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12:15 PM ET, July 19, 2006


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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huge Red Flag at Netscape  —  A little known Digg-fact is that a relatively small group of users submit a large percentage of the stories that end up on the Digg home page.  Netscape, which recently relaunched as a Digg-clone, wants to pay those top users to switch over to them.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Calacanis offers to buy out digg users  —  Netscape boss Jason Calacanis has offered to essentially buy out the top users on Digg, Delicious, Flickr, MySpace, and Reddit for $1000 per month: … This offer is open to about a dozen people initially.  You've got to hand it to Calacanis …
Read/WriteWeb:   Digg stats analysis
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Storytelling, not journalism, spurs most blogs  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many people see Web journals or "blogs" as alternatives to the mainstream media, but most Americans who run them do so as a hobby rather than a vocation, according to a report released on Wednesday.
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 …
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Yahoo to Delay Ad Platform Upgrade
Matt / Photo Matt:
OpenDNS is a great idea, well-executed.  They took something basic and ubiquitous, DNS, and improved it by adding spell-checking and phishing protection (usability enhancements).  They provide the service for free in exchange for monetizing typo search pages.  The typo search pages are simple, fast, and generally useful.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS wants to watch the web for you
Discussion: CrunchNotes and digg
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
OpenDNS  —  Holy fast connections!  Check out OpenDNS …
Discussion: Chris Pirillo and TechLifeBlogged
SONY UNVEILS FIRST BLU-RAY DISC DRIVE BURNER  —  Burns up to 50 GB of Data and Keeps Video in Native HDV 1080i  —  NEW YORK, July 18, 2006 -Sony Electronics today unveiled its first internal Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) rewritable drive for the computer aftermarket.
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and HD Beat
David Kender /
Sony Introduces High Definition to DVD AVCHD Camcorder HDR-UX1
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, HD Beat and Ubergizmo
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Four Big Ideas About Open Source  —  In my O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing next week at OSCON, I'm focusing on four big ideas about open source:  — The architecture of participation beyond software.  Software development was the canary in the coalmine, one of the first areas to show …
Discussion: Open Culture and Weblogsky
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal to Run Ads on Front Page  —  The Wall Street Journal calls it a "jewel box," but readers of its front page will know it by its common name: advertising.  —  The Journal today confirmed long-time speculation that it would open its front page to advertising, probably in September …
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Price of virtual living: Patience, privacy  —  (CNN) — The virtual worlds depicted in the movies "The Matrix" and "Minority Report" can often seem far too real in today's world of computers, e-mail, instant messaging, MP3 players, cell phones, laptops, Wi-Fi and RFID.
SONY DELIVERS MUSIC WIRELESSLY THROUGHOUT THE HOME  —  New Streaming Audio System Plays Music Across a WiFi Home Network  —  NEW YORK, July 18, 2006 - Continuing to enhance the world of home audio, Sony Electronics today announced a wireless streaming music player and 2.1 channel home theater system.
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
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 …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Jobster, the Web 2.0 company on steroids, brings total bounty to $50M  —  Seattle's Jobster, a site for job seekers and employers wanting to converse with them, has raised $18 million from investors.  The private company is now valued above $100 million.  —  There's a big lesson in this story, which we'll get to shortly.
Ina Fried / CNET
Image navigation, with a sci-fi touch  —  Taking a page out of a science-fiction novel, Microsoft's research labs have come up with a way for people to navigate computer images using their hands to change their point of view.  —  However, borrowing in equal measure from its business handbook …
Discussion: digg
Hans Mast / The (not so) Daily Me:
Yahoo! Music to offer unrestricted MP3s?  —  Everyone who has been following the tech scene knows that the first company to offer mainstream music in unrestricted MP3 format will see a huge spike in their business and may garner lasting dominance.  There is widespread dissatisfaction …
Discussion: Techdirt and Google Blogoscoped
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Elinor Mills / CNET
AOL launches corporate IM service
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News Corp., DirecTV take broadband to the Max
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Maybe Google Should Buy a Movie Studio?
Discussion: Mark Evans
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Times of London:
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Red Herring:
ShopWiki Scores $6.2 Million
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Greg Sandoval / CNET
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