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11:40 PM ET, July 8, 2006


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Maria Aspan / New York Times:
TV Is Now Interactive, Minus Images, on the Web  —  Many "Rescue Me" viewers weren't happy, and they weren't being quiet about it.  —  The June 20 episode of the series, on FX, concluded with a violent sex scene between the main character, played by Denis Leary, and his estranged wife.
Discussion: David Card
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Gmail features on the way  —  There are at least two new features that are making their way to Gmail accounts near you.  The source code for Gmail confirms both of these features, but for most people the variable enabling them is set to "false".  —  The first feature is one that lets users delete …
'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
Discussion: I4U News and 21talks
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 …
Discussion: Kotaku
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 …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Bot Obedience: Herding Googlebot  —  I noticed a useful session at the upcoming Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose.  In exactly a month there will be a Bot Obedience class.  People sometimes ask me about how to "sculpt" where Googlebot visits, and my only other post …
Discussion: Make Money Online …
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Tail Is Wagging the Internet Dog  —  THE media columnist Jack Shafer was confused, and maybe a little jealous.  He wondered last week why a two-year-old article by Paul Boutin, his fellow Slate writer, was suddenly drawing huge traffic numbers.  Mr. Boutin's article was a light …
TDavid / Things That:
Create a playlist of the hit songs and albums for all your birthdays (UK charts)  —  With the date engine you can find out what songs were #1 on your birthday.  —  Then you can go a step further and display the hit songs and/or albums for every birthday through history and create the ultimate birthday hit song playlist.
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 …
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 and Threat Chaos
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.
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Hands on with Sony's would-be UMPC killer, the UX180P  —  Sony is never a company to back down from raising a few eyebrows or ruffling a few feathers in the standards game, and so shall it be with the not-quite-UMPC UX180P.  There's little question that the UX whips up on the current crop …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide:
VK Mobile Files For Bankruptcy  —  VK Mobile, makers of one of Helio's two handsets, has filed for bankruptcy.  There has been speculation that Helio has gone two months with only a couple hundred subscribers, claims that have been denied by Helio.  The Korea Times also speculates …
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Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Candidate Now Available
Mathew Honan / Macworld:
Analysts: Windows on Macs will not open corporate doors
Discussion: SurfBits and Infinite Loop
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Phil Torrone brings Make to Microsoft
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Calling all dead programmers and unemployed videobloggers …
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Said to Be Planning Free Ad-Based Web Access
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Students cry foul over cell phone policy: Teens say officials …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
LiveJournal Goes XMPP-Jabber
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Security blunder: Sprint Wireless leaks customer data
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Podshow fixes RSS feeds!
Discussion: bLaugh and Podcasting News
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
An Internet Lifeline for Troops in Iraq and Loved Ones at Home
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