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9:50 AM ET, July 12, 2006

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Wired News:
Condé Nast Buys Wired News  —  Lycos is selling its Wired News unit to Condé Nast Publications for $25 million, Lycos parent Daum Communications announced in Korea late Tuesday, a deal that brings Wired.com and Wired magazine under the same owner after an eight-year separation.
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
Wired News Site Sold Back To Conde Nast For $25 Million; Lycos Still Owns HotBot/Hotwired
Discussion: Between the Lines
BBC:
Microsoft hit with 280m euro fine  —  Microsoft has been fined 280.5m euros ($357m; £194m) by the European Commission for failing to comply with an anti-competition ruling.  —  The software giant will appeal against the fine which follows a long-running dispute between it and EU regulators.
Discussion: GROKLAW and Neowin.net
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Microsoft:
Statement on July 12 Fine Announced by European Commission  —  Fine not appropriate; key issue not compliance, but clarity of March 2004 decision.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 12, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. issued the following statement by General Counsel Brad Smith, following the decision …
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
Park the Beamer by Bot  —  Driving your car into a cramped parking space can be a harrowing experience, but BMW says it has developed a robotic parking system to solve the problem.  —  The luxury carmaker's parking-assist technology will park your car for you as you stand outside and watch …
Business Wire:
Time Warner To Present AOL's Future Business Strategy At August 2 Earnings Announcement  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 11, 2006—Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - News) today announced that it will present the future business strategy of its AOL division at a separate meeting with investors …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Barnako.com
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Expects Offering AOL Free Will Be Costly
Fred / A VC:
Social Media Musings  —  I just spent some time on the june comscore media metrix numbers and all the big social networks (and many of the smaller social networks) are basically flat june over may.  It's probably the summer months, kids getting off from school, doing something other than staring …
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Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
MySpace Moves Into #1 Position for all Internet Sites
advancedmp3players.co.uk:
Samsung Z5 Speaker Docking Station … The Samsung YA-DS100 Z5 Speaker Dock (£59.99) is currently Out Of Stock  —  All prices include VAT  —  This product is currently expected to arrive in stock on Wednesday 16 August, 2006.  You can still purchase this product now …
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and Gizmodo
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Anything But iPod:
Samsung YA-DS100 Speaker Dock for the Z5
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
New Search Patent Applications: July 11, 2006 - Google Patent Filings by the Dozen  —  Twelve Google patent applications where published this past week, including seven that focus upon geographical information and local search.  —  (1) How good a match ads may be to the content on pages …
Hollywood Reporter:
Rather eyeing online gig  —  AOL might have a new message for the Internet: You've got Dan.  —  The Time Warner-owned Internet company is in negotiations with representatives for veteran CBS anchor Dan Rather to play a role in original programming for its online video offerings, sources said.
Lakshmi Sandhana / Wired News:
This Is a Computer on Your Brain  —  A new brain-computer-interface technology could turn our brains into automatic image-identifying machines that operate faster than human consciousness.  —  Researchers at Columbia University are combining the processing power of the human brain …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Crazy-Long Hacker Sentence Upheld  —  A federal appeals court upheld a nine-year prison term Monday for a hacker who tried and failed to steal customer credit-card numbers from the Lowe's chain of home improvement stores.  —  Brian Salcedo, now 23, has been in custody since 2003 …
Michael Rogers / MSNBC:
How Washington will shape the Internet  —  The Web was the Wild West - until the sheriff rode into town  —  Michael Rogers  —  The most potent force shaping the future of the Internet is neither Mountain View's Googleplex nor the Microsoft campus in Redmond.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
MySpace may face legislative crackdown  —  Politicians on Tuesday accused MySpace.com and other social-networking sites of failing to protect minors from sexual predators and other malign influences and said a legislative crackdown may be necessary.  —  During a hearing before a House …
Discussion: Techdirt
Associated Press:
Hackers target State Dept. computers  —  Widespread break-ins appear aimed at HQ, East Asian office  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is recovering from large-scale computer break-ins worldwide over the past several weeks that appeared to target its headquarters and offices dealing …
Discussion: Realtime-ITCompliance and Slashdot
Stephen Bartholomeusz / Sydney Morning Herald:
G9 plays joker, but Telstra has trump  —  THE Group of Nine's proposal for a national broadband upgrade isn't, as many have interpreted it, a serious bid to build a new fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network.  Telstra will never let that happen.  —  Nor is there any realistic chance that the consortium …
Discussion: Susan Crawford blog
Stephen Bryant / publish.com:
The Long Tail vs. Pirates of the Caribbean  —  Opinion: Chris Anderson says the success of Pirates II doesn't contradict his Long Tail thesis, but some critics aren't so sure.  —  "If you don't know Keira Knightly, she's basically a slightly more mannish version of Orlando Bloom."
 
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NYTimes's Personalized Service "My Times" Debuts In Limited Beta
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Leander Kahney / Wired News:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Porn Browser Heatseek Launches (yeah, porn browser)
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft's media player dubbed Zune