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4:50 PM ET, August 2, 2008

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Lumo / The Reference Frame:
Fix: IE7 with Sitemeter: Operation aborted … This posting is primarily addressed to those webmasters who experience a similar problem.  —  If your web page contains a Sitemeter counter, Internet Explorer users eventually see an “Operation aborted” error message.
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Attention Sitemeter Users: Your Site is Down
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Don't Want to Talk About It?  Order a Missed Call  —  When Alexis Gorman, 26, wanted to tell a man she had been dating that the courtship was over, she felt sending a Dear John text message was too impersonal.  But she worried that if she called the man, she would face an awkward conversation or a confrontation.
Rob Cottingham / ReadWriteWeb:
Tag Clouds R.I.P.?  —  I loved tag clouds from the moment I saw them, and I still do.  Two years ago, they roamed the social web like buffalo on the pre-Columbian plains of North America... huge, thundering herds of keywords of all shades and sizes.  And you'll see them to this day on many …
Discussion: HighTouch
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How “Janet” Fooled the Twittersphere She's the Voice of Exxon Mobil  —  The game is up, “Janet” is not an official Exxon representative  —  A few days ago, the Twittersphere was curious, interested, and excited to see a member of Exxon Mobil's employee ranks to join the twitter conversation …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   What Should Exxon Do About Twitter? Absolutely Nothing
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Porn Industry Learns from RIAA Tactics, Targets Web Sites Instead  —  Pornographers band together under The PAK Group to take on smut pirates  —  Apparently fed up with the lack of progress and high expense of attacking individual file sharers, porn industry leader Jason Tucker announced …
Steven Schwankert / IDG News Service:
Alibaba: ‘We Will Do Things Our Own Way’  —  Alibaba.com Group CEO Jack Ma said Saturday that no matter what happened to major shareholder Yahoo, the company would retain its independence.  —  “As to the sale [of Yahoo], when this happened, I told the team, no matter what happens we will do things our own way.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Web Wars Videos: Does Anybody Care About Android?  —  A week ago, I put together a roundtable about the upcoming mobile platform wars between the iPhone, Google's Android, and older platforms like Nokia's.  One thing I discovered as I was organizing the event was that it was really hard …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Personalized News Site Bites The Dust  —  When Thoof launched in July 2007 a lot of people gave it a good chance of success despite the fact that it was entering into the dreaded personalized news space.  Sure, the market was littered with failed startups, but Thoof was founded …
Discussion: paidContent.org
The Technium:
People Want To Pay  —  Yes, everything will be free, but in my experience people want to pay.  They really do!  People, mobs of them, will grab stuff that is free.  They will try stuff for free that they would never touch if they had to pay.  They will always gravitate, on average, to the lowest price, and what is lower than free?
GigaOM:
F|  R: The Top 5 Reasons Tech Execs Fail  —  Regardless of the title your company's top technology executive uses — CTO, CIO, Chief Product Officer or VP of Engineering — your company will ultimately look to this person to produce the software and technical products upon which your business success depends.
Discussion: Small Initiatives
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
It's Official: Jerry Yang Won  —  Sure, at $19.80 a share, Yahoo!'s shares now find themselves below even where they were on the eve of MSFT's unsolicited $44.6B offer.  But make no mistake about it: Jerry Yang has won.  —  Don't get me wrong, the first thing you learn in finance …
Discussion: BoomTown
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Apple bails on Black Hat talk  —  Engineering blames marketing department  —  IDG News Service) Apple Inc. has pulled its security engineering team out of a planned public discussion on the company's security practices, which had been set for next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
 
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Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Toyota Announces Segway Killer: The Winglet Personal Transporter
Discussion: Digg
Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Firefox Closer to Supporting Open-source Video Codec
Discussion: The Open Road
Marc Benioff / TechCrunchIT:
Welcome to Web 3.0: Now Your Other Computer is a Data Center
Zephoria / apophenia:
knol: content w/out context, collaboration, capital, or coruscation
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPhone Calendar Syncing
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Technovia
Gary Gale / The Yahoo! Geo Technologies Blog:
Yahoo! Maps Gets a Summer-time Refresh
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Forget the iPhone—The iPod Touch is Good Enough
Discussion: TeleRead and Digg
Fred / A VC:
The Lazy and Smarter Web
Discussion: VCMike's Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Announces Results of 2008 Annual Stockholder Meeting
Discussion: Google Watch
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Advice: Microsoft Should Invest Y Combinator-style
Discussion: HipMojo.com and blist
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to begin shipping Android-based handsets in 4Q08 as scheduled
Industry Standard:
Dell tries to trademark “cloud computing”
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
AOL is Getting Serious About Lifestreaming: Buys SocialThing
Discussion: Startup Meme and TechCrunch
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Instant-Messagers Really Are About Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon
Discussion: Smart Mobs
PBS:
The Eyes Have It  —  So little real information leaks out of Apple …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Facebook's auto-tagging feature could be tip of tagging iceberg