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6:35 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 …
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:   Google offers easy map customization with Mapplets
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 …
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Sean Cooper / Engadget:   Ecamm Network's iPhoneDrive: how-to and review
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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The Walt Disney Studios to Offer Movie Rentals On Demand Through …
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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.
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: CNET News.com
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Michael Hoffman / DailyTech:
Nintendo Discusses Future Gaming Plans
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New URL highlighting feature in FireFox 3 aims to make phishing harder  —  When Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7 launched last year, both of them included anti-phishing technologies designed to block (or at least warn users away from) suspected phishing web sites and attacks.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scott Rafer is Facebooking, launching Lookery  —  Scott Rafer would be a dangerous fellow if he were 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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's new PSP is slimmer, includes video output  —  It's not quite the PSP 2 some might've hoped for, but Sony is giving its handheld console a serious refresh in the form of a slimmer, lighter and faster "updated" PSP.  The new unit still includes the 4.3-inch LCD and UMD, but is 33 percent lighter …
PR Newswire:
Motorola Provides Preliminary Estimates of Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today announced preliminary estimates of second quarter 2007 financial results.  Although the company has not finalized …
Belkin News:
Wirelessly Print, Watch Movies, and Listen to Music with Belkin's New Wireless USB Hub … (Compton, CA) - July 11, 2007 - Belkin's 4-port Wireless USB Hub gives you wireless access to your USB devices without the clutter of cables.  —  Simply plug your USB devices, such as your printer and hard drive, into the Wireless USB Hub.
Matthew Broersma / PC World:
Synchronica Evades iPhone Corporate E-Mail Barrier  —  Synchronica has updated its Mobile Gateway 3.0 middleware to let iPhone users synchronize email with Microsoft Exchange, the company said.  —  The iPhone, launched last month in the U.S. and due in the U.K. by the end of this year …
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 …
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
Belkin News:
Belkin's New N1 Vision is the First Wireless Router with an Interactive Network Display … (Compton, CA) - July 11, 2007 - Belkin's new N1 Vision wireless router features an advanced interactive network display that allows you to view the activity of your network.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the successor to the Nokia N800?  —  Just when we're in full-on video game mode, along comes a friendly tipster with some shots of the supposed successor to Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet that snap us out of our daze and remind us that there's more to life than Xboxes and PlayStations.
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.
Gina / Windows Live OneCare Team Blog:
Download the OneCare Beta (v2.0) and let us know what you think!  —  After months of listening to customer feedback on Windows Live OneCare (v1.5) and designing and testing new features and services for the product, we're proud to unveil the first public beta release of the next version, Windows Live OneCare (2.0).
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Researchers take Google approach to understanding photos
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iLoad now rips DVDs direct to iPod. iPhone incompatible.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Versionate's Wiki End Run Around Google Docs
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Joystiq's video analysis of the Halo 3, E3 trailer
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Evolution of Web Widgets: From Self-Expression to Media Companies
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Gregg Goldstein / Reuters:
Policy group says Google soft on piracy
Adobe:
Security bulletin  —  Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities
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Giz Undercover: First Spy Pics of Upcoming TiVo Series 3 Lite?
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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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Julie Law / 60Frames:
60FRAMES ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES TO FINANCE AND SYNDICATE PROFES …
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
Sid Yadav / Rev2.org:
Bay Partners Kicks Off AppFactory for Facebook Apps
Discussion: Inside Facebook and WebProNews
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Revisiting the Oracle 11g upgrade decision (and 400 potential ROI cases)
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Did ya know? It's Fair Use Day: July 11, 2007
Discussion: ZDNet and digg
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Nielsen Alters Web Ratings, Favoring AOL Over Google
 

 
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