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2:00 PM ET, July 8, 2006


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'IPod rival' speculation dampened  —  Microsoft has said reports that the company is planning an MP3 player to rival the iPod are based on "speculation and rumours".  —  The software giant and games console firm said it did not "have anything to announce at this time".
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
Microsoft denies demoing 'Ipod killer' to music industry execs  —  Redmond (WA) - In a carefully worded response this morning, a Microsoft spokesperson denied his company's participation in a demonstration of a portable music device capable of wireless networking to music industry executives …
Discussion: I4U News and 21talks
Declan McCullagh / CNET
FBI plans new Net-tapping push  —  The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping, CNET has learned.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Anne Broache / CNET
Security agency war game tries to teach Net defense  —  WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency may be known for its stealthy eavesdropping techniques, but it's going public with advice for how to train a new generation to defend against computer threats.  —  Representatives …
Web 2.0 in Japan  —  Japan is a country renowned for it's technological prowess - being on the cutting edge of robotics, hybrid car research, video game entertainment and countless other areas.  Strange then, that whilst the rest of the world has seen a huge boom in "Web 2.0″-style services …
Ellie Gibson /
Lady gamers get voice changer  —  Are you a lady gamer?  There's a 99.9999999999 per cent chance you're not, according to our reader demographic data, but anyway, Sheila from Lancs, this is for you.  —  Audio4Fun is launching a new piece of voice changer software that's designed …
Ryan Naraine /
Voice Phishers Dialing for PayPal Dollars  —  Be the first to comment on this article  —  Internet security experts have discovered a new phishing scam that uses voice recordings to pilfer money from PayPal accounts.  —  In the newest social engineering attack, identity thieves …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Friendster Patents Social Networking  —  San Francisco-based Friendster has won a patent for online social networks.  The patent was filed in 2003, and was awarded on June 27th.  Friendster's founder Jonathan Abrams is listed as the inventor, and the patent covers a "system, method …
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
An Internet Lifeline for Troops in Iraq and Loved Ones at Home  —  With mortar shells exploding near him sometimes twice a day in Ramadi, Iraq, Sgt. Mark Grelak found a way to shut out the heat, the noise, and all the demands of his job — sweeping the local highway for bombs left by insurgents.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Norwest's Goel: We're ready to open an office in India  —  Vab Goel, general partner at Silicon Valley firm Norwest Venture Partners, is spearheading the firm's investing efforts in India.  Despite the hype, only a couple of Silicon Valley venture firms are investing in early-stage companies in India.
Discussion: VC Circle
USA Today:
Five-second ads try to counter TiVo  —  It may take longer to read this sentence than to watch one of Honda's recent mini-commercials.  —  In just five seconds, the TV ad shows features of its new Fit hatchback, followed by a computer-type voice saying: "The Fit is Go."
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Sprint PCS Vision Phone Katana By Sanyo  —  Sprint's new Sanyo Katana may look exactly like a plastic RAZR, but it's no disposable.  It's a reasonable midrange phone designed to help Sprint customers scratch their itch for the nation's most popular form factor.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Security blunder: Sprint Wireless leaks customer data  —  BoingBoing reader Steve Parkinson has discovered a customer data security hole in the automated phone care system for Sprint Wireless.  —  Here's how it works.  You dial a certain toll-free Sprint customer service line …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coghead, A New Web App Machine  —  The Enterprise is widely viewed as the next playground for collective technologies known as Web 2.0.  While there has been a lot of talk, only a handful of companies have come up with Web 2.0 inspired offerings targeting the enterprise.
Media Guerrilla:
Real Men of Genius  —  There are so few ads I actually pay attention to these days, with the exception of one: Bud Light's "Real Men of Genius" radio spots.  Don't ask me why, they just crack me up.  Anyway, I've attend a tear of blogger conferences the past several weeks …
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 Earlier Items: 
Pankaj Mishra / New York Times:
The Myth of the New India  —  INDIA is a roaring capitalist success story.
Discussion: Valleywag
Yahoo! Search blog:
Is The Answer Outer Space?
Inside AdWords crew / Inside AdWords:
Landing page quality update
Paul Briggs /
10-in-1 Memory Card Travel Case
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Apple cameos on PS3 website ... wtf? [update 4]
Discussion: Engadget, Infinite Loop and Gizmodo