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8:00 PM ET, July 12, 2006

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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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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
MySpace vs. Yahoo! Mail, or Apples vs. Oranges  —  It's pretty amusing watching everyone misinterpret the recently released Hitwise data.  Claims of "MySpace Bigger than Yahoo!" sure make for good headlines, but only if "good" means "attention grabbing" not "based in reality."
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Big Media Just Wants to Relate  —  Social-networking sites are so popular that advertising companies are spending big bucks to buy their way into the business  —  Last month, advertising giant Interpublic Group caused a stir when it agreed to spend at least $10 million on advertising at Facebook …
Discussion: Techdirt, Adverblog and InterMedia
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.
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).
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 …
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 …
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils New Ways for Industry Partners to Take Advantage of Market Opportunity and Build Profitability  —  Microsoft invests in partner profitability, and provides innovative, people-centric services and solutions.  —  BOSTON — July 12, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. opened the second …
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: Infinite Loop, Engadget and Gizmodo
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Microsoft approaches iPod accessory makers for Zune  —  Editor-in-Chief, iLounge submit a news tip  —  After offering confirmation of recent reports that Microsoft will release an iPod-competitive media player called Zune, representatives of iPod accessory manufacturers have disclosed …
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
A chat with Michael Dell: Alienware and XPS to stay separate  —  Grapevine (TX) - While custom PC builder Alienware may benefit from the much-increased purchasing power of its new corporate parent, Dell Computer, the development tracks of the two companies will remain separate.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo, Valleywag and digg
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
K.C. Jones / TechWeb:
'Digital Dirt' Derailing Job Seekers  —  More than one-third of employers have eliminated a candidate after digging up "digital dirt," according to ExecuNet.  —  In a recent survey of 100 executive recruiters, 35 percent said they dropped a job candidate because of information uncovered online.
Discussion: SearchViews, Techdirt and digg
 
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David Walker / eHomeUpgrade:
SupportPlus Evolve PMP Features 20GB HD, Built-in 1.3 MP Camera, Good Codec Support
Discussion: Gizmodo and dapreview.net
Steve Ranger / silicon.com:
Rolls-Royce engineers $20m VoIP deal
Discussion: VoIP Now and 21talks
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Build your own CNC machine (Part 3)
George Ou / ZDNet.com:
Google's home grown servers show the way
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Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Interview with Laura Lippay of Yahoo
Lakshmi Sandhana / Wired News:
This Is a Computer on Your Brain
news.sel.sony.com:
SONY BEGINS SHIPPING "BYTE-SIZED" USB DRIVE
crisscross.com:
Cell phone makers to unify charger specifications
Michael Rogers / MSNBC:
How Washington will shape the Internet
Hollywood Reporter:
Rather eyeing online gig
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
MySpace may face legislative crackdown
Discussion: Mark Evans and Techdirt
swissinfo.org:
Mobile phone airship to conquer stratosphere