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4:10 AM ET, July 15, 2008

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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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Gina Keating / Reuters:
Netflix to be carried on Microsoft's Xbox console
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Reuters
Microsoft:
Microsoft Sets the Record Straight  —  On July 12, Yahoo! Inc. released a statement relating to recent discussions involving Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Carl Icahn.  Microsoft believes the statement contains inaccuracies that need to be corrected.  —  On the evening of July 12, Yahoo! …
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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.
PR Newswire:
Icahn Issues Open Letter to Shareholders of Yahoo!
Discussion: BetaNews and Digital Daily
comScore:
Americans Viewed 12 Billion Videos Online in May 2008  —  Fox Interactive Media Gains Market Share on Increase in Videos Viewed at MySpace.com  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released May 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Tear down the broadcast towers
Discussion: Mashable! and the billblog
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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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
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 …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
App developers grow impatient with lack of Android updates
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple says turn-by-turn GPS coming to iPhone, copy / paste not a high priority  —  There's been a lot of random misinformation about the iPhone 3G floating around out there, like David Pogue's baffling comment that the device's GPS antenna is “too small” to support turn-by-turn directions …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Printer dots raise privacy concerns  —  WASHINGTON — The affordability and growing popularity of color laser printers is raising concerns among civil liberties advocates that your privacy may not be worth the paper you're printing on.  —  More manufacturers are outfitting greater numbers …
Discussion: Things That
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops go official  —  Leaks, rumors and teasers have told us just about everything we'd ever need to know about Sony's new VAIO lineup before we ever laid eyes on it, but Sony has finally confirmed its new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops.
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
Warner to offer cheaper Blu-ray movies later this year  —  As much as we complain about the high prices of standalone Blu-ray players, in some ways the high prices of Blu-ray movies are even more frustrating.  Today, Warner Home Video has taken a step in the right direction …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
P2P not hurting DVD, Blu-ray sales as revenues up from 2007
Discussion: Reuters
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Online advertising during a recession: 5 key trends for ad-based startups  —  One of my top 25 search queries is “recession advertising” so I thought I'd expand on this topic a little bit, since important parts of the economy continue to implode and the folks who are thinking about business models should be worried.
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
The Official Google Blog:
“In their own words”: political videos meet Google speech-to-text technology  —  In this U.S. election year, what information could be more important than the candidates' own words to describe their views, actions and platforms?  —  Our teams have been working to develop tools to make it easier …
 
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Mako / autonomo.us:
Franklin Street Statement on Freedom and Network Services
Discussion: Mike Linksvayer
Brent Justice / [H] Enthusiast:
AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Preview
Discussion: TG Daily and Engadget
Jim Reed / BBC:
Crackdown on web game sharing
Direct2Dell:
Multi-Touch Capability Available Tomorrow for Latitude XT Customers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Viacom Agree To Preserve User Anonymity In Data Shakedown
Discussion: CNET News.com
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
How To Maximize Your iPhone 3G's Questionably Adequate Battery Life
Discussion: atmaspheric and PC World
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Sojern gives airlines a new way to make money — your boarding pass
Discussion: Mashable!
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How PaidContent Succeeded in Mining Digital Media Niche
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Computerworld UK:
Forrester: Enterprise open source is a consumers' game
Discussion: Open Source
IDG News Service:
Lenovo Launches Ultrathin ThinkPad X200 Laptop
Discussion: Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Network Content to be Featured on BusinessWeek.com
Discussion: Beet.TV and Pulse 2.0
Fhauge / Opera Community:
A few final bugs...
Zoomix:
Microsoft Signs Agreement to Purchase Data Quality Start-up Zoomix
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
See Your Future Facebook Profile Now at new.facebook.com
Ola Rosling / The Official Google Blog:
No cameras. No lights. Just data.
 

 
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