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10:05 AM ET, July 25, 2006

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Sky News:
Mayfair?  Put It On The Card  —  Monopoly board game players can now pay for properties with debit cards.  —  Game makers Parker have phased out the standard multi-coloured cash in a new version.  —  Players will instead use a Visa mock debit card to keep track of how much they win or lose.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Monopoly ditches cash, goes plastic
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Netflix Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (NFLX)  —  Executives  —  Deborah Crawford - Director of Investor Relations  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good day, everyone, and welcome to the Netflix second quarter 2006 earnings conference call.  Today's call is being recorded.
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Rafat / paidContent.org:   Reed Hastings' FUD Tactics on Digital Downloading
Fred Stutzman / BarCamp:
BarCampRDU … Welcome!  —  What you see below is a wiki, which is a special kind of website YOU can edit!  —  Take a tour to see what you can do, or get a wiki yourself! … July 22, 2006 - Red Hat Offices, Raleigh, NC.  —  What's a Bar Camp?  Read this First!
Discussion: Unit Structures
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Study: Net telephony quality worsening  —  While it's no secret that Net phone services don't offer the same call quality as traditional phones, a new study suggests that the quality of voice over Internet Protocol is actually getting worse.  —  Brix Networks, a company that develops monitoring tools …
Discussion: GigaOM, Techdirt and VoIP Lowdown
Ars Technica:
AMD + ATI and CPU/GPU integration  —  Now that the merger is official, AMD has a set of pages up with information on the combined company's future plans.  AMD execs also gave a conference call, in which they covered some of the reasons behind the merger.  In short, the stated reasons …
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
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Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
Intel pulls ATI chipset license
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Diigo Launches, Nobody Cares  —  Diigo, the "social annotation" tool (ie. another social bookmarking site), has taken off the beta label and launched publicly today.  The service, which first began its private beta back in December 2005, is an acronym for "Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff".
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Google service for developers  —  In a post that was designed to get us all talking, Greg Stein builds suspense on the opening day of OSCON — the Open Source Convention.  His article, "A New Google Service" on the Google Code Blog says that he and his team have been working on a new service …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and digg
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Device uses waves to "print" on water surface  —  Researchers at Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen), working in conjunction with professor Shigeru Naito of Osaka University, have developed a device that uses waves to draw text and pictures on the surface of water.
Discussion: Gizmodo and OhGizmo!
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Raising the Bar on Viral Web Ads  —  Those funny clips that push products are getting slicker and more expensive to make and distribute.  YouTube and Google are taking note  —  Six years ago, ad executive Ed Robinson carried out an experiment.  He spent $10,000 to produce a humorous video …
Discussion: cgm and Adverblog
Microsoft:
Massive Network Launches Groundbreaking Interactive In-Video-Game Advertising Unit; Toyota Is Debut Advertiser With Innovative Campaign for New 2007 Yaris Sedan  —  New ad element drives increased consumer engagement with brands, leveraging video games' inherent interactive nature.
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Giant video screen constructed at Tokyo-area horse track  —  Mitsubishi Electric has completed construction of the world's largest high-definition video screen at a horse track in Tokyo.  The screen employs Mitsubishi's Aurora Vision LED technology and measures 11.2 meters (37 feet) …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Zillow raises $25, joins ranks of bigger Web 2.0 companies  —  Zillow.com, the controversial online real estate company that provides value estimates on homes, has raised $25 million in a second round of funding.  —  It is controversial because it pisses off lots of real estate agents, who think providing values is their job.
Discussion: Business Filter and TechCrunch
Tuan Nguyen / DailyTech:
Apple to Introduce Bluetooth Mighty Mouse  —  More product releases from Apple  —  Apple has submitted a filing with the FCC for the Bluetooth version of its single-button right-clickable mouse, the Mighty Mouse.  The new mouse will be exactly the same as the current Mighty Mouse except for its wireless feature.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple's Mighty Mouse finally gets Bluetooth
AdAge:
Amazon Readies Launch of Ad-Free Video Download Service  —  Like a Digital Version of the Netflix Rental Model for TV Shows and Movies  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) —As Apple and Microsoft duke it out over music, Amazon is focusing its attention on video.  —  August launch
Reuters:
AOL founder says he is 'sorry' for Time Warner merger  —Text+NEW YORK (Reuters) - Steve Case, co-founder of the one-time biggest online service AOL, apologized for the company's merger with media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. in an interview with U.S. journalist Charlie Rose.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Instant Messaging and Trashing Google  —  The user numbers coming out on Google Talk are staggeringly terrible.  Comscore usage numbers show that nearly a year after launch Google is a distant, distant 4th after MSN, Yahoo and AIM.  They hold a pitiful 1% of total instant messaging market share …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Revenge of Nintendo  —  Nintendo just boosted their profit estimates for the coming year by $150 million from over half a billion dollars, indicating that the company might be one of the unlikely winners in the console wars.  —  I would have laughed at that thought even a year ago, but the numbers speak for themselves.
Discussion: Go Nintendo
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Socialtext launches its commercial open source wiki  —  Socialtext is completing its transformation into a commercial open source company.  At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) this morning, the company released Socialtext Open, an enterprise-class version of its software …
Discussion: Platform Wars
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Tom Krazit / ZDNet:
Merom crashing Intel's Core 2 Duo launch event  —  With all the hubbub surrounding its Core 2 Duo processor, Intel isn't going to waste any time just focusing on desktops at its launch event this week.  —  Merom, a notebook processor and the third leg of Intel's Core architecture triumvirate …
Discussion: Slashdot
MobileTracker:
Motorola RIZR Z3 announced  —  Motorola has officially announced the RIZR Z3, or what we have known in rumors as the Capri.  It's the first slide-style handset in the RAZR design series that is destined for a US launch (there was one prior to now just for the Asian market).
Discussion: Gizmodo
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MobileTracker:
Motorola KRZR K1 officially announced
Discussion: Gizmodo and MocoNews.net
 
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Mary Hodder / Dabble Blog:
Dabble Launches  —  After a year of work, and both an Alpha …
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JotSpot's nascent wiki-based office suite
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