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6:30 AM ET, August 31, 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.
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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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ResourceShelf:
Google Allowing Some Books for Offline Printing BUT Don't Forget About Other Sources (Free)  —  Via MSNBC: … Neat idea, useful idea, sure.  But it's hardly new.  Michael Hart (Wikipedia entry) and Project Gutenberg have been digitizing books for 35 years and making them accessible in a number of formats.
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Steve Bryant / eWEEK.com:
Google Sued for AdSense Fraud  —  A would-be AdSense customer is suing Google for $250,000 because it took her 100 hours to place and review AdSense advertisements on her Web site, which Google subsequently removed, Google Watch has learned.  —  In a 25-page complaint filed earlier this week …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
RIAA copyright education is contradictory, critics say  —  The music industry's educational video about copyright law is full of baloney, according to several trade and public interest groups.  —  The Consumer Electronics Association and Public Knowledge are among the groups to issue …
Discussion: Techdirt
Doc Searls Weblog:
Meet two upstanding enemies of all that is splogging.  —  First Ian Kallen, who knows more about splogging than anybody else I've met; and who has provided much useful guidance for me, as both as a writer and a reader in the blogosphere.  Lately Ian and I have been talking more about what constitutes …
Gizmodo:
A Closer Look At the PSP GPS Device  —  We have a closer look and more details on the PSP GPS Addon we saw last week.  The GPS goes on top of your PSP and can actually be folded down when not in use, making your PSP a little less bulbous.  We're not sure whether folding it will disable it …
Discussion: InstaGPS and Engadget
sg.creative.com:
Creative Introduces the ZEN Vision W - Widescreen Portable Video, Photo and MP3 Player  —  Portable Entertainment Centre Plays up to 240 Hours of Video, Tens of Thousands of Photos or 15,000 Songs  —  Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products …
Discussion: Engadget, Anything But iPod and digg
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.
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.
Josh / Bokardo:
Are Social Web Apps Here to Stay?  —  In Why I Don't Use Social Software, Ryan Carson of Vitamin magazine (where I published The MySpace Problem), asks some tough questions about the rise of social web apps.  The biggest question is: Are social web apps here to stay?
Valleywag:
Cheatsheet: What is Digg?  —  "When I'm talking to clients," a seemingly well-informed Google employee told me over brunch, "I want to mention Digg.  I know it's something I'm supposed to know about, but I don't."  No worries.  For everyone who needs a refresher on Digg, we have an exhaustive cheatsheet for the popular site.
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Amazon's Everywhere Strategy  —  Amazon introduced the "aStore" this morning, in an email to associates.  The service creates a dedicated retail environment that anyone can use to sell stuff in the Amazon catalog.  I spent about 20 minutes setting up a store, which you can see here, and have a few thoughts.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Guba takes a gamble: affiliate payments for free accounts  —  Video site Guba, one of the most interesting players in the space, has released an affiliate program that will pay you 25 cents for every new free (US based) account resulting from a clickthrough of an embedded video on your site.
Discussion: Mashable! and GigaOM
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / DesktopLinux.com:
Results from the 2006 Desktop Linux Survey - Part 1  —  Results from the 2006 Desktop Linux Survey - Part 1  —  The results of DesktopLinux.com's 2006 Desktop Linux Market survey are in, and the votes are all tallied.  This first article of a series offers a perspective on how the various desktop Linux distributions fared, and why.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Explorer 7: Good Solid Browser, Or Ford Pinto?  —  I recently had the pleasure of talking to Opera's Chief Technology Officer Håkon Wium Lie.  We spoke about Microsoft's latest web browser IE7 and Håkon was harshly critical of it, as well as Microsoft's past history with CSS and web standards.
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Why marketing should make the user manuals!  —  Why do so many companies treat potential users so much better than existing users?  Think about it.  The brochure is a thing of beauty, while the user manual is a thing of boredom.  The brochure gets the big budget while the manual gets the big index.
 
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Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
SiliconBeat to retire...VentureBeat has launched!
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Staci / paidContent.org:
SI.com's MySI Looks At The Big Picture; Swimsuits Optional
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:
YouTube launches Colleges, enters Facebook territory
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Juniper Invests in Trapeze Networks
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Make a custom projector screen
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Creative preps for more Zen patent lawsuits to "protect" itself
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Gizmodo:
HD DVD and Blu-ray Trouble: Not Enough Blue Diodes to Go Around
Joe / Techdirt:
Newspapers Should Ask Google If Linking To Other Sites Is A Good Business
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits and Mark Evans
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Shows Off Counterterrorism Database
newscenter.verizon.com:
Verizon Removes DSL Supplier Surcharge
Carlo / Techdirt:
Culver City Gets Around Pesky First Amendment With Terms Of Service
Dan / .:UNEASYsilence:.:
The Death Star of WiFi Devices
Phone Scoop:
Sprint Trials Mobile TV Using M250
Lifehacker:
Laser etching a Powerbook
Discussion: Gizmodo