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10:55 AM ET, July 30, 2007

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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
For NowPublic Citizen Journalism Seems to Work  —  NowPublic, a Vancouver-based citizen journalism site has raised $10.6 million in Series A funding from Rho Ventures/Rho Canada, Brightspark, and the Working Opportunity Fund.  —  So first off, that's a boatload of cash in the web news business and we're not saying it's justified.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
NowPublic Gets $10.6 Million For Crowd Sourced News  —  "Crowd sourced" news network NowPublic.com has closed a $10.6 milion series A round of financing led by Rho Ventures with seed investors Brightspark and the Working Opportunity Fund participating.  —  Crowd sourcing is part of the widely expanding …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google vs Jimmy Wales & Open Source Search  —  Jimmy Wales, the founder of not-for profit Wikipedia and for-profit, San Mateo, Calif.-based Wikia is part of a growing number of people who are discomforted by the growing control Google over search.  And he is doing something about it.
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Telecoms: It's the network, stupid  —  What's behind recent high-profile telecom failures?  Operators not in control of their own destinies, says Fortune's Stephanie Mehta.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — At first blush, telecom flameouts SunRocket and Amp'd don't have a lot in common.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Towards the Attention Economy: Will Attention Silos Ever Open Up?  —  We have written extensively at Read/WriteWeb about Attention and the Attention Economy.  As a concept attention makes sense to anyone who is online today.  We know when we are paying attention and we know what we are paying attention to.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
"Attempted infringment" appears in new House intellectual property bill  —  Back in May, the Justice Department issued some proposed legislation to tighten US intellectual property laws and to criminalize some forms of "attempted infringement."  Now, legislation based on the proposals …
Alex / BlueBlog:
Conference Tips for Startups: Where to go and what to do once you get there  —  We have been to quite a few conferences already and quite a few people have asked me what conferences are good.  The problem is not that some conferences are bad, its just that some conferences may not be the right venue for your startup.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Web Strategy and A VC
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
What Web Conferences to Attend
Discussion: Scobleizer
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
HD DVD Camp Scoffs at Blu-ray, Target Deal  —  HD DVD Group downplays Sony's deal with Target  —  Target revealed last week that it would begin carrying the Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Disc player this October.  The announcement was significant as the Sony player would be the retailer's …
Discussion: PC World
Jim Lanzone / New York Times:
I Fought the Law  —  MY father was a lawyer, and I always thought I would be as well.  I enrolled in the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, but I hated it from the moment I started.  —  Some people attend law school because they think it will help them figure out what they want to do.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Verizon's Q2 Income Rises 4.5 Percent; Revs Up 6.3 Percent  —  Gains in wireless subscribers helped boost Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Q2 profits 4.5 percent to $1.7 billion, or 58 cents a share, from $1.6 billion, or 55 cents, last year.  Revenues for Q2 were also up 6.3 percent to $23.3 billion.
Discussion: PC World
Reuters:
Match.com expands mobile online dating service  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online dating service Match.com is launching a new application for cell phones, allowing subscribers to keep track of their paramours while on the go.  —  MatchMobile will first be made available in the United States …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cisco and Click.tv?  —  I picked up a juicy rumor this weekend that Cisco may have acquired Click.tv, a video annotation and deep tagging service that launched in 2006 and then shut down last month.  —  When Click.tv closed down last month they said in an email to users "While I regret this shutdown …
Discussion: Social Strategist
Jon Fortt / The Utility Belt:
The iPhone's secret sauce?  Software.  —  It felt nice.  An AT&T (T) spokesman let me babysit his iPhone overnight, and I couldn't get over how nice it felt in my hand.  Much like the iPod nano it is tightly put together, with just enough weight to feel like a tool, not a toy.
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Shi Tao's case: Yahoo! knew more than they claimed  —  Yahoo! executives say one thing in public, an official Chinese document says something else.  Oops.  —  I just discovered today that the Dui Hua Foundation, which does excellent, low-key work on Chinese human rights issues, has a blog.
Steven Parker / Neowin.net:
Vista Performance and Reliability Pack Unofficial Release  —  Thanks Nekrosoft for the news on this major update to Windows Vista that should for most of us improve the speed and reliability of Windows Vista significantly!  —  Please note: These fixes break all current methods …
Halvar Flake / ADD / XOR / ROL:
I've been denied entry to the US essentially for carrying my trainings material.  Wow.  —  It appears I can't attend Blackhat this year.  I was denied entry to the US for carrying trainings materials for the Blackhat trainings, and intending to hold these trainings as a private citizen instead of as a company.
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Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
German hacker denied entry into U.S. for Black Hat training
Discussion: Inquirer
 
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PRWeb:
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Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Buzzwire streams mobile media, no downloads attached
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Robin Marantz Henig / New York Times:
The Real Transformers  —  I was introduced to my first sociable robot …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft's Gates Plans Leave Amid Great Change
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
New Life on the Web for a Killed Newspaper Column
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Business plan obfuscation: Twitter style
Garett Rogers / ZDNet:
Google set to simultaneously create and dominate a new market?
Discussion: WebProNews
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
TheFunded embraces VCs still further, but Sequoia still hazed
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Court says "no" to changing terms of service without notification
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone "Hello World" binary released
Discussion: Engadget, The iPhone Blog and digg