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11:05 AM ET, August 6, 2007

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
'Fake Steve' Blogger Comes Clean  —  For the last 14 months, high-tech insiders have been eating up the work of an anonymous blogger who assumed the persona of Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive and one of the world's most famous businessmen.  —  The mysterious writer has used his blog …
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Anil Dash:
Fake Steve Jobs and the Triumph of Blogs  —  Daniel Lyons, author of the heretofore-anonymous Fake Steve Jobs blog, which comments extensively on companies in the technology industry, was also the author of Forbes' November 2005 cover story "Attack of the Blogs", a 3000-word screed vilifying anonymous bloggers …
Forbes:
Fake Steve Jobs Comes To Forbes.com
Discussion: Salon, The Blog Herald and Churbuck.com
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Fake Fake Steve Jobs On Forbes.com
Discussion: Scobleizer and WinBeta
Churbuck.com:   Infrastructure and economics of online journalism
Valleywag:   Investigations: Forbes editor Daniel Lyons is Fake Steve Jobs
David Krug / Telegraphik:
Bloggers Pushing For A Labor Union  —  Agh, I hate to be quoting Fox News but it's one of the few places that seems to be talking about this issue.  Bloggers are fed up with payrates, we want insurance, and we want to be able to set standards on how this industry — online publishing is run.
Discussion: Performancing.com
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Is Blogging Ready For a Unionized Workforce?  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, a coalition of left-wing bloggers is trying to form a labor union that they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining and set professional standards.
Microsoft:
Groundbreaking Digital Experience for Endeavour Shuttle Launch  —  Microsoft's Photosynth 3-D imagery gives people around the world unprecedented views of the shuttle vehicle and its launchpad.  —  For the first time, people around the world can view 3-D images of the space shuttle Endeavour …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft gives 3D look at space shuttle
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Microsoft Photosynth Covers Shuttle Endeavour Pre-Launch
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft, NASA Team on Shuttle Photos
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Slap in the Facebook: It's Time for Social Networks to Open Up  —  Damn the Facebooks and the MySpaces.  The last time we checked, there was this thing called the internet that had 6 billion users.  It's time to take our personal data out of Mr. McGregor's little gardens and put it back where it belongs …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Plaxo launches new social network, Pulse—and it's a lot like Pownce  —  As expected, address and calendar organizer Plaxo unveiled on Monday its new Pulse social networking site.  Rumors about Plaxo expanding into social networking had been floating about recently; the company confirmed …
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Shuttleworth: Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community  —  Microsoft has succeeded in fracturing the Linux and open-source community with the patent indemnity agreements it has entered into with several prominent vendors, Ubuntu leader and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth told eWEEK.
Discussion: Open Source
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Evaluating Microsoft's Shared Source licenses  —  At O'Reilly's Open Source Convention (OSCON) this year, Microsoft platform strategy director Bill Hilf announced that the company was preparing to submit two of its Shared Source software licenses to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) for approval.
Louise Story / New York Times:
It's an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World  —  It is only a matter of time until nearly all advertisements around the world are digital.  —  Or so says David W. Kenny, the chairman and chief executive of Digitas, the advertising agency in Boston that was acquired by the Publicis Groupe for $1.3 billion six months ago.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ICQ Founders Start KnockaTV  —  We just heard about a new Israeli video/TV startup called KnockaTV, which has the tagline "The People Have Taken Over."  —  KnockaTV is self described as: … They are also looking for original content producers to submit content to the service.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wibrain's B1 UMPC: hideous, yet strangely appealing  —  Ok, it's ugly as sin (and pretty thick, to boot), but we have to give props to Wibrain's new B1 UMPC.  Besides coming equipped with a Via C7m CPU up to 1.6GHz, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, a VGA camera, HSDPA, and a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
SoundExchange Entrenches Position as IREA Faces Music  —  A federal bill that would reset music royalties at a more affordable rate for thousands of internet radio stations is losing steam in the House of Representatives, raising new fears for the future of webcasting.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Slashdot
Lyndon Stambler / New York Times:
The Highs and the Lows of Rankings on Amazon  —  It may seem obsessive, but every day — sometimes hourly — Aaron Shepard checks the Amazon.com sales rankings for his 12 self-published books.  He even created a Web site, www.salesrankexpress.com, that lets authors check their Amazon rankings instantly.
 
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