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1:40 AM ET, July 13, 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."
Time:
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.
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
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.
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
NHL To Launch MySpace-style Social Network  —  The NHL is set to launch a MySpace-style social network in time for the 2006/2007 season.  The service is called NHL Connect - it's currently in private beta, but you can view publicly accessible pages here.  The feature set is fairly standard …
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
NHL To Launch Social Network For Upcoming Season
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Microsoft(MSFT) Internal Mail on EC Decision  —  For those seeking additional clarity on Microsoft's view of the EU decision, here's Microsoft legal beagle Brad Smith's own words in an internal email to employees.  He definitely sees the EC decision as being unjustified, and unfair.
Discussion: microsoft.com
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
EU Slaps Microsoft
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).
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechBlog
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:
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 …
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 …
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Missing the Tower for the Trees  —  Cellular Firms Want Strong Signals but Not Eyesores  —  It's tough to spot, but there is a pine tree in Great Falls Park that's a little taller and fatter than most of the others in the dense forest.  —  The tree — with a steel trunk …
 
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
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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
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
The Great Divide  —  The two sides — adware provider …
Discussion: Techdirt, digg and Slashdot
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)
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Nick Denton, Publicity Cat
Discussion: Valleywag and Mercury News
Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: RipIt4Me  —  Windows only: Freeware program …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Xbox putting 1980s arcade games online
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Woodcrest to power Apple's next-gen Mac Pro desktops
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Engadget and Gizmodo