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8:05 PM ET, July 27, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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Peter Griffiths / Reuters:
BBC launches free Internet TV service  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Billed as the biggest change in the way viewers watch television in 40 years, the BBC launched an online service on Friday that allows people to download many programs from the last week.  —  BBC Director General Mark Thompson …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach
Discussion: Ars Technica
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Podtech: I'm Not Your VP Marketing  —  So Podtech is apparently unhappy with the post I wrote last evening - What's Really Going On With Podtech?  CEO John Furrier emailed me repeatedly this morning asking for changes, and Robert Scoble has written on Twitter that much of my post is incorrect.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Really Going On With Podtech?  —  Update: See here.  —  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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Breaking: First iPhone Class-Action Suit Against Apple and AT&T  —  It was bound to happen.  It seems that a guy called Trujillo has been the first to file a class-action suit against Apple and AT&T because of the iPhone.  The reason?  You guessed it—it's the battery.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Hardware 2.0 and Mashable!
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
iPhone Customer Files Class-action Lawsuit Against Apple
Discussion: TechCrunch and PalmAddicts
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.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Intel responds to EU's anti-trust statement
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The Internet in Kazakhstan: welcome to the land of $3,355 per month DSL  —  With DSL prices like these, it's no wonder Borat left Kazakhstan behind1.  A new report from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PDF) paints a grim picture of Internet access in Kazakhstan and shows …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and Gizmodo
AOL:
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
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:
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 Del.icio.us …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Facebook Bankruptcy  —  Today I'm declaring Facebook Bankruptcy in addition to comment bankruptcy.  —  I can't keep up with the friend requests, the requests to confirm how we know each other, the requests to tell you I like you, the requests to tell you I want your to tell me what movies you want to tell me about, etc.
CodePlex:
Vista Battery Saver  —  Project Description  —  This tinny program will save up to 70% of your battery by disabling those nice, but greedy Vista features.  Running in task bar with private workset of 5.5M and 0% CPU it will do all work for you, by enabling and disabling customizable features …
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.
BBC:
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: Gadget Lab and GigaOM
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
RockYou launches Facebook ad network  —  RockYou, one of the world's two most popular online photo and video widget makers, is introducing an ad network that will allow advertisers exploit RockYou's reach across Facebook.  —  RockYou, like other large Web sites offering photo and video sharing …
Discussion: Mashable! and All Facebook
Think Secret:
Apple delivers new Leopard seed (images)  —  Apple seeded developers this week with the first new builds of Mac OS X 10.5 and Mac OS X Server 10.5 since its Worldwide Developers Conference in early June.  —  Build 9A499 is a 6.9GB download for Mac OS X, and 6.3GB for Mac OS X Server.
Discussion: digg
 
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Will You Pay State Broadband Tax? - No. But for how long?
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
British News Sites Get Third Of Readers From U.S.; Motivation For Crossing Atlantic
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MediaWhiz Buys Another Ad Startup, AuctionAds
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Isilon narrows losses, but growing pains abound
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TechCrunch Meet-Up at August Capital is Tonight
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Stephaniemehta / The Browser:
Google v. Cisco: Regulatory smackdown!
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sony Hopes to Stop Losing Money on PlayStation 3 This Fiscal Year
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What Twitter is  —  Congrats to the lead investors …
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
Steve Mollman / Wired News:
Wii + Second Life = New Training Simulator
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal judge: AT&T U-Verse == cable TV
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