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9:30 AM ET, July 30, 2007


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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
NowPublic Gets $10.6 Million For Crowd Sourced News  —  "Crowd sourced" news network 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 …
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.
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
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 and Web Strategy
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
What Web Conferences to Attend
Discussion: Scobleizer
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 …
Reuters: expands mobile online dating service  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online dating service 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 …
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.
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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft's Gates Plans Leave Amid Great Change  —  Microsoft is beset with competition from all sides, unlike any it has seen in decades, and Bill Gates, who co-founded the company 32 years ago, still intends to step away next year as planned.  —  But so far, Mr. Gates, Microsoft's 51-year-old chairman, shows no sign of fading away.
Discussion: WebProNews and Tech Trader Daily
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cisco dives into Web 2.0, buys Five Across  —  What has the world come to?  —  Even Cisco Systems, the stately technology giant best known for delivering the boring pipes (or tubes) of the Internet backbone, has fallen for Web 2.0.  —  The San Jose networking company has just acquired Five Across …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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.
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
German hacker denied entry into U.S. for Black Hat training
Discussion: Inquirer
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
New Life on the Web for a Killed Newspaper Column  —  "The bug at the bottom of the Calendar front in today's Los Angeles Times says columnist Patrick Goldstein is on assignment," began a July 24 item on the Web site L.A. Observed.  "Not true.  His The Big Picture column for Tuesday was killed."
Samsung Launches Next Generation of Award Winning NV Digital Cameras  —  NV8, NV15 and NV20 Join Samsung's Prominent NV Series  —  Secaucus, NJ (PRWEB) July 30, 2007 — Samsung Camera today introduced three new models to its revolutionary NV series of advanced point & shoot digital cameras …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Battlemodo: Microsoft's Local SUV Armada vs Google's Streetview Fleet  —  Microsoft's Windows Live Local armada is striking back against Google's Streetview fleet with all the technological terror they can find.  Check this Chevy Tahoe's intimidating top: six huge cameras …
Discussion: digg
Luck / Apple TV Hacks:
USB Patch: 2 days later  —  We are aware that the USB Patch released on Friday night was pretty restrictive on the requirements: Intel-Mac, OS X files, Apple TV Software 1.0, etc.  —  Now that the source code is out in the wild, we would like the community to investigate these issues and submit improvements over the existing code.
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Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Buzzwire streams mobile media, no downloads attached
Robin Marantz Henig / New York Times:
The Real Transformers  —  I was introduced to my first sociable robot …
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Business plan obfuscation: Twitter style
Garett Rogers / ZDNet:
Google set to simultaneously create and dominate a new market?
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 Earlier Items: 
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: The iPhone Blog, Engadget and digg