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3:14 AM ET, July 16, 2007

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Duncan / duncanriley.com:
Wall Street Journal Tries to Re-Write Blogging History  —  Tunku Varadarajan at The Wall Street Journal wishes blogging a happy 10th birthday; one problem, blogging is not 10 years old, it's actually older.  —  According to my history of blogging (still No. 3 on Google BTW …
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International Reporter:
Now, seven simple hand gestures to switch your TV on  —  Australian scientists have reportedly come up with a box that lets television viewers change channels, switch on the DVD player or switch off an irritating presenter with the wave of a hand.  —  The controller's built-in camera …
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David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Wave the TV remote control goodbye and change channel with a thumbs-up
Discussion: Lost Remote
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Facebook to supplant email?  —  A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with my kid sister, in a humerous way she told me that she "Only uses email to communicate with old people like me".  And I'm not even in my mid 30s.  —  Apparently social networks like Facebook, MySpace …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and All Facebook
Phil Wainewright / How To Split An Atom:
How To Define Web 3.0  —  Over the last few months I have written a weekly piece on how the Web is evolving.  Taking into account the current trends in technology, and the direction in which the web is developing I have tried to define Web 3.0.  At the end of volume one of this discussion piece, I think we have come a long way.
Discussion: digg
Hindustan Times:
Google, Yahoo may be eyeing Rediff  —  US-based Internet giants such as Google and Yahoo are eyeing Rediff.com India Ltd, which runs one of India's most popular consumer Internet portals, for a possible acquisition.  Investment banking sources told Hindustan Times that the management …
Discussion: contentSutra.com and Startup Dunia
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Net radio "compromise" hinged on DRM adoption  —  As we reported Friday, the looming royalty crunch on Internet radio that would have begun today (July 15) was narrowly averted last week by a temporary reprieve from SoundExchange.  Now it appears that a lasting compromise is indeed possible …
Discussion: Business Week
Tom Yager US / Computerworld:
The line between hacking and reverse engineering is thin  —  The US Digital Millennium Copyright Act is too severe, argues Tom Yager  —  Scientists are reverse engineering the galaxy.  So why is it illegal to reverse engineer a DVD player or the iPhone?  —  Even the debate pitting creationism …
Jesse Farmer / Inside Facebook:
The Dangers of Building on the Facebook Platform  —  The Facebook platform is great.  Great, that is, except when a bug on Facebook's end renders your application useless.  People expecting to see growth like iLike were sorely disappointed if they were unlucky enough to run into a series …
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
A Patent Is Worth Having, Right?  Well, Maybe Not  —  PATENTS are supposed to give inventors an incentive to create things that spur economic growth.  For some companies, especially in the pharmaceutical business, patents do just that by allowing them to pull in billions in profits from brand-name, blockbuster drugs.
Discussion: Patent Law Blog and Slashdot
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google Reader + Facebook Application = Digg killer?  —  Mario Romero has built something very interesting that's getting more interesting all the time.  —  If I weren't on Facebook and didn't have his Google Reader application plugged into Facebook I would totally have missed it.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The Boat Is About to Rock (Again) in Internet Video  —  DMITRY SHAPIRO brings an unlikely gadget into meetings these days: a TV remote control.  —  As chief executive of Veoh Networks, an Internet video company based in San Diego, Mr. Shapiro uses the remote to navigate the company's new software program, VeohTV, on his laptop.
ITWire:
Firefox now a serious threat to IE in Europe: report  —  Mozilla's Firefox (FF) web browser has made dramatic gains on Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) throughout Europe in the past year with a marked upturn in FF use compared to IE over the past four months, according to French web monitoring service XiTiMonitor.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
China to overtake US in number of Internet users in 2009  —  The research firm Pew Internet has released a new study (PDF) that looks at the growth in the number of Internet users in China, and what it might mean for the future of the 'Net.  —  There are now an estimated 137 million Internet users in China …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Microsoft's Windows Media DRM cracked (again)  —  The Zune may not be the most popular portable media player, but you wouldn't know it based on the game of cat and mouse that has been going on for nearly a year between Microsoft and "hackers" who have continually found ways to defeat Microsoft's DRM.
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Those OS X iPods? They're Already Here! Pixo, ARM, and the Mac OS
Daemon Hatfield / IGN:
E3 2007: Old PSP to be Phased Out
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Ian Betteridge / Technovia:
Why the BBC will never distribute DRM-free TV programmes
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Brown Zune finds meaning in Hide-a-Pod
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Times of India:
Microsoft to set up university in city
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Ben Quinn / Telegraph:
Mobile phones 'dumbing down brain power'
 

 
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