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10:40 PM ET, July 20, 2006

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Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Bezos Expeditions invests in 37signals  —  Jason Jul 20  —  Today we have a very special announcement to make: Bezos Expeditions, a personal investment company of Jeff Bezos, has made a minority private equity investment in 37signals.  —  Here's some background on the decision.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
YouTube's new policy says "we own your content."  —  The newly revised Terms and Conditions page at YouTube raises important questions for anyone who uploads videos there.  Eliot Van Buskirk at the Wired News music blog "Listening Post" writes: … Read the rest of the post here: Link.
Steve Boxer / Business Week:
Spore Lives Up to the Hype  —  When Will Wright invited us over to play his latest masterpiece, we couldn't refuse  —  Will Wright does not do things by halves.  That's just as well, since with Spore, he will attempt to outdo The Sims, now officially the biggest-selling game of all time …
Discussion: Games, Gaming … and Slashdot
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.
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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.
Ajit / Open Gardens:
web 2.0 revenue models: Show me the money!  —  Last week, I was featured on CNN in an article by Grace Wong entitled Follow the web 2.0 money.  —  The whole subject of making money with web 2.0 is quite critical.  —  Ironically, a couple of weeks before, when I spoke at Seoul on Mobile web 2.0 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and web2.wsj2.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
CoComment upgrades, now worth using  —  CoComent is a popular browser tool for tracking conversations in the comments sections of blogs.  It catches the comments you've made around the web and comments made after yours.  It was initially launched in February.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo, Motorola to feature Web services on phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc., the world's largest Internet media company, and Motorola Inc., the second-biggest maker of mobile phones, said late on Wednesday that Motorola will embed Yahoo services on tens of millions of phones.
The Ask.com 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 …
linuxdevices.com:
Linux-powered robots from France?  Oui!  —  A French start-up created to build autonomous, easily programmable, affordable humanoid robots has emerged from stealth mode.  Aldebaran Robotics, of Paris, expects to ship its first product — a humanoid household service robot running Linux — in early 2007.
Discussion: I4U News, digg and Slashdot
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Fourth Quarter Results and Announces Share Repurchase Program  —  Microsoft delivers strong finish to fiscal year with 16% fourth quarter revenue growth; Announces $20 billion tender offer  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Redmond, Wash. - July 20, 2006 …
Randfish / SEOmoz | Daily SEO Blog:
Top 100 Digg Users Control 56% of Digg's HomePage Content  —  When folks think of Digg, they're often misled into believing that the content seen on the homepage is representative of what a wide base of Internet users think is news-worthy and important.  The numbers tell a different story …
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
Windows Vista trouble spots improve in interim Beta Build 5472  —  Microsoft gooses performance, improves networking UI  —  July 19, 2006 (Computerworld) — Computerworld obtained a recent interim build of Windows Vista, Build 5472, that shows Microsoft is making progress in the areas …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Michelle Alexandria / UPI:
Tech File: Sony's Playstation Portable  —  WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) — Tech File caught up with Peter Dille, senior vice present of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., to grill him about the future of Sony's portable multimedia device the Playstation Portable (PSP).
John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Earnings Bolstered by iPod and Notebook Sales  —  SAN FRANCISCO, July 19 — Confounding Wall Street skeptics, Apple Computer released quarterly financial results Wednesday that showed strong growth in both its iPod music player and its MacBook portable computer businesses.
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Technology Rewrites the Book  —  When Steve Mandel, a management trainer from Santa Cruz, Calif., wants to show his friends why he stays up late to peer through a telescope, he pulls out a copy of his latest book, "Light in the Sky," filled with pictures he has taken of distant nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.
Discussion: TeleRead
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Text-To-TV: Worth A Buck?  —  The TV show American Idol is the example often used when showing the potential popularity of how text messaging can be used with television shows-mobile and interactive TV company Telescope Inc. says it managed 580 million combined phone and cell phone votes for American Idol's last season!
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.
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. WWW.google.com/search?q=site:WWW.infowo rld.com  —  Results 1 - 10 of about 2,040,000
 
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Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
Office 2.0 Under the Radar
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eff.org:
EFF's Class-Action Lawsuit Against AT&T for Collaboration …
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
Demise of a Darling: iPod market share crashes to 14% amid management denials
Joe / Techdirt:
Sling Takes Notes From Content Industry On Making Content Less Useful
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft plans massive stock buyback
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Seltzer blows whistle on 'domain tasting' rat but serious questions remain
Discussion: Techdirt
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Portrait of a Blogger: Under 30 and Sociable
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Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Zango affiliate serves up exploit from site linked to child pornography
Discussion: Security Fix
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Infinium changes name to Phantom Entertainment
Discussion: Techdirt
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Google Scholar trademark case ends
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
PayPal XSS Exploit available for two years?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Talking mirror now available for your home
sandisk.com:
SanDisk Introduces SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash - World's …
Associated Press:
EU: Town Can't Build Fiber-Optic Network
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