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1:45 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
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  —  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 …
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 …
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
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).
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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Amelia Gentleman / New York Times:
Indian State to Bypass Microsoft 'Monopoly'
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Doug Berger / Gadgetell:
Palm Treo 700wx document revealed
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Firefox and the art of keyword bookmarking
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Grand alliances that are shaping Web 2.0
Emily / textually.org:
AMERICANS GET TEXTING AS SMS FINALLY CATCHES ON . YHEA!
Discussion: mopocket
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dave Winer Ponders Mobile
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Epson launches three inkjets: R260, R380, and the RX580 all-in-one
Discussion: CrunchGear
Will Sturgeon / silicon.com:
YouTube blunder: Egg on face for Cabinet Office
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The Official Parallels Virtualization Blog:
Mac Pro Compatibility
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Wiimote production issues? *UPDATE 2*
Discussion: Kotaku and PSP Fanboy
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
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Vista Priced at $100 to $399 on Amazon.com (Update1)
Discussion: PVR Wire
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Webshots Redesign Launches, Video Coming
Discussion: GigaOM, rev2.org and Mashable!