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2:40 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.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:   Apple-Sun Deal Unlikely
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Google Chief Schmidt Joins Apple As Director
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and Valleywag
Valleywag:   Eric Schmidt should push Apple into the Sun
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
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
newscenter.verizon.com:
Verizon Removes DSL Supplier Surcharge  —  Media contacts:  —  Eric Rabe, 908-559-3500  —  Bobbi Henson, 972-718-2225  —  NEW YORK - Verizon Communications today announced that, effective immediately, it is dropping previously announced plans to impose a supplier surcharge …
Discussion: Techdirt and broadbandreports.com
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.
 
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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
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
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Amelia Gentleman / New York Times:
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Is It Possible to Surpass World of Warcraft?
Richard Lawler / HD Beat:
Sony Pearl VPL-VW50 1080p SXRD projector shown, dated and priced in Japan
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and HDBlog.net
Emily / textually.org:
AMERICANS GET TEXTING AS SMS FINALLY CATCHES ON . YHEA!
Discussion: Business Filter and mopocket
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Will All of Us Get Our 15 Minutes On a YouTube Video?