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4:30 PM ET, July 17, 2008


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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.
LeeAnn Prescott / Efficient Frontier Insights:
Q2 Search Engine Performance Report: Google gets $1.10 of Every New Search Dollar  —  Today our US Search Engine Performance Report: Q2 2008 was released.  Analysis of data from our client index showed that Google took more than its fair share of the overall increase in search spending …
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 …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Apple Climbs To Third Place In US Desktop Market  —  Gartner and IDC have reported that Apple has climbed to third place in the US desktop market, with a market share of approximately 7.8 to 8.5%.  Worldwide, Apple has yet to crack the top 5 spots, but in the USA Apple has finished almost tied …
Discussion: MacRumors
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:   Apple Climbs Into Third Place in U.S. PC Market
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
PodTech purchased by ViewPartner for less than half a million, ending a bloody story  —  PodTech, a company that publishes online media about new technology, has been sold — for less than half a million dollars, I've learned — to ViewPartner, a communications technology company.  —  This is sad.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and TechCrunch
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
YouTube on TiVo: It's about time
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Channel Intelligence Sues Just About Everyone Who Offers Wishlists  —  Channel Intelligence, a company based in Florida, filed a lawsuit for patent infringement in Delaware on Tuesday against a long list of startups and other companies and individuals who have one thing in common …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Stake Ventures
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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Congress accuses American Phorm of ‘beating consumers’  —  When US Congressman Ed Markey asked NebuAd CEO Bob Dykes whether his Phorm-like ad targeting system should require an opt-in, Dykes refused to answer.  —  “Do you support a policy where the consumer must say ‘yes’ before you roam through …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Source: VC for Facebook widgetmakers is drying up  —  They can't say they didn't have it coming.  But widgetmakers are angry all the same about Facebook's decision to clone Slide's Top Friends application as a feature in its latest redesign.  “It would be insane for a new developer” …
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 …
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 …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Sega: The iPhone is as Powerful as the Dreamcast  —  Speaking with SEGA of America president Simon Jeffery earlier today he noted that the iPhone is about as powerful as the publisher's console the Dreamcast.  Jeffery said the company is delighted with how their iPhone version of Super Monkey Ball …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Will The World End if Mainstream Users Ever Learn About The Browser's Address Bar?  —  Traffic analytics company Hitwise released search market share numbers for dating websites in June today and two things were striking about the data.  —  Ad supported free site PlentyOfFish is trouncing everyone …
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, will introduce a new online store of TV shows and movies on Thursday, called Amazon Video on Demand.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WebTrends Launches Video Analytics Engagement Service  —  Web 1.0 analytics service WebTrends is out today with a new video analytics product offering.  The new feature will allow companies who use WebTrends for analytics to drop a simple piece of code into their videos so that they can be tracked …
Discussion: Podcasting News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:'s Buggy, New Design  — has a new look today that simplifies the navigation of the main site and makes finding music easier.  Or at least, it would make finding music easier if the site wasn't so buggy.  (At least for me.  I couldn't even log in without getting an error.
Discussion: CNET and PDA
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Combines Contextual Targeting Features With Placement Targeting  —  The Google AdWords Blog announced that AdWords advertisers can now combine keyword-targeted and placement-targeted campaigns in the same ad group.  This allows for the targeting of keywords on contextually relevant pages …
Discussion: Inside AdWords and Mashable!
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Discussion: Techland and CNET
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Silverlight suit: Microsoft's conduct is “unlawful” and “willful”
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
RIMM: Canaccord Ups Ests; Sees No iPhone Impact
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 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone App Advertising: Barely There, But Interesting (AAPL)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Computer Applications: Help Me or Entertain Me
Discussion: The Open Road
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Twellow mellow about Twitter-Summize deal
Discussion: Wikinomics
Rachel Dodes / Wall Street Journal:
Vogue Models a New Reality Series
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Diamond loses angled back, renamed Victor
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and IntoMobile
Ubisoft: E3 is “not appropriate” at the current date, location
Discussion: Kotaku
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Say goodbye to the computer mouse
Fred / A VC:
Blogging's Dead, Long Live Blogging