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12:45 PM ET, July 12, 2006

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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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Microsoft Discovers That Nostalgia Sells When It Comes To The Xbox
Discussion: Things That
instructables.com:
introSolve Sudoku (Without even thinking!)  —  This instructable provides step by step instructions to complete a Sudoku puzzle by simple process of elimination.  —  One of the things I that drove me crazy about Sudoku is how difficult it is to return to a puzzle if you get interupted.
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 …
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: Reuters and Techdirt
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 …
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
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
The Trouble With AOL's Hail Mary Assumptions UPDATED  —  The WSJ has another excellent article detailing the projected financial impact of AOL's plan to eliminate subscription fees for users who already have online access.  (Time Warner has clearly decided to pursue an informal "comments welcome" …
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Expects Offering AOL Free Will Be Costly
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, MobileWhack.com and I4U News
Julie Jargon / Chicago Business:
McD's launches next strike in breakfast war - in Wrigleyville  —  Leo Burnett, engineer help build sundial campaign  —  (Crain's) — McDonald's Corp. is striking back in the ongoing fast food breakfast war with a new billboard in Wrigleyville.  —  Designed by ad agency Leo Burnett …
Discussion: Adrants and Gizmodo
 
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Google's home grown servers show the way
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Interview with Laura Lippay of Yahoo
vnunet:
Phishers target Google Gmail users
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
A chat with Michael Dell: Alienware and XPS to stay separate
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Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Black Nintendo DS Lite pricing and availability announced
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
crisscross.com:
Cell phone makers to unify charger specifications
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Michael Rogers / MSNBC:
How Washington will shape the Internet
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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mysocialnetwork.net:
new paper on neighborhoods, social networks and Internet use
Discussion: unmediated
macfixit.com:
Apple releases Boot Camp Beta 1.0.2
Stephen Bartholomeusz / Sydney Morning Herald:
G9 plays joker, but Telstra has trump
advancedmp3players.co.uk:
Datasafe oomi 2GB (AMP3 Pebble)
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Engadget
Rich Seeley / searchwebservices.techtarget.com:
Analysts see Java EE dying in an SOA world
swissinfo.org:
Mobile phone airship to conquer stratosphere
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Are Apple's Customers Rebelling?