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12:10 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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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.
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
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:   Apple-Sun Deal Unlikely
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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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.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Make widget  —  In an interesting post yesterday …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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
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.
Carlo / Techdirt:
Culver City Gets Around Pesky First Amendment With Terms Of Service  —  from the read-closely dept  —  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.
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Culver City Forces Users to Waive Free Speech Rights
Discussion: Joho the Blog
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.
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
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?
Discussion: Ben Metcalfe Blog
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.
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 …
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.
Gizmodo:
HD DVD and Blu-ray Trouble: Not Enough Blue Diodes to Go Around  —  Things are looking dicey for both HD DVD and Blu-ray, because a key component has suddenly become scarce: blue laser diode yield rates are only 30% according to Nichia, a company responsible for 80% of the blue laser diode supply.
Amelia Gentleman / New York Times:
Indian State to Bypass Microsoft 'Monopoly'  —  In a new attack on multinational corporations, the Communist government in India's southern state of Kerala is campaigning to eliminate Microsoft from use in public institutions, just weeks after it imposed a ban on Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and Slashdot
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Creative preps for more Zen patent lawsuits to "protect" itself
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Joe / Techdirt:
Newspapers Should Ask Google If Linking To Other Sites Is A Good Business
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits and Mark Evans
newscenter.verizon.com:
Verizon Removes DSL Supplier Surcharge
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The Death Star of WiFi Devices
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Laser etching a Powerbook
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Will Sturgeon / silicon.com:
YouTube blunder: Egg on face for Cabinet Office
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Wiimote production issues? *UPDATE 2*
Discussion: Kotaku and PSP Fanboy
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Clip and Save Holds Its Own Against Point and Click
Discussion: Screenwerk
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Comcast blacklists e-mail from online group