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8:05 PM ET, June 27, 2007

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace, Chasing YouTube, Upgrades Its Offerings  —  Two years ago, millions of MySpace users began adding video clips to their profile pages, helping to give rise to YouTube, which Google bought last October for $1.65 billion.  —  This week, MySpace, a division of the News Corporation …
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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 …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MYSPACE'S VIDEO CZAR GIVES DETAILS ON NEW 'TV' ENDEAVOR  —  On Wednesday, CNET News.com checked in with Jeff Berman, MySpace.com's general manager of video operations, to hear more about the gargantuan social network's latest project: MySpace TV.  The New York Times reported Tuesday that MySpace …
Discussion: paidContent.org and HipMojo.com
Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace TV, and the Salary Story
Discussion: WebProNews
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
YouTube Crushes All Video Competition
Discussion: Reuters
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   MySpace to Launch YouTube Killer Tomorrow
Microsoft:
Windows Live Moves Into Next Phase with Renewed Focus on Software + Services  —  Q&A: Chris Jones, corporate vice president, Windows Live Experience Program Management, discusses how a new Windows Live product suite planned for release in the coming months will help customers more easily and safely communicate and share online.
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
A few more details on Windows Live Photo Gallery  —  Brandon LeBlanc over at the Windows Vista Blog has been playing with Windows Live Photo Gallery, and has a nice post up on it.  He describes some of the new features, extensions to the Photo Gallery in Vista:
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Channel 10 and WebProNews
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Announcing Windows Live Photo Gallery
Discussion: Channel 9 and Bink.nu
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Microsoft introduces Live Folders and Live Photo Gallery
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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 …
Discussion: avinash.vora
Valleywag:
Critical Consensus: The iPhone scorecard  —  The iPhone scorecard  —  The first four hands-on reviews of Apple's new wonderphone came out yesterday.  The critical consensus?  Buy the amazing device, if you can afford it.  We gave scores out of ten — in ten categories.
Discussion: the Onda, TechBlog and i-boy
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Troy Wolverton / SiliconValley.com:
Early reviews: iPhone up to hype  —  Does it live up to the hype?  —  Some of the top tech reviewers weighed in Tuesday on the iPhone - what one described as the most widely anticipated gadget he had ever seen - and answered the question with a qualified "Yes."
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: digg
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News.com:
iPhone ringtones will cost you
Discussion: Apple
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft entering the low-cost PC sales biz; first stop India  —  Microsoft will begin selling PCs in India next month as part of its "Unlimited Potential" program, an event that will mark the software giant's first entry into the PC sales business.  Dubbed the IQ PC, the machines will cost RS21,000 …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Microsoft launches new low-cost PC effort in India
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
When You've Got To Go, Go To Mizpee.com  —  MizPee is a new service focused on delivering pertinent information regarding the location of nearby restrooms.  —  Using MizPee is as simple as surfing to mizpee.com via a mobile device browser.  Users simply enter their location and MizPee delivers …
N'Gai Croal / Newsweek Blogs:
EXCLUSIVE: Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime Tells Level Up About His Big Plans For a Little WiiWare  —  When we got on the phone Tuesday afternoon with Nintendo of America president Reginald Fils-Aime to talk about the company's upcoming WiiWare initiative—downloadable games …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Blockbuster Seeks Looser Credit Terms; Hints At Price Rise For Total Access Program; Netflix Rises  —  Blockbuster (BBI) is feeling squeezed where it hurts - in the pocketbook.  —  In an 8-K filing with the SEC today, Blockbuster disclosed that it plans to seek an amendment of its credit agreement …
Discussion: Reuters
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster and Netflix settle patent battle
Discussion: bizjournals and Neowin.net
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 reporting dismissive of claims that the government needs to get involved in preserving the fairness of networks in the United States.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook Acquisitions: Fad or Proof of Platform Success?  —  On Monday the blog Inside Facebook broke the story that the Facebook-only application Favorite Peeps had been acquired by slideshow creator Slide (and Slide confirmed to me yesterday that they had reached an agreement with the creator of Favorite Peeps).
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
One iPhone per person at AT&T stores
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
YouTube represents 10% of North American Internet traffic
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Who Needs A Yearbook When You Already Have Facebook.com?
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Carol Krol / btobonline.com:
Coen: Outlook for advertising 'not good'
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Chris Mellor / Computerworld:
DDR3 memory standard bows
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Digital World Tokyo:
First iPhone muggings reported - and it hasn't even launched yet ...
Discussion: zedgeHeadz, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
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Gabriela Baczynska / Reuters:
Murdoch: No plans to raise Dow Jones bid
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Worldwide PC shipments, prices up
Discussion: Macsimum News
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Digital newsstand saves paper, quarters
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
NewsVine Launches ElectionVine: Widget Based Election Polling
Discussion: Mike Davidson and Widgets Lab
Brett Winterford / CNET News.com:
eBay targets Romanian fraudsters
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