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5:45 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, Mashable! 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
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
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
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?
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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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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Industry Standard
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Damon Darlin / Bits:
Goodbye, Fake Steve Jobs
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt Speaks!  (And Says He's Not for Sale to Yahoo-for Now!)  —  When I was in Los Angeles recently, I stopped by the Santa Monica offices of Demand Media, the network of social networking sites and apps maker, because of the rumors that I had heard swirling around …
Discussion: PDA and HipMojo.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Takes A Gander At Demand Media To Plug Some Holes
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
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.
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.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
How the iPhone 3G is changing the wireless game  —  The iPhone 3G doesn't look much different from the earlier version, but it's poised to have a dramatic impact on the global wireless industry.  Image: Apple  —  When Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off of the iPhone 18 months ago …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart spreadsheet claims 40GB PS3 “will be replaced” in August  —  Not even ten months after rumors began swirling about the introduction of a 40GB PlayStation 3, we're now seeing hints that Sony's low-ender will soon be replaced.  Based on this alleged Wal-Mart spreadsheet, the 40GB PS3 console …
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)  —  Nope, I'm not kidding on this one.  Apparently Microsoft has still been selling this OS in the embedded systems market for quite some time.  That must be why the simulators at Star Trek: The Experience are using the OS to run their systems …
 
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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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dominating The U.S. Touch Screen Phone Market
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Goldman Sachs: IT spending slips, virtualization rises
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DNS Vulnerability Found by a GSEC Student Three Years Ago!
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SavvyAuntie Launches For All The Aunts Out There
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Eric Smith / The Bivings Report:
Google Lively: Really? I mean... really??
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
DailyCandy and the blogs-to-books trend
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Medialets Launches iPhone Ad Platform: Think DoubleClick for iPhone Apps
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Dimdim raises $6M for free web meetings
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yang Denounces Microsoft, Icahn Over Proxy Move
 

 
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