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RUMOR: Apple's secret product is ‘MacBook touch’  —  Get ready for Newton 2.0 MacBook touch?!  —  So says our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod, iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion: … MacDailyNews Note: This is a rumor.
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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Andy Schwerin / Google LatLong:
Pound the pavement  —  It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere …
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
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
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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Techmeme and TechCrunch's Detractors Prove It's Hard to be On Top  —  One downside of being in a visible leadership position is that you often have a bulls-eye on your back.  Sometimes it's from your competition.  Sometimes it's from people who feel what you offer isn't benefitting themselves personally …
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 …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   Steve Jobs “Health” Issue Just Gets Curiouser And Curiouser
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:   The Real Issue About Steve's Health
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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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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Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Pressures Comcast To Sign Child Porn Code  —  NEW YORK — Comcast Corp. said it expects to sign an agreement with New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in which it will block access to bulletin boards and Web sites that distribute child pornography.
Discussion: The Register and p2pnet
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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.
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 …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Coming Tonight: Yahoo Reports Q2; Expectations Low  —  It's a good thing the fight with Icahn is over and the back-and-forth with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has gone on the back burner, so we don't have to overdramatize Yahoo's (NSDQ: YHOO) earnings report tonight (e.g. “Yahoo is fighting …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   Earnings Preview: Yahoo's Future Hangs In The Balance
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 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming - New, more specific speed tiers may come with a catch...  At the FCC's hearing on broadband yesterday in Pittsburgh, AT&T Senior Federal Regulatory Vice President Robert Quinn said the company would be changing the way way they advertise their broadband tiers …
Discussion: CNN and johnon.com
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).
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Viacom CEO: ‘Great’ content is king  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—If content is king, then technology is its queen.  —  Viacom's CEO Philippe Dauman, who spoke here Tuesday at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, said that despite talk that content has become a commodity (i.e., reality TV shows), it's quite the opposite.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Techland
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
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
 
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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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