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4:00 PM ET, July 12, 2006

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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 …
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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.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
How about a $357 million fine? Is that "clear" enough for you?
Discussion: Techdirt
Glenn Chapman / Mail&Guardian:
Yahoo! cries foul as MySpace pulls top ranking  —  The MySpace website deemed a virtual clubhouse where teenagers bare details of their lives has eclipsed internet oldster Yahoo! as the most popular website in the United States, a research firm said on Tuesday.
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Reuters:
MySpace is America's top site  —  Social networking site ranked No. 1 last week, Internet tracking firm says.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — Online teen hangout MySpace.com ranked as the No. 1 U.S. Web site last week, displacing Yahoo Inc.'s top-rated e-mail gateway and Google Inc.'s search site …
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 …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Elhood Gets Funding for Hispanic MySpace Clone  —  More niche social networking: Elhood, which launched officially on June 26th, is a Hispanic social network.  Today it emerged that the site has taken a second round of funding led by Jose "Pepe" Barroso", head of Pep's Records (a joint venture with SonyBMG Spain).
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Is Intel killing PC gaming?  —  I'm just heading back to London after a quick visit to the Develop in Brighton conference, where some of the gaming industry's biggest developers are banging their heads together.  —  I was there to hear Mark Rein of Epic (they make games like Unreal Tournament) …
Discussion: Techdirt and Joystiq
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
The Great Divide  —  The two sides — adware provider and security researcher — couldn't be farther apart, and Zango's Stratz made it sound as if that would always be the case.  —  "We know where Boyd and others like him stand, and they know where we stand," Stratz said.  —  Ouch!
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
USA Today:
Cybercrooks turn to hacking many applications  —  SEATTLE — In a widely aired TV commercial, a hip-looking dude personifying Apple products wipes the nose of a sickly businessman representing Windows PCs, and smugly declares Apple's immunity to computer viruses.  —  But the ad belies an alarming shift in cyberattacks.
Discussion: TechBlog
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Xbox putting 1980s arcade games online  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 may exemplify the high-tech future of video game consoles, but the company is hoping some of its avid players still pine for the good old days of "Pac-Man" and "Frogger."  —  Microsoft plans today to offer …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Woodcrest to power Apple's next-gen Mac Pro desktops  —  Apple Computer has selected dual-core Xeon server processors from Intel Corp. to power its next wave of high-performance professional Mac Pro desktops, AppleInsider has confirmed.  —  The 64-bit chips — formerly code-named "Woodcrest" …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Mashup Camp brainstorms  —  Mashup Camp opened this morning, with dozens of mashers, both developers and vendors with APIs, stepping up to propose sessions on everything from mobile mashups and creating mashups for corporate use to API pricing models and voice-enabling mashups.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
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.
news.sel.sony.com:
SONY BEGINS SHIPPING "BYTE-SIZED" USB DRIVE  —  Micro Vault Tiny Offers Up to 4GB Storage Capacity  —  PARK RIDGE, N.J., July 11, 2006 - Sony Electronics is taking the notion of compact to the next level with its "byte-sized" Micro Vault® Tiny drive.  Measuring roughly ½ inch wide …
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 …
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 and Mark Evans
 
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Steve Ranger / silicon.com:
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Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
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Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Black Nintendo DS Lite pricing and availability announced
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