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6:45 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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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
BBC:
BBC online player 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.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach
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.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Intel responds to EU's anti-trust statement
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MediaWhiz Buys Another Ad Startup, AuctionAds  —  Performance marketing company MediaWhiz has snatched up eBay affiliate marketing service AuctionAds, which launched back in March.  The price was not disclosed.  AuctionAds is an advertising widget that serves contextually relevant eBay auctions based on tags supplied by the publisher.
Discussion: Shoemoney
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 …
Dan Crow / Official Google Blog:
Robots Exclusion Protocol: now with even more flexibility  —  This is the third and last in my series of blog posts about the Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP).  In the first post, I introduced robots.txt and the robots META tags, giving an overview of when to use them.
Discussion: WebProNews and Googlified
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?
 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
RockYou launches Facebook ad network
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Isilon narrows losses, but growing pains abound
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Facebook Bankruptcy  —  Today I'm declaring Facebook Bankruptcy …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Meet-Up at August Capital is Tonight
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Stephaniemehta / The Browser:
Google v. Cisco: Regulatory smackdown!
Discussion: WebProNews
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sony Hopes to Stop Losing Money on PlayStation 3 This Fiscal Year
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Apple delivers new Leopard seed (images)
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Trusted Opinion Adds Netflix Queuing
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