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10:35 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
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
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
eHomeUpgrade:
Slim Devices Introduces Transporter; The Ultimate Device for Audiophiles  —  Today, Slim Devices introduced Transporter, the most advanced networked audio system available.  Designed to appeal to the most discerning audiophiles and music lovers, Transporter's sound quality surpasses …
Discussion: Tech Digest and Ubergizmo
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Slim Devices Transporter unwires high end
Discussion: Anything But iPod
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
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.
Discussion: 21talks
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Introducing NewAssignment.Net  —  Enterprise reporting goes pro-am.  Assignments are open sourced.  They begin online.  Reporters working with smart users and blogging editors get the story the pack wouldn't, couldn't or didn't.  They raise the money too.  Q and A explains.
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Craig / craigblog:
NewAssignment.net: a new approach to networked journalism
Discussion: BuzzMachine
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.
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.
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) …
James Bannan / APC Magazine:
Build your own Vista install DVD  —  The bottom is about to fall out of the market for imaging tools like Symantec Ghost: Windows Vista is based entirely around Microsoft's own system imaging technology.  The Vista install DVD is, in fact, just one big system image.
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
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
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 …
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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