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12:00 PM ET, July 10, 2007

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Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
New Web metric likely to hurt Google, help YouTube  —  Nielsen/NetRatings to use total time spent by users of a site as its primary measurement metric  —  In a nod to the success of emerging Web 2. technologies like AJAX and streaming media, one of the country's largest Internet benchmarking companies …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Nielsen To Drop Page View Ratings In Favor Of Time Spent
Danny Sanchez / Journalistopia:
Almost official: Nielsen drops page views as primary metric
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning news: new investment round  —  If you follow such things, you may have seen a report that my new Internet company, Ning, has just raised a new investment round.  —  To date, Ning has been mostly internally financed by me and a small group of angel investors who are close friends and colleagues of ours.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big, Big Round of Funding For Ning  —  This is just a rumor at this point, and I haven't confirmed it with the company (update: this is now confirmed, see below), but I'm hearing that Ning has closed a very large round of financing, led by Legg Mason - $44 million total on a $170 million pre-money valuation.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's CRM Live: Two versions coming, but not until 2008  —  Microsoft is expected to try to use cut-rate pricing to compete with Salesforce.com and other software-as-a-service (SaaS) players when it finally launches its Dynamics CRM Live service in 2008.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft Live CRM pricing undercuts Salesforce.com  —  Microsoft today is giving a more detailed glimpse of how it will try to compete with Salesforce.com in the market for Web-based customer relationship management software.  For starters, Microsoft will bring its new Dynamics Live CRM …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bay Partners Launches Facebook-Apps-Only Fund  —  Here's another indication of the importance of the new Facebook platform: Silicon Valley VC fund Bay Partners has earmarked millions of dollars for investments in startups creating applications for Facebook.  The new program, called AppFactory, will be officially launched on Tuesday.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds to require 'open' wireless networks?  —  As the government prepares to auction off a prized slice of wireless spectrum early next year, Google and a number of consumer advocacy groups have been pressuring federal regulators to impose some form of "open access" rules that would prevent …
Discussion: dslreports.com
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Hackers: "we have owned the filesystem"  —  The kooky hacking kids over at IRC channel #iphone claim to have gained full ownership of the iPhone filesystem.  In an update titled "How to Escape Jail," they highlight the technical steps required to enable custom ringtones, wallpapers and more for your iPhone.
Associated Press:
TiVo Users Can Get Amazon Movies From TV  —  ALVISO, Calif. (AP) — Users of TiVo Inc.'s digital video recorders will be able to order movies from Amazon.com Inc. directly from their TVs starting Tuesday.  —  The two companies partnered in March to deliver Amazon's Unbox download service to TiVo machines …
N'Gai Croal / Newsweek Blogs:
Pardon Me, But How Do You Say 'WTF?'  In Hindi?  —  In advertising, as in many other creative endeavors, it's difficult to achieve greatness without pushing the envelope.  Sony Computer Entertainment, it seems, has a history of obliterating the envelope, whether it's pushing buttons on race, religion, or viral marketing.
Discussion: Kotaku and Blue's News
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Critical Firefox security flaw discovered  —  A "highly critical" security flaw has been discovered in Firefox, which could allow a malicious attacker to gain remove control of a user's system, according to an advisory issued by Secunia.  —  The security flaw is found in Firefox 2.0 and later versions …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Buys a Manager of E-Mail  —  Taking further aim at one of Microsoft's core franchises, Google said Monday that it would acquire the e-mail security and management company Postini for $625 million in cash.  —  The deal underscores Google's ambitions to become a serious player …
AMD:
AMD Offers the Ultimate HDTV and DVR Home Theater Experience for Notebook and Desktop PCs  —TV Wonder™ 600 USB and TV Wonder™ 650 PCIe allow users to easily turn their PC into a feature-rich home theater —  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced two new solutions …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: UBS Sees Q2 Results Above Consensus; Ups Target  —  'Tis the season to raise your price target for Google (GOOG).  Yesterday, ThinkEquity's Stewart Barry waxed enthusiastic about the stock, and upped his target to $700 from $620.  —  Today, UBS Internet analyst Benjamin Schachter writes …
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Nokia N93 Review  —  This post has been a long time coming, and I can't give you one particular reason why.  I've been using the Nokia N93 for quite a while now, and I've had a few starts and stops getting a review done.  Most of the reviewers contributing to the N93 blog that Andy Abramson runs posted …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell rolls out SMB notebooks dubbed Vostro sans 'Trialware'
Discussion: Inquirer
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone in depth: the Ars review
Reuters:
China gamers have a bone to pick over skeletons
Discussion: Joystiq
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
TV Debate Moves to Web - How to Count Audiences
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Gleamd to Launch "Digg for People"
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Take-Two Criticizes AO Ratings
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Flickr Traffic up 38% in Past Four Weeks, Now #2 Photo Site
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Stephen / del.icio.us:
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