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2:25 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
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.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Software Patent Supporter Tries To Pretend Google Harmed Without Software Patents  —  There's a somewhat bizarre and ethically questionable post up on the usually excellent Patently-O blog, hyping up the fact that Google may lose its patent on PageRank (which Google only holds a license to, since Stanford actually owns it).
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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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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Some news from the editor's desk  —  For most of us here, at some point the sensation of breaking the news takes hold and turns into something else, something much more like an addiction.  It really gets into you, keeps you up at night, makes you stay in on weekends.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Comes To iPhone  —  Do you have an iPhone?  Are you a blogger?  Then you're going to love this news - there's now a WordPress app for iPhone available for download from the iTunes App Store.  The software lets you update your WordPress blog from anywhere.
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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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Earnings Preview: Yahoo's Future Hangs In The Balance  —  There has been so much noise, so much distraction, so many headlines, so much attention paid to Icahn, Microsoft,  —  [MSFT Loading...  () ] the will-they-or-won't-they saga gripping this company, that we haven't spent much time examining Yahoo's
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Coming Tonight: Yahoo Reports Q2; Expectations Low
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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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Facebook Ads Going to Zero?  Lookery Lowers Its Guarantee to 7.5-Cent CPMs.  —  Nobody can make money on social network ads.  Even Google (which controls a lot of the inventory on MySpace) is having a hard time.  How worthless are these ads?  Lookery, an ad network for social apps …
Discussion: Brij's One More Idea
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).
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Andrew Cuomo Threatens To Sue Comcast If It Doesn't Sign Up For His Plan To Pretend To Fight Child Porn  —  Last month, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo made some news by pressuring a bunch of ISPs to agree to block certain sites in a totally misguided effort to fight child porn.
CBC News:
Cellphone market poised for shakeup as spectrum auction ends  —  The government is $4.2 billion richer with the conclusion of the cellphone spectrum auction on Monday, while customers stand to win as five new companies are now well positioned to launch services over the next few years.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Slides On Margin Worries; Estimates, Targets Fall  —  Several issues emerged for Apple (AAPL) in the wake of last night's earnings report for the company's fiscal third quarter and the subsequent conference call with the Street.  —  Yes, one issue is the company's refusal to directly respond …
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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 …
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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The Real Reason IPOs And Mergers Are Down
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Confirms OpenID Support, Launches Data Availability On Flixster and Eventful
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AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming …
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Time Warner Cable, Verizon to Duel
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BSkyB, Universal Form JV To Launch Subscription Music Service
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Movie industry eyeing 3D movies for the home theater
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Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - July 2008
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony Pushes Out Three New Walkmen Phones, the W302, W902 and W595
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