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11:20 PM ET, August 26, 2006

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Digg sends C&D to DiggGames?  —  We learned tonight from James Yu's blog that Utah software engineer and professional genealogist Matt Misbach has posted a letter online that appears to be from an Indianapolis law firm representing Digg.com.  The letter demands that Misbach immediately stop using …
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James Yu / ShoutBlog:
Digg sends cease and desist to digggames  —  One of my favorite places to find addicting games is at digggames, which aggregates flash games that have made it to the front page of Digg.  With Digg's current interface, it can be difficult to distill these kinds of genres from previous posts.
Discussion: Things That and John Furrier
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Yahoo Blog Search - Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated  —  It looks like Yahoo might have killed blog search.  —  Yet if you do a search it returns results from blogs:  —  Isn't Lifehacker a blog?  I think its even a blog by Scoble's definition!  Scoble blog == sclob?
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Yahoo! Removes Blog Search from Yahoo! News Homepage  —  It's been almost an year since Yahoo! integrated Blog posts with Yahoo! News search results hinting the marriage of MSM and Blogosphere.  But the marriage has been secretly called off as you would notice in the before and after screenshots of the Yahoo News/[Blog Search page].
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Joe Beaulaurier / Download Squad:   Blogs missing from Yahoo! News search results
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Learning to Love a Cable Guy  —  When workers from AT&T and Verizon visit homes to install their new television services, they come with blue hospital booties that they slip over their shoes before going inside.  —  The sight of burly installers in dainty slip-ons might induce snickers.
Discussion: IP Democracy, VoIP Watch and digg
greenpeace.org:
Your guide to green electronics  — The biggest names in electronics have just sat their first global exam on their green credentials.  Ranked on their use of toxic chemicals and electronic waste (e-waste) policies only Dell and Nokia scraped a barely respectable score while Apple …
Discussion: Download Squad, CrunchGear and MacSlash
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Jay Savage / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple not big on trees?  Greenpeace releases "green electronics" report
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Deletionists, Networkists and Blog Sourcing  —  The argument over whether to keep the Enterprise 2.0 article in Wikipedia continues, in this incredibly rich discussion page.  Bear with me here, as the innards of Wikipedia may not be clear cut enough for the blogosphere's preference for individual voices engaged in disappating debate.
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
[foocamp06] First life in Second Life  —  Julian Bleeker is interested in how first life and second life (with SecondLife.com as a good example) overlap.  —  E.g., he designed a game in which players got a word square (jumbled letters that contain words) that they had to track physically in a field, wired with GPS.
Discussion: Preoccupations and 3pointD.com
BBC:
PlayStation 3 tackles world ills  —  The spare processing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be harnessed by scientists trying to understand the cause of diseases like Alzheimer's.  —  Sony has teamed up with US biologists who already run the distributed computing project, folding@home (FAH).
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Verizon gaffe lets customer details slip  —  Verizon Wireless this week accidentally distributed a file with limited details on more than 5,000 customers outside the company, potentially giving identity thieves a toehold.  —  The Microsoft Excel spreadsheet file was e-mailed on Monday and includes names …
Matthew Broersma / Techworld.com:
Windows Vista the last of its kind  —  Vista will be the last version of Windows that exists in its current, monolithic form, according to Gartner.  —  Instead, the research firm predicts, Microsoft will be forced to migrate Windows to a modular architecture tied together through hardware-supported virtualisation.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT, Slashdot and digg
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Will at&t Voicemail Work in an Emergency?  —  According to a survey of Gulf Coast residents commissioned by at&t, the most desired technology during a natural disaster is a voice mailbox (54% of respondents).  However, at&t apparently doesn't have confidence in its own ability to keep existing voicemail working in a catastrophe.
Fred / A VC:
Call Me Converted  —  For the past three years I have been blogging actively but not using a feedreader actively.  Sure I've used plenty of feedreaders.  I've basically tried them all.  I've been regularly subscribing to feeds in newsgator online and bloglines, largely to database blogs I like.
Gizmodo:
Lexus Self Parking Car Video and Review  —  Lexus invited Gizmodo along for a ride in the new LS 460 L super rich guy sedan.  The thing is packed to the gills with tech.  In fact, I'd call it the most geeked-out car evar, next to the Tesla.  —  But even the Tesla car can't park itself.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
An Eye for Cool, and Cash  —  In the Hunt to Fill 'Social News' Web Sites, Contributors Now Compete  —  Corey Spring has a college student's dream job: He gets paid to surf the Internet.  —  Every morning, the 22-year-old Ohio State University senior spends at least an hour wading through 100 …
Discussion: PostBubble
Scott Carlson / Chronicle of Higher Education:
U. of California Will Provide Up to 3,000 Books a Day to Google for Scanning, Contract States  —  A mere two months after the University of California begins its book-digitization project with Google, the university may provide the search company with a whopping 3,000 books a day for scanning.
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Jeff Ubois / Television Archiving:   In Perpetuity: UC's Agreement with Google
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
ZohoProjects challenges Basecamp on project management  —  AdventNet's online productivity suite Zoho has added a project management system to its already long list of offerings.  ZohoProjects is now accepting new signups and there's a demo account you can use from the front page.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows without viruses and spyware?  Yes, it's possible  —  Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal takes tech questions from readers each week and publishes his answers in Mossberg's Mailbox.  In this week's column, he tackles a question I get asked all the time.
Discussion: TechBlog
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Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:   Blocking Spyware Before It's Installed
 
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