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1:15 AM ET, July 9, 2007

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Michael Parsons / Times of London:
Bloggers want my steak baguette  —  There's so much silliness in the blogosphere that it's easy for old media to dismiss it.  Just don't forget that there are wolves amongst the sheep  —  Successful blogging is hard, dirty work: it's the hand-to-hand combat of the writing world.
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Reuben Schwarz / Stuff.co.nz:
Hobby leads to career for tech blogger  —  Wellington is home to a rising star in the highly competitive and global blogging industry.  —  Richard MacManus runs the world's 28th most popular blog, Read/WriteWeb, from his home office in Lower Hutt.  —  It's every blogger's fantasy.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Turning Blogging From Hobby to Career  —  This Monday morning in New Zealand, my local Wellington newspaper The Dominion Post ran a story about Read/WriteWeb.  Seeing as the focus of the article is making a living off blogging, I thought I'd add some more thoughts on that.  The DomPost article states:
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista SP1 beta 1 to launch in mid-July  —  It's official: We are now in the under-promise and over-deliver era at Microsoft.  —  Just when Microsoft had customers, partners and competitors all believing that it was going to delay the first service pack for Vista — not releasing a first beta …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's OEM catch-22: XP still in the driver's seat  —  Now more than half a year into the launch of Windows Vista, it's beginning to look as though Microsoft may have a rebellion on its hands, at least in the corporate world.  While Windows Vista continues to sell like hotcakes via OEMs to consumers …
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
When three ex-MSFTies partner: They're Beautiful!  —  Three months ago almost everyone wondered (or at least one nosy blogger did) what happens when three amazingly talented Microsoft employees leave to form their own startup company would do and could achieve.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft's top designers leave to give away lovely flowers
Discussion: WinExtra
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Social Networking Projects  —  Google already has a social network (orkut), but it's only popular in Brazil and India, doesn't have a Googlish interface and had a lot of security problems in the past.  That's why last year Google sponsored a project at the Carnegie Mellon University's …
Discussion: Googlified
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
THE IMPORTANT LESSONS OF BACKFENCE'S CLOSING  —  The announced closing of Backfence has brought about some refreshing and much-needed discussion on the subject of hyperlocal news and the web.  This is an important discussion, because a lot of companies are looking to hyperlocal as the salvation of their business model.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Competition For Scribd  —  Scribd, dubbed "YouTube for documents" didn't have the the traditional dip in traffic after its launch, and has continued to grow rapidly after raising nearly $4 million in two rounds of venture capital.  —  I looks like they already have competition, though.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Paul Taylor / Yahoo! News:
AT&T sets up 'Muni' WiFi in California  —  AT&T, the largest US telecommunications group, is launching its first WiFi wireless broadband internet service on Monday in Riverside, California.  —  The deployment highlights AT&T's decision to embrace public WiFi technology as a complementary …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Gesturesphere  —  A few weeks ago I wrote a post called iPhonomics.  A few days later I was chatting with Andrew Keen when he casually mentioned that would make a good title for a book.  Although I have no intention of writing a book (that's real work) I thought I'd check out the domain on Go Daddy.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and EirePreneur
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
787 Dreamliner launch a big deal  —  EVERETT, Wash.—"This will make some rock concerts pale by comparison," Boeing spokesman Tim Bader told me with a smile as we rode a company-hired bus to the long-awaited 787 Dreamliner launch event.  —  I knew this was a big event since, after all …
Sûnnet Beskerming / The Register:
Time to blacklist blacklists  —  Plenty of way to overcome 'minor inconvenience'  —  Blacklists have their place for detecting and identifying malicious content and activity, with the whole signature-based malware detection industry effectively being built around the concept that blacklists are reliable mechanisms.
Alex Woodson / Reuters:
Wikipedia remains go-to site for online news  —  NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has added about 20 million unique monthly visitors in the past year, making it the top online news and information destination, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Facebook: Add Zoho to your profile  —  Add Zoho to your profile  —  Online office suite Zoho is now available for integration with Facebook: … For anyone who is looking for more ways to make Facebook more productive, this definitely is a step in the right direction.  —  Facebook|
 
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Sony cuts PS3 price to $499, new $599 80GB model to hit North America in August
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Asymmetric risk and the dangers of too high a valuation
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Friends of the Blue Monster on Facebook
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Niall Kennedy / Engadget:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Extravagant World of Warcraft setup includes 47 PCs, seven monitors
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SPRINT TAKES LEAD AS 1ST SPONSOR OF FILE-SHARE SONG
Xinhua News Agency:
$19 mln price tag for space station toilet
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
CONFIRMED: T-Mobile Germany announces the HTC Kaiser as T-Mobile MDA Vario III
Discussion: Mobility Site
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StartupWeekend: 70 Founders Create Company In One Weekend