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6:15 PM ET, July 9, 2008

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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Push to Sell Ads On YouTube Hits Snags  —  Video Site Is Key To Diversification; The Lawsuit Factor  —  Wringing ad revenue from YouTube is proving to be a challenge for Google Inc.  —  Although users of the popular video-sharing site view clips more than one billion times on most days …
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
How Youtube Can Fix Their Revenue Problem  —  It appears that Youtube can only monetize about 4pct of its content.  Which leads to the question of “how can Youtube monetize the other 96pct of its content ?”  —  The answer, believe it or not lives within Youtube and begins with another question …
Discussion: Industry Standard
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Launches New Video Ad Units.  Maybe YouTube Should Pay Attention
Discussion: VentureBeat and Beet.TV
Canada NewsWire Group:
Calling all iPhone 3G fans!  —  Select Rogers Plus stores to open early coast-to-coast on July 11  —  Launch promotions to include limited time 6GB data offer  —  In anticipation of iPhone 3G launch on July 11, Rogers Wireless today announced plans to open the doors of select Rogers Plus …
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Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Rogers caves to complaints, unveils new 3G data rates
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro casing design revealed  —  Photos that reveal the industrial design of Apple Inc.'s next-generation MacBook Pro notebooks have been making the rounds on the Internet since late last week, AppleInsider has learned.  —  People familiar with the ongoing development …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked MacBook Pro Casing Confirmed? [Update]
Discussion: Electronista
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Ranking  —  In May, Udi Manber introduced our search quality group, the group responsible for the ranking of search results.  He introduced various teams within “Quality” (as we like to call the group) including Core Ranking, International Search, User Interfaces, Evaluation, Webspam, and other teams.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google: No hand-tuning search results
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm sailing away  —  My goodness I am so high it's not funny.  Apologies for all the confusion lately and much love to the many folks who have written in asking, Dude, what the hell is going on with the blog?  There's no big scandal or anything.  It's just I tried to add a new permission for …
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Damon Darlin / Bits:
Goodbye, Fake Steve Jobs  —  Daniel Lyons is giving up the “Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” and the unforgettable character he created, “Fake Steve,” a parody of Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs.  —  In a blog item Wednesday, the former Forbes writer and future Newsweek columnist said he would soon …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder not quite ready for primetime?  —  That's what one of our RIM ninjas are telling us!  We've got the scoop on the BlackBerry Thunder, and contrary to most reports, we've been told that the unit is nowhere near being able to enter production, let alone being released.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Are you really serious?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Look: OpenMoko's Linux-based open smartphone platform  —  Penguin calls  —  Last Friday, OpenMoko launched its highly anticipated FreeRunner smartphone, a Linux-based handset that's completely open in both hardware and software, and is designed to encourage third-party modification and customization.
Microsoft:
Brad Brooks: Worldwide Partner Conference 2008  —  Remarks by Brad Brooks, corporate vice president, Windows Consumer Product Marketing  —  ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Microsoft's corporate vice president, Windows Consumer Product Marketing, Brad Brooks.  (Applause.)
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David Pogue / New York Times:
For iPhone, the ‘New’ Is Relative  —  One year and 11 days ago, our nation was swept by iPhone Mania.  TV news coverage was relentless.  Hard-core fans camped out to be the first in line.  Bloggers referred to Apple's new product as the “Jesus phone.”  —  It was a stunning black slab of glass …
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Microsoft, Google back broad privacy legislation  —  WASHINGTON - Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. told lawmakers Wednesday that Congress should pass basic privacy legislation to protect information about consumers, such as the data being gathered about people's Web surfing habits in order to pinpoint Internet advertising.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver SQL Server 2008 in August  —  The long wait for SQL Server 2008 is nearly over.  —  At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston on July 9, Bob Kelly, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Infrastructure Server Marketing, told attendees that SQL Server 2008 will be on the August price list.
Official Google Docs Blog:
Live blogging with Docs  —  Posted by: Amit Agarwal, a professional technology blogger at Digital Inspiration and an exceptionally creative Docs user … This tutorial will show you how to use Google Docs word processor for blogging a live event - it could be a keynote address or a conference call …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
myAWOL: A Music Label For The Digital Age  —  The big music labels have made it patently obvious that they don't know how to deal with the internet.  Revenues are down, the market is fragmented, and indie artists that manage to gain a following find that they have little need for the labels …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VCs a glum bunch over economy, lack of exits  —  Venture capitalists are having a confidence crisis as dwindling exit opportunities and a weak economy conspire to put the kibosh on returns.  —  According to the Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index the second quarter registered …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
OTOY Developing Server-Side 3D Rendering Technology  —  Imagine you could play video games - and immerse yourself in virtual worlds - with 3D graphics comparable to those found in blockbuster films like Transformers or WALL  •E. And then imagine you could experience and control …
Richard Bennett / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's political head-fake  —  The devil's best trick is to persuade us that he doesn't exist, but Google only has to convince us that it's not evil.  Nearing an agreement with Yahoo to grab the ailing company's search business, Google scripted a series of dramatic public events apparently designed to distract from the pending deal.
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint launching HTC Touch Diamond on September 2nd?  —  If there's one handset out there that's almost as highly anticipated as the iPhone, it's the HTC Touch Diamond.  Announced in May, we've been waiting for an official carrier announcement here in the United States.
 
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Glam Media: We've Got An AdExchange, Too
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Pro for $299 all but confirmed
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Next Microsoft enterprise instant messaging/VOIP server: Think 2009
Discussion: eWeek
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How Popular Blogs and Mainstream Media Appear The Same
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)
InfoWorld:
Botnets winning spam wars
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
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DNS Vulnerability Found by a GSEC Student Three Years Ago!
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
FiascO2, Redux  —  The best laid plans of mice and men …
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Sun Valley Diary: The New-Media In Crowd
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt Speaks! …
Discussion: PDA, TechCrunch and HipMojo.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Medialets Launches iPhone Ad Platform: Think DoubleClick for iPhone Apps
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart spreadsheet claims 40GB PS3 “will be replaced” in August
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