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8:00 PM ET, August 30, 2006

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John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Is an Apple-Sun merger in the works?  —  Commentary: Why Apple really put Google's Schmidt on board  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — As soon as Google CEO Eric Schmidt was named to the board of directors at Apple some mild speculation ensued suggesting that he'd eventually become CEO of Apple.
Discussion: Open Source, Valleywag and The Bb Gun
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Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Google Chief Schmidt Joins Apple As Director  —  Microsoft Rivals Could Collaborate in the Future  —  Apple Computer Inc. said yesterday that Google Inc. chief executive Eric E. Schmidt will join the company's board of directors, creating a bond between two technology powerhouses that compete fiercely with Microsoft Corp.
Discussion: Valleywag
Valleywag:
Six effects of Eric Schmidt joining Apple's board  —  That naysayer Don Dodge, a member of Microsoft's Emerging Business Team, may have a whole impressive list of reasons that Google's CEO joining Apple's board of directors doesn't really change much.  Sure, he's got a point about no money changing hands …
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
Maybe the Apple-Google relationship is stronger than I thought  —  In trying to be Mr. Pith the other day, I ventured that Google's Apps for Your Domain service not only should provoke thoughts of a Microsoft Office and Office Live alternative, but should be considered a threat to Apple's iWork and .mac initiatives.
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google: These books are free  —  Google Book Search now offers PDF files of scanned books that can be downloaded and printed for free, Google announced on Wednesday.  —  Readers can find the books by choosing the "Full view books" option on the Google Book Search home page before they activate their search.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Download Books For Free From Google Book Search  —  Google is now offering free, downloadable versions of public domain books that you can find in Google Book search.  Unfortunately, there's no way to browse through a directory of books that are available.  However, you can keyword search for them easily, sort of.
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Culver City Gets Around Pesky First Amendment With Terms Of Service  —  Last week, we learned that Culver City, California was installing filters on its muni-WiFi network, in an attempt to block content it (or the MPAA) didn't like.  Ignoring the facts that filters don't really work …
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Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
AT&T aims to build network for Ill. city
Discussion: IP Democracy
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Culver City Forces Users to Waive Free Speech Rights
Discussion: Joho the Blog
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Web 2.0 Expo and technical conference  —  The Web 2.0 Conference, launched in 2004, gave a name to the resurgence of the internet economy, and framed the ideas that are shaping that resurgence.  The second conference, and the paper I wrote for it last year, What is Web 2.0? …
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Web 2.0 Trademark Redux  —  In conjunction with the announcement of the new Web 2.0 Expo and technical conference, I'm also pleased to report that CMP has agreed to narrow the scope of enforcement of the Web 2.0 trademark registration.  It will only seek to protect the Web 2. trademark …
Discussion: Open Culture and Joe Duck
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Apple Sends a NastyGram  —  We just got an email from Apple regarding a YouTube video reposted on CrunchGear: … Ian, it a YouTube video.  That's at www.youtube.com.  Get them to take it down if it's a violation of your IP and it will stop showing at crunchgear and the other sites.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Will All of Us Get Our 15 Minutes On a YouTube Video?  —  If the data from YouTube are to believed, the world has a lot of explaining to do.  —  The video-sharing site doesn't make public much of the information it has about itself, such as a breakdown of the nationalities of its registered users.
Silicon Valley Watcher:
Congrats to Good Morning Silicon Valley...GUBA turns to cash in vid hosting wars...Danny Sullivan shocks SEO community...Office 2.0 is coming mid-October  —  Congrats to John Paczkowski from the San Jose Mercury's excellent Good Morning Silicon Valley for a finalist nomination …
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Comcast blacklists e-mail from online group  —  A decade before Microsoft released the first version of its Internet Explorer browser and nearly a generation before MySpace, The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, otherwise known as The WELL, was the place to be on the Internet.
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
USRobotics USR9630 Cordless Phone for Skype  —  USRobotics just launched a new cordless phone for Skype called the USR9630 Cordless Phone for Skype and the USR9631 Accessory Handset.  The USR9630 base station connects to both a traditional phone line and an available USB port on a PC running Skype.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Shop Talk, Ubergizmo and CrunchGear
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
SpiralFrog inks music deal with Universal  —  update Music on the Internet has often been free or legal, but start-up SpiralFrog is looking to offer songs that are both.  —  The 20-person New York-based company has signed a deal with record label Universal Music Group to offer songs for free …
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
Geotagging - one day later  —  The First Day  —  When we were doing our projections for how many photos Flickr members would geotag, we though that we'd hit a million in the first month, maybe even as fast as two weeks.  Instead, 24 hours in, there were 1,234,384 geotagged photos …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Clip and Save Holds Its Own Against Point and Click  —  In an Internet age, it would seem to be a scene from the past.  But for Kristine Davis, as for millions of shoppers across the country, it remains a Sunday morning ritual: retrieving the newspaper from the driveway and quickly extracting the coupon inserts.
Discussion: Screenwerk
shanghaidaily.com:
Journalists sued over iPod story  —  A CHINESE court has frozen the personal assets of a reporter and an editor at a Shanghai newspaper after Apple iPod manufacturer Foxconn sued the pair for 30 million yuan (US$3.77 million) for allegedly damaging its reputation over reports of substandard work conditions.
 
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Amelia Gentleman / New York Times:
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Richard Lawler / HD Beat:
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Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and HDBlog.net
Emily / textually.org:
AMERICANS GET TEXTING AS SMS FINALLY CATCHES ON . YHEA!
Discussion: Business Filter and mopocket
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dave Winer Ponders Mobile
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Go for Mobile Now Available for Windows Mobile Devices …
Will Sturgeon / silicon.com:
YouTube blunder: Egg on face for Cabinet Office
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Mark Your Calendars for Voice 2.0: A Conference on the Future of Communications
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