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4:30 AM ET, July 3, 2008

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Adam Connors / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Talk for the iPhone  —  We've just released in the US a new version of Google Talk designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch browsers.  In addition to sending your friends Gmail messages from your iPhone, you can now chat with them while you're on the move, too!
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google Talk comes to the iPhone.  Death of the text message approaching?  —  Google has unveiled a web-based version of its Google Talk instant messaging client specifically built for the iPhone.  Quite simply: It's amazing — but it has limitations.  —  Just as with Google's other apps built …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to Viacom  —  Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users' names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday.
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Google wins source code ruling against Viacom  —  Google scored a legal victory in keeping its search source code secret from Viacom, but YouTube users were not so fortunate with their privacy.  —  A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the search giant doesn't have to turn over the code to Viacom …
Kurt Opsahl / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Ruling Will Expose Viewing Habits of YouTube Users  —  Yesterday, in the Viacom v. Google litigation, the federal court for the Southern District of New York ordered Google to produce to Viacom (over Google's objections): … The court's order grants Viacom's request and erroneously ignores …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Identi.ca: May A Million Twitters Bloom  —  Identi.ca is a new microblogging service that launched today - but it's not just another also-ran.  The service is an Open Source, CreativeCommons framework for a distributed network of federated microblogging services.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Oh happy day!?  —  A Twitter clone that's all-the-way open?  —  Did Christmas come early this year?  —  http://identi.ca/doc/faq  —  Marshall has a writeup.  —  I am dave over there.  Follow me!  —  First thing —> looking for an API.  —  It supports the OpenMicroBlogging protocol, which I had not heard about until now.
Mary Colvig / The Mozilla Blog:
We're official!  —  The Firefox community is the proud new owner of a Guinness World Record — each and every one of you!  Mozilla today received confirmation from Guinness World Records that we've officially achieved the record for the “largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.”
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
NVIDIA says “significant quantities” of laptop GPUs are defective, stock tumbles  —  If you're the type to watch the late stock tickers, you might have noticed that NVIDIA's stock just took a pretty big hit, down 24 percent to $13.56 — that's because the company just informed investors that …
Discussion: MacMegasite
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Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
Angry Businesses Organize Anti-Yelp Websites.  This Is A Sure Sign Of Their Success.  —  Yelp, a user-generated database of customer reviews of local businesses, first launched in October 2004.  Users rate and leave reviews for local businesses, participate in forums, and can generally get social around local businesses.
Discussion: Errata Security and Techcraver.com
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Netflix's Online Movie Dreams  —  Can start-up Roku save DVD rental giant Netflix from the coming video-streaming onslaught?  —  Saratoga, Calif.-based Roku, best known for its networked music player SoundBridge, in May rolled out a set-top box that streams Netflix (nasdaq: NFLX - news - people ) movies.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The Roku box to expand beyond Netflix. Living room Trojan horse?
Jim Reed / BBC:
Virgin defends file-sharing campaign  —  Virgin Media has told Newsbeat there is “absolutely no possibility” of taking legal action or banning internet users as part of a campaign against illegal file-sharing on its broadband network.  —  The firm has sent 800 letters to customers …
Discussion: The Register
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BBC:
Letters go to music file-sharers
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
State of US Broadband: Demand Hits Speed Bumps  —  A new report from Pew Internet shows that the broadband growth in the US has slowed down to a crawl, a sign that US broadband carriers would have to work hard to find ways to grow their overall businesses.  Pew points out that 55% of adult Americans have home broadband connections.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Consumer Subscription Offering That Combines Microsoft Office and Windows Live OneCare  —  Microsoft Equipt gives consumers powerful productivity and security protection technologies in a single package through Circuit City.  —  Microsoft Corp. today unveiled Microsoft Equipt …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo, Microsoft, Time Warner, News Corp, and AOL Agree To Talk Forever And Never Do Anything  —  All major Internet companies not named Google are in talks about mergers, partnerships, spinouts, and other proposals to quiet irate shareholders and stop getting their butts kicked, says the WSJ.
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Why I'm leaving Forrester  —  I was once asked what was the best career advice I ever received — and it was to plan for job obsolescence every 18 months, because research showed that people typically master a job in that time period and fall into a routine.
Google Mobile Blog:
Nicely said: Google Maps for mobile with voice search on BlackBerry Pearl  —  Posted by Jonathan Matus and Luca Zanolin, Google Maps for mobile voice search team  —  On the Google Maps for mobile team we're always experimenting with new technologies, so we're happy to announce that we've started testing voice search as a new feature.
Matt / WordPress.com Blog:
WordPress Gears  —  Some may have noticed the “Turbo” link in the upper right corner of the admin area.  (Remember when computers used to have a Turbo button?)  Behind it is a new feature of WordPress.com, support for Gears.  —  Gears?  It is a browser extension like Flash or QuickTime/Media Player.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Stays Hip with the Times, Adds Gears and Looks to OAuth
Discussion: Startup Meme and FactoryCity
 
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