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6:55 AM ET, July 29, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen Macs to have something special under the hood  —  A new generation of personal computers on the way from Apple Inc. may sport some of the most significant architectural changes since the Mac maker made the jump from PowerPC processors to those manufactured by Intel Corp., AppleInsider has learned.
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Rumor: MacBook updates to include glass trackpad, other goodies  —  As I hinted in my “fun” blog, I have been hearing some interesting things about Apple's upcoming line of portable computers.  The talk amongst insiders on the new MacBooks is kind of scattered but here's a summation of what I've heard:
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Cuil shows us how not to launch a search engine  —  Google challenger Cuil launched last night in blaze of glory.  And it went down in a ball of flames.  Immediately after launch, the criticism started to pile on: results were incomplete, weird, and missing.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Wow, How Did Cuil Get So Much Publicity on Day 1?!  —  An alternative search engine launched last night.  It's called Cuil and, if you're a reader of tech blogs and/or the New York Times, you've no doubt been hammered with the news all day.  We checked Cuil out and had a mixed user experience …
Kevin Donovan / Techdirt:
Is Privacy That Cuil?  —  Search engines are no stranger to questions of privacy.
Discussion: Technology Questions and /Message
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Knol is Google's Wikia  —  Wikia is Jimmy Wales' dream of doing to Google what Wikipedia did to Britannica.  Unfortunately for Wales and his investors, Google had a 10-year lead, and a huge ecosystem had been built up around it.  Google is a thriving coral reef, and one doesn't just show …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Inquisitr
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
IAC's Life123 Comes To Life; Goals Include Saving You Time, Ranking Well In Search  —  If you must think of every new thing as the “something-killer” then you'd probably call Life123 an About.com-killer, or a Mahalo killer, or a Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Knol killer.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Andrew Lih:   Google Knol/Wikipedia Comparison Faulty
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Google A Content Company?  Of Course It Is.  So What Should Publishers Do?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Podcasting News and eWeek
Kristi E. Swartz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
EarthLink returns to dial-up for its future  —  EarthLink invested for years in potential replacements for its once-thriving dial-up Internet business: a mobile phone service aimed at teens, citywide wireless high-speed Internet and broadband that runs over utility power lines.  —  None of them worked.
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Capen Karr / Apple iPhone Apps:
MagicPad: iPhone Copy / Paste & More (Video)  —  In a follow-up to the story we broke last week, Apple iPhone Apps has new information about an app that will, amongst other things, finally bring copy & paste functionality to the iPhone.  —  MagicPad is a rich-text editor that was recently submitted …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Video: Microsoft's Sphere display in action  —  In the video above, Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Research demonstrates Sphere.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper. — tb  —  Flat-panel displays might be all the rage, but at least in some situations …
Electronista:
Dell takes on Mac mini with Studio Hybrid  —  Dell tonight leapt into the mini desktop business with the Studio Hybrid [link ready soon].  The system is described as the company's “first step” in eco-friendly PCs and uses notebook components to dramatically reduce both its size and power draw …
Craig Donato / Oodle Blog:
New MySpace Classifieds Powered by Oodle  —  MySpace users now have a smarter classifieds site - more listings, better search and helpful pricing guides.  The site is also more social: listings are linked to MySpace profiles - not anonymous IDs, and users can enlist their friends to help …
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Kevin Rose calls to non-rebut rumors about Digg and Google acquisition talks  —  More amazing scoops at the RDL blog today.  My Skype just buzzed, with a call from a name I didn't recognize, and I picked up and it was Kevin Rose of Digg.  He goes, “This is Kevin Rose.
Discussion: p2pnet
Abha Bhattarai / New York Times:
Find an Undervalued Asset.  Fix It Up.  Flip It.  (Now It's Web Sites, Not Houses)  —  Dave Hermansen did not own a bird or a cage when he bought bird-cage.com, an online store, for $1,800 three years ago.  He simply saw a Web site that was “very, very poorly done,” and begged the owners to sell it to him.
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Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
When the ‘wisdom of crowds’ turns on itself: IMDB edition  —  The concept of the “wisdom of crowds” is a fundamental building block of a lot of the Web 2.0 services that we see today.  While not all of them are built on this core concept, major sites like Digg, Wikipedia, and Mahalo rely heavily on crowds being wise.
Eric Maurice / The Oracle Global Product Security Blog:
Security Alert for CVE-2008-3257 Released  —  Hi, this is Eric Maurice.  —  Oracle today issued a Security Alert for a vulnerability affecting the Apache plugin for Oracle WebLogic (formerly BEA WebLogic).  It is the first Security Alert since the introduction of the Critical Patch Update process in January 2005.
Discussion: Zero Day
The Sun:
‘Shank’ website is aimed at the kids who carry knives  —  All in the game ... list of SuperPoke! icons includes smacks, hugs, bouquets, smiles - and horrifying ‘shank’ threat  —  A SICK game on Facebook has been removed from the website after The Sun revealed how kids were able to STAB each other.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
VMware Plans Major Data Center in Wenatchee  —  VMware has become the latest tech titan to locate a major data center in central Washington.  The virtualization market leader will lease more than 100,000 square feet of space in a new facility being built by Sabey Corp. in its Intergate.Columbia development in East Wenatchee, Wash.
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Christine Pratt / The Wenatchee World Online:   Eastside data center lands another tenant
 
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Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Static continues for Apple's iPhone debut
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Microsoft Plays Practical Joke On People To Convince Them They Like Vista
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