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5:35 PM ET, July 29, 2008

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Neal Kanodia / Google LatLong:
New, blue, and better than ever  —  Less is more.  —  Before  —  After  —  With the new look for Google Maps, you can do all of the same things, but without the extra clutter.  Find businesses (creamery near palo alto), addresses (6605 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO), and more (root beer in sf) from one search box.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Maps Redesign Rolled Out
Vindu Goel / Bits:
Game Over: Scrabulous Shut Down on Facebook  —  Facebook says the decision to block Scrabulous for U.S. and Canadian users was made by the Scrabulous developers, not Facebook.  —  Scrabulous has been shut down on Facebook.  —  If you try to pull up the popular Scrabble-like game …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Endgame: Scrabulous Gets Wiped Off Facebook
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sorry, Scrabulous Fans, I'm Only Mildly Sympathetic
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and MarketingShift
Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows ‘Mojave’ Video Posts  —  Last week we showed a video of the Mojave Experiment to a small group of folks here on campus.  Today we are excited to share the results with the public.  —  For those new to the Mojave Experiment, it's a focus group effort we initiated a few weeks ago.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft goes live with Mojave videos
Discussion: CNET News.com and ReadWriteWeb
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Viral Vista: The ‘Mojave Experiment’
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP, Intel and Yahoo create cloud computing research centers
Discussion: TechCrunch and BetaNews
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
SoCal earthquake a powerful reminder of Twitter's potential  —  This morning a 5.8 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California near Los Angeles.  Well before the information was anywhere on the major news outlets, tweets (Twitter messages) were flowing in at a rapid clip.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone apps: 1,001 and counting  —  The number of offerings on the App Store — the venue for independently produced programs that helps distinguish Apple's smartphone from all others — hit 1,001 on Monday night.  —  That's roughly double the number that were available when the store opened …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:   Free App CellSpin Brings Podcasting, Photo Blogging To iPhone
CNN:
Sprint Loses Early Termination Fee Case, May Pay $73 Million  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) was dealt a major blow in its early-termination-fee case when a California judge ruled it would have to pay $ 73 million.  —  The decision could bode poorly for the various trials …
Dell:
Look Beyond the Rack for Style this Fall - Dell's New Studio and Inspiron Systems Redefine PC Design  — Puts the PC back on the desktop, or the countertop, or the bookshelf, or the entertainment center  —  Dell's smallest, most personalized and most environmentally responsible consumer PC, the Studio Hybrid, launches today.
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Joel Santo Domingo / PC Magazine:
Dell Studio Hybrid
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and PC Magazine
Business Wire:
EA Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 Results  —  Battlefield Bad Company Sold 1.6 Million Copies; Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Launching on August 12; SPORE Debuts on September 7  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS - News) …
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Remowned:
EA wants to sell you a PC
Discussion: Destructoid, Kotaku and TechSpot
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
MSN Direct API “Send to GPS” released  —  Just getting the urge to regurgitate press releases out of our system today - but here's just one more (hey, we read press releases so you don't have to!).  Today Microsoft has announced an API for MSN Direct, to allow websites to send location information …
Discussion: Electronista, Mashable! and WebProNews
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Microsoft:
MSN Direct Enables Web Sites to Deliver Location Information …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and jkOnTheRun
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT Buys Ribbit for $105 Million  —  Will BT Make Ribbit Work?  — Yes.  Better To Look For Help Outside  — Not a chance, $105 million wasted  — BT, Ribbit... what? who?  —  BT (British Telecom) has acquired Silicon Valley-based Ribbit for roughly $105 million, according to various news outlets.
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Illegal filesharing: A suicide note from the music industry  —  The deal between record companies and ISPs will drive music-swapping underground and erode their profits still further  —  This month's announcement of a back-room deal between ISPs (internet service providers) …
Discussion: The Open Road
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Cooler than Cuil, True Knowledge takes a sniper's approach to search  —  Amidst all the noise surrounding the new “Google Killer” search engine Cuil, a quiet United Kingdom startup called True Knowledge is today announcing a second funding round and further progress on its product.
Discussion: The Semantic Web and TechCrunch UK
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pickens rips Yahoo management, says he dumped shares at a loss  —  Billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens excoriated Yahoo's management for failing to reach an agreement to sell all or part of the Web portal to Microsoft Corp.  —  Pickens, who bought 10 million Yahoo shares in May in hopes …
Chris / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Mac client now available for download - officially this time!  —  No announcement yet but Microsoft has now made the Live Mesh client for Mac available for download from mesh.com.  Check it out at at the  —  Mac download page and see for yourself.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and jkOnTheRun
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mobile web standards announced today  —  No question the mobile web is booming no matter who you ask.  Consumers are accessing the web from phones in droves and the World Wide Web Consortium wants to make sure that everyone plays on the same 3-inch field.  Today the WWWC announced …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Upcoming iPhone application MagicPad includes copy/paste  —  After having been on the list for inclusion into the iPhone 2.0 firmware and then supposedly getting dropped, cut and paste functionality for the device is becoming a bit infamous by now.  We've heard from an Apple executive …
 
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE Indiana Jones, Iron Man Push Viacom's Q2, But Ad Sales Sputter …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft shows off datacenter monitoring system
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Pandora goes free (and ad-supported) …
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Sony game division gets profitable with strong Q1 results
Discussion: Electronista
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
MS Surface goes spherical, but probably won't go global
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
PR Newswire:
Nokia E71 Makes Its US Debut at the Nokia Flagship Store in New York
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
India developing $10 laptop, Gartner says $100 laptop “at least three years away.”
Discussion: Gartner and DailyTech
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VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head
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Ledyard King Gannett / USA Today:
Bill would ban kids from Facebook, MySpace in libraries
Discussion: Techdirt, p2pnet and WebProNews
The Official Palm Blog:
Over 2 million Centros sold!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Woman Admits File Sharing; Challenges Constitutionality Of Copyright Act
Discussion: Threat Level
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Tracking Facebook's 2008 International Growth By Country
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Facing Server Troubles and Downtime
Discussion: Ars Technica and Slyck
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yahoo Offers Refunds Or DRM-Free Music In Exchange For Shutting Down DRM Servers
Discussion: p2pnet and TeleRead
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Sirius And XM Now Sirius XM Radio Inc.; New Share Offering Priced