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4:30 AM ET, July 5, 2007

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Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
THE TIME OF THE A-LIST IS DEAD.  THANK CHRIST.  NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON.  —  From Robert Scoble: … For once I disagree with Robert.  I DO want to talk about it.  Because I actually concur with Robert's thesis.  And I am utterly delighted to do so.  —  In the past, say …
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Kent / Newsome.Org:
Declaration of Blogging Independence  —  When in the Course of online events it becomes necessary for alienated and isolated bloggers to dissolve the existing blogging hierarchy and exclusionary behavior which have disconnected them from the A-List and made them feel even more nerdy …
Discussion: Joe Duck
George Gardner / TECH.BLORGE.com:
MPAA's Media Defender sets up 'fake' site to catch pirates  —  Don't get caught up in the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) latest sting.  Media Defender, a company which does the dirty work for the MPAA, has been caught setting up 'dummy' websites in an attempt to catch …
Discussion: Inquirer, CrunchGear and Slashdot
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Wants MediaDefender to Walk the Plank to Bankruptcy  —  The guys at The Pirate Bay aren't happy.  Certain commercial outfits have been trying to use their trackers to hunt down pirates - companies like Media Defender who will be fresh in your mind following the MiiVi incident.
Discussion: digg
rte.ie:
Dublin company to unveil 'free energy' device  —  An Irish company will today reveal controversial technology that allegedly defies basic laws of physics to produce free power.  —  Steorn, which is based in Dublin, claims to have discovered a method of creating clean, constant energy, which it claims could end the global fuel crisis.
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
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Glenn Fleishman / CNN:
Service allows users to make calls on Wi-Fi network  —  (PopSci.com) — Bad call reception at home?  A new mobile service allows you to seamlessly place calls on both your cellular network and on any open Wi-Fi hotspot cell phones, which are supposed to let you call from anywhere …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Where are they now: Barry Schuler and his laser  —  Goldfinger: You are looking at an industrial laser which emits an extraordinary light, not to be found in nature.  It can project a spot on the moon - or, at closer range, cut through solid metal.  I will show you.  —  Or maybe Raydiance will.
Matt Sullivan / Popular Mechanics:
More than 750 parts  —  stretching a half-mile long.  Some 350 engineers working round-the-clock.  Thousands of rusty, old mechanic photos — clutch plates, transmissions, brake discs — spilling across the table.  All for one beat-up Camaro?  Sure doesn't sound like your average auto manufacturer.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
10 Richest People in Tech  —  Also Hot Today: Podcasting Toolbox - 70+ Podcasting Tools and Resources  —  Ah, the memories.  Bill Gates, known for so many years to be (by far) the wealthiest person in the world, now has to settle for second place, because a Mexican tycoon came in first …
Discussion: digg
Stace / Unwired View:
HTC OMNI PICS AND SPECS  —  The rumors about the upcoming HTC OMNI communicator have been flying around the Web for a few months now.  And from some leaked details and specs, HTC Omni sounded like a very interesting mobile gadget.  —  Well, they were true.
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Nintendo Announces DS Camera, Face Training  —  Having already trained the brains of the Japanese and begun work on training their eyes, Nintendo now wants to train... their faces.  —  Otona No DS Kao Training, or Face Training, includes a camera that plugs into the Game Boy Advance slot …
Inside Google Book Search:
Greater access to public domain works for all users  —  Today we launched a new feature for Book Search to help more people access the world's great public domain works.  Whenever you find an out-of-copyright book in our index, you'll see a "View plain text" link, which lets anyone access the text layer of the book.
Jen Gerson / Toronto Star:
WiFi revolution hits a snag  —  Fee for Internet service brings drop in number of Toronto subscribers  —  Long lauded as the technology that would turn cities into techie meccas, WiFi continues to creep across metropolises.  —  Years after North American cities began to plan for the WiFi revolution …
Discussion: Smart Mobs and Mark Evans
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Security Appliance Vendors Blasé About CSRF Flaws  —  News Analysis: Researchers say security appliances makers are being lax about fixing an arcane vulnerability.  —  Security appliance makers are shrugging off CSRF (cross-site request forgery) vulnerabilities in their products …
 
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RU Sirius / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Steve Wozniak v. Stephen Colbert — and Other Pranks
Discussion: MacUser, Epicenter and digg
Tim Carroll / PalmInfocenter.com:
Palm Treo vs the iPhone: 10 Rounds
Discussion: Mobility Site
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
eBay To Craigslist: Game On With US Version Of Kijiji
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Gadgets 'threaten energy savings'
Discussion: Engadget and textually.org
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Azureus Ready to Pull Out All the Vuze Stops
Discussion: GigaOM
Forbes:
If Trust Is Lost, Google Will Crumble
Discussion: mobilejones, Neomeme and Jim Kukral