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4:35 AM ET, July 13, 2006

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10 Questions for Amanda Congdon  —  Amanda Congdon, the former co-producer and host of Rocketboom, a popular video blog, left the site this week after a dispute with producer-director Andrew Baron.  The news of Congdon's departure — which she announced, in Star Jones-like fashion, in her own vlog — has set the Blogosphere abuzz.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Behind Rocketboom's breakup fireworks  —  The news broke last week that Amanda Congdon, the face of the popular New York-based video blog Rocketboom, would no longer be the face.  —  What was not clear were the circumstances behind Congdon's departure.
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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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:
Yahoo! and Microsoft Bridge Global Instant Messaging Communities  —  Beta testing of unprecedented interoperability between Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice lets users communicate across IM services.  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — July 12, 2006 — Yahoo! …
Discussion: TechCrunch, greg hughes and 21talks
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Geek Entertainment TV Sells Out To PodTech  —  Breaking news!  PodTech has just acquired video blogging snarksters Geek Entertainment TV.  —  GETV co-founders Eddie Codel and Irina Slutsky will be working full-time for PodTech, reporting to Robert Scoble, the former Microsoft blogger …
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   PodTech Snags Geek TV
Jlewin / Podcasting News:
Nielsen: Podcasts More Popular than Blogging  —  Nielsen//NetRatings announced today that 6.6 percent of the U.S. adult online population, or 9.2 million Web users, have recently downloaded an audio podcast.  4.0 percent, or 5.6 million Web users, have recently downloaded a video podcast.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Internet is old news and boring.. Deal with it  —  The Internet is Boring.  Its old news.  —  THe biggest compliment I can pay to the net and to all those pioneers who got it to this point is that its boring.  It works.  It's not perfect, but it works and has absolutely become a utility.
Colin Campbell / next-gen.biz:
Rein Pours Scorn on Episodic  —  Epic Games VP Mark Rein called episodic gaming a "broken business," triggering outrage among some delegates during the Develop Conference in Brighton, England today.  Lots of good stuff inside...  During his keynote, Rein also talked about the economics …
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
SIRIUS Sportster 4 Universal Boombox Found  —  The first universal Sirius boombox has been spotted by the eagle-eyes over at Sirius Backstage.  Remember, this is the first glimpse of the upcoming Sirius' Universal Plug and Play Boomboxes which will have support for not only the Sportster 4 …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Jon Fine / Fine On Media:
Steve Newhouse on Wired and Wired News  —  Just had a chance to chat with Steve Newhouse, who as chairman of Advance.net heads up all internet operations for Conde Nast and Advance Newspapers, and who sounds legitimately excited about his company's purchase of Wired News from Lycos for $25 million.
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biosmagazine.co.uk:
ASUS' Blistering Multimedia Gaming Monitor  —  ASUSTeK Computer (ASUS) today announced the PG191 LCD monitor, which sports an innovative Super Bass System and speedy 2ms response time to deliver the audio and video performance demanded by hardcore gamers.  —  Gaming in the 21st is more than just entertainment.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Is Your Horizon Cloudy or Is The Vista Clear?  —  Last night I was chatting with a friend who I haven't heard from in awhile, prompted by my upcoming birthday.  He had been following my blog and the work I do here at GBM and is very intrigued by Tablet PCs.  He's thinking of joining the ranks of Tableteers.
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Projection Screen / Speaker  —  The speakers built into most video projectors aren't exactly movie theater quality but are usually sufficient enough for the occasional PowerPoint sound effect or poorly mixed corporate video.  The Kojima Corp. based in Japan is now selling a projector screen designed …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Tech Digest
bLaugh:
New Baby at Google Labs  —  Days after releasing Google Vortex, a hyperdimensional transporter array that you can run on Windows 2000/XP (Linux version coming), the Mountain View juggernaut announced Glife - a 100% hosted pregnancy solution.  This is Google's latest attempt to overtake …
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.
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