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12:40 PM ET, July 13, 2006

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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! …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft, Yahoo connect IM services  —  Nine months after announcing they would make their instant messaging services interoperate, Yahoo and Microsoft have done it.  —  The companies are set to release on Thursday a limited beta test of a service that will enable users of Windows Live Messenger …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Podcasts popular in the holodeck  —  To whom should you be targeting your podcasts?  Apple Computer users, Trekkies and maybe Nike lovers, according to a new survey.  —  Macworld is the No. 1 most-visited content site by people who download audio podcasts, according to media research group …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets and digg
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Nielsen blows it on podcasting
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Jon Watson / BizPodcasting:   Nielsen Survey Nonsense
Mikekol / Virtually Vista:
Good News Everyone: VPC and licensing goodness ensue!  —  We've got some great news for you today, guys and gals.  —  Robert McLaws recently made a post on LonghornBlogs asking us to be a little bit more transparent with out plans for Virtual PC.  Ask and ye shall receive, Robert :)
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Nate Mook / BetaNews:
VMware Releases Free Server Software
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft Makes Virtual PC Freeware
Jen Brown / MSNBC:
Internet star tries to make it on her own  —  Congdon hopes to translate Rocketboom popularity to mainstream … MSNBC TV  —  No, that's not Amanda Congdon on today's episode of the video blog Rocketboom.  (Although if you turn down the volume on new host Joanne Colan's British accent it's easy to confuse the two).
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Tim / TechToolBlog:
Google to start selling Radio Ads  —  In January 06 Google bought DMarc Broadcasting to help jumpstart themselves into the radio advertisement game.  Since then there has not been much news from this side of the business.  Today, I received a Google survey for some free adwords dollars.
John Biggs / New York Times:
Courting a Hot Market With Cool Phone Service  —  Nik Lulla, a high school senior in Eagleville, Pa., near Philadelphia, swaps out his cellphones on a whim.  He carries a Motorola Razr, an ultrathin metal phone that is so popular he considers it almost passé, and a T-Mobile Sidekick 2 …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
PR Newswire:
Sony on Top in Annual 'Best Brands' Harris Poll for Seventh Consecutive Year  —  Next Three Places Taken by Dell (No. 2), Coca Cola (No. 3), and Toyota (No. 4)  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 12 /PRNewswire/ — Sony tops the list in the annual Harris Poll of "best brands" for an impressive seventh consecutive year.
Reuters:
Toshiba delays HD DVD recorder launch  —  Toshiba said on Thursday it is delaying the launch of the world's first high-definition optical disc recorder based on the HD DVD format until the end of the month as it hasn't built up enough prelaunch inventory.  —  Slower procurement …
Discussion: Engadget, HDBlog.net and HD Beat
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.
Business Wire:
Puzzle/Strategy and Retro/Arcade Mobile Games Are the Most Popular Among U.K. 3G Subscribers, According to Telephia  —  Seventy-One Percent of 3G Mobile Game Players Prefer Games Downloaded to Their Mobile Phone for Offline Play as Opposed to Online Game Play
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Google's antisocial downside  —  news analysis In the social-networking party sweeping the Web, search titan Google is playing the wallflower.  Is it being smart or just plain nerdy?  —  MySpace.com, Facebook.com and others have turned heads for their skyrocketing traffic …
Lifehacker:
Video Clip: Google - Behind the Screen  —  A little birdie sent me a copy of Google - Behind the Screen, an Australian documentary about everyone's favorite search engine that aired this month Down Under.  —  My favorite parts are when the documentary makers dig in their heels …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Last-minute goal by Sky in battle for mobile rights  —  BSkyB has secured the last package of Premier League football rights, beating a consortium backed by the UK's five mobile phone networks for the right to show games on mobile phones.  —  The Premier League is understood to have informed TWI …
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.
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