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7:15 AM ET, July 10, 2006

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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.
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Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Teenagers used to push Zango on Myspace?  —  Wouldn't it be nice if someone found a network of websites apparently designed to do nothing else but spread Adware around Myspace?  Not only that, but get the innocent end-users themselves to do the job of pushing that Adware for the guy making all the money …
Richard Gray / Scotsman:
Apple pips its rivals with the iPod that talks  —  FROM Walkman to Talkman.  Not content with changing the world's music-listening habits, Apple has come up with another innovation: the talking iPod.  —  A new generation of machines will use sophisticated software to convert the names of bands …
Janine DeFao / San Francisco Chronicle:
Parents turn to tech toys to track teens  —  Paige White was surprised when her parents figured out soon after she started driving last year that she'd gone 9 miles to a party, not 4 miles to the friend's house she'd told them she was visiting.  It seemed to her almost as if her car was bugged.
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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 …
Robert Sinke / dapreview.net:
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: MobileWhack.com and Engadget
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 …
John Biggs / GigaOM:
DLink's Introduces New VoWiFi Phone  —  WiFi phones are essentially changing the home-phone landscape, bringing cellular portability and cool into a realm that was once owned by the Bells and later folks like Con-Air and Coby (see: $9.99 special phones at your local drug store).
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
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 Sina.com generated 70 million Yuan ($8.7 million) …
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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 …
Zubin Jelveh / New York Times:
How a Computer Knows What Many Managers Don't  —  IF movies like "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "The Matrix" are any indication, humans are not comfortable with the idea of artificial intelligence controlling their fate.  —  So why ever trust a computer model to run your investments?
Gvda / ZelfSpot*:
First Pong Clock in the wild!  —  On saturday, the 8th of July 2006, I received my Pong Clock, designed by Dutch Designers 'Buro Vormkrijgers'.  Fresh out of the box, an impression (click on images for bigger view):  —  Update:  —  Tech Blog has put the news on their blog (tnx, guys!):
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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 …
Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
Nine Chicago Startups Present at Tech Cocktail  —  The first TECH cocktail event took place on July 6 in Chicago at STATE Restaurant and Café.  The event featured Stormhoek South African wine and united over 225 Midwest participants — including venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, developers and tech enthusiasts.
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