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4:15 PM ET, July 27, 2007


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Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft's forecast: cloudy  —  In a talk before Wall Street analysts yesterday, Microsoft's coder-in-chief, Ray Ozzie, described in broad strokes the software giant's plans to build its utility computing business as more and more computing functions and software applications turn …
Think You Might Be Addicted to Email?  You're Not Alone  —  New AOL Survey Reveals that More Americans are Using Portable Devices to Email Around the Clock from Virtually Anywhere - in the Bathroom, While Driving and Even in Church  —  83% of Email Users Checking on Vacation; Many Plan Getaways Around Access
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Might as well face it, you're addicted to e-mail
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware lands Cisco as investor  —  Cisco Systems said Friday it will invest $150 million in VMware, joining Intel as a strategic investor.  —  After the investment Cisco will own 1.6 percent of VMware's outstanding shares.  VMware will also consider appointing a Cisco executive to its board in the future.
Discussion:, Inquirer and Epicenter
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Cisco buys a hunk of VMware
BBC online video service launches  —  The BBC's flagship online TV service is being launched, offering viewers the chance to download their favourite programmes from the last seven days.  —  For director general Mark Thompson, the launch of iPlayer is as big a milestone as the arrival of colour TV.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach  —  The much talked about, Windows XP-only, Internet Explorer 6 or later, BBC iPlayer finally launched today.  —  The iPlayer gives viewers the chance to download the last seven days of BBC television programmes.
Discussion: Ars Technica
David Lawsky / Reuters:
EU Says Intel Tried to Squeeze Out Advanced Micro  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters)—The European Union's top antitrust regulator has charged that Intel tried to use its huge market share to push smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices out of the central processing unit business.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Intel responds to EU's anti-trust statement
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Twitter Lesson: No Business Plans Please  —  Seeing that Twitter closed a funding round, and spotting the associated incredulity about Evan's company not having a business plan, reminded me of something: Whatever your feelings about Twitter, business plans are overrated, and profits perhaps even more so.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fichey - A Pretty Way To Browse Popular Sites  —  Fichey just launched this afternoon.  It is a flash based site that, like StumbleUpon, allows you to browse through popular current websites.  But it isn't a bookmarking service - instead it shows sites from a specified date that were popular on …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Search Wikia Takes Steps To Crawl; Acquires Grub  —  Wikia, Inc., the for-profit company developing the open source search engine Search Wikia, has acquired Grub, a distributed crawler platform, from LookSmart.  —  Distributed crawler?  Crawlers are software programs used by search engines …
Google 'the most improved brand'  —  Google is the brand that has gained the most in value over the past year, according a survey of global brands.  —  The report from Interbrand found that Google's brand value had risen 44% in the past 12 months to $17.8bn (£8.8bn), which put it in 20th place.
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
TiVo's Catch-22  —  TiVo's survival depends on cable.  Cable has limited incentives to see it succeed.  Does TiVo have a way out?  —  This week, the company that has amassed such powerful brand equity that it has become a verb ("Did you TiVo The Sopranos finale?") announced that it is working hard …
Discussion: GigaOM
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Key Bancroft Family Trust to Vote Against News Corp. Bid for Dow Jones  —  The Denver branch of the Bancroft family, Dow Jones & Co.'s controlling shareholder, is to vote against accepting News Corp.'s $60-a-share offer, putting pressure on News Corp. to raise its offer, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this the new iMac keyboard?  —  See that?  That's the rumored, "super slim," brushed aluminum keyboard said to be accompanying Apple's new iMac computer.  It certainly appears to share the key design of the MacBook like we heard but seeing "Photoshop" in the exif data doesn't give us a high degree of confidence here.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Really Going On With Podtech?  —  There have been a number of reports that silicon valley based Podtech is literally falling apart.  I spoke to Podtech CEO John Furrier and asked him how many of the rumors are true.  While he certainly fed me a certain amount of spin, the company has at least a few signs of life.
Discussion: Joe Duck, Things That and John Furrier
Steve Mollman / Wired News:
Wii + Second Life = New Training Simulator  —  Nintendo games have made the Wii controller a satisfyingly realistic controller for pretend tennis, golf and baseball.  But how about using it to practice doing surgery, applying pesticides or operating a nuclear power plant?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Now We're Not Talking: Telstra Bans Facebook  —  Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company, has banned its approximately 49,000 employees from using Facebook.  —  As Cameron Reilly at G'Day World puts it, "This would be a retarded move for ANY company, let alone a company …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Medison promises money back if it can't deliver... in three months
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Qantas Upgrades Fleet, Now Includes Power and Wi-Fi
Discussion: Christopher Null
Dan Crow / Official Google Blog:
Robots Exclusion Protocol: now with even more flexibility
Discussion: WebProNews and Googlified
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Discussion: The Local Onliner
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 Earlier Items: 
Lewis Page / The Register:
EU and US agree on high-end sat nav standard
Discussion: PC World
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal judge: AT&T U-Verse == cable TV
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
WHurley spins BMC into open source
Matt Asay / CNET
Advertising the open-source way with Openads
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Multichannel News:
Cuban: The Internet Is Dead
Alan Davidson / Google Public Policy Blog:
Eric Schmidt's summer of public policy
Discussion: CNET and WebProNews
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
HBO comedy site shut down