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1:25 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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What Chris Anderson told me before Condé Nast bought Wired News
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
MySpace Moves Into #1 Position for all Internet Sites  —  Today Hitwise issued a press release reporting that for the first time, www.myspace.com has surpassed Yahoo! Mail as the most visited domain on the Internet for US Internet users.  To put MySpace's growth in perspective …
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Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
MySpace now top US Internet property in front of Yahoo  —  Reuters just relayed that, according to Internet tracking firm Hitwise, MySpace has surpassed Yahoo as the number one Internet property in the US.  The piece does not indicate which metric is being used (unique visitors, number of visits …
Discussion: Kevin Maney and Weblogs Work
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Expects Offering AOL Free Will Be Costly  —  Time Warner Inc. expects its AOL unit to sacrifice nearly $1 billion of operating profit through 2009 under a proposed plan to offer the online service free of charge to some customers, according to internal company forecasts.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Well, well, Dell  —  So Dell is starting a blog.  —  Ha.  Heh.  Ho ho ho.  —  It's a blog in content management system name only.  —  The subtitle is "direct conversations with Dell" but this is as much a conversation as yelling at a brick wall.  There is not one link there.
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Robert Young / GigaOM:
Rise of the Socially-Integrated Media Empire  —  Rupert Murdoch built his media empire, News Corp, the old-fashioned way... by vertically and horizontally integrating deep and wide into the layers of the media industry (e.g. from production to distribution).
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Jessica Lee / Google Maps API Official Blog:
Zoooooooom!  —  Today we're enabling some new zoom features on Google Maps.  We're making these features available to API v2 users as well, so please test them out and send us your feedback!  — Double-click to zoom.  Instead of double-clicking to recenter the map …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Continued CRM Momentum and Outlines Roadmap for New Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live Service  —  New software-as-a-service offering will further extend the power of choice for CRM customers and partners.  —  BOSTON — July 11, 2006 — Building on the market success …
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
XBLA Wednesdays unveiled, SFII drops Aug. 2 [update 1]  —  The event that Microsoft is holding in San Francisco tonight — the one we won't be attending since the 'stiq doesn't have any presence there (yet) — promises to pump the pliable gaming press full of booze and hors d'oeuvres …
Staci / paidContent.org:
NYTimes's Personalized Service "My Times" Debuts In Limited Beta  —  One of the linchpins of the new NYTimes.com design is slipping into place finally ... personalization feature My Times is now in limited beta for 5,000 registered NYTimes.com users who showed early interest (Some screenshots here).
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
33 Places to Hangout in the Social Networking Era  —  Update: [Someone dugg this list (thanks krazydog!)  Click here to digg it if you find it useful.]  Too late :(  —  Social networks have had giant growth spurts over the past couple of years, and it seems there's one for everyone: from dogs to moms to book-worms to shoppers.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Porn Browser Heatseek Launches (yeah, porn browser)  —  Heatseek is a pornography focused browser that quietly launched today.  The point of this software is to make porn browsing more efficent and more secure.  The browser is available on Windows machines only, and is built on top of Internet Explorer.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Associated Press:
Gates: Vista likely to be ready in January  —  Microsoft chief says 80 percent chance new OS software will be available  —  CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, would be ready in January.
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:
My First Gartner Cease And Desist: the missing link  —  James Governor's MonkChips: On Sample Sizes for Magic Quadrants  —  Its about time, I guess.  Last Thursday I received an email, strangely enough from Gartner's Vendor Relations department, asking me to remove a link from monkchips …
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Are Apple's Customers Rebelling?  —  There's been rash of press recently suggesting Apple is weathering a growing consumer recoil following claims about poor quality control, anti-iTunes legislation and allegations about Chinese sweatshops.  —  "Are we falling out of love with iPod?" asks the Daily Telegraph.
CNET News.com:
BitTorrent inks licensing deal with studios  —  BitTorrent is lining up entertainment companies as it prepares to sell downloads of feature films, TV shows and other video entertainment.  —  The San Francisco-based file-sharing company announced on Monday that it has signed licensing deals …
 
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