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10:40 PM ET, July 19, 2006


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Tom Krazit / CNET
Mac sales up 12 percent as Apple profits soar  —  Apple Computer's third-quarter revenue fell a little short of expectations, but profitability was far higher than expected and Mac sales increased at a healthy clip.  —  Revenue was $4.37 billion, up 24 percent from last year's quarterly revenue of $3.52 billion.
Discussion: and TechSpot
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.
Windows Principles  —  Twelve Tenets to Promote Competition  —  Microsoft Corp. recognizes the important role its Windows® desktop operating system products play in the information economy and the responsibilities that come with that role.  To promote competitive opportunities …
Anne Broache / CNET
Microsoft vows to play fair  —  WASHINGTON—Microsoft pledged on Wednesday that all of its future operating systems, including Windows Vista, will abide by self-imposed rules aimed at bolstering choice and competition.  —  The voluntary principles will come into play after major parts …
Discussion: Blog and Datamation IT News Blog
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Yahoo to Delay Ad Platform Upgrade  —  Yahoo will delay its long-awaited new interface for advertisers until the fourth quarter, after previously saying it would be ready in Q3.  The news came as the company announced its second-quarter earnings.  —  Net income for the quarter dropped precipitously …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Weak Sales of Text Ads at Yahoo; Shares Dip
Discussion: digg
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.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Wow... what a response! (or "why people get upset when you offer …
Yahoo! Search blog:
Finding Home Values in Web Search  —  With all the recent discussion on where home prices are heading, we saw a great opportunity to improve our home valuation product on Yahoo! Real Estate.  We've integrated our product with to provide users with free instant home value estimates …
Zillow Blog:
Zillow Teams with Yahoo! Real Estate and Yahoo! Search
Discussion: SearchViews and Screenwerk
Iancr / Yahoo! Music Blog:
Buy A Customized Jessica Simpson MP3 At Yahoo! Music  —  You can buy a personalized version of the new Jessica Simpson song "A Public Affair" from Yahoo! Music's Web Site ( for $1.99, and it's an MP3.  Dear digital consumer, even if you're not into Jessica Simpson …
David E. Williams / CNN:
Google's unknown artist has huge following  —  (CNN) — Dennis Hwang may be the most famous unknown artist in the world — his work doesn't hang in galleries or museums, but it's been viewed hundreds of millions of times.  —  The 28-year-old webmaster designs the whimsical logos …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hacked Ad Seen on MySpace Served Spyware to a Million  —  An online banner advertisement that ran on and other sites over the past week used a Windows security flaw to infect more than a million users with spyware when people merely browsed the sites with unpatched versions of Windows …
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp., DirecTV take broadband to the Max  —  CHICAGO — News Corp.'s zealous embrace of interactivity soon will reach way beyond the runaway success of the social networking Web site MySpace when its majority-owned DirecTV decides on a path and partners for creating a national WiMax network.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Jobster takes more money to spread social job search
Elinor Mills / CNET
AOL launches corporate IM service  —  AOL is set to launch on Wednesday its new AIM Pro instant-messaging service, which features security and online meeting functions aimed at corporate users.  —  The service, which is free for anyone to use, integrates with Microsoft Outlook's calendar …
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
All the Good Ones Have Been Taken — In Domain Names, Too  —  It's hardly secret knowledge, though perhaps only Dennis Forbes has seen it in all its glory.  —  There are roughly 47 million domain names that end with ".com," making that space the biggest and most prestigious piece of real estate on the Internet.
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