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1:10 PM 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.
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 …
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 …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Maps Now Has Walking Directions
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Has/How/Why tech blogging has failed you  —  Oh, what a hoot.  I've been taking a break from blogging just to relax and invest my time in other places.  Like FriendFeed.  Or downloading iPhone apps.  —  Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about Tech blogging and my role in it.  I've increasingly become saddened.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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: Gearlog, Electronista and IntoMobile
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Sony Ericsson:
Music is reborn as Sony Ericsson announces three new Walkman&trade …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB and Universal to launch digital music service  —  BSkyB is to break into the digital music market with a new business, launched in conjunction with Universal Music, that aims to take on Apple's iTunes in the UK.  —  The new as-yet-unnamed venture, in which BSkyB is the majority shareholder …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
BSkyB, Universal Form JV To Launch Subscription Music Service
Discussion: The Register, last100 and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Confirms OpenID Support, Launches Data Availability On Flixster and Eventful  —  MySpace is rolling out a couple of announcements this morning a day ahead of Facebook's F8 developer conference.  —  The first is confirmation of our story that they are supporting OpenID …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Propeller 2.0 Launches: Ditching The Vote Count, Adding A Mascot  —  Propeller, AOL's Digg-like news site, launches version 2.0 later this morning.  The site sports a new design and logo and now has a mascot - described as “part professor, part citizen journalist” (see image below).
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Music Needs Launch Date, CEO  —  Last spring, MySpace formally unveilled plans to start a new music site, which it will run as a joint venture with (most of) the big music labels.  Close to four months later, two big unanswered questions remain about the proejct:  — When will it launch?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
If you don't like AAPL's “Steve's health is a private matter” statement, then sell  —  Steve Jobs' health is once again being debated, and Apple's “Steve's health is a private matter” statement seems to have done nothing to put investors at ease.  But the honest trust is that if you don't like that statement …
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
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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Jake Swearingen / VentureBeat:
Bango rolls out new version of its analytics suite
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Highly Anticipated “Beats™ by Dr. Dre™” …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women-focused media site Glam launches developer network
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
iPhone for WordPress Application Now Live on iPhone App Store
Kelly K. Spors / Wall Street Journal:
Networking Together  —  Firms Join Forces On Social Networks To Raise Profiles
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming …
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CBC News:
Cellphone market poised for shakeup as spectrum auction ends
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Movie industry eyeing 3D movies for the home theater
Discussion: Portfolio.com, Gizmodo and Slashdot
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for June 2008
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Glue and Comments  —  Since last summer I've been talking …
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