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7:50 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 …
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Faces.com stands apart in social networking  —  Faces.com is a social networking site from Australia with an emphasis on multimedia sharing and an impressive feature set.  The site has been up for several years but has recently undergone a total rebirth and is looking quite good.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
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.
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 and I4U News
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Films That Come Over the Net Don't Come Easy  —  Several obstacles — meager libraries, frustrating download times, copyright issues — have hamstrung online movie offerings to date.  But the biggest challenge has been what those in the industry refer to as the "last 10 feet" problem.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Lost Remote
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.
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?
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 …
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.
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
 
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Chris Remo / Shacknews:
3D Realms Sees Major Employee Departures, Fate of DNF in Question?
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Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Thousands of Spanish Web Sites Knocked Offline by Software Error
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Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
New Tools for Social Media Optimization
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
SiliconBeat to retire...VentureBeat has launched!
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Fujitsu Introduces its First 2.5" Hard Disk Drives Featuring …
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
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Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Make a custom projector screen
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Creative preps for more Zen patent lawsuits to "protect" itself
Discussion: Techdirt
Joe / Techdirt:
Newspapers Should Ask Google If Linking To Other Sites Is A Good Business
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits and Mark Evans
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Amazon's Everywhere Strategy
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Rough Type
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
Discussion: IP Democracy
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Why marketing should make the user manuals!