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9:10 PM ET, July 16, 2008

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Sunshine / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Is Indeed Now Open  —  Where we were wondering before, we can now confirm that Live Mesh is indeed open to anyone with a valid Windows Live ID.  Open to anyone in the US without having to adjust a thing, and open to anybody elsewhere in the world willing/able to adjust their OS'es region and language setting to EN-US.
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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Technologies behind Google ranking  —  In my previous post, I introduced the philosophies behind Google ranking.  As part of our effort to discuss search quality, I want to tell you more about the technologies behind our ranking.  The core technology in our ranking system comes from the academic field of Information Retrieval (IR).
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google search seeks to understand users, queries, and Web pages
Discussion: WebProNews
Apple:
MobileMe: 30-day Extension Eligibility and Details  —  Note: This FAQ will be updated when your 30-day extension has been made available.  Please bookmark this page and check again in a few weeks.  Please note that Apple's MobileMe Support team will be unable to provide any additional information regarding …
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL talks with Microsoft, Yahoo heat up: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's (NYSE:TWX - News) discussions to merge or sell its AOL Internet division with Microsoft Corp (NasdaqGS:MSFT - News) or Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News) have taken on new urgency ahead …
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Time Warner To Discuss Possible Deal  —  Microsoft Corp., seeking an alternative to a deal with Yahoo Inc., is planning to meet executives from Time Warner Inc.'s AOL today to advance discussions on a possible tie-up, according to people familiar with the situation.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all  —  Google vowed that its Linux-based Android mobile platform would empower enthusiasts and amateur developers, but today we have seen compelling evidence that this is an empty promise.  Third-party Android application developers …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
How-To: Take iPhone or iPod Touch screenshots!  —  If you've been following the new iTunes app store, you might be wondering how all those screenshots got there.  Some people seem to think you need to run an iPhone simulator or install an app to create them, but there's actually a built-in way to do it right on your phone or pod.
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Mocha VNC Lite is Simple Remote Control for iPhones
Discussion: Gizmodo and Apple Gazette
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Former Twitter Chief Architect Blaine Cook  —  Even as Yahoo loses execs by the dozens, they continue to hire new blood.  Blaine Cook, the controversial (and some say very talented) former chief architect at Twitter, is now a rails developer at Yahoo.
Sophos:
Video: Change your date of birth on Facebook - right now  —  If you're on Facebook and acting sensibly you'll already have told the social networking site to hide your date of birth, so other Facebook users cannot view it.  It's a sensible thing to do, because your date of birth …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Facebook fixes hole that exposed birth dates
Discussion: TechSpot
Josh / Redeye VC:
Announcing FundingSleuth.com  —  About 10 years ago, I helped create a web service called Company Sleuth.  The basic premise was that as a company conducted its business activities, it would leave a “paper trail” online.  And Company Sleuth tried to find that trail by automatically searching …
Industry Standard:
Techmeme Leaderboard analysis: Is the old guard A-list fading?  —  The Techmeme Leaderboard is a valuable tool for tracking the influencers of the tech world.  However, over the last few months an interesting trend has emerged: A-list bloggers are dropping off.
AppleInsider:
Apple passes Acer to become third largest U.S. PC vendor  —  Macs garnered an 8.5 percent share of the U.S. PC market during the second quarter of the year, pushing Apple past Acer in the national rankings and into third place overall, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by market research firm Gartner.
Discussion: MacUser and Silicon Alley Insider
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Getting Buzzed Says About Yahoo  —  The battle over Yahoo's search business as witnessed over the last few days seems both ridiculous and petty.  And it takes the attention away from what is Yahoo's true value: a media aggregation platform.  Yahoo is the place a lot of people …
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
What the hell happened to Kleiner Perkins?  —  How do you know when one of the world's most respected investment firms has veered off path and bet wrong?  —  That's the crux of the question raised by a piece in this month's Fortune entitled “Kleiner bets the farm” that puts Kleiner Perkins …
Discussion: Go West and VC Ratings
Brad Stone / New York Times:
PayPal Helps eBay Post 20% Increase in Income  —  SAN FRANCISCO — EBay, based in San Jose, Calif., reported that net income in its second quarter rose 20 percent to $568 million, or 43 cents a share, compared to the year-ago quarter.  —  The company said revenue climbed 20 percent …
Gmail Blog:
Updates to Gmail contact manager  —  Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product Manager Engineer, Google Contacts Team  —  We've heard from some of you that Gmail's auto-added contacts can lead to too much address book clutter.  One of the advantages of automatically creating contacts …
Discussion: CNET News.com and CyberNet
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Virgin Mobile USA treads a quirky path to success  —  Virgin Mobile USA (VM) definitely walks to its own, very hip drumbeat.  —  Big cellphone carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless are famous for herding customers into long-term service contracts.  Virgin specializes in prepaid plans …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Wireless Week
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
iPhone Frenzy, “All You Can Eat” Data, Mobile Internet Now At “Critical Mass”  —  We will probably look back on last year's announcement of the iPhone (1.0) as the seminal or galvanizing event of the mobile internet.  In fact the events leading up to the iPhone were a decade or more in the making …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft explains Halo's no-show at E3 game conference
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Look-alike Gaming Machines
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft faces lawsuit over Silverlight
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
YouTube Scores Revenue-Share Agreement With Lionsgate
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2008-34
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
EasyTweets Offers an Almost Perfect Web-Based Twitter Management Tool
Discussion: WebProNews
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Apple must win its case against Psystar — or else
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Lifecaster Stickam Tries Porn, Er, Pay-Per-View As Business Model
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone profits: Apple cleared estimated $330 million in three days
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
WSJ Laying Off 50 Staffers Amid Editorial Reorg; Plans To Add 95 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New version of Gmail iGoogle gadget
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
IT Admin Locks up San Francisco's Network
Discussion: DailyTech and TG Daily
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Apple's walled garden
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, MySpace Ignore Location On iPhone At Their Peril
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G review supplemental: battery life and MobileMe tests
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter UK traffic: up 485% this year, 70% higher than USA
 

 
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