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1:35 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!
Reuters:
Gates Sees no Google Threat in Phone Software: Report  —  Gates told the New York Times it was unlikely Google would be able to make inroads into Microsoft's share of the market for mobile phone software.  —  Recommend this story?  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates does …
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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
Discussion: IP Democracy and Between the Lines
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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
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Chinese E-commerce Site Alibaba Readies For Hong Kong IPO  —  Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has submitted its application to float on the Hong Kong stock market in an IPO expected to raise HK $7.8 billion (US $1 billion), China Securities Journal reported.  The deal is being managed by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.
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cs.com.cn:
China's Alibaba confirms plan to list in HK  —  China's biggest e-commerce company Alibaba has submitted its first initial public offering (IPO) application to the listing committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and may become the largest high-tech share on the Hong Kong bourse.
Discussion: Reuters
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: Salon: Machinist and CrunchGear
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:   HD DVD Camp Scoffs at Blu-ray, Target Deal
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.
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 …
Tyler / iPhoneology:
iPhone Firmware Hints at New Apps, Widgets  —  While browsing through my iPhone's firmware a few days ago, I came across something very interesting in one of the system preference files, "Default ApplicationState.plist."  Among the expected names, like "mobileipod" and "Weather," …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mobility Site
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 …
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.
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Expected, Judge Denies eBay Injunction In MercExchange Case  —  Last summer, the Supreme Court made an important ruling in the eBay-MercExchange patent lawsuit, saying that just because there's patent infringement it doesn't mean that a judge should automatically issue an injunction barring the sale of a product.
 
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phx.corporate-ir.net:
Monster Worldwide Reports Second Quarter and Six Months 2007 Results
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google lawyer: YouTube filtering system coming this fall
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cisco and Click.tv?  —  I picked up a juicy rumor this weekend …
Jon Fortt / The Utility Belt:
The iPhone's secret sauce? Software.
Jim Lanzone / New York Times:
I Fought the Law  —  MY father was a lawyer, and I always thought I would be as well.
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PRWeb:
Samsung Launches Next Generation of Award Winning NV Digital Cameras
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
"Attempted infringment" appears in new House intellectual property bill