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4:25 AM ET, July 9, 2007


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Tor Thorsen / GameSpot:
E3 07: 60GB PS3 $499, 80GB due in August  —  Sony confirms price drop, says new $599 model bundled with MotorStorm coming next month.  —  [UPDATE] Today, Sony confirmed to GameSpot that a fusillade of reports from US retailers had augured last week.  As of July 9, the PlayStation 3's North American price point is going south.
Discussion: Joystiq, Slashdot and digg
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Sony cuts PS3 price to $499, new $599 80GB model to hit North America in August  —  Despite denials, Sony has made official the new $499 price point for the PlayStation 3 that we've started to see appear in retailers across the US.  The 60GB model's new price point will indeed be $499 …
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: TechCrunch, Googlified and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Yahoo Both Working On Next Generation Social Networks  —  It's a busy Sunday evening - first the news on Yahoo Mosh, and now news that Google is working on its own next generation social networking service called Socialstream, possibly to take the spotlight away from the ailing Orkut.
Reuben Schwarz /
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 …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Microsoft's OEM catch-22: XP still in the driver's seat
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Wrong On Hyperlocal: Google And Web 1.0 Killed Backfence  —  There's been a lot of debate about what killed Backfence, the hyperlocal news site.  Was it poor design?  Lack of incentives for users to generate content?  Bad business model?  Maybe all of these contributed.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Fixing Typos by Web Users, Without Raising Hackles  —  David Ulevitch is trying to turn two numbers into a multimillion-dollar business.  —  The numbers — each composed of a quartet of digits — are just two of the more than four billion unique identifiers, the street addresses of cyberspace …
Discussion: digg
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Blyk's free mobile launch delayed  —  The planned launch of Britain's first mobile phone service that offers free calls and texts in return for users accepting adverts on their handsets has been delayed for several months.  —  Blyk, a start-up run by the former president of the Finnish mobile firm Nokia …
Discussion: SMS Text News and
Haochi / Googlified:
Google Wall of Ideas  —  "Google Wall of Ideas" is just another name for "Google Master Plan 2.0".  — Develop warp drive to bypass speed of light  — IPv7 is cuter  — Buyout MSN  — Crawler Embedding Unit (Embed a crawler into each human, to index all info in brains)
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft's top designers leave to give away lovely flowers  —  This startup makes me sad.  Not because it isn't doing beautiful stuff.  They are.  Maryam will smile when she gets her flowers delivered this morning.  UPDATE: she laughed and said "you remembered I love flowers."  I guess that's a hint, huh?
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.
Associated Press:
US telecommunications company Verizon's copper cutoff traps customers, hampers rivals  —  PHILADELPHIA: When Henry Powderly II ordered Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS fiber-optic service, he knew he was about to be connected to the future of telecommunications.  —  He also got unplugged from its past.
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Facebook and (My) continual partial attention  —  So I hit a new inflection point this weekend.  Saturday night, when I wanted to share pictures of my Avon Walk experience, the first place I posted was not to this blog, but to my Facebook account.  —  Yep, after 4.5 years of blogging and loving it, the first stop was my new FB page.
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Asymmetric risk and the dangers of too high a valuation
Alex Woodson / Reuters:
Wikipedia remains go-to site for online news
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Friends of the Blue Monster on Facebook
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Niall Kennedy / Engadget:
Enwidget: Ten useful Apple Dashboard widgets
Discussion: digg
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
787 Dreamliner launch a big deal
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Competition For Scribd  —  Scribd, dubbed "YouTube for documents" …
Sûnnet Beskerming / The Register:
Time to blacklist blacklists  —  Plenty of way to overcome 'minor inconvenience'
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Facebook: Add Zoho to your profile
Paul Taylor / Yahoo! News:
AT&T sets up 'Muni' WiFi in California
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Extravagant World of Warcraft setup includes 47 PCs, seven monitors
Peter Lauria / New York Post: