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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 …
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Andy Schwerin / Google LatLong:
Pound the pavement  —  It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it's not too hot, it feels like a waste of gorgeous weather to get behind the wheel or hop in a cab.  Doubly so when you're traveling to a city you'd love to explore, and you're pretty sure that you could walk from your hotel …
MacDailyNews:
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.
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs “Health” Issue Just Gets Curiouser And Curiouser  —  Let me start by saying we all make mistakes, but when it comes to Apple Inc., when you make a mistake it matters.  In this business, you can make or lose a lot of money for a lot of people by getting a story right or wrong.
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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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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The Real Issue About Steve's Health
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louisgray.com:
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 …
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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.
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
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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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
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.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Still Haggles Over XM-Sirius  —  WASHINGTON - Three votes have now been cast in the Federal Communications Commission's review of the XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. merger, but the deal is still no closer to being done.  —  Democratic FCC commissioner …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Orbitcast
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
XM-Sirius Voting: 2 Yeas, 1 Nay, 2 Undecided
Discussion: Electronista and Deal Journal
Rich Brown / Crave: The gadget blog:
Games for Windows Live to sell games, go free  —  Update:  —  We found a press release in an unexpected inbox folder that gives a few more details on Microsoft's announcements.  All of the user-matching, cross-platform multiplayer, and other formerly premium services via the Games …
Discussion: TG Daily and The Tech Report
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Rafik / Stay Connected:
Just Released: Windows Live for Windows Mobile
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.
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Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Pressures Comcast To Sign Child Porn Code
Discussion: The Register and p2pnet
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
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
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 …
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 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 …
 
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Court affirms online content law unconstitutional
eWeek:
AMD Will Pass on ‘Netbooks’ for Now
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Blake Whitman / Vimeo:
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Business Wire:
Velocity Interactive Group Names AOL Corporate Strategy And M …
Zack Urlocker / Open Sources:
Microsoft at OSCON  —  I've arrived in Portland for OSCON …
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Lewis Page / The Register:
Spaniards show off touchscreen moto-computer tech
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Viacom CEO: ‘Great’ content is king
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Are Facebook Ads Going to Zero?  Lookery Lowers Its Guarantee to 7.5-Cent CPMs.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mark Shuttleworth: life on mars, Ubuntu in emerging markets
Discussion: The Open Road and PC World
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yang note welcomes Icahn's ‘fresh perspective’
Discussion: CNET News.com and Valleywag
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Slides On Margin Worries; Estimates, Targets Fall
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
The Real Reason IPOs And Mergers Are Down
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women-focused media site Glam launches developer network
Discussion: 901am and Mashable!
CBC News:
Cellphone market poised for shakeup as spectrum auction ends
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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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