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3:20 AM ET, June 28, 2007

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DeWitt Clinton / Google Code:
Google Gadget Ventures  —  By Tom Stocky, Google Developer Programs  —  Good news for Google Gadget developers.  We've just launched Google Gadget Ventures, a new pilot program for distributing grants and seed investments to gadget developers and gadget-related businesses.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Opens Pocket to Gadget Developers
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Ga-Ga for Gadgets
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Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Google Introduces Google Gadget Ventures
Discussion: TechCrunch
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google Gadget Ventures: Get Paid To Develop Google Gadgets
kevinhasablogg:
Pownce Is Alive!  —  Today we're turning on the splash page of Pownce, a side project that I've been working on with some friends over weekends for the last few months.  The site isn't quite open to the public yet, but if you want to try it out, enter your email and we'll get an invite out to you shortly.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
First look at Pownce  —  Kevin Rose, of Digg and Revision 3 fame, just launched an invite-only alpha of his latest project, Pownce.  Pownce lets you share files, links, and other info with your friends.  It's not an original concept.  Yet Pownce makes an extremely good first impression.
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose's New Startup: Pownce
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Issues Staff Report on Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy  —  Report Urges Caution on Network Neutrality Regulation  —  The Federal Trade Commission's Internet Access Task Force today issued a report, "Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy," which summarizes the Task Force's findings …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
FTC shoots down Net Neutrality, says it is not needed  —  The Federal Trade Commission today dealt a serious blow to "Net Neutrality" proponents as it issued a report dismissive of claims that the government needs to get involved in preserving the fairness of networks in the United States.
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
YouTube: 50% More Traffic than Other Video Sites Combined  —  YouTube's growth has not begun to slow yet this year.  Hitwise traffic data shows that the market share of US visits to YouTube has increased by 70% when comparing January 2007 to May 2007 (this only includes site visits …
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
NewCo Thinks It's Worth a Billion Dollars
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Desktop goes Linux  —  Google was set to launch late on Wednesday a beta version of Google Desktop search for Linux in a sign of encouragement by the search giant for Linux on the desktop.  —  Google Desktop allows people to search the Web while also searching the full text …
Discussion: PC World and tecosystems
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Desktop Now Available For Linux
Arn / MacRumors:
iTunes 7.3 with Custom Ringtones?  [Updatedx2]  —  While not mentioned in any of the reviews, we've received word that custom Ringtone support is in fact a feature of iTunes 7.3.  —  A "Ringtone" tab was shown during the original iPhone announcement at Macworld San Francisco, as shown in this photo from Engadget:
Discussion: CNET News.com, MacNN, TechBlog and digg
Erika Brown / Forbes:
EuroFroth  —  Last month, a couple hundred techies and entrepreneurs from all around Europe gathered at the Teatro Principal, an 18th-century baroque theater in Zaragoza, Spain.  The city is best known for its historical architecture, including Roman ruins and a Moorish palace …
Ken / Mac Daddy World:
New MacBook Pros == New 1.3 MP Camera Sensor  —  or... Built-in iSight The Next Generation  —  At WWDC, Glen had the unenviable task of hitting the compatibility lab and testing the upcoming release of iGlasses on as many computers as he could.  When checking out the new 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pros …
James Hong:
Reinventing HOTorNOT, Part I  —  Ever since I came back to HOTorNOT in October 2006, people have been asking me what the company is up to.  For the previous 6 years, HOTorNOT had pretty much been steady along the same course: A picture rating site with a dating-like application built on top …
Discussion: GigaOM and Lightspeed Venture …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Often-Asked iPhone Questions  —  With its new iPhone, Apple pulled off two masterful feats: creating the machine and creating the buzz around it.  —  That machine, and that buzz, have inspired a lot of questions.  Just how much of a phone, an iPod and an Internet machine is this thing?
Discussion: down the avenue and MacDailyNews
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple retail stores to host nationwide employee sleepover  —  With iPhone line waiters and campers expected to congregate outside Apple Inc.'s retail stores on Thursday evening, the company has no plans to leave the outlets unattended, AppleInsider has learned.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs to make a rare company-wide speech tomorrow  —  No one really knows where Steve's going to appear on iDay, but we've confirmed with multiple sources at Apple that tomorrow morning at 11:00AM he'll be giving an all-hands "Town Hall" iPhone mini-Stevenote for employees only — so obviously we're not invited.
Discussion: hubbub
 
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Think Secret:
Hands-on with the iPhone  —  After sources took the forthcoming iPhone …
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Nielsen Adds to Cellphone Tracking
Karen / Official Google Blog:
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Dell Says Goodbye to Dimension Desktops
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft unveils Web storage beta
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Study: 'Cyberbullying' hits one third of teens
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Intel boosts high-performance computing with new cables
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Red Hat spreads its JBoss in Q1
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
RIAA tried to shake down 10-year-old daughter, suit claims
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MPAA sues Peekvid, YouTVPC
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
New advisory group on health
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster and Netflix settle patent battle
Steve O'Hear / last100:
YouTube represents 10% of North American Internet traffic
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