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11:10 AM ET, July 22, 2008

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
First hints of Microsoft's “fight back” ads appear  —  I just noticed this teaser on Microsoft's home page:  —  If this is going to be the overall message of Microsoft's much-vaunted new $300 million ad campaign, it might be money well spent.  According to the folks at LiveSide …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft's Vista Mea-Sorta-Culpa  —  Over at ZDNet, Ed Bott has posted an intriguing item on Microsoft's attempt to reintroduce Windows Vista to a world that seems to have its fair share of Vista skeptics.  Ed noticed the image at left, comparing Vista doubters to flat-earth believers, on the Microsoft.com home page.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Sandisk: Windows Vista not optimized for solid state drives  —  SanDisk said Monday that Windows Vista is not optimized for solid state drives, delaying the delivery of optimized drives until next year.  —  Solid state drives (SSDs) are used instead of hard disk drives in select high-end notebook PCs today …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple hints at lower prices as iPod, notebook refresh on tap  —  Amid all the chatter about Apple's fiscal third quarter results, which were strong, most concerns about the future revolve around two words: Gross margins.  The big takeaway for technology buyers: Those lower margins hint …
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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
What Is Apple's Mystery Product?  —  I contacted several analysts, looking for sound or even silly speculation about the product.  Nobody wants to guess wrong about Apple, so what I got was more sheepish speculation.  —  Quick recap: During Apple's fiscal third-quarter conference call this afternoon …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple plans mystery “product transition” before September's end  —  During his quarterly financial results call, Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer revealed that the company will make a key “product transition” that cuts back on its profit margins to help shut out rivals.
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Apple Reports Record Third Quarter Results
Brad Stone / New York Times:
TiVo and Amazon Team Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that introduced millions to the joy of skipping television commercials, is trying to crack a decades-old media dream.  It wants to turn the television remote control into a tool for buying the products being advertised …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   TiVo Teams With Amazon On ‘Watch It, Buy It Now’ Option
Dennis Crouch / Patent Law Blog:
The Death of Google's Patents  —  By John F. Duffy* [PDF Version (42 KB)]  —  The Patent and Trademark Office has now made clear that its newly developed position on patentable subject matter will invalidate many and perhaps most software patents, including pioneering patent claims to such innovators as Google, Inc.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We Want A Dead Simple Web Tablet For $200.  Help Us Build It.  —  I'm tired of waiting - I want a dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the web.  Nothing fancy like the Dell latitude XT, which costs $2,500.  Just a Macbook Air-thin touch screen machine that runs Firefox …
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You're a blog  —  Gapingvoid tweeted this earlier this morning.  —  Coming from Hugh, that's saying something.  Even if he has “retired” to Alpine.  —  So I went and took a look at the story: The Techcrunch Web Tablet project.  Which seems to look like this:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New York Times, LinkedIn Enter Content Partnership  —  In a brilliant move that's sure to make both newspapers and social networks around the web jealous, the New York Times and LinkedIn, the leading US social network for professionals, are announcing a content partnership tonight …
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Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:   Targeted ‘Times’ articles coming to LinkedIn
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony Pushes Out Three New Walkmen Phones, the W302, W902 and W595  —  It's the third birthday of Sony Ericsson's Walkman phone label, and to celebrate it's launching three new music-based cellphones.  The W302 and W902 (left, center in the image) are both candybar cells, with the 302 having an FM radio …
Discussion: Electronista and IntoMobile
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Sony Ericsson:
Music is reborn as Sony Ericsson announces three new Walkman&trade …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Adobe revs media player, signs up Sony  —  Adobe Systems is revamping its Media Player with a new interface and a deal that will let users of the software watch movies from Sony Pictures.  —  The interface update in the new version 1.1, due to ship Tuesday afternoon, presents users with a larger number of video shows.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
New Adobe Player Adds Sony Movies; Still Trying Harder
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Walking Directions Now Live  —  Earlier this month, I reported that Google Maps was testing walking directions on a small subset of users.  This morning, I noticed that Google Maps now is offering walking directions for all Google Maps users.  —  For example, conduct a search …
Thomas Ptacek / Matasano Chargen:
Regarding The Post On Chargen Earlier Today  —  Earlier today, a security researcher posted their hypothesis regarding Dan Kaminsky's DNS finding.  Shortly afterwards, when the story began getting traction, a post appeared on our blog about that hypothesis.  It was posted in error.  We regret that it ran.
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Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - July 2008  —  14.3 TB of new imagery for Microsoft Virtual Earth.  Save money on gas....use Live Search Maps powered by Virtual Earth.  —  Ortho  —  United States (UltraCam, Microsoft Proprietary)  — Elizabeth, NJ  — West Allis, WI  — Paterson, NJ
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Glue and Comments  —  Since last summer I've been talking about comments as the Dark Matter of the Blogosphere.  I use Intense Debate* for the comment system on my blog and have learned a lot by experimenting with it.  —  In the past six months comments have moved to the forefront of the discussion around user generated content.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Sybase brings Lotus Notes to iPhone 3G  —  Yet more movement in the enterprise with news today of the Sybase iAnywhere, an enterprise class solution that now lets iPhone 3G users access wireless email from Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange email systems.  —  Sybase iAnywhere provided iPhone users …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Sybase extends Lotus Notes, Exchange support to iPhone 3G
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Unit Cuts Web Deals  —  ThePlatform Agrees To Manage Video For Cable Operators  —  A unit of cable giant Comcast Corp., an emerging player in Internet video, has cut a series of deals to handle online video for three other major cable operators.  —  The Seattle-based subsidiary of Comcast …
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Ericka Wood / thePlatform:
Time Warner Cable and thePlatform Announce Online Video Publishing Agreement
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
BSkyB, Universal Form JV To Launch Subscription Music Service
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Has/How/Why tech blogging has failed you
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InfoWorld:
Symbian: R&D wants motivated open sourcing
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Movie industry eyeing 3D movies for the home theater
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Slashdot
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
E3 perspective: Q&A with Chairman Strauss Zelnick on the future …
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
At FCC broadband hearing, speeches but no consensus
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As Travel Costs Rise, More Meetings Go Virtual
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Propeller 2.0 Launches: Ditching The Vote Count, Adding A Mascot
Discussion: Mashable!
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for June 2008
Discussion: Screenwerk and NewTeeVee
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, We Have Our First DNA-Based Dating Service: GenePartner
Discussion: #comments
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
WordPress Tips + Things You Can Do After Installing Wordpress
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Asks Developers to Agree to Social Contract
Ewan / SMS Text News:
Nokia N96 from 3 arrives in September
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The art of reciprocation and my ultimate “Like” FAIL'age
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
Internet Currency Firm Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering
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