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2:30 AM ET, July 20, 2006

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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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: Neowin.net and TechSpot
microsoft.com:
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 …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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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 MySpace.com 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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Jobster takes more money to spread social job search  —  Do job seekers and employers outside of Silicon Valley want user generated content, tagging and feeds in their employment services?  The premise that they do will likely be put to the test on a global scale now that the fast growing …
Discussion: PostBubble and SiliconBeat
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Jobster Raises $18 million
Discussion: Mashable*
Valleywag:
Escaping Siberia: How Netscape's boss exploits controversy and paid users  —  After just a few months, the new head of Netscape wants out.  That's why he's fomenting controversy over his newest job offer — paying his competitors' top users to seed Netscape.
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 (Music.Yahoo.com) for $1.99, and it's an MP3.  Dear digital consumer, even if you're not into Jessica Simpson …
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
Temporary Storage Glitch  —  We've had a temporary storage failure affecting a sizable chunk of old Flickr photos and are moving about 20 terabytes of photos across a few thousand miles (between two of our data centers) to ensure consistency and smoothness.  ALL PHOTOS AND DATA ARE SAFE AND NOTHING HAS BEEN LOST.
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.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Weak Sales of Text Ads at Yahoo; Shares Dip  —  Shares of Yahoo fell to their lowest level in nearly two years in after-hours trading yesterday as it reported weak revenue from Internet search advertising in the second quarter and a delay in a critical project that is meant to increase search revenue.
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Gizmo Goes All Calls Free...Mostly
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Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Stanford Fellow Imagines Every Cell Phone as Citizen Media Outlet
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube sued over copyright infringement
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ExtremeTech:
Which New Browser Is Best: Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, or Opera 9?
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Strategic partnership destined for failure: directionless Microsoft …
Sony:
SONY'S BLUETOOTH CAR STEREO MAKES ROAD TRIPS HIGH-FIDELITY AND HANDS-FREE
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Rootkits get better at hiding
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
NSF Backs Open Source Wireless Mesh Project
Discussion: Policy Blog
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Sony:
SONY RAISES THE CURTAIN ON STYLISHLY DESIGNED, SPACE-SAVING HOME THEATER SYSTEMS
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
San Francisco Chronicle:
Comcast throws a curve in its broadband pitch
Discussion: Techdirt
Ian Sager / Business Week:
iPod Accessories Gone Wild
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T launches box with Web, satellite
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
AOL launches corporate IM service
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp., DirecTV take broadband to the Max
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Four Big Ideas About Open Source