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9:55 AM ET, July 14, 2006


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Charlie Paglee /
Skype Protocol Has Been Cracked  —  At the end of 2005 I made some predictions about the VoIP industry which I will review further in a day or two.  While a couple of my predictions have already proved correct, perhaps the most interesting was: … Today I received a call through Skype …
Tropicaljantie / Webtown:
Skype Protocol Has Been Cracked.  The Skype protocol will be reverse engineered by August 2006 and application code will be offered for license.  —  It has been done.  IT HAS BEEN DONE.  I am doing a total cut and paste job here.  Read below.  Very bold statements here below.
Discussion: 21talks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Cracked?
Discussion: Webtown
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Protocol Hacked
Discussion: Webtown
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Skype Cracked  —  According to reports coming from Asia …
Discussion: Webtown
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Earthlink Debuts RSS Reader, Social Bookmarking Site  —  EarthLink has quietly launched an RSS reader called the myEarthLink Reader that's tightly integrated with a new social bookmarking site that's similar to  I discovered the reader in my referrer logs.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
When Did Earthlink Get So Cool?  —  Earthlink doesn't conjure up images of cutting edge new web apps.  In fact, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Earthlink is my old dial-up ISP account that took me forever to cancel.  And on more than one occasion I've asked Steve Gillmor …
Discussion: Scripting News
Elinor Mills / CNET
Judge dismisses suit over Google ranking  —  A California judge on Thursday dismissed a Web site's lawsuit against Google over its fall in the Google search index, but left the door open for the lawsuit to be amended and refiled.  —  KinderStart, a directory and search engine for information related …
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.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati raises $7.6 million series C
Discussion: FuzzyBlog
Bill Herman / Policy Blog:
Responding to Felten (& Co.), squared  —  Submitted by Bill Herman on July 13, 2006 - 11:42pm.  —  My response to Ed Felten's policy recommendations (Felten suggests we wait and see before imposing network neutrality mandates), has garnered its own response.
Laura Bosworth / one2one, Dell's Weblog:
No Magic Wands For Customer Service  —  So... you wanna talk about service?  Let's do it.  WARNING: this post will be a bit longer than the norm and is just the tip of the iceberg.  I'll kick it off and then we will take it where you want to go.  —  The good news is that we know what we need to do.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Disaster Relief Meetings at The FCC  —  Jeff Pulver and I went down to Washington, DC today for a series of meetings at the Federal Communication Commission on the petition Jeff and I filed last spring for better phone service in and following a Katrina-like disaster.
Discussion: Techdirt
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Google Video Launches European Sites  —  Google Video has launched a series of European versions and announced deals with partners including AETN, Buena Vista Television International, FC Barcelona, IMG Media, ITN, Premium TV and TalkbackThames.  The new sites have gone live in France …
Discussion: Search Engine Lowdown and BBC
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
MySpace Kills Internet Tube Song  —  After hearing Sen. Ted Stevens' now infamous description of the internet as a "series of tubes," Andrew Raff sang the senator's words over a folksy ditty and anonymously posted it to, where about 2,500 people listened to the tune, thanks to a link from one of the net's top blogs.
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
Revised Dell XPS 700 to feature overclocked Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU  —  Grapevine (TX) - On the day Intel announces its next generation of Conroe desktop processors - which is expected within days - Dell Computer will upgrade its top-of-the-line XPS 700 desktop computer model to offer …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
George Ou /
Prices released on Conroe, AMD may need to slash 70% on FX62  —  The word is out on Intel Core2 Conroe processors.  The price and model numbers have been set on the new Intel processors while the price on older Pentium D processors have been slashed.  Even the dual core Pentium D 945 running …
Discussion: digg
Mike Langberg / Mercury News:
Plan-as-you-go `unconference' unleashes ideas  —  How do you plan a tech conference agenda in the Age of the Internet, when everyone learns about developments in any given field as soon as they happen?  —  You don't.  —  Instead, you give up on planning and hold an ``unconference,'' also known as an open space meeting.
Ashley / CyberNet Technology News:
CyberNotes: The Analysis of a Digg Effect 4X in 10 Days  —  Free For All Friday  —  An article making the front page of Digg and the effects on the website it came from is jaw-dropping to say the least.  It effects everything from the obvious such as traffic to the not so obvious like new RSS subscribers and dedicated readers.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Cook breakfast with your MacBook  —  Everyone knows that Apple's Intel powered portable lineup gets hot, but this is insane!  An enterprising fellow figured out that it would be possible to actually fry an egg on the bottom of his black MacBook.  Granted, it probably took something like 3 times …
Discussion: The Consumerist and digg
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Bigfoot introduces the Killer Network Interface card
Discussion: Gizmodo and broadband
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Cox's 'Kudzu' Directory to Add 3 Markets
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
FCC Efforts to Ensure Communications Lifelines for the Next "City in Exile"
Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth:
Google Talk fails to find an audience
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
GoogleFi, Almost Live For Some
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Cisco Cheng / Gearlog:
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Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Research Automates Hunt for Search Engine Spam
Discussion: and Slashdot
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Adds Supports For NOODP Tag To Opt Out Of ODP Titles
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Jim Rapoza /
Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Is No Slam-Dunk
Discussion: JD on EP
Christine Lagorio / CBS News:
MySpace Pulls Ahead In Page View Race
Online Video: The Market Is Hot, but Business Models Are Fuzzy
Discussion: TJ's Weblog and JD on EP
Times of London:
TV standby buttons will be outlawed