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1:25 AM ET, August 19, 2006

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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:"
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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: Publishing 2.0, evhead and WeBreakStuff
Washington Post:
What is the Sponsored Blogroll?  —  The Sponsored Blogroll is an index on the washingtonpost.com homepage that promotes bloggers who are participating in a partnership with the advertising team of WPNI.  If you are a blogger or blog network looking to expand your readership and advertising …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Washington Post Launches Blogroll Ad Network  —  Jeff Burkett at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive blogs that the WashingtonPost has launched a brand new program that helps marketers find blogs to advertise on.  It's called the Sponsored Blogroll.  —  Basically, the way this works …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Boeing to End Its Service for Using Internet Aloft  —  Maybe it was the Internet bubble in the sky or perhaps it was just that the business plan could not fly.  —  Boeing announced on Thursday that it planned to scrap its in-flight Internet service, saying there was not enough demand.
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Agence France Presse:
Boeing abandons in-flight Internet service
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Alan / gedankengang:
Amazon's Digital Video sneak peek: "Amazon Unbox"  —  It seems Amazon might soon be launching their digital video download store, called "Amazon Unbox Video".  According to what I can find, it'll have purchase and rental capability, as well as support for devices other than your PC (Your TV and Creative Zen Vision at least).
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 …
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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 …
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: David Galbraith
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
Lifehacker:
Get in shape at Traineo  —  Web site Traineo is a weight loss and fitness tracker designed to keep you motivated to achieve your fitness goals.  —  Aside from the bevy of graphs and tables for tracking your exercise and diet habits, Traineo has a really interesting concept wherein you choose …
Discussion: Supr.c.ilio.us and Solution Watch
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Preliminary Results of Tender Offer  —  Company expects to acquire 155 million shares at $24.75 per share; boosts ongoing share repurchase program by $16 billion.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the preliminary results of its modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer …
Lifehacker:
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
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
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: ComparisonEngines.com
Matt Andrejczak / MarketWatch:
Dell adds AMD chips to desktop PC line  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Dell Inc., the world's No. 1 PC maker, will use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in some of its consumer desktop computers, breaking its exclusive PC chip supply agreement with Intel Corp.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Report: Dell orders about 2 million AMD PCs
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Tech Report
Karen Brown / audiovideoproducer.com:
Internal CableLabs Report Sparks Stir  —  (Multichannel News) _ An internal CableLabs report leaked to the Wall Street Journal purportedly concluding that cable operators will have to shell out money for fiber-to-the-home upgrades is generating a firestorm of response from the industry today.
Discussion: GigaOM and broadbandreports.com
direct2dell.com:
Correction: Letter O vs. Number 0 for Battery Recall … Lionel Menchaca, Digital Media Manager  —  Need to correct earlier statements I made on this blog regarding entering your battery serial number (PPID) on the battery recall site.  My sincere apologies for the misinformation.
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: Elliott Back
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Wi-Fi Exploit Not an Apple Problem, Company Says  —  Apple says no Wi-Fi flaw: Apple's public relations director Lynn Fox says that the Wi-Fi exploit demonstrated two weeks ago in a video shown at the Black Hat 2006 conference does not represent a flaw in Apple's software or device firmware.
Discussion: Engadget
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Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google AdSense Tries to Auto-Install Software
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Del.icio.us Adds Thumbnails and Search Advertisements
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
GoogleFi in Mountain View, MetroFi in San Jose
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Washington Post:
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Round 2: Dial Tone
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Moo be gone! Apple releases MacBook SMC firmware update
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
AOL to offer free personal email domains
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Computers write news at Thomson
Discussion: Techdirt and Virtual Economics
Ars Technica:
Quad-core race heats up
Discussion: Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Metcalfe's Law Really Wrong?
Paul Bond / Reuters:
EchoStar must disable DVRs, judge rules