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10:35 PM ET, July 30, 2008

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YouTube Blog:
YouTube and Omnisio Join Forces  —  As you probably guessed, we're big fans of anything that lets people interact with online video and gives the YouTube community the chance to express themselves in creative ways.  New features such as Video Annotations, which allow you to insert comments …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Omnisio To Spice Up YouTube  —  Google has acquired Atherton, CA based startup Omnisio, the companies are announcing this afternoon.  Omnisio, which is a Y Combinator company, first demo'd to us in early March 2008, and it launched later that month.
Live Search:
New home page helps you explore more on the Web  —  Today we're releasing an update to the Live Search home page that received positive feedback from customers in trials last month.  The new design features background images that will change frequently, augmented with what we call “hotspots.”
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft launches new search home page; refreshes Live Mesh preview
Discussion: Technologizer
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Live Search redesign adds programmed content
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple warns resellers of Mac and iPod drought, says load up now  —  With the first phase of the iPhone 3G launch in the rear view, Apple Inc. is now shifting much of its focus towards product refreshes targeting its two other revenue drivers and is advising resellers to be prepared for product shortages in the interim.
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Sarah Lacy:
Really: Is it Cuil or Us?  —  by sarah lacy.  —  Pretty harsh post on TechCrunch this morning about how Cuil “blew” it's launch in 20 seconds.  It talks about the absurdly short hype-cycle of less than a minute on today's Web.  —  I'll be the first to say I was disappointed in the early results …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Cuil: Why I'm trying to get off of the PR bandwagon...
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The World According to Cuil
Discussion: RexBlog.com and CyberNet
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
Safer, Stronger, and More Seamless: VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 Now Available  —  The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 2.  —  This latest public beta, a free download, builds on VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1, adding the Unity 2.0 suite of Mac-Windows integration features …
Discussion: Macworld, TUAW, MacUser and The Apple Core
Chiara Remondini / Bloomberg:
Mediaset Sues Google, YouTube, Seeking EU500 Million  —  Mediaset SpA, the television company controlled by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, sued the YouTube video-sharing Web site and its owner Google Inc., seeking “at least” 500 million euros ($779 million).
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Tim Wu / New York Times:
OPEC 2.0  —  AMERICANS today spend almost as much on bandwidth — the capacity to move information — as we do on energy.  A family of four likely spends several hundred dollars a month on cellphones, cable television and Internet connections, which is about what we spend on gas and heating oil.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google testing “AdSense for Games” in bid to shake up in-game advertising  —  Google is the sleeping giant when it comes to advertising in video games.  While the company dominates search advertising, it has yet to make a big splash in video games.  That could change soon …
Jim Kerstetter / Crave: The gadget blog:
Look out iPod, here comes Dell...again  —  That online music market must be awfully tempting catnip to Michael Dell.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Dell for the last few months has been testing a digital music player that could go on sale as early as September.
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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tests Player to Renew iPod Battle
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
China to Limit Web Access During Olympic Games  —  BEIJING — The International Olympic Committee failed to press China to allow fully unfettered access to the Internet for the thousands of journalists arriving here to cover the Olympics, despite promising repeatedly that the foreign news media could …
Rachel Garb / The Official Google Blog:
More transparency in customized search results  —  As we continue to refine our search algorithms to deliver more relevant results, we strive to be as open as possible about how we use data to improve your search experience.  Today, we're rolling out a new feature in Google Web Search …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile:
Are iPhone 3Gs developing cracks?  —  In what appears to be an increasingly common problem, hairline cracks are beginning to form on Apple's new iPhone 3G.  While most of the cracks are reportedly affecting the white model, this is likely due to the increased visibility of the dark fracture …
DarkJedi / TmoNews:
T-mobile 3G launching on October 1st  —  Earlier this month we posted an article about some information that had come to us regarding an October 1 launch date for nationwide 3G.  We wrote it with a grain of salt but we definitely had high hopes for this to be true.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Engadget
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Does your house need a tail?  Sizing up customer-owned fiber  —  The really long tail  —  Last month, construction was completed on a pilot project that ran fiber optic cables to 400 homes in Ottawa.  Stringing fiber optic cables isn't a big deal by itself—Verizon has been running fiber …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Bypass Gmail's Spam Filter  —  If you wanted a way to bypass Gmail's spam filter, now it's possible.  Just create a filter that describes the cases when Gmail should not flag the incoming messages as spam and then check “Never send it to spam”.  To bypass the filter for all the messages flagged as spam …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mashable!
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Nintendo suits allege allowing illegal downloading  —  Nintendo on Tuesday filed lawsuits in Japan against five companies it said are allowing the illegal downloading of games from the Internet and the subsequent playing of those games on the company's hit DS handheld device.
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google: No such thing as complete privacy
eWeek:
Intel's Barrett Sees No Slowdown in World Desktop and Notebook Market
Discussion: Neowin.net
Austin Modine / The Register:
Apple says MobileMe mail problems ‘behind us’
April Dembosky / City Room:
A Windows-Based Bar Exam Policy: No Macs Allowed
Discussion: TUAW
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Business social network PartnerUp acquired by Deluxe Corp.
Christopher Null:
PC sales on the rise across the globe; Apple #3 in U.S.
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Yahoo frees the music
Discussion: Forbes and Bit Player
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Gears, BrowserPlus, and Web 3.0, baby
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 Earlier Items: 
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Scoble, Brainstorm & Braided Journalism
Business Wire:
Akamai Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Firefly's Chat-On-A-Webpage Goes Live
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Warns of Storm Worm Virus
David Rothman / TeleRead:
iPhone app updates: Stanza, BookShelf, Bookz, N.Y. Times reader …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Ryan Spoon:
Sergey Brin: iPhone Users Conduct 30x More Mobile Searches …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft to kill Windows with ‘web-centric’ Midori?
Pierre / things of sorts:
Chatting with a Google Street View Driver
Discussion: The Register
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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