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12:10 AM ET, July 28, 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  —  iPhone customer is upset with Apple over the lack of a user-replaceable battery  —  The iPhone has been parading through news headlines ever since its early January unveil at MacWorld 2007.  When the bulk of the tech press …
Discussion: TechCrunch and PalmAddicts
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!, 901am and All Facebook
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Much Is A Facebook User Worth?  At Least $0.30  —  People aren't wasting any time trying to figure out how to monetize all those thousands of Facebook apps that have sprung up over the last couple of months.  At least three advertising experiments have launched - the most promising, by far, is RockYou.
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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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 …
Discussion: Mobility Site, Just code and Compiler
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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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 …
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
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
California report slams e-voting system security  —  Every tested machine had problems... yes, every single one  —  Researchers commissioned by the State of California have found security issues in every electronic voting system they tested, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Friday.
Discussion: Avi Rubin's Blog and Tech_Space
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Rodale's Options: Strategic Money For Digital Bulk
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google plans YouTube Antipiracy Tool for September
Discussion: Valleywag
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Microsoft Clubs to Search Gains
Discussion: Valleywag
Reuters:
Apple Co-Founder Backs Internet Video Venture
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Fotango COO quits job during keynote speech
dslreports.com:
Will You Pay State Broadband Tax? - No. But for how long?
Discussion: Techdirt
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
British News Sites Get Third Of Readers From U.S.; Motivation For Crossing Atlantic
Discussion: Telegraph
Austin Modine / The Register:
Isilon narrows losses, but growing pains abound
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Meet-Up at August Capital is Tonight
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Think Secret:
Apple delivers new Leopard seed (images)
Discussion: digg
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Key Bancroft Family Trust to Vote Against News Corp. Bid for Dow Jones
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What Twitter is  —  Congrats to the lead investors …
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
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it's not the worst of times either

Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Mental Floss finds success in video with “The List Show” using star power of John Green

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Pakistani Protesters Briefly Take Over Headquarters of State Television

 
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