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11:00 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
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.
Discussion: GROKLAW and Neowin.net
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 …
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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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 …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide:
Spy Camera Sunglasses Records What You See  —  It's amazing to see the lengths that people will go to snoop on their fellow man.  These sunglasses promise to record exactly what you're looking at thanks to a built-in video camera.  The camera, which uses MPEG4 to encode video, has a 92-degree field-of-view.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, MobileWhack.com and I4U News
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
Melly Alazraki / Blogging Stocks:
Yahoo! (not MySpace) is still Web traffic leader by most measures  —  Yesterday, reports came out late in the afternoon that Hitwise, Internet traffic measurement firm, has placed MySpace.com, the social networking web site, as the number one American web site, accounting for 4.46% of all U.S. Internet visits for the previous week.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akamai Sues Limelight Networks  —  In the words of Yogi Berra, its like déjà vu all over again.  Back in the first Internet bubble, we were all entertained and amused by legal wranglings of various content delivery networks.  For a while it was all quiet, but the fireworks are starting again.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Black Nintendo DS Lite pricing and availability announced  —  Nintendo has announced the pricing and availability of the much awaited Black Nintendo DS Lite.  The Black DS Lite will be available from September 2 for 16,800 Yen ($ 145) in Japan the same as previous versions.
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
 
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