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3:45 PM ET, July 9, 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 …
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  —  Andrew Baron confirmed via email this evening that the new interim host of RocketBoom is former MTV vj Joanne Colan.  —  He says that today (a weekend day on which RB doesn't run new content) there were 1,390,661 successful page requests.  That's a bit of flow.
Discussion: the j. botter weblog and Mashable*
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: HD Beat and I4U News
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 …
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
New In Gmail: Apply Filters To Old Emails  —  Until now, Gmail allowed users to set filters only for the future emails.  Now when you create a filter or update one, Gmail allows you to apply it to old emails (see Also apply filter to 160 conversations below in the screenshot).  That's a very useful feature.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Gmail features on the way
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google CEO on click fraud: 'let it happen' is perfect economic solution  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes there is a "perfect economic solution" to click fraud: "let it happen."  —  Schmidt discussed how the pay-per-click advertising model is inherently "self-correcting" …
RuiCarmo / The Tao of Mac:
Minor Notes on VoodooPad 3 and .Mac … Some people will have noticed that VoodooPad has a new file format, based on a data bundle (i.e., each VoodooPad document is now a folder with an internal database, instead of a single XML document):  —  Untitled.vpdoc —+— sk.index (probably a keyword index for Spotlight)
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 …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Google's Binary Search Helps Identify Malware  —  Thousands of malicious Web sites pinpointed thanks to a little-known capability in Google's search engine.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A little-known capability in Google's search engine has helped security vendor Websense uncover thousands of malicious Web sites …
Adam Knight /
Optimizing AirPort Connectivity  —  Interference.  It's the biggest problem these days with wireless ethernet and it will kill the speed of your connection.  A 54Mb connection is capable of 6.9MB/s at 100% performance.  You won't see 100% performance.  You'll be lucky to see 90% (6.2MB/s).
Stan Horaczek / Engadget:
Recon-X military-grade PDA is "everything-proof"  —  Intended primarily for captains of heavy industry, Tripod Data Systems' Recon X-Series pocket PCs are the toughest we've ever come across.  Both new models, the 200MHz 200x and the 400MHz 400x, are tested to stand up to even the toughest conditions …
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 …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Keyboard Food Tray  —  Many of us spend a lot of time working on the computer and sometimes we even have our meals while working.  Due to the office supplies there is not enough space for food on the desk.  Here is an ingenious design which makes use of the keyboard which occupies the max space on the desk.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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Judge shows just how much he hates cell phones
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Getting an ISBN from Lulu
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Updating the Top Tablet PC Apps In My Tablet PC Toolbox
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Tail Is Wagging the Internet Dog
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Mathew Honan / Macworld:
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Jesse D. Lewin / 10:
Phil Torrone brings Make to Microsoft
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Bot Obedience: Herding Googlebot
TDavid / Things That:
Create a playlist of the hit songs and albums for all your birthdays (UK charts)