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6:40 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.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Ga-Ga for Gadgets
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Google Introduces Google Gadget Ventures
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Rafe Needleman /
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.
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 …
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 …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
NewCo Thinks It's Worth a Billion Dollars
Discussion: and BoomTown
Rachel Boltz / The Story of Feedster:
Welcome to Feedster, Version 2.0!  —  We've just completed a site redesign here at Feedster that includes a few feature changes:  —  To start with the obvious, the site looks completely different.  When comparing the old with the new, it's quite apparent that we decided to keep only the name from the old design.
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET
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: tecosystems and PC World
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Desktop Now Available For Linux
Louise Story / New York Times:
Nielsen Adds to Cellphone Tracking  —  CELLPHONES are rapidly becoming ubiquitous and the Nielsen Company, the longtime monitor of television consumption, wants in.  —  Nielsen said yesterday that it had agreed to acquire Telephia, a private company based in San Francisco, for an undisclosed amount.
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 …
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
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.
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
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, MacNN, and digg
Hal R. Varian / New York Times:
An iPod Has Global Value.  Ask the (Many) Countries That Make It.  —  Who makes the Apple iPod?  Here's a hint: It is not Apple.  The company outsources the entire manufacture of the device to a number of Asian enterprises, among them Asustek, Inventec Appliances and Foxconn.
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Google's Marissa Mayer on The Future of Search
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Dell Says Goodbye to Dimension Desktops
Discussion: TechSpot News
Ken / Mac Daddy World:
New MacBook Pros == New 1.3 MP Camera Sensor
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs to make a rare company-wide speech tomorrow
Discussion: Computerworld and hubbub
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft unveils Web storage beta
Karen / Official Google Blog:
New advisory group on health
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster and Netflix settle patent battle
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft launches new low-cost PC effort in India