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4:21 AM ET, July 3, 2006

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New York Times:
A Search Engine That's Becoming an Inventor  —  When Google was a graduate-school project being run from a Silicon Valley garage, its founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, built their own computers out of cheap parts meant for personal computers.  They wanted to save money …
Sam Ruby:
Repave Periodically  —  Bill de hÓra: I don't have time to change OSes  —  That's scary.  When was the last time you installed any version of Windows?  For me, it was April.  —  My biggest concern is an involuntary need to reinstall that comes at a time that I can least afford it.
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Another reason to love Open Source
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Daniel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Internet and Land-Line Calls on One Phone  —  At one point, the biggest selling point in Internet phone services was price.  —  Companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp. and 8x8 Inc. enticed customers with calling plans that offered local and long-distance services over a high-speed Internet connection for as little as $15 a month.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Skype Journal
Randall Stross / New York Times:
AOL Said, 'If You Leave Me I'll Do Something Crazy'  —  "YOU'RE going to listen to me."  —  This was the taunting command of an AOL customer service representative who sounded like a jailer twirling his keychain.  The customer on the phone wanted to complete his business …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where was Google?  —  Thinking back on the last two days of Gnomedex and I am wondering "where was Google?"  I don't remember meeting a Google employee (I just looked through my stack of more than a hundred business cards and didn't find one from Google).  —  But, yet, Google was the talk of the conference.
Google Blogoscoped:
Different Types of Google Trends  —  Google Trends shows the volume for different search queries over time.  Nadine Schmidt-Mänz at the Berlin search engines workshop last Monday categorized a bunch of these searches.  Her work was based on storing & analyzing search live tickers …
Arieanna / Blogaholics:
Bitch Session with Jeremy Zawodny: Gnomedex 6.0  —  Related entries in Opinion, Social networking, Events  —  I think it's appropriate that Jeremy Zawodny moves into a planned "bitch session" [particularly social software/media] after the bitch slapping of our last session.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Firefox in the next 6 months  —  I heard a few questions yesterday about the future of Firefox and its product goals, differentiating factors, and its positioning against Microsoft and its Internet Explorer browser.  I've been following the Firefox process intermittently so I'll outline …
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Some MacBooks have premature age spots  —  What began as a few isolated reports of mysterious stains appearing on the wrist rests of Apple Computer's MacBooks looks to be more widespread and the impetus for a growing Web community of displeased owners.  —  Reports of the discoloration …
Jessie Seyfer / Mercury News:
Seven bidders step up with wireless Net plan for valley  —  NETWORK TO COVER 1,500 SQUARE MILES FROM SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH SANTA CRUZ  —  Seven bidders stepped up Friday with proposals for bringing affordable wireless Internet access to all 1,500 square miles of Silicon Valley — a costly, technically challenging task.
Justin Baillargeon / QJ.NET - PSP Updates:
[Breaking News] 2.50/2.60 Downgrader - v5 Beta Released  —  Yes, you have read the title right - 2.50/2.60 Downgrader.  Dark_Alex, along with Mathieulh and Yoshihiro from SonyXTeam, have released the first working 2.50/2.60 downgrader.  Most credit goes to Dark_Alex (as said by Mathieulh) as he is the founder of the downgrader.
Discussion: Engadget and Kotaku
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Sports Illustrated for Kids knows Wii release date  —  You find gaming information in the weirdest places.  Reader Eryin was scanning through the latest issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids when he came upon an article on the PS3 and Wii.  According to SIforK, the Wii is coming out November 6th.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Delete All Spam In Gmail  —  Gmail has a great spam filter, but the spam is hard to delete.  And that's a problem if you get hundreds of spam messages everyday.  Gmail is rolling out a new link called "Delete all spam messages now" so you don't have to repeatedly select all messages and delete them.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Gawker Trims Portfolio, Lays Off Bloggers  —  The New York Times is reporting that Gawker Media founder and CEO Nick Denton is putting two of his lowest performing blogs on the block, reorganizing others and laying off several people.  —  Sploid and Screenhead are being sold.
 
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