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6:05 AM ET, July 11, 2006

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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 …
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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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Guba inks film deal with Sony Pictures  —  Video-sharing site Guba has signed its second distribution deal with a major studio in less than a month, another sign the little-known company is quickly becoming a hot property in Hollywood.  —  Sony Pictures has agreed to offer a 100 …
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 …
Jim Rapoza / eWEEK.com:
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The next Web is the human Web  —  I just did a speaking gig at Microsoft.  Spoke to Nestle executives from around the world.  Nice group of folks.  Asked some interesting questions.  Couldn't believe that they could actually watch what everyone around the world would say about Nestle.
Discussion: gapingvoid and CrunchNotes
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.
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Firefox Usage Passes 15 Percent in US  —  Mozilla's Firefox browser continues to post gains in market share, according to Web analytics firm OneStat.com, while usage of Internet Explorer has fallen more than 2 percent since May.  Opera, meanwhile, has surpassed 1 percent market share worldwide.
Discussion: onestat.com
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, index.py and so on at the URL.
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gdrive Surfaces
Discussion: Download Squad and WebMetricsGuru
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SightSpeed Shifting Places  —  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 where most devices will carry some form of time-shifting in the near future.
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
What should Digg do?  —  I've been thinking a lot about Digg and the other social news services.  —  Start here: they have far more readers than writers.  —  I don't have access to the data, but I'm betting ten or twenty times as many people read the Digg list as post to it.  —  Which is just fine.
Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer - Major update  —  As regular users of Zoho Writer might have known, it was under scheduled maintenance earlier today.  We did a major update that fixed some bugs & improved the performance while adding some very interesting features too.  —  Zoho Writer as an online word processor …
CNET News.com:
The 10 worst technologies in Q2 2006  —  We love seeing great new tech, but there's also a side of us that takes delight in seeing the other end of the technological spectrum.  Like with a bad movie that achieves cult status because it's just that bad, we love to hate something …
Discussion: Gizmodo, digg and Slashdot
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
What a Waste  —  I've been through a whole bunch of meetings on an intense visit to London, today and tomorrow, but one fact keeps coming up again and again among content sellers.  That's the high level of apparent wastage involved in promoting mobile content.
Discussion: Tom Hume
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" …
 
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Coke.com Finds Its Inner YouTube
Denise / Official Google Base Blog:
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Online Movie Tickets a Still-Evolving Force
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Matt Asay / Open Sources:
Wild and crazy venture capitalists
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Operations: The New Secret Sauce
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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BBC:
'Magnetic memory' chip unveiled