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3:30 PM ET, July 11, 2007

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Thai Tran / Google LatLong:
Google Maps Mashups 2.0  —  When we were building the original Google Maps site, we envisioned that it would eventually become a platform for navigating all kinds of location-based information, such as home listings and travel information.  Within weeks of the launch of Google Maps …
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google launches Mapplets, gadgets for maps  —  Google has added in Mapplets to Google Maps today.  It was previously offered in a preview mode.  Mapplets are like mini applications that can be embedded into the Google Maps site.  —  Google currently has standard Mapplets available including …
Discussion: WebProNews
Reuters:
Google Maps get personal
Ecamm Network News:
iPhoneDrive Released  —  Ecamm Network today announced the release of iPhoneDrive for Mac.  —  The new program allows iPhone owners to store files and data in the iPhone's flash memory.  The iPhone can now be used for storage and backup, as well as moving files from Mac …
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Wintek to ship touch screen panels for new Apple iPods  —  Taiwan-based Wintek will be the panel supplier of Apple's new iPod video, according to sources at upstream suppliers.  Apple is set to launch a next-generation iPod video in August with the new products featuring a touch screen panel similar to the iPhone, the sources noted.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Microsoft Plays Up Family Appeal of Xbox  —  As Microsoft executives played down the impact of an extensive repair program for defective Xbox 360 game machines, they announced several efforts to broaden the appeal of their machine to families.  —  Opening the annual E3 game conference here …
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:   HDMI-Enabled Halo Special Edition Xbox 360 a Sign of Things to Come
Gregg Goldstein / Reuters:
Policy group says Google soft on piracy  —  NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Hoping to see "Blood Diamond," "Spider-Man 3" or other full-length movies, TV series and concerts for free online?  The National Legal and Policy Center on Tuesday released a list of the top 50 videos it found …
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:   Watchdog Group Growls At Google Video
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Digital Music Group Plans to Merge With the Orchard  —  The Orchard, a digital music company that has built a business distributing albums from independent labels to online stores like iTunes, plans to announce today that it will merge with Digital Music Group.
Discussion: Contentinople
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Pay-for-blogging site raises questions  —  news analysis The controversy around a young Web site called Associated Content boils down to perspective.  —  Does it exist to game Google search results and generate revenue through Google's AdWords advertising service by displaying contextual ads next to the copy?
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Did ya know?  It's Fair Use Day: July 11, 2007  —  Get out your party hats and DeCSS coasters and t-shirts!  —  July 11, 2007, will mark the third-annual global "Fair Use Day," but chances are this is the first you've heard of it.  Started back in 2005, "Fair Use Day" …
Discussion: ZDNet and digg
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Nielsen Alters Web Ratings, Favoring AOL Over Google  —  Nielsen/NetRatings has changed the way it rates Web sites and in the process has upended the rankings of the top online destinations, vaulting AOL and Yahoo over rival Google.  —  The research service announced yesterday …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Performance regressions lead Mozilla to delay Firefox 3 beta, change roadmap  —  As we have previously reported, the first official Firefox 3 beta release was tentatively scheduled for late July.  The beta has now been pushed back due to performance regressions and the need for extra front-end development …
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Zillow enters citizen journalism  —  On Monday, Zillow.com apologized for a company e-mail that inadvertently promoted a new neighborhood service that wasn't quite ready.  —  Now, after that minor dust-up, the mystery is over.  The Seattle company this evening is taking the wraps off community Web pages …
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
DX10 is do-able on Windows XP  —  Microsoft backpedals for Nvidia, you lose  —  EVER WONDER WHY MS refuses to release DX10 for XP, forcing users to Linux, and barring that, Vista - also known as Me II?  It is easy, there was a technical reason, but it shot that down when Nvidia couldn't cut it.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and Crave
Sid Yadav / Rev2.org:
Bay Partners Kicks Off AppFactory for Facebook Apps  —  As we've seen happening in the last few months, things like Google Gadgets, the Facebook Platform, and the iPhone have emerged for developers to build on — and perhaps even start a company for.  We wrote about Google Gadget Ventures last week …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and WebProNews
CNET News.com:
Democrats criticize AT&T's exclusive iPhone deal  —  Blog: AT&T's deal to sell the iPhone drew criticism from Democrats, and a defense from Republicans.  The arrangement might led to an open access requirement for a 700 MHz spectrum auction next year.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu launches new "freedom-focused" Gobuntu derivative  —  Although Ubuntu is highly regarded by desktop Linux users, the popular Linux distribution has been the subject of perpetual criticism from a small but vocal minority of users who believe that it doesn't set a high enough standard for software freedom.
Discussion: cdimage.ubuntu.com
 
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo: Wii soon to be No. 1 worldwide (Updated)
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N'Gai Croal / Newsweek Blogs:
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Gets an Indie Jones, Snags EveryDay Shooter For Playstation Network
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Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hey, check it out — this one looks just like Richard Nixon
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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British ISPs stand firm after file-sharing ruling
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Revisiting the Oracle 11g upgrade decision (and 400 potential ROI cases)
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Infosys FY Q1 Beats Street; Solid Q2 Outlook; Ups '08 Est In Dollars …
Discussion: Business Wire and Techdirt
MacScoop:
Ultra-thin and ulra-light notebook coming before the end of the year - sources
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone Nano Saga
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Potter Has Limited Effect on Reading Habits
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the successor to the Nokia N800?