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11:35 PM ET, June 22, 2007

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Valleywag:
Federated Media: Microsoft pays star writers to recite slogan  —  The stodgy old media industry has a rule that newspaper reporters, and TV news hosts, shouldn't trade on their public trust to endorse products.  It's become redundant: the reading public typically wants journalists to drop …
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Feld Thoughts:
The Facebook Problem  —  I've had an account on Facebook for a while.  Until a month ago - around the time of the F8 Platform launch - I checked it once a month.  —  In the last 30 days, I've been checking it once a day.  My friends list has exploded, I've added a bunch of apps …
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Between the Lines:
Yahoo's search for a social graph
Discussion: Business Week
Valleywag:
Clunky: Real life Second Life  —  Real life Second Life  —  Video of a real life enactment of what you'd experience if you chose to log in to Linden Lab's virtual world, Second Life... minus the obligatory furries, flying penises, and sex trade.  [Via YouTube.]  MORE »
Discussion: PodTech.net
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Beth / Beth's Blog:
MacArthur Foundation: Virtual World Event on Philanthropy: Notes
Discussion: VTOR
AppleInsider:
World's largest iPhones appear in Apple store windows (photos)  —  With the anticipation ahead of next week's iPhone launch reaching near epic proportions, staffers for Apple retail spent the better part of Thursday evening rearranging store planograms and erecting massive iPhone replicas inside store windows.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gadget Lab
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Trade commission denies stay on Qualcomm chip ban  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission has denied Qualcomm's request for a stay on the ban imposed earlier this month on new 3G handset models that use Qualcomm chips, Broadcom announced Friday.  —  Qualcomm has been found to be infringing on several patents of rival Broadcom.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Techdirt and jkOnTheRun
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Nancy Weil / Computerworld:
Trade Commission supports Qualcomm ban
Discussion: RSS
Reuters:
Qualcomm's Request for Stay on ITC Order Denied
Discussion: The Register
Chris Faylor / Shacknews:
Sony Confirms Full PSP CPU Speed (Updated)  —  Update: The availability of the PSP's full CPU speed only affects in-development titles, a SCE representative has told Shacknews.  Previously released PSP games continue to operate at the speed they were originally programmed for …
Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Yahoo/eBay Merger Case Strengthened By Semel Departure  —  Tim Poulus submits: I believe all the turmoil around Yahoo! (YHOO) following CEO Terry Semel's resignation fortifies the case for a merger with eBay (EBAY), which I defended before.  —  Keep in mind that Google (GOOG) is the perennial enemy to both.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Yahoo!/eBay Actually Makes Sense, but Won't Happen
Discussion: TechBizMedia and Skype Journal
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Business.com on the Auction Block?  —  This morning I woke up and got a bad feeling that we were back in crazy times.  The WSJ ran a story about how Business.com was about to get the last laugh in a sale of the company for $300-400M.  Insanity, I thought.  After all, insanity means doing …
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Buy the business.com domain and we'll throw in this profitable company for free
andrewmager.com:
Experiencing Buzz Out Loud  —  Today I had the chance to sit in on a live episode of Buzz Out Loud, CNET's podcast of indeterminate length.  —  I have always been a huge fan of BOL, so today was very exciting for me.  I meant to videotape the first five minutes, but my Canon camera didn't save the first video I took.
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Tom Merritt / CNET News.com:
Buzz Out Loud Show Notes - Big hands, small iPhone
Jeffrey Stedfast / A Moment of Zen:
Implementing Silverlight in 21 Days  —  For those of you that want to know what we're all about, it's like this ya'll: this is 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain and 100% reason to remember the name...  — Fort Minor  —  Miguel de Icaza, Chris Toshok …
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Financial Times:
Murdoch in search of online deals  —  By Aline van Duyn in New York and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in London  —  Rupert Murdoch is looking for deals beyond his $5bn offer for Dow Jones, people familiar with his plans said.  —  He is seeking internet acquisitions or a deal involving …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Chris Williams / The Register:
EU privacy watchdogs extend search engine probe  —  Equal treatment for all our big brothers  —  EU privacy worrywarts will expand their investigation into Google to other search engines' data retention policies.  —  According to IDG, European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Other search engines join Google in EU privacy probe
Discussion: TechSpot News
Patrick Klepek / 1UP.com:
JAFFE FORMING STUDIO WITH HEAD OF INCOGNITO  —  Group to be based out of Utah, as hinted. … David Jaffe is no longer a part of the internal workings at Sony Computer Entertainment America.  1UP confirmed with multiple sources that Jaffe is currently working with Incognito Entertainment head Scott Campbell …
Discussion: GamePro.com, Kotaku and Game | Life
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Canceling iPhone service early will cost $175  —  AT&T: Fee covers more than just the new device  —  AT&T Inc. has spent $50 million to beef up its relatively slow wireless network in anticipation of the heightened activity expected to follow the iPhone's debut next week …
Terri Hardy / Sacramento Bee:
Council OKs Wi-Fi network  —  Story appeared in METRO section, Page B2  —  SACRAMENTO — Residents and visitors will have access to free wireless Internet coverage in most areas of the city by October 2009 under a deal approved Thursday by the City Council.
Discussion: RSS, GigaOM and Wi-Fi Networking News
Huffington Post:
Open Source is Not Innovative  —  Quick — name an open source product that's innovative.  If you said "Linux," you failed the test.  Linux — the darling of counter-culture programmers, for its "free software" advocacy and for providing an alternative to Microsoft Windows — is not an innovation.
Discussion: Open Source and IPcentral Weblog
Huibk / my.opera.com:
Kestrel is coming!  —  The last couple of months we've been working hard on the upcoming Opera 9.5 release, codename Kestrel.  Opera 9.5 will contain many cool new features, improvement of existing features, and we fixed a lot of bugs.  Within a few weeks we will publish 9.5 weeklies on this blog so everyone can start playing with it.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Broadband Subscribers, 300 million strong  —  At the end of first quarter 2007, the total number of broadband subscribers was close to 300 million, and according to folks at Point Topic, we are way past that number by now.  Thanks to strong growth in Eastern Europe and China …
Bojan Zdrnja / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Fake Adobe Shockwave Player download page  —  Jason Frisvold wrote to us about a suspicious web page.  One of his users visited the web page he submitted and subsequently got infected with a Trojan horse.  —  When we get reports of web pages like this one, I typically first download the web page with wget …
 
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Opera Software reshuffles after struggle
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IBM pushes 32-nanometer chips with BASF deal
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
First Impressions: Zelda Phantom Hourglass Awesome
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Google asks gov't to fight censorship
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Open sourcers rattle EU sabre at BBC on demand player
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Virtual goods worth $1.5 billion; success stories speak
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John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Coming this fall: Two new Tivoli Wi-Fi radios
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Brian McConnell / VentureBeat:
Sold to the highest bidder
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Google Group Chat Feature Released
 

 
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