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2:40 PM ET, July 20, 2006


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Voice, Now Nearly Free  —  First it was Skype, then came Jajah, and now it is the turn of Gizmo Project to offer almost free voice calls to the old PSTN numbers.  We are seeing the price of plain vanilla voice collapse to almost zero.  (Some argue, with Skype to Skype calling, those prices are already zero.)
Discussion: Techdirt and Alec Saunders .LOG
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Gizmo Project makes all VoIP to landline calls free.  Forever.  —  Skype ruffled some feathers in the internet telephony world earlier this year when they announced they'd be offering free SkypeOut calls to the US and Canada for the rest of 2006.  We weren't too interested since it came off …
Internet Stocks on SeekingAlpha:
eBay Inc. Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (EBAY)  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Heath Terry - Credit Suisse First Boston  —  Christa Sober Quarles - Thomas Weisel Partners  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Please stand by, we are about to begin.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype, All Talk, Just Not Facts  —  Every quarter, one hopes EBay will provide some clarity on Skype, and what kind of success the company is having with its $2.6 billion purchase.  And every quarter, one is left scratching his head, pondering over meaningless metrics.
Discussion: B2Day, VoIP Watch and Working Anywhere
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
eBay: Skype still growing strong. Skype Journal: but not in the U.S.
Discussion: 21talks
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Accessible Search  —  Google released a new product called Accessible Search, a "web search for the visually challenged."  Though result pages are somewhat less cluttered compared to normal Google results, the point here is not so much to create accessible results formatting, but to rank accessible results higher.
Tom Krazit / CNET
Macs see growth spurt  —  With a wider range of systems available, consumers have been snapping Macs up, giving them a growth boost that outpaced the rest of the market.  —  Macintosh shipments were up 12 percent compared with last year, Apple Computer said Wednesday during its third-quarter earnings call.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple Q3 profit up 47 percent  —  Apple yesterday reported a fiscal third-quarter profit that rose 47.5 percent from the same quarter last year on increased iPod and Macintosh sales.  —  Apple experienced the second highest quarterly earnings and revenue in Apple's history in the third quarter …
Google Video team / Official Google Video Blog:
New Feature: Link within a Video  —  Has this ever happened to you?  —  You're watching this documentary on monkeys and then halfway through, this monkey does the funniest thing ever.  So of course, you want nothing more than to share this hilarious monkey moment with your friends.
Charles Ar / Guardian:
What is the 1% rule?  —  It's an emerging rule of thumb that suggests that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it.  —  It's a meme that emerges strongly …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Search 2.0 vs Traditional Search  —  Written by Ebrahim Ezzy and edited by Richard MacManus.  Ebrahim is lead developer and co-founder of Qelix Technologies, the company behind a search 2.0 contender called Qube.  This 2-part series of posts is adapted from Ebrahim's research material in developing Qube.
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
The Blog:
Introducing RSS Smart Answers  —  Great news, our Smart Answers program is expanding and we're excited about it.  We think you will be too.  —  Today, we're formally introducing RSS Smart Answers.  —  What are they?  —  Now, when you conduct a web search for many of your favorite blogs …
Jon's Radio:
News about Google News  —  InfoWorld's online folks have long complained about the absence of InfoWorld news stories from Google News.  Here is the most striking illustration of the problem:  —  1.  —  Results 1 - 10 of about 2,040,000
SanDisk Introduces SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash - World's Fastest Cards For Professional Photographers  —  New Cards Result In Faster Capture of High-Resolution Images and Quicker Card-to-Computer Transfers  —  NEW YORK, NY, July 19, 2006 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) …
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun, Ubergizmo and Engadget
Wilson Rothman / Time:
Nike + iPod Sport Kit  —  Apple and the sports giant team up to create a new running system  —  For a field already glutted with gadgets, the Nike + iPod kit is the most elegant of high-tech runner's aids.  An instrument the size of a pebble measures your pace from a pocket inside one of Nike's specially designed shoes.
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Helmet cam goes wireless in new Samsung shooter  —  Samsung released its rugged sports camcorder — an extremely compact model that shoots basic, e-mailable video — over a year ago.  Its coolest feature was the remote lens unit, which you could mount separately to anything you wanted …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET
Google Scholar trademark case ends
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
PayPal XSS Exploit available for two years?
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Intel quad-core chips arriving in 2006
Discussion: The Tech Report and
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Give Me Steam!  —  A glimpse into the quiet success story …
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Promotion Firms Caught in Internet-Gambling Crackdown
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Discussion: EirePreneur
Associated Press:
EU: Town Can't Build Fiber-Optic Network
Discussion: Techdirt and Telepocalypse
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
PodShow attaches business podcasts to new AIM Pro — but at what cost …
Whirlpool Tests 'Smart' Washers Controlled by Cell Phones
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mobile Mentalism
Help Net Security:
SQL injection attacks against banks on the rise
Discussion: Slashdot and OpsanBlog
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
A Sound Marketplace For Recorded Music
Discussion: Orbitcast and IPcentral Weblog