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1:50 PM ET, July 14, 2006

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Charlie Paglee / voipwiki.com:
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 …
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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.
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype protocols opening up, ready or not.
Discussion: Webtown, Digital World Tokyo and digg
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Detente in IM's Cold War?
Discussion: Message and Realtime-VoIP
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Protocol Hacked
Discussion: Webtown and A View from the Isle
George Ou / ZDNet.com:
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: anandtech.com and digg
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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
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
KinderStart Lawsuit Dismissed (With Leave to Amend)
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Earthlink's feed reader is an important product  —  The job of a newspaper is to show you what's new.  —  Imagine a newspaper that got more and more clogged with old stuff every day, as every category of news accumulated all the old stories you didn't read, and showed them to you every time you looked …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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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: TechEffect
Business Week:
Dailies Strike Back At Web  —  This just in: Newspapers and Yahoo! in talks to reslice the ad pie  —  Major newspaper companies and three online giants are deep in discussion about the future of newspapers on the Web.  —  Yahoo! (YHOO ) and a loose consortium of newspaper publishers …
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft Seeks to Stop Search Spam  —  Microsoft Research has embarked on a new project to automatically seek out search engine spam before it can be used to defraud advertisers on MSN, Yahoo and Google.  Called Strider Search Defender, the tool combines two other projects from MSR: Strider Honey Monkey and URL Tracer.
Discussion: eWEEK.com, WebMetricsGuru and Slashdot
Official Google Blog:
"Let click fraud happen"?  Uh, no.  —  You may have seen some of the media coverage generated by a blogger's quoting Eric Schmidt about click fraud.  By using select excerpts and ignoring the context of the remarks, that blog post made for an interesting read, but was unfortunately misleading.
Rachel Boltz / The Story of Feedster:
Feedster Announces New President, Additional Funding  —  San Francisco, CA — Feedster, Inc., the leader in search and syndication of dynamic content, has announced today that Tyler Goldman will join its Board of Directors and become acting president.  Mr. Goldman was previously Senior VP …
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
Computer Guru / The NeoSmart Files:
ReactOS Reviewed: The Next Windows?  —  The idea is simple: Linux isn't always the best non-Windows operating system.  Windows is excellent and unbeatable for quite a few people and tasks.  But neither is perfect.  Almost exactly 10 years ago, a team began to search for a fix.
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth:
Google Talk fails to find an audience  —  Google Talk last May claimed a paltry 3.4m subscribers worldwide, according to data from comScore Media Metrics.  —  The data is based on actual traffic from client computers to the service, so users who subscribed in the past but never logged during the month of May weren't counted.
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.
 
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Alistairw / GameSetWatch:
GameSetInterview: Halo Screenwriter DB Weiss
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Will Price:
Age and Entrepreneurship  —  A Silicon Valley axiom equates …
Discussion: Open Sources and AC/OS
Robin Finn / New York Times:
A Visionary Seeking to Connect the World, Wirelessly
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to Google: Hands off enterprise search
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Joystiq:
Sony's Phil Harrison: "I don't think we're arrogant"
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Ashley / CyberNet Technology News:
CyberNotes: The Analysis of a Digg Effect 4X in 10 Days
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Bigfoot introduces the Killer Network Interface card
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Peter / The Local Onliner:
Cox's 'Kudzu' Directory to Add 3 Markets
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati raises $7.6 million series C
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Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
FCC Efforts to Ensure Communications Lifelines for the Next "City in Exile"
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
GoogleFi, Almost Live For Some
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BlogKits Launches World's First True Performance Marketing Network for Bloggers
Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
MySpace Kills Internet Tube Song
Laura Bosworth / one2one, Dell's Weblog:
No Magic Wands For Customer Service