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12:45 PM ET, July 20, 2006


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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Gizmo Goes All Calls Free...Mostly  —  VoIPWatch has learned that tomorrow GizmoProject will introduce their "All Calls Free" program.  According to the company the "new program gives active Gizmo Project users unlimited free calling to landlines and mobile phones in 60 countries around the world.
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 …
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: Alec Saunders .LOG
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
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.
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 …
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Promotion Firms Caught in Internet-Gambling Crackdown  —  Accused of Acting as Fulfillment House for Prizes  —  WASHINGTON ( — Miami-based promotion and fulfillment firms that have done work for major marketers, such as McDonald's, are now caught up in a federal government crackdown on internet gambling.
Mike / Techdirt:
Create An Ad Campaign For Gambling Sites?  You Now Face 20 Years In Jail
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.
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.
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: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
A Sound Marketplace For Recorded Music  —  Here in Washington, there is nothing more amusing than watching business interests work themselves up into a righteous frenzy over a threat to their monopoly profits from a new technology or some upstart with a different business model.
Discussion: Orbitcast and IPcentral Weblog
Associated Press:
EU: Town Can't Build Fiber-Optic Network  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The European Commission on Wednesday banned a small Dutch town from building its own fiber-optic network, saying the plan would be unfair to broadband companies - a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences.
Discussion: Techdirt and Telepocalypse
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
Discussion: Scripting News and JD on EP
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Intel quad-core chips arriving in 2006
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Talking mirror now available for your home
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and Shiny Shiny
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Give Me Steam!  —  A glimpse into the quiet success story …
Alice LaPlante / InformationWeek:
The Slow, Lingering Death of Win98
Discussion: TechBlog, The Tech Report and digg
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
2 OS X timers to watch: Flextime & Meridian
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Helmet cam goes wireless in new Samsung shooter
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
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SQL injection attacks against banks on the rise
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Josh / Bokardo:
Social Networks are Killing Email
Discussion: ShopTalk and Gizmodo
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