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10:50 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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Jimmy Wales and Wikia Release Open Source Distributed Web Crawler Tool  —  LookSmart provides search technology assets to enable distributed web crawling, others join growing list of organizations looking to make open source search a reality.  —  Portland, OR (PRWEB) July 27, 2007 — Wikia …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Monkcast #10: One day, they'll grow fruit with bar codes on the skin & Yeah!
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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, Mashable! and Hardware 2.0
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
iPhone Customer Files Class-action Lawsuit Against Apple
Discussion: TechCrunch and PalmAddicts
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.
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?  First Podtech subsequeCEO John Furrier emailed me repeatedly this morning asking for changes, then later Robert Scoble wrote on Twitter that much of my post was 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 …
europa.eu:
Competition: Commission confirms sending of Statement of Objections to Intel  —  HTML:  —  EN  —  PDF:  —  EN  —  DOC:  —  EN  —  MEMO/07/314  —  Competition: Commission confirms sending of Statement of Objections to Intel … In the SO, the Commission outlines its preliminary conclusion …
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Tech Report
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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Stephaniemehta / The Browser:
Google v. Cisco: Regulatory smackdown!  —  Here's the latest from the Google Against the World department...  Mary Brown, Cisco's director of technology and spectrum policy, this morning posted a blog entry sharply criticizing Google's pledge to spend $4.6 billion in an upcoming wireless spectrum auction …
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
 
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google plans YouTube Antipiracy Tool for September
Discussion: Valleywag
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
California report slams e-voting system security
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Microsoft Clubs to Search Gains
Discussion: Valleywag
Reuters:
Apple Co-Founder Backs Internet Video Venture
Discussion: paidContent.org
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
British News Sites Get Third Of Readers From U.S.; Motivation For Crossing Atlantic
Discussion: Telegraph
Peter Griffiths / Reuters:
BBC launches free Internet TV service
Austin Modine / The Register:
Isilon narrows losses, but growing pains abound
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Meet-Up at August Capital is Tonight
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Think Secret:
Apple delivers new Leopard seed (images)
Discussion: digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Trusted Opinion Adds Netflix Queuing
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
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
TiVo's Catch-22  —  TiVo's survival depends on cable.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and GigaOM
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft's forecast: cloudy
BBC:
Google 'the most improved brand'
 

 
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