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9:35 AM ET, July 15, 2008

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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 …
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 …
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Can We All Get Along? Um, No.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Sets the Record Straight
IDG News Service:
Intel's Quad-core Mobile Chip Coming Next Month  —  Intel will release it's first quad-core processor for laptops next month, rounding out a broad update to its mobile computing platform.  —  “We're bringing quad-core to mobile in August,” said Sujan Kamran, regional marketing manager for client platforms at Intel in Singapore.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Engadget
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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
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Fridges Begin To Melt Down  —  Back in April of 2006, Google began sending out Google Fridges to some of their larger advertisers as a thank you.  Well, I am now seeing reports via WebmasterWorld that those fridges are beginning to break.  —  WebmasterWorld's Hubie said:
Discussion: Bloggle
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
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Unlocked with SIM Card Adapter  —  Just four days after its launch, the iPhone 3G has been unlocked for the first time exactly like the original iPhone: using a special card that piggybacks to your SIM card, fooling the phone into thinking it's using an official carrier.
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?
Thorsten Holz / honeyblog:
Survival of the Fittest  —  The Internet Storm Center blogged about the Survival Time on the Internet today.  The survival time is defined as: … With the help of honeypots, we can measure the survival time.  For example, we can use low-interaction honeypot such as nepenthes or amun …
Discussion: The Register
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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 …
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?
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
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: atmaspheric and Edelman Digital
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 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 …
Discussion: DSLreports
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mozilla API aims to make embedding easier  —  Mozilla has launched a project to make embedding its applications easier.  —  The project, which is garnering some attention on Mozilla's mailing list, is designed to create an application programming interface (API) that's easier to use.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Many Silicon Valley Startup Executives Are Hopped Up On Provigil?  —  Is someone you work with taking Provigil to give them an extra competitive edge?  I've spoken with one executive who says he uses it regularly to work twenty hour days, and the buzz lately is that it's the “entrepreneur's drug of choice” around Silicon Valley.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
 
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
At the Uneasy Intersection of Bloggers and the Law
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Create your own Mac tablet
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Security Exploits Move To Microprocessor Bugs
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL launches personal finance site
Discussion: Beet.TV and Mashable!
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
E3: Shane Kim talks about Microsoft's grand ambitions
Discussion: Inquirer
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Open Source Laptop Tracking With Adeona
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
Bugging  —  It's pretty clear that the App Store is a huge hit.
Mako / autonomo.us:
Franklin Street Statement on Freedom and Network Services
Discussion: Mike Linksvayer and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
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!
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
How PaidContent Succeeded in Mining Digital Media Niche
IDG News Service:
Lenovo Launches Ultrathin ThinkPad X200 Laptop
Discussion: Engadget
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple says turn-by-turn GPS coming to iPhone, copy / paste not a high priority
Discussion: Gear Diary and VentureBeat
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops go official
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google plays Hide and Seek with Android SDK
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