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6:15 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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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
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach
Discussion: Ars Technica
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: GigaOM and Gadget Lab
Greg Eden / PR Newswire:
VMware and Cisco Announce Investment  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. and SAN JOSE, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — VMware, Inc. today announced that Cisco Systems will acquire an equity stake in the company.  —  Cisco will purchase $150 million of VMware Class A common shares currently held …
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?
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.
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.
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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!
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sony Hopes to Stop Losing Money on PlayStation 3 This Fiscal Year
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Medison promises money back if it can't deliver... in three months
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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
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Federal judge: AT&T U-Verse == cable TV
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SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE AND SKY JOIN FORCES TO DELIVER …
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