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7:30 PM ET, July 5, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Think Before You Voicemail  —  Voicemail is dead.  Please tell everyone so they'll stop using it.  —  When I first started out in the real world in the mid-nineties voicemail was an important productivity tool.  I remember people talking about the pros and cons of various enterprise voicemail systems …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
On Day Care, Google Makes a Rare Fumble  —  Two months ago, Google held a series of secret focus groups with employees who have children in Google's day care facilities.  The purpose was to gauge their reaction to the company's plan to raise the amount it charged for in-house day care by 75 percent.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Kinderplex crisis reveals Google founder's fumbling and fibbing  —  Joe Nocera of the New York Times has taken note of Google's childcare crisis.  A brief recap: After taking its childcare programs in-house, at the behest of Google executive Susan Wojcicki, the sister-in-law of founder Sergey Brin, Google hiked its rates 70 percent.
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Google, the press, and tearing down your heroes  —  The press seems to have a pattern reporting on successful technology companies.  First, these companies can do no wrong, the heroes of our time, bringing us clever new ways of doing things that promise to dramatically change our lives.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 3G lines start at the Apple Cube... one week early  —  So we heard some really over-eager folks have decided to get a jump on the iPhone 3G line — a really, really big jump.  Obviously, we had to head down and see if it was true... and it is.  Right now, about ten people have started …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Who would wait a week in line for an iPhone 3G?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Waiting in line for iPhones is glorious
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TinyURL Adds Custom URLs; Is This Exciting or What?  —  There's been a few exciting things I remember as a kid growing up including: when Hogan slammed Andre, getting my first GameBoy and working at the transit museum.  But those totally pale in comparison to the announcment made this morning that TinyURL now supports custom URLs.
Discussion: louisgray.com and Marketing.fm
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Google Sold Us Out: The Viacom Decision  —  I have read and re-read Judge Stanton's decision in the Google/Viacom suit more times than I really should have.  At first, I was as outraged as everyone else, assuming that Judge Stanton was one more government figure without a clue how the Internet even works.
YouTube Blog:
The Law and Your Privacy  —  As you may have seen in the news, YouTube received a court order to produce viewing data from our database, including usernames and IP addresses.  In order to protect our community's privacy, we strongly opposed this motion when Viacom and others filed it.
Fred / A VC:
Can You Build A Business On Browser Extensions?  —  This is something I've been pondering a bit lately.  Certainly there are some notable successes with browser extensions:  — StumbleUpon - one of the most popular Firefox extensions was sold to eBay last year for a price in the neighborhood of $50mm
Brad Stone / New York Times:
As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Payne, a 24-year-old Internet engineer here, has devised a way to answer a commonly asked question of the digital age: Is my favorite Web site working today?  —  In March, Mr. Payne created downforeveryoneorjustme.com, as in, “Down for everyone, or just me?”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Top Torrent Sites Ranked by Google  —  BitTorrent's popularity is growing every day.  Despite the lawsuits that some of the larger torrent sites are involved in, they continue to grow traffic wise.  Let's take a look at how Google ranks the top torrent sites.
Discussion: DSLreports
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ipoque Study: Middle East Doesn't Watch YouTube  —  Feeling a little bored during this long weekend?  Fireworks, barbecue and HD TV shopping trips haven't left you satisfied?  Then how about a few juicy statistics about file sharing, video streaming and one click hosters?  Sounds exciting?
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
What could Open Office do with a business model?
Discussion: Lockergnome and Office Tweaks
Andres Ferrate / ProgrammableWeb:
UK Government Moves Forward with Data Sharing, APIs, and Mashup Contest
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Iran Parliament to Debate Death Penalty for Bloggers
Nate True's Weblog:
Tap Tap Revolution coming to the iPhone App Store as “Tap Tap Revenge”
Swati Pandey / Los Angeles Times:
Digital download model puts song exposure above sales
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Why Microsoft will win Yahoo
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Adobe 9
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Announcing Tech.NewsJunk.Com  —  There's a new site on the net today:
Daniel Ratner / Google LatLong:
Tour the Tour de France with Street View