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1:45 PM ET, July 25, 2006

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Reuters:
Google offers live traffic maps on cell phones  —Text+SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. said on Tuesday that the company has begun offering mobile phone users in more than 30 major U.S. cities the capacity to view highway maps with "live" traffic data.
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Google Mobile Adds Traffic Info on Google Maps Mobile & More Sources For Traffic Maps and Cams, Listen to Your Route  —  Google has added traffic info on their Google Maps Mobile (GMM) product for 30 U.S. cities.  No international traffic is available.  Also, Google Maps Mobile is only available …
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AMD has to buy ATI to survive  —  Analysis And it doesn't spell doom for Nvidia  —  THE AMD ATI MERGER is a done deal finally, or at least it will be in an hour or three.  The deal is flat out necessary for the survival of AMD, and it is a strategic rather than a tactical move for the company.
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Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
Intel pulls ATI chipset license
Ars Technica:
AMD + ATI and CPU/GPU integration
Discussion: digg
Ars Technica:
AT&T Labs vs. Google Labs: not your grandfather's R&D  —  It's easy to knock the telcos nowadays, especially in the wake of the Net neutrality debates.  AT&T and Verizon are lumbering old dinosaur behemoths from the post-war era who are steadily being displaced by the smaller, more agile …
Discussion: Susan Crawford blog, digg and Slashdot
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
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, Web Strategy and Adverblog
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 …
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: Cathode Tan and Go Nintendo
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: digg
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.
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.
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) …
Robin Good / Robin Good's Latest News:
Blog Search Engine Technorati Releases Major Upgrade And New Features  —  Technorati product manager Liz Dunn walks you through some of the most interesting key new features in the new Technorati  —  After many months of testing, frustrating feedback and comments from users, Technorati …
Jill Zeman / Associated Press:
Judge considers Google click-fraud deal  —  JUL. 23 3:56 P.M. ET An Arkansas judge begins weighing objections this week to a $90 million class-action settlement between Internet search leader Google Inc. and advertisers who say they were victims of "click fraud."
Discussion: SearchViews
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Wiki 2.0 - JotSpot launches Web Office Wiki  —  Wikis are traditionally editable webpages, allowing groups of people to collaborate on creating the page.  However JotSpot is about to expand the definition of 'wiki', with a new version of its flagship wiki product - called JotSpot 2.0.
Discussion: BusinessWeek Online and ShoutBlog
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
BlogTalkRadio to turn bloggers into talk radio hosts  —  Podcasts are fun to listen to, but they'd be even cooler if you could listen live and IM your feedback to the host in real time.  The soon to launch service BlogTalkRadio will make that possible.  —  BlogTalkRadio is targeting bloggers …
 
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Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
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Ask Skeptic's Mom: "What's RSS?"
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MobileTracker:
Motorola RIZR Z3 announced
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNNMoney.com
Tuan Nguyen / DailyTech:
Apple to Introduce Bluetooth Mighty Mouse
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On Ruby  —  I have previously admired the Ruby language …
Mike / Techdirt:
YouTube Tries On The Skype Billion Dollar Buyout Plan For Size
AdAge:
Amazon Readies Launch of Ad-Free Video Download Service