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9:20 PM ET, July 3, 2007


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Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Gates no longer the richest man in the world?  —  Bill Gates appears to have been dethroned as the world's richest man.  But based on his past comments, he probably isn't disappointed.  —  The Microsoft Corp. chairman and co-founder has been overtaken on the world's richest list …
Traci / Burning Questions:
FreeBurner for Everyone  —  One of the many benefits that FeedBurner publishers will enjoy now that FeedBurner is part of the Google family is a little something we like to call, "more for free!"  Beginning today, two of FeedBurner's previously for-pay services, TotalStats and MyBrand, will be free.
Wall Street Journal:
Europe Steps Up Probe of New DVD Formats  —  Competition of Blu-ray, HD  —  To Secure Studios' Support  —  Arouses Antitrust Concerns  —  In a move that could be key to determining the future of home cinema, European antitrust regulators are stepping up their probe into possible anticompetitive practices …
Associated Press:   EU asks studios about rival DVD formats
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:   European Commission to Hollywood: Why is Blu-Ray winning?
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Where TomorrowNow goes from here  —  Embroiled in controversy, SAP's third-party maintenance and support company TomorrowNow is facing challenging days ahead.  —  SAP disclosed late Monday that its TomorrowNow subsidiary had inappropriately downloaded Oracle's proprietary software.
Discussion: Reuters
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Straight dope from Fake Steve Jobs  —  newsmaker For months now, one of the best-read blogs in technology circles has been the starkly funny, pull-no-punches Secret Diary of Steve Jobs.  —  Otherwise known as "Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ)," the author—who writes as if he is, in fact, Steve Jobs …
Nintendo Wii Outsells Sony PS3 6-to-1 In Japan - Publisher  —  TOKYO (AP)—Nintendo Co.'s (NTDOY) Wii video game console outsold Sony Corp's (SNE) PlayStation 3 by six to one in June in Japan, a Japanese publishing company said Monday.  —  Although the Wii has been on sale since late last year …
Se Young Lee / Boston Globe:
Seeking to lift ad dollars, Sony to track user data
Discussion: The Browser
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica: down, but not out  —  After a long twilight struggle, is no more (sort of).  The Russian government has finally bowed to international pressure and shut the site down.  The move came as a condition for Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization: an offer that Russia could not refuse.
Discussion: Copyfight
Russian download site shut down
Discussion: Engadget, Digital Daily and Compiler
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
VC and Angel funding - How much is too much?  —  Marc Andreessen has a blog post about raising Venture Capital money, and the dangers of raising too little, or too much money.  Marc believes you should raise as much money as you can, and then talk and act as if you raised too little.  Good advice.
Discussion: and ClickZ
Louise Story / New York Times:
Engaging at Any Speed?  Commercials Put to Test  —  In new experiments for NBC, people are hooked up to sensors as they watch television, and researchers observe changes in their heart rate, palm sweat, eye movement and breathing patterns.  —  But the panelists are not watching just NBC programs.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
NetVibes, now with one less CEO  —  Netvibes, the Paris-based personalized page start-up, which till recently had to co-CEOs, Tariq Krim (also the founder) and Pierre Chappaz, now has one less CEO.  Chappaz is leaving Netvibes and instead will be focusing on Wikio, his personalized blog …
Discussion: Mashable!
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Survey: Windows loses ground with developers  —  (InfoWorld) - Microsoft's Windows platform is losing traction as a target for application developers in North America but still is the dominant platform, according to Evans Data survey results being released on Tuesday.
Discussion: Slashdot, Labnotes and Channel 9
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
New Google filing presses for role in Microsoft case  —  Google isn't quietly dropping its dispute with Microsoft over Windows Vista's built-in desktop search tool, despite the appearance of a possible conclusion last week.  —  In a new court filing (PDF, 5 pages), the search company maintains …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Fujitsu Rolls Out 300GB Mobile HDD  —  Fujitsu's new drive features a 300GB storage capacity, but only a 4200RPM spindle speed  —  The mobile storage wars are on and all of the top hard drive manufacturers are looking to one-up each other.  Fujitsu fired the latest shot yesterday with the introduction of its new 300GB external HDD.
Discussion: TechSpot News
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Is Google's Spam Fight a Sham?  —  Google may say it fights spam but I'm beginning to have my doubts.  A recent post on Google's Webmaster Central blog offers advice on how to build "startpages."  —  What is a "startpage"?  "Basically, it's a Web page with a lot of links about a specific topic …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Researchers demonstrate laser-based hard drive technology  —  Though we rely on them as a mainstay of modern computing, hard drives are really a mixed bag: part storage blessing and part performance albatross.  The ongoing digital media revolution could never have gotten off the ground without plentiful …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
ASUS announces plans to split company and brand  —  AsusTek Computer Inc. (known to most motherboard enthusiasts simply as ASUS), has announced its intention to split into three separate corporate holdings in order to maximize competitive performance and minimize potential conflicts of interest.
Discussion: DailyTech, TechSpot News and
Jon Udell / Channel 9:
A conversation with Pablo Castro about Astoria's RESTful data services  —  In the latest episode of my Microsoft Conversations series I talked with Pablo Castro about Astoria, a layer of middleware that makes data readable and writeable by means of a RESTful interface.
Discussion: Pablo Castro's blog
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Wall Street Journal:
Some in Silicon Valley Begin to Sour on India
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D.Telekom's mobile unit clinches iPhone deal: paper
Chris Pirillo:
The iPod does a Paris Hilton Sex Video
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jack Thompson Says FL Bar Official Demanded He Take Psych Test, Accept Suspension
Discussion: Game | Life, Joystiq, Slashdot and digg
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Wooing interns to Silicon Valley
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Finding cell phone signals with SignalMap
Discussion: Lifehacker and CNET
Ian Sager / Business Week:
iPod Accessories Gone Wild
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Network Neutrality Costlier? …
Discussion: WebProNews and ScienceDaily
John Leyden / The Register:
MPack malware exposes cheapskate web hosts
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
TomTom patent reveals camera-based GPS unit
Discussion: Gadgetell
James Sherwood / The Register:
Intel, MS eye Japanese housewives in mobile PC push
HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC approved by FCC
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
LG To Develop YouTube Phone
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Hollywood hates pirates, but can it use them?
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter