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7:20 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, Beet.TV and Mashable!
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Needs Music Labels?  Last.fm Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists  —  Music-streaming service Last.fm is now paying unsigned artists royalties for every song played on its service.  Since the company announced the program last January, 70,000 artists and small music labels have signed up for it and uploaded 450,000 tracks.
Discussion: Listening Post
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Last.fm Starts Paying Royalties to Unsigned Bands
Discussion: Mashable! and WinExtra
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Last.fm's Indie Talks Stall, Labels Protest ‘Illegal’ Use Of Repertoire
Discussion: Tech Confidential
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
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?
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Storm worm e-mail says U.S. attacked Iran  —  Recent e-mails stating that the U.S. has already attacked Iran and, in some cases, also offering links to a video purportedly from a soldier, are not to be believed, according to Websense.  The security vendor said in an advisory Wednesday …
Discussion: Latests Alerts … and Zero Day
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Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:   Malware Terrorists Play on Iran War Fears
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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Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Apple Ups The Ante With 3G iPhone  —  But RIM's almost ready to counter  —  It's been just over a year since the iPhone was released, and Apple (AAPL) is upping the ante in the smart phone wars.  —  We're talking about the release of the new 3G version of the iPhone.
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 Jane Irwin / Forbes:
IPhone Apps Likely To Launch Thursday  —  Apple may launch its iPhone App Store Thursday, according to three people who have been briefed on the matter.  —  The online store will open at noon Eastern time, Thursday, to coincide with when the iPhone goes on sale in New Zealand, according to one source.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Industry Standard
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
UK Apple Store to sell iPhone 3Gs at launch; activation details  —  The Regent Street Apple Store in London will be selling and activating iPhone 3Gs on Friday, July 11, Ars has learned.  The store has “loads” of stock, an employee told us, and will be doing activations for O2 just like Apple Stores …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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.
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Samsung fires up 128GB SSD massive attack
Discussion: CNET News.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
What's next, Google Autos or Google Music?
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
OTOY Developing Server-Side 3D Rendering Technology
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Glam Media: We've Got An AdExchange, Too
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Brad Brooks: Worldwide Partner Conference 2008
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Pro for $299 all but confirmed
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
myAWOL: A Music Label For The Digital Age
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How Popular Blogs and Mainstream Media Appear The Same
 Earlier Items: 
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Microsoft, Google back broad privacy legislation
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)
Marcus Sachs / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
DNS Vulnerability Found by a GSEC Student Three Years Ago!
Discussion: The Register
Arden Pennell / Palo Alto Online:
Into thin air — Why Silicon Valley Wi-Fi fizzled
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt Speaks! …
Discussion: PDA, TechCrunch and HipMojo.com
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart spreadsheet claims 40GB PS3 “will be replaced” in August
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yang Denounces Microsoft, Icahn Over Proxy Move
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