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1:40 PM ET, August 30, 2006

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Jonathan Thaw / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google's top exec joins Apple's board  —  Move signals closer ties between two companies  —  Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt was elected to the board of directors of Apple Computer Inc. at a meeting Tuesday, Apple said in a statement from its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.
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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 …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google CEO joins Apple board - is there more to this?  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt is joining the board of Apple Computer.  Om Malik thinks this could lead to closer cooperation between the two, and headaches for Microsoft.  Maybe, but I don't think so.  Eric Schmidt is a great choice …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple + Google = Worries For Everyone  —  A few days ago when Google announced what is a precursor to Google Office, many saw it as a big move against the long term nemesis, Microsoft.  We read things differently, and don't really believe that it is going to have much of an impact.
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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Associated Press:
Google to allow free downloads of books  —  AUG. 29 8:28 P.M. ET Google Inc. on Wednesday plans to begin letting consumers download and print free of charge classic novels and many other, more obscure books that are in the public domain.  —  Using Google's Book Search service …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 and CrunchGear
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 …
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
How to Eliminate the Echo Chamber and Add New Dimensions to Your Blog  —  One of the better posts I've seen recently is by Chris Pirillo writing about ways to eliminate the 'echo chamber'.  It's a post that I'm sure many bloggers will find a challenge (I know I did).
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
AT&T aims to build network for Ill. city  —  NEW YORK - AT&T Inc. is the lead candidate to build a citywide wireless network for Springfield, Ill., marking the company's first success in the developing market to blanket municipalities with ubiquitous Internet access.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Mark Your Calendars for Voice 2.0: A Conference on the Future of Communications  —  On October 16th, Ottawa will play host to Voice 2.0, a conference which bills itself as a "day long voyage of discovery" into the evolution of the communications industry.  Genetically, this event …
Discussion: Telepocalypse and Realtime-VoIP
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
Richard Lawler / HD Beat:
Sony Pearl VPL-VW50 1080p SXRD projector shown, dated and priced in Japan  —  LCDs and LCoS RPTVs weren't all Sony had to show off today, they also displayed the eagerly-awaited smaller, cheaper and more efficient followup to their Ruby VPL-VW100 front projector, the Pearl VPL-VW50.
Discussion: Engadget and HDBlog.net
CNET News.com:
AT&T hack exposes 19,000 identities  —  AT&T on Tuesday said hackers broke into one of its computer systems and accessed personal data on thousands of customers who used its online store.  —  The information that was illegally accessed includes credit card numbers, AT&T said in a statement.
Brian Gorman / Motley Fool:
An Odd Buy for New York Times  —  Headlines about the newspaper business have been nothing to cheer about lately, and the news at New York Times (NYSE: NYT) is no exception.  Rising newsprint costs remain a drag on profitability, and revenue growth hasn't exactly been robust …
Gizmodo:
Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS: Widescreen With a FM Transmitter  —  What's the story with this leaked GPS?  Well, I'll tell you.  Garmin is trying to keep pace with TomTom's widescreen models by adding this 4.3-inch, 480 by 272 pixel touchscreen to their latest navigator.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and InstaGPS
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Go for Mobile Now Available for Windows Mobile Devices; Expands Reach of Service to Millions of Windows Mobile Devices Globally  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) has made its Yahoo! Go for Mobile service available for consumers to download onto Windows Mobile-powered phones.
 
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Emily / textually.org:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Wiimote production issues? *UPDATE 2*
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BBC:
Google to target software market
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
The mobile Internet: Are we there yet?
The Age:
Gremlins in the geek goddess IT calendar
Discussion: Techdirt
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
YapTA! says welcome to "Web 3.0"
Discussion: Labnotes and Valleywag
Anne Becker / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Goes To School To Promote Football Drama
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Vista Priced at $100 to $399 on Amazon.com (Update1)
Discussion: PVR Wire