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1:25 AM ET, July 11, 2006


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CoCaman / Geekness:
GOOGLE TESTING GDRIVE (CODENAME PLATYPUS)  —  Okay, Writely accepts new users, no big deal here.  And because I am a very interested person, I wanted to know on which system (programming language) it now runs.  So I started to append index.jsp, and so on at the URL.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gdrive Surfaces  —  Corsin Camichel discovered first traces of Gdrive, Google's rumored online storage solution.  Corsin was snooping around Google's, trying out the page name "index.html", when he hit on what looks like a Gdrive download page.
Discussion: Download Squad and WebMetricsGuru
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   GDrive plays whack-a-mole with bloggers
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:   Google's GDrive Slips Up
Jim Rapoza /
eWEEK Labs Bakeoff: Open Source Versus .Net Stacks  —  Review: Open-source and .Net zealots can both take away positives from eWEEK Labs testing of various application stacks, but a mix-and-match approach wins the day.  Bottom line: Open source and .Net better learn to play nice.
Discussion: Open Sources and Jeffrey McManus
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Operations: The New Secret Sauce  —  I spoke last week with Debra Chrapaty, the VP of Operations for Windows Live, to explore one of the big ideas I have about Web 2.0, namely that once we move to software as a service, everything we thought we knew about competitive advantage has to be rethought.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft's "Argo" / Xbox wireless portable media player  —  We've had to sit on this one for a while, but it's about time we showed you guys at least one possible form Microsoft's Argo / Xbox-branded wireless portable media player could take.  Sent to us from an insider working on the project …
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Argo aims guns at more than iPod  —  Microsoft is indeed developing a digital-media player to compete with Apple's iPod, and there's much more to the story.  —  A few details trickled out last week from music companies that Microsoft is lining up to support the device.
Los Angeles Times:
We aren't all pirates  —  Anti-piracy proposals before Congress could limit innovation and legal uses of technology.  —  THE INTERNET AND DIGITAL technology have been both a blessing and a curse for the entertainment industry, opening new opportunities for selling music and video but also fueling rampant global piracy.
Matt / Photo Matt:
WordCamp - WordPress Conference  —  The idea for an event for WordPress users has been bouncing around in my head for a long time, as there is a really interesting group of people around WP but we don't do nearly as many face-to-face interactions as some similar projects.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Hilary Rosen: Singing a New Song?  —  For many, the name Hilary Rosen recalls a Recording Industry Association of America bogeywoman who brought the law down on Napster, the Diamond Rio, small-time internet radio and other fan favorites.  Music and tech enthusiasts seemed to hold …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Old Media, Not New, Is World Cup Winner  —  On the playing field, the World Cup soccer tournament produced only one winner.  In the marketing arena, however, it created many opportunities for glory — as well as a few disappointments.  —  France's surprising run showed that "old" …
Om Malik /
SightSpeed Shifting Places  —  In VoIP + Connected Home + Start-Ups + Place Shifting  —  A few days ago I read something about ABC trying to out-hustle the DVR technology.  I found it amusing because these studio guys are sooooo late to the game always.  DVR as a technology is at a point …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Shopping by Phone, on the Move  —  SOMETIMES it seems hard to figure out whether younger consumers enjoy shopping more than using their cellphones, or vice versa.  Soon, readers of a Condé Nast magazine will be invited to do both at once.  —  The magazine, Lucky …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Dell Starts Corporate Blog, But Fails to Address Critical Issues  —  Dell, yes, as in Dell Hell, has launched a corporate weblog called one2one.  According to PR Week, the Dell blog will be authored by multiple employees.  It includes video and text, and digg seeding tools but no full-text feeds.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's new iPod nano may sport metal jacket  —  The next generation of Apple Computer's iPod nano digital music player may dip into the iPod mini's wardrobe, AppleInsider has learned.  —  In an effort to reduce the player's susceptibility to scratches, Apple has been experimenting …
Discussion: Engadget and
Associated Press:
Student, Phone Home  —  CINCINNATI — For Ron Chicken and other freshmen at Montclair State University, the new freedoms that presumably came with college age included a mandatory cell phone with which the school could pinpoint their whereabouts on or off campus.
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
CellFire Heats Up with $10 Million in Series B Funding
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Online Movie Tickets a Still-Evolving Force
Discussion: Techdirt and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MatchActivity, A New Online Dating Site Launches
Discussion: Mashable* and VoIP Now
Jennifer DeLeo / Gearlog:
D-Link's Wi-Fi Phone: Oh My!
Discussion: technology filter and Gizmodo
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