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1:40 AM ET, July 19, 2006


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Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft buys Windows utility software maker  —  update Microsoft on Tuesday said it has bought Winternals Software, a small maker of Windows utility programs, in a deal that the software maker hopes will add key technical talent to its operating system development team.
Microsoft Acquires Winternals Software  —  Company appoints operating systems kernel expert Mark Russinovich as technical fellow.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 18, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the acquisition of Winternals Software LP, a privately held company based in Austin …
Nortel and Microsoft Form Strategic Alliance to Accelerate Transformation of Business Communications  —  Shared vision for unified communications to drive new growth opportunities for both companies.  —  REDMOND, WASH., and TORONTO—July 18, 2006—The convergence of the communications …
Roma Luciw / Globe and Mail:
Nortel strikes alliance with Microsoft
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Paying the top DIGG/REDDIT/Flickr/Newsvine users (or "$1,000 a month for doing what you're already doing.")  —  When Brian and I started Weblogs, Inc. the idea of paying bloggers—heck, even making money from blogging—was considered offensive to many.  Blogging was, as the case was stated …
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
MoveDigital Means Movies on Your Mobile  —  Marshall from Techcrunch just tipped me off to some really big news for people with mobile devices...MoveDigital, a pioneering company that specializes in the movement storage and sharing of big files has just launched with new functionality …
Discussion: torrentocracy and Scripting News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MoveDigital launches metered torrents, mobile streaming …
Symantec sees an Achilles' heel in Vista  —  Some of Microsoft's efforts to make Windows Vista its most stable and secure operating system ever could cause instability and new security flaws, according to a Symantec report.  —  Researchers at Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec examined …
Paul R. La Monica /
No joy for Yahoo  —  World's No. 2 search engine reports results and guidance that disappoint investors; stock tumbles after-hours.  —  NEW YORK ( — It looks like Yahoo! investors won't have any reason to yodel following the company's slightly disappointing second-quarter results …
Cablevision's Optimum Voice® Surpasses One Million Customers  —  Cable Industry's First Broadly-Deployed Competitive Voice-Over-Cable (VoIP) Service Has Already Attracted One-Third Of Cablevision's Cable Television Customers, And More Than Half Of Company's High-Speed Internet Customers
Discussion: Fractals of Change
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cablevision Has A Million VoIP Customers
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and VoIP Watch
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Super-Asbos planned for cybercriminals … The Home Office is pushing for sweeping powers to ban suspected hackers from using the Internet, but security experts are concerned that civil liberties could be infringed  —  The Home Office wants to give the police and the courts sweeping new powers …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Mark Schumann / AdAge:
Full-Year 2005 Megabrands Report  —  Telecommunications Giants Lead the Pack  —  CHICAGO ( — Telecommunications giants pulled a trifecta in Advertising Age's ranking of the Top 200 Megabrands for 2005, not only claiming the top three spots by total media outlays but spending a heady $4 billion in doing so.
Discussion: GigaOM and AdJab
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sony's HDR-UX1 and HDR-SR1: Two AVCHD Camcorders  —  TiVo Confirms Series3 Testing, Hitting Retail "Soon" [Zatz Not Funny]  —  Sony's HDR-UX1 and HDR-SR1: Two AVCHD Camcorders  —  The HDR-UX1 and the HDR-SR1 are two camcorders from Sony that take advantage of the AVCHD format.
Discussion: Engadget, Ubergizmo and HD Beat
Saj /
Are Internet Service Providers blocking blogs? … What do you think about the story?  —  Sub: Wanted - World\'s largest IT destination need someone with common sense to create IT ACT  —  Seriously!!  Long time back when IIT lad sold MMS, Baazee .com CEO flew from USA to help the Indian Cops and they arrested him, telling ...
Discussion: national highway and Slashdot
"ERR, I THINK IT'S A NOKIA"  —  58% of mobile users don't know make and model of handset they own; indicates hinderance to advanced data services take-up … Accurate, real-time handset details enable operators to market relevant extra services with which the user's handset is actually compatible.
John Blossom / Shore Communications Inc.:
Can't Help Myself: AFP Content Still Picked up by Google News Through Syndication Channels  —  Macworld covers along with other IDG publications a "secret" that's been very public for months: in spite of action by Agence France-Presse against Google to remove AFP news from the Google News service …
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Google exec challenges Berners-Lee  —  A Google executive challenged Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee on his ideas for a Semantic Web during a conference in Boston on artificial intelligence.  —  On Tuesday, Berners-Lee, the father of the Web and the current director of the World Wide Web Consortium …
Fred / A VC:
Where It's At In Music Discovery  —  People talk about Pandora and as if they are the holy grail of music discovery.  —  Bob Lefsetz moans the loss of FM radio and drives around in his car listening to XM play 20 year old music and thinks XM is where it's at in digital music.
The Consumerist:
AOL Retention Manual Revealed  —  In August of 2005, America Online settled with the office of NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer over complaints about how arduous AOL made it to cancel service.  In addition to a $1.25 million fine, AOL agreed to streamline the cancellation process and submit all calls for third-party review.
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vote for Bix (Or Not)  —  The easy availability of broadband and the sharp increase in the number of high-speed Internet users makes it a perfect time for entrepreneurs to experiment with content in general, and user generated content in particular, despite the lack of what could be sustainable business models.
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Discussion: BizPodcasting and Ubergizmo
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
OpenDNS  —  Holy fast connections!  Check out OpenDNS …
Discussion: Photo Matt and Chris Pirillo
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Tworl Connects Strangers via Instant Messaging
Discussion: PostBubble and Download Squad
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Naked Conversations: A Long Tail Case Study?
Discussion: AccMan Pro and Scobleizer
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Almost live from Grouper, it's your video
Discussion: Mashable* and
Mike / Techdirt:
Yahoo Seriously Considering Unrestricted MP3 Downloads?
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
The list of Google domains is very misleading
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New Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor Doubles Performance …
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Parallels software now available in Apple stores (updated)
Terry / The Affiliate Marketing Blog:
Found: Click Fraud Paid Clickers - Chat With Them If You'd Like
Nicholas Carr / Business Week:
Lessons in Corporate Blogging
Signal vs. Noise:
Fireside Chat with Khoi Vinh and Jeffrey Veen: "In-house vs. on your own"
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Levels of the Game: The Hierarchy of Web 2.0 Applications
John Markoff / New York Times:
Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life