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1:10 AM ET, July 25, 2006


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New York Post:
$KY'S THE LIMIT  —  SUN VALLEY BUZZ BOOSTS YOUTUBE TOWARD $1B  —  July 23, 2006 — WHAT is a week at investment bank Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley confab worth?  —  For Chad Hurley, the founder of the hot online video company YouTube, it might be $400 million.
Discussion: down the avenue
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.
Mike / Techdirt:
YouTube Tries On The Skype Billion Dollar Buyout Plan For Size  —  from the hype-hype-hype dept  —  A year ago, we were amazed at how Skype's founders and investors more or less manipulated the press into claiming the company (which had made very little money) was worth $1 billion …
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  —  Summer is here, meaning it must be time for a new site design from Technorati.  —  The four major Technorati redesigns have each tried to welcome a different type of crowd to the site without alienating existing users.
Discussion: Earthling, JG etc. and i-boy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Relaunch
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
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: digg
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 …
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
Discussion: BusinessWeek Online and VoIP Watch
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   We're going to call it Bahaa in honor of all the arrogant cable industry execs
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Gotuit - YouTube for Premium Content?  —  Boston-based Gotuit is a new video portal that went live on Sunday night.  But unlike YouTube, MySpace Video, Google Video and their ilk, Gotuit isn't about user-generated content.  Instead, the site serves up mainstream music videos, news, sports and other professional media - all for free.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
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 …
Discussion: ShoutBlog
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
JotSpot's nascent wiki-based office suite
Discussion: BusinessWeek Online
David Robinson / Freedom to Tinker:
Rethinking DRM Dystopia  —  Thanks to Ed for the flattering introduction — now if only I can live up to it!  It's an honor (and a little intimidating) to be guest blogging on FTT after several years as an avid reader.  I've never blogged before, but I am looking forward to the thoughtful …
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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple's Mighty Mouse finally gets Bluetooth  —  Looks like Apple forgot to file for ye olde confidentiality agreement, but today an FCC filing showed off Apple's latest device: the Mighty Mouse with Bluetooth.  If anyone's surprised, well, that'd be pretty silly of you being that a wireless …
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 ( —As Apple and Microsoft duke it out over music, Amazon is focusing its attention on video.  —  August launch
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 …
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
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Mary Hodder / Dabble Blog:
Dabble Launches  —  After a year of work, and both an Alpha …
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Joe / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Engadget and digg
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
iLane - send and receive email safely whilst driving
Discussion: Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
Chris Pirillo:
TechTV: Rebuilt by Community?
Discussion: Scobleizer and digg
Aman Batheja / Dallas Star-Telegram:
Tech companies hope to cash in on Web 2.0
Start-up testing auto-aiming antenna for wireless nets
Discussion: Engadget, GigaOM and jkOnTheRun
Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Wal-Mart's New Online Children's 'Hub' a Real Bomb
Discussion: ben barren
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Do Google Ads belong on a company desktop?