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4:45 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 …
Reuters:
Google Maps get personal
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Zillow: Can We Talk?  Real Estate Gets Social  —  Zillow has always wanted to be "your edge in real estate."  Now it aims to be your real estate fueled social network as well.  —  While the Zillow homepage is still real estate transaction driven-find homes for sale, sell homes on Zillow …
Discussion: The Browser
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Zillow enters citizen journalism
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
Zillow Blog:
New Today: Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Discussion: VC Ratings and 901am
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.
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
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Chief Yang May Fail in Ad Squeeze by Google  —  Yahoo! Inc. lost the battle with Google Inc. in searching the Internet and now may have jeopardized its lead in display advertisements.  —  Even a new chief executive officer and head of sales may not be able to prevent rival social …
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
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?
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo: Wii soon to be No. 1 worldwide (Updated)  —  Posting from Santa Monica: Following its yearlong head start, Microsoft has the cumulative lead in current-generation console sales in the U.S. — 5.6 million Xbox 360s to 2.8 million Nintendo Wiis and 1.4 million PlayStation 3s, according to NPD Group data as of May.
Discussion: DailyTech and CNET News.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scott Rafer is Facebooking, launching Lookery  —  Scott Rafer would be a dangerous fellow if he was running a hedge fund.  He would make momentum bets that would either pay-off or fizzle out.  He does precisely that in the start-up world, when he finds a hot trend.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu launches new "freedom-focused" Gobuntu derivative
Discussion: cdimage.ubuntu.com
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Giz Undercover: First Spy Pics of Upcoming TiVo Series 3 Lite?
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
N'Gai Croal / Newsweek Blogs:
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Gets an Indie Jones, Snags EveryDay Shooter For Playstation Network
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy and GameSetWatch
Matthew Broersma / PC World:
Synchronica Evades iPhone Corporate E-Mail Barrier
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gadget Lab
Julie Law / 60Frames:
60FRAMES ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES TO FINANCE AND SYNDICATE PROFES …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
E307: Killzone 2 Impressions
Discussion: digg
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
British ISPs stand firm after file-sharing ruling
Tamar Weinberg / techipedia:
29 Super Awesome Tools Built on the Digg API
 Earlier Items: 
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
Evan Schuman / eWEEK.com:
Wal-Mart Says Its Site-to-Store Program Doing Well
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
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
DX10 is do-able on Windows XP
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and Crave
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Microsoft Plays Up Family Appeal of Xbox
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the successor to the Nokia N800?