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8:55 PM ET, July 13, 2006


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Candace Lombardi / CNET
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 …
Asa Dotzler:
firefox 2 beta 1 lands @ mozilla!  —  This beta release is intended for developers and testers.  If you don't enjoy playing with pre-release software, then this isn't for you.  —  That being said, this first beta of Firefox 2 has some great new features that I think you all are really going to enjoy.
Jim Rapoza /
Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Is No Slam-Dunk
Discussion: JD on EP
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Technorati scores $7.6m more funding  —  Blog search engine Technorati filed an SEC report of $7.6 million in Series C funding in June, according to a report today originally from VentureWire.  Listed as investing in this round are Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Mobius Venture Capital.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Google's Click-Fraud Crackdown  —  Google's $6 billion-a-year advertising business is at risk because it can't be sure that anyone is looking at its ads.  The problem is called click fraud, and it comes in two basic flavors.  —  With network click fraud, you host Google AdSense advertisements on your own website.
Rachel Metz / Wired News:
Google Has No  —  The owners of the domain have been fielding hundreds of customer service e-mails and phone calls regarding Google's AdSense program since the advertising service launched in March 2003.  —  Unfortunately for the domain registrants …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Brand your life story with Dandelife  —  Dandelife is a fascinating new "social biography network" that launched its beta this week.  Users tell their life stories with text, photos, videos and time lines.  Part of the business model will be to license users' stories to corporations seeking case studies and brandable narratives.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Mashup Poster Boy: John Herren  —  His is self-deprecating (see the way he has tagged his photo on Flickr).  He's soft-spoken.  And, at any given time, with his long locks hanging over his face, he looks more like he's about to drop into a pool at the local skateboard park …
Sogrady / tecosystems:   MASHUP CAMP: DAY 1  —  The transit time from Maine to California …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Apple abandons effort to unmask leaker  —  Apple Computer has abandoned a high-profile legal effort to unmask whoever leaked details about a still-unreleased music accessory.  —  The company's deadline to continue a legal battle to find out who leaked the information to independent online journalists …
Andy Patrizio /
New Virus Pretends to be WGA  —  UPDATED: A virus posing as Microsoft's controversial anti-piracy software is spreading via AOL's popular Instant Messenger network, but it appears to be more of a jab at Microsoft than a real threat.  —  The message itself does not spoof someone in the user's Buddy list …
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Laws of the Post-Network Economy: Strategy is a Commodity  —  Not much time to write, so I will try and be concise.  —  I'm working on a longer piece about the laws of the (new) new economy.  One of the laws is the title of this post - strategy is a commodity.  What does that mean?
Discussion: Message
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).
High-res photos of Apple's Nike+iPod Sport Kit  —  Apple Computer on Thursday began selling its new Nike+iPod wireless Sport Kit that allows Nike+ footwear to talk with an iPod nano, and we've got some photos of the $30 device.  —  The Nike+iPod Sport Kit packaging is very similar to that of Apple's iPod nano lanyard headphones.
Discussion: digg
Online Video: The Market Is Hot, but Business Models Are Fuzzy  —  On July 11, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment became just the latest media giant to put its heft behind a small startup, as the white-hot online video market has players both big and small placing bets on digital distribution.
Discussion: JD on EP and TJ's Weblog
Palm, Vodafone and Microsoft Collaborate on Next-Generation Treo Smartphone for Europe  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 13, 2006—Palm (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced it has forged a new relationship with Vodafone targeted at expanding the adoption of wireless push email in Europe.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
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?  —, and others have turned heads for their skyrocketing traffic …
Christine Lagorio / CBS News:
MySpace Pulls Ahead In Page View Race  —  Social-Networking Site Tops List, Beating Out Yahoo And Google — For Now  —  (CBS) Social networking asserted its hit-getting dominance last week as MySpace knocked e-mail giant Yahoo out of the No. 1 ranking for most page views, as tabulated by top Internet tracker Hitwise.
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Puzzle/Strategy and Retro/Arcade Mobile Games Are the Most Popular …
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