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7:55 AM ET, July 15, 2008

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Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.6  —  I'm happy to announce that version 2.6 of WordPress.org is now available, almost a month ahead schedule.  Version 2.6 “Tyner,” named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS: you can now track changes to every post …
YouTube Blog:
The Law and Your Privacy: An Update  —  As we let you know on July 4, YouTube received a court order to produce viewing history data.  We are pleased to report that Viacom, MTV and other litigants have backed off their original demand for all users' viewing histories and we will not be providing that information.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Viacom Agree To Preserve User Anonymity In Data Shakedown  —  The Google-Viacom showdown over the handover of YouTube user data appears to be over.  The two sides agreed to changes in a previous ruling that would have required Google to hand over user id's, IP addresses and a list …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Carl Icahn Screwed Up a Perfectly Good Search Deal  —  A source close to Yahoo, a source close to Microsoft, and Carl Icahn disagree about a critical part of the search proposal that Yahoo rejected over the weekend: whether or not it required that Carl Icahn be given control of Yahoo.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Sets the Record Straight
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Can We All Get Along? Um, No.
PR Newswire:
Microsoft and Netflix Unveil Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies and TV Episodes to the TV via Xbox LIVE  —  Exclusive agreement creates game-changing home entertainment experience; more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes will be available to watch instantly at no additional cost to paying subscribers.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Netflix comes to the Xbox 360.  Did Microsoft just destroy the Apple TV?
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel Releases Centrino 2 Mobile Platform  —  The Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform for laptops is the chip maker's fifth platform for notebooks.  The Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform offers the company's latest 45-nanometer processors, new wireless technology and enhanced graphics.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
After miscue, Centrino 2 takes the stage
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, eWeek and Engadget
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Unveils New Centrino Chip Technology
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Salesforce.com pulls plug on Sun's flagship Unix servers  —  Exclusive Salesforce.com is chucking out the last of it Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire servers this week, ending one of Sun's most bragged about relationships.  —  The software-as-a-service (SaaS) pioneer told The Reg …
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Ditches Remainder of Sun Hardware
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Tear down the broadcast towers  —  My most striking realization since getting my iPhone (love it, thanks for asking) is that radio is doomed.  Pandora is a wonder, creating my own radio station, live and on the fly without need for a broadcast tower.  CBS is streaming all its stations …
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Dell said to be planning launch of low-cost notebook in August  —  Dell is planning to introduce a low-cost notebook in August to join the low-cost notebook market, according to the market sources.  The notebook will be manufactured by Compal Electronics, according to the sources
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Google's Retention Problem?  —  I had someone recently tell me that they were seeing more and Google people exiting the company after shorter periods of time.  Assuming that's true, and it is anecdotal empiricism, has it gotten that much worse to work at Google, given its size, or is something else going on?
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Security Exploits Move To Microprocessor Bugs  —  At the upcoming HackInTheBox conference in Malaysia, security researcher Kris Kaspersky will demonstrate how bugs in microprocessors can be exploited to take control of local machines and servers.  Commonly security holes have involved exploiting flaws …
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InfoWorld:
Researcher to demonstrate attack code for Intel chips
Discussion: Slashdot
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
How To Maximize Your iPhone 3G's Questionably Adequate Battery Life  —  The new iPhone's brighter screen, GPS and 3G connectivity are nice, but you know what's nicer?  Not running out of batteries half way through the friggin day. iPhone 3G battery life may or may not be shorter, even the geek gods at Ars don't have a definite answer.
Discussion: Edelman Digital and atmaspheric
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Way to Save Internet Video  —  There is a lot of money being spent trying to turn internet video into something its not.  Its not TV.  It's certainly not going to be HDTV.  What is shocking about the entire attempt to turn the internet into a tv/HDTV distribution medium is how much people lie …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google plays Hide and Seek with Android SDK  —  How to lose friends and alienate developers  —  Google's strict code of secrecy may work fine for protecting its internal operations.  But the company isn't ingratiating itself to software developers by keeping major updates …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL launches personal finance site  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's AOL will launch a personal finance site on Tuesday, adding to a roster of new properties that do not bear its name.  —  The new site, called WalletPop.com, is a spin-off of AOL's Money & Finance channel and will focus on consumer and personal finance.
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Bucket Testing New Digg-Like Search Interface  —  Google has experimented with search features that let users vote on search results, and/or recommend other results than those given, since late 2007.  They generally bucket test these features (meaning some small percentage of users …
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
How PaidContent Succeeded in Mining Digital Media Niche  —  Why is this man smiling?  Rafat Ali was just another freelance journalist back in 2002, and wanted to strut his stuff on a blog, so he started PaidContent to write about his take on the business of digital content.
 
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Dylan Jobe / PlayStation.Blog:
Warhawk v1.4 Update “Free Gameplay Modes!!”
Discussion: IGN, Destructoid, Kotaku and PS3 Fanboy
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Open Source Laptop Tracking With Adeona
Lorna Hutcheson / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Survival Time on the Internet
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
Bugging  —  It's pretty clear that the App Store is a huge hit.
Jim Reed / BBC:
Crackdown on web game sharing
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Sojern gives airlines a new way to make money — your boarding pass
Discussion: Mashable!
The Official Google Blog:
“In their own words”: political videos meet Google speech-to-text technology
IDG News Service:
Lenovo Launches Ultrathin ThinkPad X200 Laptop
Discussion: Engadget
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple says turn-by-turn GPS coming to iPhone, copy / paste not a high priority
Discussion: VentureBeat
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops go official
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Online advertising during a recession: 5 key trends for ad-based startups
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
Fhauge / Opera Community:
A few final bugs...
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft giving the Xbox 360 a totally new Dashboard
Ola Rosling / The Official Google Blog:
No cameras. No lights. Just data.
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Printer dots raise privacy concerns
Discussion: CrunchGear and Things That
 

 
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