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5:40 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 …
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
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
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
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What Twitter is  —  Congrats to the lead investors, Union Square Ventures and the angels, and the entrepreneurs.  —  I've been reading various posts and comments, and see a thread that's still out there.  People doubt that there's a way to make money with Twitter.  To that I say, they haven't been reading this blog.
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Cisco buys a hunk of VMware  —  Another major Silicon Valley player has found itself salivating over the prospect of VMware's initial public offering.  —  Cisco today announced a $150m investment in the virtualization software maker through the purchase of VMware's Class A shares.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware lands Cisco as investor
Discussion:, Inquirer and Epicenter
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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, DailyTech and Hardware 2.0
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.
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?
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
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: Gizmodo
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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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Apple delivers new Leopard seed (images)
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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
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Lewis Page / The Register:
EU and US agree on high-end sat nav standard
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal judge: AT&T U-Verse == cable TV
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
WHurley spins BMC into open source
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Really Going On With Podtech?
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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Now We're Not Talking: Telstra Bans Facebook
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this the new iMac keyboard?