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7:05 AM ET, July 16, 2007

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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 …
Steve / 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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Sony's Grouper becomes Crackle, a "pathway to Hollywood"  —  The online video site formerly known as Grouper — the one purchased by Sony for $65 million last August — has a new name and a new direction.  —  Now Crackle, it will be a Sony Pictures-backed online talent studio (our previous coverage here).
Discussion: TechCrunch and NewTeeVee
Doug Mohney / Inquirer:
High speed granny has $250,000 of kit  —  On the Mohney It's just a Swedish stunt  —  PETER Löthberg is grinning ear-to-ear because he has people abuzz.  Löthberg, as you may have read here, hooked up his dear old mum with 40Gbps Internet connectivity.
Michelle Thatcher / Crave:
Intel announces Extreme mobile CPU  —  Mobile gaming just got sweeter: Today Intel announced the Core 2 Extreme X7800, its first laptop CPU under the Extreme Edition brand.  The 2.6GHz dual-core processor features 4MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz front-side bus, making it the highest-end chip in Intel's mobile lineup.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The Facebook lawsuit that hasn't gone away  —  Before he launched Facebook at Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg worked for two brothers on a project called HarvardConnect.com that also wanted to connect students and alumni.  —  Zuckerberg later left that project, and showed up with Facebook.
Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Review of Streamy, a News Networking Service  —  Getting to the crux of Streamy, a very new beta startup, has proven to be more difficult than several prominent bloggers originally thought.  I have been testing the development since Friday and awoke today to the news that Streamy is everything …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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
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 …
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: AccMan, All Facebook and Publishing 2.0
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.
 
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
TWO WEEKS: EB Games Australia Issues Total 360 Recall
Aidan / Mapping The Web:
My 11 Blog Lessons  —  A few days ago, Mark Evans wrote …
Yahoo! News:
Canon to build $451 mln factory for key camera part
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
China to overtake US in number of Internet users in 2009
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Those OS X iPods? They're Already Here! Pixo, ARM, and the Mac OS
Discussion: CrunchGear and Technovia
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Microsoft's Windows Media DRM cracked (again)
Discussion: Download Squad 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
Discussion: Gadget Lab and The Raw Feed
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The Boat Is About to Rock (Again) in Internet Video
 

 
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