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12:25 AM ET, August 22, 2006

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CNET News.com:
Three workers depart AOL after privacy uproar  —  update Two AOL employees have been fired, and its chief technology officer is resigning, after the release of Web search data from thousands of AOL members prompted widespread criticism of the company.  —  CTO Maureen Govern …
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Sources: AOL Chief Technology Officer Resigns  —  NEW YORK (Reuters)—AOL chief technology officer Maureen Govern, who oversaw the division responsible for accidentally releasing search data for more than a half a millions Internet users, has resigned from the company, according to an internal company memorandum.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Reason for leaving last job: Violated the privacy of 600,000 company customers  —  The heads have begun to roll at AOL.  This morning the company sacked its chief technology officer and two other employees for their roles in the unauthorized release of AOL user search records (see "No, no …
Reuters:
AOL CTO resigns, company to review data policy-sources  —Text+NEW YORK, Aug 21 (Reuters) - AOL's chief technology officer Maureen Govern, who oversaw the division responsible for accidentally releasing search data for more than a half a millions users, has resigned from the company, according to an internal company memorandum.
Discussion: Techdirt
Kevin Maney:
AOL CTO leaves amid privacy fall-out  —  News just broke that AOL's CTO, Maureen Govern, either resigned or was fired — an internal AOL memo says she "decided to leave."  —  Hired less than a year ago, she was responsible for the employees who posted search data on the public Internet earlier this month.
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Free wireless a high-wire act  —  MetroFi needs to draw enough ads to make service add profits  —  It used to be that laptop owners were just tickled to find a free wireless Internet hot spot.  —  But what was once a freebie limited to cafes, hotels and airports is now spreading citywide.
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Farecast, the airfare predictor, launches nationwide  —  Farecast, the start-up that predicts whether airfares are about to go up or down, has launched nationwide.  —  We wrote about this useful service in late June, when the company launched a test version covering flights originating from Seattle or Boston.
Discussion: TechCrunch and SearchViews
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
EQO Retools For MySpace, Social Nets  —  Startups like Vancouver-based EQO, which have been working on getting more support from Skype as a mobile partner, got some bad news recently — competitor iSkoot scooped up a coveted deal to help Skype mobilize.  While three-old EQO didn't seem …
Discussion: Mashable! and 21talks
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Photojojo:
Photo Widgets - Shuffle Your Pics With Virtual Photo Frames for Your Mac or PC  —  Your digital camera can save 500 photos on one memory card, your iPod's got 5,000 photos on it, and your computer's packing a cool 25K.  —  But when was the last time you saw photo #143?  Or #2,486?
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Crazy Egg Launched - Visualize Visitor Clicks  —  Crazy Egg, the highly anticipated click tracking service from ACS, launched today.  With Crazy Egg, users install a code on their website to track every click a visitor makes on links, forms, advertisements, and flash documents.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Circuit City reps armed with Motion LS800 Tablet PCs  —  Somebody needs to tell Dave Zatz that a Florida trip is a winter-time trip; it's too darn hot down there in the summer!  We're just kidding; Dave is visiting family, but that didn't stop him from snappin' a quick pic …
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Why Steve Jobs should buy YouTube  —  Last week, I speculated as to why Rupert Murdoch would have a difficult time acquiring YouTube.  I also suggested that, with a rumored asking price of $1 billion, NBC Universal was the most likely contender to buy YouTube.
Paul Kapustka / Paul Kapustka's Blog:
BitTorrent influenced Disney's iTunes move, exec says  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Seeing a high-quality copy of "Desperate Housewives" obtained 15 just minutes after the episode's airing was a seminal moment in Disney's corporate decision to offer parts of its content online (via Apple's iTunes store) …
Discussion: Torrentfreak and cubicgarden.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SocialPicks enables collaborative investment research  —  There's no shortage of stock market oriented communities coming online, it's almost hard to tell them apart, but today's entrant is particularly interesting.  SocialPicks is focused on reputation building and small group collaboration.
Discussion: Information Arbitrage
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
comScore Figures Show First Google Decline For Nearly A Year, But What To Believe?  —  The latest search engine share figures from comScore are now out, and Google's nearly year-long continued rises have came to a halt in July 2006, according to comScore.  But how much can you trust any of the figures that ratings services provide?
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Has Google maxed out?  —  An interesting post from Barry Schwartz in response to an article on Webmaster World got me thinking today — has Google maxed out?  If these numbers are accurate, it wouldn't surprise me to see a slow but steady decline in Google's search engine traffic.
 
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