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10:50 AM ET, July 28, 2007


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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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
RockYou launches Facebook ad network
Discussion: Mashable!, 901am and All Facebook
Tims / Tim Sneath:
SILVERLIGHT 1.0 RC1 IS HERE!  —  As indicated in a previous post, we're homing in on the launch of Silverlight 1.0, and today marks another milestone with the launch of the first release candidate.  Since the beta we released at MIX, we've fixed approximately 2000 bugs and work items and we're …
Discussion: Mix Online
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.
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google plans YouTube Antipiracy Tool for September  —  Long-awaited and much-promised technology to combat piracy in Google's YouTube video sharing site should be ready by September.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Google Inc. aims to deliver in September a long-awaited and much-promised technology …
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Video Game Matches to Be Televised on CBS  —  The magic of television has already transformed everything from motorcycle acrobatics to poker into living-room spectator sports, not to mention turning competitive singing into a national obsession.  Next on the list: video games.
Discussion: Slashdot
Associated Press:
For YouTube, a System to Halt Copyright-Infringing Videos  —  Google hopes technology will be in place in September to stop the posting of copyright-infringing videos on its YouTube site, a company lawyer told a judge presiding over copyright lawsuits yesterday.
Discussion: and CinemaTech
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.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
iPhone Customer Files Class-action Lawsuit Against Apple
Discussion: TechCrunch and Apple 2.0
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek To Live: Manage your life via SMS  —  The command line's making a comeback, but the terminal window, keyword launcher and search box aren't the only textual command interfaces—your cell phone has joined the party.  More and more modern webapps let you interact with your data via SMS …
Discussion: digg
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.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Xbox overtakes Wii As Most Searched for Console  —  The Xbox 360 has overtaken the Nintendo Wii as the most searched for gaming console based on share of US Internet searches for the first time since the Wii's launch in November 2006.  The Xbox 360 is #1 console based on sales volume but the Wii …
Discussion: TechWeb and WebProNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Microsoft Clubs to Search Gains  —  Kevin Johnson, President of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division in his keynote at Microsoft's financial analyst meeting boasted about Microsoft's search gains and how they were going to pummel competition, including Yahoo.
Discussion: MediaVidea
Rafat Ali /
Rodale's Options: Strategic Money For Digital Bulk  —  That's the import of the speculative stories in both NYP and Folio this week: the lifestyle books and magazine publisher Rodale (publisher of Runner's World, Men's Health and Prevention) has retained JPMorgan to explore strategic options …
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.
Chris Pirillo:
Pownce: Social Networks aren't Identity Networks  —  Interesting.  Someone just told me that I was on Pownce - which is odd, because I never signed up for an account.  Lo and behold, here "I" am.  I'm not terribly upset about it at this point, but that's pretty much my identity …
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: InfoWorld and Tech_Space
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:
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David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Monkcast #10: One day, they'll grow fruit with bar codes on the skin & Yeah!
Apple Co-Founder Backs Internet Video Venture
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Fotango COO quits job during keynote speech
Will You Pay State Broadband Tax? - No. But for how long?
Discussion: Techdirt
Robert Andrews /
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
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Stephaniemehta / The Browser:
Google v. Cisco: Regulatory smackdown!
Discussion: WebProNews
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
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Think Secret:
Apple delivers new Leopard seed (images)
Discussion: digg