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1:45 AM ET, July 10, 2006


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Spyware developers net huge profits, outrage  —  With annual revenues of $2 billion, pop-up ads are a high-stakes game  —  Consumers have strong opinions about Direct Revenue's software.  "If I ever meet anyone from your company, I will kill you," a person who identified himself as James Chang …
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
How To Tweak Firefox 2.0 Beta 1  —  Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 is scheduled for release on Tuesday but there are some things that I want to show you before you start using it.  Things like removing the red "X" from each tab or maybe only placing a red "X" on the current tab.
Discussion: InterMedia
Martin / gHacks tech news:
Download Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Release Candidate  —  Tonight firefox 2.0 beta 1 release candidate has been uploaded to the mozilla ftp site and can be downloaded from there.  Funny thing that happened to me was that I installed the new version and tried to run it but it would only start a new instance of firefox
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why I support Rocketboom  —  It's pretty simple.  —  Rocketboom is bigger than two people.  —  It plays the role this weblog played in the early days of blogging.  It distributes attention to all kinds of creative people doing coooool stuff.  Lots of chuckles and lots of bings!
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Joanne Colan confirmed
Discussion: the j. botter weblog and Mashable*
Peter Cooper / Ruby Inside:
19 Rails Tricks Most Rails Coders Don't Know  —  When looking at my own Rails code and that of the community as a whole, I often see places where certain Rails techniques could have been used, but weren't.  As much for my own memory as yours, I thought I'd list down some Rails tricks and tips …
Rafat /
Football World Cup: Some Online Numbers  —  The final tally on online and mobile viewers might take some time to compile by the research firms, but some revenues and other numbers from around the world:  — In China, portal generated 70 million Yuan ($8.7 million) …
Robert Sinke /
Venzero adds lilOne to the "One" collective  —  So you think the 8GB Venzero One is too bulky and/or expensive (289 Euro)?  Not quite satisfied with the MiniOne's price point (119-169 Euro) or capacity range (1 and 2GB)?  Well, apparently Venzero has you covered on this one too.
Discussion: Engadget and
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
Whither Television Programming?  —  As a follow up to our previous post on TV network activity on the Internet and through iTunes, we've further explored television programming and how it's playing out on the web beyond the major networks.  —  I will steer clear of yahoo, google, youtube …
Yoshiko Hara / EE Times:
Optical device could help read most disk formats  —  TOKYO — Trying to bridge the gap between next-generation optical disk formats, Ricoh said it has developed an optical component that reads and writes all disk formats—Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, as well as DVD and CD—with one pickup and one objective lens.
Discussion: Engadget, HD Beat and I4U News
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Death by Wikipedia: The Kenneth Lay Chronicles  —  The surprise death of Kenneth L. Lay last week did more than throw a monkey wrench into the government's plans to jail and fine the Enron Corp. founder.  It further exposed the critical weakness of Wikipedia that prevents it from becoming …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
dotMAC, Time For A Makeover?  —  Google, Yahoo, Microsoft... most technology companies are using newer technologies (collectively called Web 2.0) to enhance the consumer experience inside the browser.  Apple, however, is yet to incorporate these technologies and enhance the user experience …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
ON MEDIA ELITISM AND THE "DERIVATIVE" MYTH  —  I am, in full disclosure, a member of the Media Elite.  I'm a Conde Nast editor, run a glossy mainstream magazine, spent much of my career at The Economist and consort with known journalists.  But nothing annoys me more than the oft-heard …
The Age:
Ten signs you're tech obsessed  —  Most of us have a love-hate relationship with technology, but for some it goes beyond healthy admiration, writes Harriet Alexander.  —  Funny to think now how it all started so innocently.  Then suddenly, phones became mobile, CD players gave way to MP3s …
David Chartier / Download Squad:
Yahoo! updates My Web with new look, more social features  —  Yahoo! has updated their My Web bookmarking service with a fresh new look (pleasantly devoid of the over-used web 2.0 pastel palette) and more social tools geared towards helping you find new contacts, as well as what they're bookmarking.
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