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5:25 AM ET, July 23, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Privacy Is The New Black  —  After a week where Ask launched AskEraser, a product that allows users to erase their search history, and Google announced a reduction in retained data time from 2038 to 18 months, more privacy initiatives are on their way.  —  According to the Wall Street Journal …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers Privacy Options for its Search Engine  —  There's nothing like a little regulatory scrutiny to get Internet companies talking about privacy.  Even if some of their words ring somewhat hollow.  —  The FTC, Congress and the EU are all investigating Google's proposed acquisition …
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Ask.com Call on Industry to Join Together to Evolve Privacy Protections for Consumers  —  Companies announce commitment to develop privacy principles that will enhance protections and provide more control for consumers.  —  Building on their respective efforts to protect consumer privacy …
Discussion: PC World
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Microsoft and Ask.com call for search privacy protection
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researchers claim first iPhone vulnerability; exploit steals data, operates phone  —  Apple has until Aug. 2 to patch; after that, details go public at Black Hat  —  Three security researchers claimed Sunday that they have found the first exploitable vulnerability in Apple Inc.'s iPhone …
Discussion: Engadget and Tech_Space
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Top social networks for engagement - some suprises!  —  Earlier today Om reported that Hi5 has raised $20m from Mohr Davidow.  As Techcrunch points out, Hi5 is ranked by Alexa as 11th globally, higher than Facebook.  Mashable notes that Hi5 claims 30 million members and 200 million pageviews/day …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social Network Hi5 gets $20 million  —  Social Networking world these days may seem like all-Facebook-all-the-time, but there are other social nets that are gaining traction, and are drawing interest from the venture capital community.  Hi5, a San Francisco-based social networking start …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
LATEST UNPOPULAR FACEBOOK MOVE IS APPARENTLY A GLITCH  —  If anyone's added you as a friend on Facebook recently, you may notice something different: previously, upon confirming a friend request, you were redirected to a separate page that asked you to check a few boxes and fill out a text field …
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Fred / A VC:
What Happened To "Skip This Step"?
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Scratch makes programming like playing with LEGO bricks  —  In the past, many computer journalists have tried to explain advanced concepts such as object-oriented programming by comparing the activity to building applications by connecting smaller components in the same way a child assembles LEGO bricks.
Discussion: Mashable!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Pageflakes, Netvibes Take on Social Networks: What Chance Do They Have?  —  Last week the personalized start page Pageflakes announced its latest version, nicknamed Blizzard.  It introduces social networking functionality, themes, a slick Ajax UI, and more.
Discussion: Scobleizer and 901am
Jean / Charlie Rose Redirect:
Craig Newmark  —  A conversation with craigslist.com founder, Craig Newmark  —  Keywords: craigslist, technology, web 2.0, internet  —  A conversation with craigslist.com founder, Craig Newmark.  —  Charlie, you missed an opportunity to snag a topic that Craig Newmark mentioned: The Golden Rule.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
SunRocket Leaves Void for Callers on Internet  —  Waiting for an important phone call can be stressful.  As Marshel Emery can attest, it is doubly so when your phone company has just ceased to exist.  —  Mr. Emery, 33, low on funds and with three children to support, recently applied …
Discussion: GigaOM
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Gang kidnaps top RPG player  —  Tortures him for his password  —  AN ARMED gang of four kidnapped one of the world's top RPG gamers and psychologically tortured him for five hours to get his passwords.  —  According to Gizmodo, the gang used one of their girlfriend's as a honey trap …
 
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Paul Graham:
The Equity Equation  —  An investor wants to give you money …
Arn / MacRumors:
6G iPod User Interface Redesign and Videos [Removed]
Discussion: The Apple Core, ParisLemon and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VisualSize To Give Accurate 3D Measurements From Photos
Louise Story / New York Times:
Barbie Gets Another Accessory: An MP3 Player and More Stuff on Her Web Site
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
'$100 laptop' production begins
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Second Life is trying to get rid of the nasties
Computerworld:
Vista use grows as Mac OS X stays flat
Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
Work Together: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups
Discussion: digg
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Feedburner bad for us?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Read/WriteWeb's New Comments Feature: SezWho
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta and digg
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
The Once and Future Prince
Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Dear Facebook Friends, If you add this application to your account …
Discussion: All Facebook and Scobleizer
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Google's View of D.C. Melds New and Sharp, Old and Fuzzy
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Search Engines and Favoritism
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ten P2P Distribution Platforms for Online Video Makers
Discussion: Beet.TV
 

 
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