
Alex Curtis / Public Knowledge: GoogleFi Blocks Competitor Traffic (WHAT IF?)
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Is this the new Amazon video store? — People were snatching early glimpses of what may be Amazon.com's new video store on Friday, after a former employee posted screenshots of the store on his blog. — Web pages that first surfaced at Kokogiak.com, titled "Amazon Digital Video" …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Alice Hill's Real Tech News
Plesstv / Beet.TV: Where's the Money in Online Video? …
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Images of Purported Amazon Video Download Store Appear on Web
Alan / gedankengang:
Amazon's Digital Video sneak peek: "Amazon Unbox"
Amazon's Digital Video sneak peek: "Amazon Unbox"
Discussion: B2Day, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Download Squad, InfoWorld Tech Watch, paidContent.org, Reuters Newsblogs, eHomeUpgrade and Hacking NetFlix
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day: Amazon "Unbox"? — The covers on Amazon's worst kept secret …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: Amazon video download pages discovered pre-launch
Jordan Running / Download Squad: Screenshots of Unbox, Amazon's new digital video service
Ted Samson / InfoWorld Tech Watch: Hackers dig up Amazon video treasure
Kenneth Li / Reuters Newsblogs: iTunes movies gets outed, Amazon outs self
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: Amazon Unbox Video Service Makes an Unexpected Appearance
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Profit Falls by Half at Dell — Three days after its announcement of a vast safety recall, Dell reported little but bad news yesterday: profits down by half, and an informal Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its accounting. — Speaking from China to Wall Street analysts …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and David Galbraith
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Second Life & The Metaverse Business Expo — Whatever happens at the second Second Life Community Convention this weekend, I'm fairly sure the highlight won't be Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale appearing onstage in a sequined codpiece. — That was last year, when the inaugural convention …
Discussion: 3pointD.com, POP! PR Jots, SiliconBeat, Loic Le Meur Blog and New World Notes
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com: Adidas Reebok Runs to Second Life
Jeremy Pepper / POP! PR Jots: Second Life Convention Intro and Mitch Kapor
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog: Suzanne Vega and Duran Duran perform in Second Life
SLHamlet / New World Notes: SLCC '06: THE OPEN FORUM POST!
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Wal-mart stops Bully pre-sales under pressure [Update 1] — [Update: John Simley from Walmart media relations contacted Joystiq to clear up the ciircumstances behind the Bully pre-order situation. Simley said that Wal-mart policy is to not carry any unrated or Rating Pending games for pre-order or sale, in-store or online.
Discussion: Kotaku, The Register and The 463
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Japan planning intelligent road systems — Finding real-time traffic data is becoming less unusual thanks to nav units popping up more frequently in vehicles nowadays, but real-time data about about potential road hazards, pedestrians in the way, and other random tidbits that could prevent a serious headache …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Marshall Sponder / Smart Mobs: Intelligent road system to boost traffic safety in Japan
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
DNS could slow broadband service — A broadband provider's claim of superfast speeds may only be as good as its weakest link, which could be its domain name server software. — A report issued Thursday by Nominum, a company that sells domain name system (DNS) server software …
Discussion: Nik Cubrilovic and Elliott Back
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
SecureWorks admits to falsifying MacBook wireless hack — Remember those hackers in the Washington Post story who claimed to have hacked a MacBook's wireless drivers to gain control of it? Then remember the follow-up story where the author, Brian Krebs basically, um, how shall I say …
Discussion: Security Fix, Engadget and CrunchGear
Brian Krebs / Security Fix: Update on the Apple Macbook Claims
Paul Miller / Engadget: Apple WiFi vulnerability claims were false
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear: Apple WiFi Vulnerability was Fictitious
JoelGeek / geek.com:
Excalibur Smartphone exposed and Q to launch on Sprint soon — A very reliable source confirmed that a number of Microsoft Smartphones are hitting the streets soon. My source was also kind enough to share some of the best pics I've seen of the Excalibur (see below). — The Excalibur
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell, Phone Scoop, BlackBerry Cool and Engadget Mobile
Jason Chen / Gizmodo: HTC Excalibur In The Wild - Due Out This year
Doug Berger / Gadgetell: HTC Excalibur shows it's face
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: Excalibur up close and personal
Track popular videos with the Internet TV Charts — You can keep track of the Internet's most viral videos with the Internet TV Charts. — Right now, the service is following Google Video, YouTube, Digg, and VideoSift, and I'm hoping that the creator plans to add in some more (Yahoo Video, SingingFish, maybe even some news sites?).
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Micro Persuasion
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion: Online Video Zeitgeist Debuts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ready To Party? — The TechCrunch August Capital party is tonight, Friday, at August Capital in Menlo Park (map). The fun starts at 6 pm. Additional details are on the wiki. — There will be plenty to eat and drink, lots of companies will be demo'ing, and as always Pandora is piping in the music.
Discussion: Gadgets, tech and links and ComparisonEngines.com