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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 …
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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.
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Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
No joy for Yahoo  —  World's No. 2 search engine reports results and guidance that disappoint investors; stock tumbles after-hours.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — It looks like Yahoo! investors won't have any reason to yodel following the company's slightly disappointing second-quarter results …
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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.
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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:
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
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David Kender / camcorderinfo.com:
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:
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 News.com:
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 News.com:
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 News.com:
AOL launches corporate IM service
Discussion: digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon now IE friendly
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun CTO: Incremental open-sourcing of Java is the way
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
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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What the Digg Crowd Loves and Hates
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Finding Home Values in Web Search
CNET News.com:
Judge: Google News lawsuit can proceed
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Will SGI Become the Next Data General?
The Official Parallels Virtualization Blog:
Parallels Desktop hits the Apple Store
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Nortel Announce Innovative Communications Alliance (ICA)
Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Nortel Partner to Build Phone Software (Update2)
Times of London:
Dallas arrest sparks fears of internet gambling crackdown
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ShopWiki Scores $6.2 Million
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AOL Retention Manual Revealed
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Almost live from Grouper, it's your video
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