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12:55 PM ET, July 30, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Wants to Have His Cake and Eat it too!  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales would like you to help him build the revenue for his new "for profit" venture Wikia.  Wikia has acquired the distributed crawler Grub from LookSmart and Wales plans to make it open source.
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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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Why Microsoft May Lose Mobile Market to Google
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Verizon:
Verizon Posts Strong 2Q 2007 Results Highlighted by Gains in Earnings, Consolidated Margins and Cash Flows  —  Accelerating Revenue Growth Builds Momentum in Strategic Wireless, Broadband and Business Markets  —  2Q 2007 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results
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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
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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Vista fix packs provide updates promised for SP1
Discussion: BetaNews
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 …
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction  —  Lobbying Intense As Google Seeks To Open Market  —  The Federal Communications Commission will set the rules tomorrow governing the auction of $15 billion of public airwaves, a decision with stakes so high that the major U.S. cellular carriers and Google …
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.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Verizon Set To Terrorize 700k New Users In 2008  —  If any of our readers are Rural Cellular subscribers then get out NOW!  We don't have time for questions.  Just do it.  Verizon is taking the necessary steps to make your life a living hell in the first half of 2008 with the announcement today …
Discussion: PC World 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 …
yomiuri.co.jp:
10 automakers to jointly develop OS  —  The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry will start developing jointly with 10 automakers an operating system for automotive electronics, it has been learned.  —  The decision will be announced this week, a ministry source said.
Digital Chosunilbo:
Bora Yoon Plays Music in the Key of Mobiles  —  "A cell phone is as good an instrument as a piano," says Bora Yoon, a 27-year-old Korean-American who is becoming famous for playing the portable phone as a musical instrument.  On Friday Yoon performed at the Time Warner Center's Jazz …
Discussion: I4U News and ringtonia.com
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: paidContent.org
 
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