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8:10 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 technorati.com.  I hope after spending some time with the updated service, you'll join me in celebrating its release.  —  For those of you with ADD …
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati redesigns for the MySpace crowd
Discussion: Earthling
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Relaunch
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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 …
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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
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:
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amd.com:
AMD and ATI to Create Processing Powerhouse
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
A.M.D. to Acquire ATI Technologies
Evan Blass / Engadget:
AMD buying ATI for $5.4 billion
socialtext.com:
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.
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 - Gotuit.com.  I got a sneak peak of the new portal and spoke with Mark Pascarella (president of Gotuit Media) and David Laubner …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace returns after power outage  —  A record-breaking heat wave that crippled power systems throughout California shut down MySpace.com 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 …
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Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Power Outage Knocks MySpace.com Offline
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
JotSpot pretties up wikis  —  JotSpot has updated its wiki software to better resemble traditional desktop applications and is preparing an on-premise edition of its hosted service.  —  The two-year-old company said it will on Monday introduce JotSpot 2.0, a version of its hosted software …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
JotSpot's nascent wiki-based office suite
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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.
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Kevin Bullis / Technology Review:
Powering the $100 Laptop  —  An efficient handheld generator could help bring computing to the world's poor.  —  As the One Laptop per Child project, a nonprofit effort based in Cambridge, MA, nears the completion of its rugged and versatile laptop designed for school children in poor countries …
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
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 …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
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 …
networkworld.com:
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
Dan Warne / apcstart.com:
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
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YOUTUBE WORTH $1 BILLION?  BUT WHO WILL BUY IT?  —  This NY Post item caught my eye - YouTube was the toast of Herb Allen's Sun Valley conference, and therefore is now worth $1 billion.  I don't buy it.  I don't think the founders are smoking this s**t, I think the media is - at least I hope that's how it is.
 
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