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2:05 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Plans an Online Store for Movies and TV Shows  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a significant step toward vanquishing the local video store and keeping couch potatoes planted firmly in front of their televisions and computers, Amazon.com will introduce a new online store of TV shows and movies on Thursday, called Amazon Video on Demand.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Debut Streaming Movie/TV Service Today
Discussion: AppleInsider and Zatz Not Funny!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
SAI Parent Company Raises Pots Of Money At Mind-Boggling Valuation  —  Well, okay, not exactly, but plenty of capital to continue to grow the company and SAI, which we're really excited about.  We're also honored to now have a handful of honest-to-God media heavyweights as partners.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Beet.TV
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Fred / A VC:
Blogging's Dead, Long Live Blogging  —  Late last year I wrote a blog post suggesting that individual bloggers like me were being replaced by traditional media as the leading voices in the blog world.  It caused a bit of a stir and I followed it up the next day by saying that “social media requires real people”.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   If Paid Content is a $30M Firm, is SAI a $5M One?
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Media Site AlleyInsider Gets Funding From Allen Morgan And Others …
Discussion: PDA and BoomTown
Opera:
Mobile browsing gets a makeover  —  Opera Mobile 9.5 beta is released  —  Opera Software today released the much-anticipated, first public version of Opera Mobile 9.5 beta.  A powerful foreshadowing of what is to come, this beta takes mobile browsing speed and features to a new level, complete with visual effects and a new look.
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Sends Letter to Stockholders Urging Support for Its Current Board  —  Says Icahn/Microsoft Agenda Not In Best Interests of Yahoo! Stockholders  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo: Icahn just a short-termer  —  Yahoo once again delivered another shareholder letter Thursday designed to urge shareholders to vote for its board members at its Aug. 1 annual meeting.  Yahoo's message: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn only has short-term interest n the company.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Why Google Slows Down Acquired Companies  —  In Febuary of this year Google re-launched JotSpot as Google Sites.  Google had acquired Jotspot some 16 months earlier, during which time Jot was only available to existing customers and closed to new signups.  What happen during those 16 months …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone 3G: yeah, we definitely went there  —  If there's ever been two devices so closely pitted against each other, it would be none other than the BlackBerry Bold and the iPhone 3G.  Heck, people we're even putting the original iPhone against the Bold.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
YouTube on TiVo Launches  —  As I'd suspected, TiVo support for YouTube is indeed hidden within the 9.4 software update.  Series 3 and TiVo HD subscribers should start seeing the application show up as early as tomorrow (Thursday), though the rollout will be completed over the next few weeks.
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Robert Palmer / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Firefox 3.0.1 fixes blended-threat vulnerability  —  Mozilla has updated Firefox to 3.0.1 (and 2.0.0.16 for those still using Firefox 2): both updates containing critical security and stability updates.  —  You might remember the “carpet-bombing” vulnerability discovered last month …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail and Google Calendar to Add Offline Support  —  It seems that this year Google's most popular web applications will work offline.  After Google Reader and Google Docs, two other services will integrate with Gears.  Andrew Fogg saw a preview of the integration at Google's offices and found …
Josh Siegel / Google Mobile Blog:
Rate and Review Businesses from Your Phone  —  Last Saturday I had dinner at a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco's Richmond District.  While it didn't look like much from the outside, the inside displayed a variety of Southeast Asian antiques and the walls were adorned with tapestries and bamboo.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Say goodbye to the computer mouse  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley  —  It's nearly 40 years old but one leading research company says the days of the computer mouse are numbered.  —  A Gartner analyst predicts the demise of the computer mouse in the next three to five years.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and CrunchGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is This The Future Of Search?  —  The video above shows a user interface being bucket tested by Google to select (probably randomly determined) users.  Earlier today we showed a screen shot of the interface and a video of the search history, recorded by Adrian Pike, the CTO of startup Tatango.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's second quarter: What to expect  —  Google will deliver its second quarter earnings Thursday after market close and analysts are expecting profits of $4.74 a share on $3.87 billion in revenue.  Items front and center will include paid click rates, the integration of DoubleClick …
Rachel Dodes / Wall Street Journal:
Vogue Models a New Reality Series  —  Television advertising is so last season.  —  In a new effort to attract a younger audience and capture marketing dollars that are increasingly going to the Web, Vogue magazine has teamed with the fashion and media divisions of IMG to produce …
 
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Jackson West / Valleywag:
Heath Ledger's iPod and the microchip memorial
Discussion: MacUser, Videogum and PalmAddicts
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Diamond loses angled back, renamed Victor
GamesIndustry.biz:
Ubisoft: E3 is “not appropriate” at the current date, location
Discussion: Kotaku
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
77.4% of Search Ads to Google in Q2 2008
Douglas Soltys / BlackBerry Cool:
Zumobi available for BlackBerry, we have impressions,
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Report: Lionsgate cranks open for YouTube
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
ValueClick Warns On Q2; Trouble In Online Ad Market?
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Sega: The iPhone is as Powerful as the Dreamcast
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Waters / BBC:
Taking the Wii to the next level
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Sean Dodson / Guardian:
Is Radiohead the latest band to go open source?
Comforteagle / OSDir.com:
Judge Kimball Rules at Last!
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
NVIDIA: Nothing to see here, move along
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Linus Torvalds: Don't glorify the security “monkeys”
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
3G iPhones at an AT&T store? Fuggedaboutit
Discussion: p2pnet and FierceWireless
New York Times:
Little Interest in Buying AOL as the Unit Is Shopped Again
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Social Media Experts are the New Webmasters
 

 
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Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

 
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