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5:10 PM ET, July 24, 2006


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Dave Sifry / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati turns 3, rolls out a major update  —  After months of work and weeks of testing, we just released an updated version of  I hope after spending some time with the updated service, you'll join me in celebrating its release.  —  For those of you with ADD …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati redesigns for the MySpace crowd
Discussion: Earthling
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:   Technorati Got a Facelift
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Kazaa, Skype, and now "The Venice Project"  —  Serial entrepreneurs Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are at it again, this time with a venture for distributing TV and other video over the Net  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the entrepreneurs who created the pioneering Web applications Kazaa and Skype …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Founders Take on TV  —  Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are at it again.  After disrupting the music and voice cartel's operations, the duo is taking on television.  It shouldn't come as a surprise.  I had reported on that as part of the Business 2.0's June 2006 cover story, The 50 Who Matter Now.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   We're going to call it Bahaa in honor of all the arrogant cable industry execs
Rafat /
Skype-Kazaa Founders Working On Online Video Distribution Project
Discussion: BusinessWeek Online
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
In marriage of 'CPUs and GPUs,' ATI snapped-up by AMD.  Is NVidia next?  —  In another one of the worst kept secrets in the technology industry, AMD has shelled out $5.4B for Canada-based video and graphics solution provider ATI Technologies.  According to the aforelinked Reuters news story:
AMD and ATI to Create Processing Powerhouse  —  NEW YORK — July 24, 2006 —AMD (NYSE: AMD) and ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced plans to join forces in a transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion.  The combination will create a processing powerhouse by bringing AMD's technology leadership …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
A.M.D. to Acquire ATI Technologies
Evan Blass / Engadget:
AMD buying ATI for $5.4 billion
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
MySpace returns after power outage  —  A record-breaking heat wave that crippled power systems throughout California shut down for nearly 12 hours, starting Sunday night.  —  The popular social-networking site, which recently topped Yahoo Mail as the most-visited Web site in the United States …
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Power Outage Knocks Offline
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Goes Offline
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Gotuit Launches Broadband Video Portal  —  Gotuit Media, an established player in on-demand video, today announced the launch of its new broadband video portal -  I got a sneak peak of the new portal and spoke with Mark Pascarella (president of Gotuit Media) and David Laubner …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Movie Business Challenge  —  This is an open challenge.  You come up with a solution, you get a job.  Seriously.  —  This is the problem that consumes me more than what Free Agent we are going to sign.  How to get the NBA to get their act together.  Which 7-11 Im going to run by to get a sandwich.
Start-up testing auto-aiming antenna for wireless nets  —  Purdue profs say technology could improve mobile access to 'Net.  —  WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — A group of Purdue University professors has launched a start-up to create an auto-aiming wireless antenna system that reliably links users on vehicles and boats to the Internet.
Discussion: Engadget, GigaOM and jkOnTheRun
Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Wal-Mart's New Online Children's 'Hub' a Real Bomb  —  A Poorly Executed Project With Writing That Makes Us Cringe  —  You think this job is easy?  —  Walk a mile in AdReview's shoes.  Try to find something different to say week after week for 20 years.  Try to be simultaneously serious and entertaining.
Discussion: ben barren
LG MFFM20 Flash MP3 Player  —  LG serves up a little mystery with its latest MP3 player, offering the MFFM20 in 512MB and 1GB sizes, and including a capability called "music therapy."  The company's keeping quiet about that feature, saying only that it will reduce stress levels.  Is it a vibrator?
Aman Batheja / Dallas Star-Telegram:
Tech companies hope to cash in on Web 2.0  —  Out of a second-floor office in Southlake Town Square, 26-year-old Josh Williams is taking on the likes of Microsoft and Oracle.  —  Williams and his staff of seven at Firewheel Design are making a name for themselves among small-business customers …
Dan Warne /
Inside Vista's new image-based install  —  Vista's installation process is dramatically different to any previous version of Windows: rather than being an 'installer', the install DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets decompressed onto your PC.  —  So how does it adjust to your hardware?
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Do Google Ads belong on a company desktop?  —  A start-up called Spiceworks is testing whether Google Ads—commonly seen on blogs and other public Web sites—can finance a software company that sells to businesses.  —  On Monday, Spiceworks is expected to launch a beta of its namesake software …
Discussion: SearchViews and Clickety Clack
Socialtext Releases First Commercial Open Source Wiki  —  Socialtext, the first Wiki company, releases Socialtext Open at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON).  Available for immediate download, Socialtext Open is the first open source wiki with a commercial venture as its primary contributor.
Wade Roush / Technology Review:
The Internet Is Your Next Hard Drive  —  New Web-based services don't just store your data online — they keep it synchronized across your laptop, desktop, and mobile phone.  —  The forecast for the future of the PC: partly cloudy.  —  Online storage systems that can automatically synchronize …
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
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 Earlier Items: 
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Microsoft IPod 'Killer' Is Doomed
Discussion: Cathode Tan and TechBlog
Google Blogoscoped:
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Microsoft Releases Public Betas of Exchange Server 2007 and …
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
AMD drops desktop processor prices by 47%
Discussion: Forever Geek, Slashdot and digg
George Ou:
Silicon Valley gone dark - day two