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10:25 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 …
BBC:   Viacom ‘backs off’ YouTube demand
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone 3G: Sold out in 21 states  —  Shoppers hunting for iPhone 3Gs can still find them — if they're willing to get up early and, in some cases, drive long distances.  —  As of 6:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, all three models (8GB black, 16 GB black or white) of the hot-selling device were sold out in 21 states …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Intel Centrino 2 lives  —  Following a technical stumble which allowed AMD to gain a lead, Intel has now released the long awaited Centrino 2 notebook platform.  —  The platform, code-named “Montevina” was due for release last month but a technical hitch meant that the launch had to be delayed …
Discussion: Electronista and TG Daily
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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, Engadget and Maximum PC all
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Unveils New Centrino Chip Technology
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
After miscue, Centrino 2 takes the stage
Discussion: Gearlog, 9 to 5 Mac, eWeek and Engadget
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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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
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
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
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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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 …
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?
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Alex Albrecht Goes Medieval with Lore  —  One of the first rules of journalism is to never start your story with a quote, but this one just fits too well: “People have said I have an interesting knack to be able to monetize my life.”  That's Alex Albrecht (no relation, I asked) …
 
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Location, Location, Location - iPhone-friendly Skyhook upgrades its technology
Discussion: Inquirer
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
The backstory on Senate's Google-Yahoo hearing
Discussion: CNET News.com
Mike Gunderloy / OStatic blogs:
Second Life Faces Open Source
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mozilla API aims to make embedding easier
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
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL launches personal finance site
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
E3: Shane Kim talks about Microsoft's grand ambitions
Discussion: Inquirer
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Jim Reed / BBC:
Crackdown on web game sharing
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Tear down the broadcast towers
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
How To Maximize Your iPhone 3G's Questionably Adequate Battery Life
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
How PaidContent Succeeded in Mining Digital Media Niche
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Way to Save Internet Video
Discussion: DSLreports and CinemaTech
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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