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11:25 AM ET, July 30, 2007

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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.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Wikia acquires Grub distributed search indexing system  —  Wikia, the company created by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, has acquired the Grub distributed indexing system from LookSmart and is preparing to distribute Grub's code under an open source license.  Wikia plans to use Grub …
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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PC World:
Japanese Porn Industry Embraces Blu-Ray Disc  —  Japanese adult film makers have turned decisively to Blu-ray Disc, breathing new life into its bid to replace DVDs as the disc of choice for home movies.  —  Recommend this story?  —  The HD DVD high-definition movie format may have the lead …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
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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 …
Reuters:
Gates sees no Google threat in phone software: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates does not see Google Inc. becoming a successful competitor in the market for software for cellular phones, the New York Times reported on its Web site on Monday.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft's Gates Plans Leave Amid Great Change
Discussion: WebProNews and Tech Trader Daily
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.
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 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:
Google lawyer: YouTube filtering system coming this fall  —  YouTube has claimed for months that it would soon be rolling out content filtering tools that could help keep copyrighted material from being uploaded, but details have been vague.  Late last week, a Google lawyer revealed that filtering will be coming this fall.
Discussion: WebProNews
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Foonz, easy conference calls across mobile phones  —  Foonz, a provider of phone conferencing services, is announcing a service that lets you easily set up conference calls across mobile phones.  —  All by SMS.  —  Free or very cheap conference calling services already exist, including popular FreeConferenceCall, and Skype.
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Outbound Call from iPhone Without AT&T
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Steven Parker / Neowin.net:
Vista Performance and Reliability Pack Unofficial Release
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Verizon's Q2 Income Rises 4.5 Percent; Revs Up 6.3 Percent
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Luck / Apple TV Hacks:
USB Patch: 2 days later
PRWeb:
Samsung Launches Next Generation of Award Winning NV Digital Cameras
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Buzzwire streams mobile media, no downloads attached
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Shi Tao's case: Yahoo! knew more than they claimed
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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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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
New Life on the Web for a Killed Newspaper Column
Discussion: MediaVidea and Lost Remote
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Battlemodo: Microsoft's Local SUV Armada vs Google's Streetview Fleet
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
 

 
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