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12:40 PM ET, July 30, 2008

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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tests Player to Renew iPod Battle  —  Music Device Is Key To Broader Strategy  —  Dell Inc. failed once to move into Apple Inc.'s digital-music turf.  Now, it is plotting another foray.  —  In recent months, Dell has been testing a digital music player that could go on sale as early as September, said several Dell officials.
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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Wall Street Journal:
FCC.politics.gov  —  Bad personnel decisions have haunted the Bush Administration, and one of the bigger disappointments is Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin.  In his last months as Master of the Media Universe, he seems poised to expand government regulation of the Internet.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web File-Sharing Traffic, FCC Says
Discussion: CrunchGear
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
FCC set to slap Comcast's wrist
Discussion: Tech Ticker
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon aims to make Mechanical Turk more business friendly  —  Amazon on Wednesday rolled out new features to its Mechanical Turk web service designed to expand its appeal to a broader set of businesses.  Mechanical Turk is a work marketplace that can be used to outsource software development.
Discussion: Quintura blog
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Italian media company sues YouTube  —  Italian media company Mediaset announced on Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit against YouTube and owner Google, alleging that the video-sharing site distributed and exploited its commercial property.  —  Mediaset alleges that it found at least 4,643 copies …
Discussion: TechSpot and [H] Enthusiast
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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).
Discussion: paidContent.org and paidContent
Pierre / things of sorts:
Chatting with a Google Street View Driver  —  Note: some details in this post have been skipped or generalized to be a bit vague to protect the identity of the Google Streeview driver.  —  Sometime in the past few weeks, I was walking with a friend when we spotted a very funny looking car.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Embedding Infringement?  MPAA Sues Two Sites  —  While we still need to wait for the end result of the YouTube/Viacom case to learn whether hosting infringing videos is infringement itself, there's another open question about whether or not linking to or embedding infringing videos is also infringing.
Discussion: WebProNews
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Seeks Internet Removal of Two ‘Infringing’ Sites
Discussion: TechSpot
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The World According to Cuil  —  The following snippets with accompanying thumbnails were taken from search engine Cuil.com (they are not a representative sampling of all thumbnails - Cuil gets it right sometimes - but it also doesn't take long to compile these errors, as they're not too rare either).
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Operating / PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results  —  Consolidated Revenue Increased 11%; Pro Forma Growth of 8%  —  Consolidated Operating Cash Flow Increased 11%; Pro Forma Growth of 8%  —  Consolidated Operating Income Increased 19%  —  EPS Increased 11% to $0.21  —  Free Cash Flow Increased 216% to $1.2 Billion
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
String for new iPod touch model appears in beta firmware  —  As you probably know, each successive iPhone and iPod touch firmware release is immediately pounced upon by curious folks who scour it for changes and hints.  The beta release of the iPhone 2.1 firmware turned up GPS and push e-mail hints …
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
HD Moore pwned with his own DNS exploit, vulnerable AT&T DNS servers to blame  —  )ruid and HD Moore release part 2 of DNS exploit, HD Moore's company BreakingPoint has suffered a traffic redirection to a rogue Google site, thanks to the already poisoned cache at AT&T servers to which his company was forwarding DNS traffic :
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IDG News Service:   DNS Attack Writer a Victim of His Own Creation
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Says It Will Cut Off P2P Wireless Users; But What About Pandora Users?  —  from the be-careful-on-that-iPhone dept  —  While those who like to claim that the US broadband market is more competitive than it really is like to point to the rise of 3G wireless networks as proof …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Voices
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano 4G: a Zune-alike?  —  It may be hard to believe, but from what we've now heard from multiple sources, it's true: the fourth-generation iPod nano will look like... a Microsoft Zune.  Well, sort of.  —  Contradicting speculation that Apple was planning to transform the new nano …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Announces Five New Senior Execs (Four Of Them Have MySpace Pages)  —  MySpace COO Amit Kapur apparently meant it when he told me earlier today that MySpace is continuing to hire despite letting 5% or so of staff go in the coming days.  He introduced five new senior executives …
 
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Ask.com and IAC Beat the Street:: 2Q 2008 Earnigs
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Designing Business through Interactions
Kristin Shoemaker / Download Squad:
With KDE 4.1, KDE4 starts to show its colors
Discussion: Inquirer
IDG News Service:
Intel Working on Third Generation of Classmate PCs
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast Caves To Cuomo
Discussion: DSLreports and Reuters
John Markoff / New York Times:
With Security at Risk, a Push to Patch the Web
Tim Bradshaw / Tech Blog:
Silicon Roundabout: Is this the heart of the UK's new dotcom boom?
Discussion: MOO, broadstuff and cubicgarden.com
Associated Press:
‘Pentagon hacker’ loses extradition appeal
 Earlier Items: 
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The great firewall of China causes Olympic problems
Discussion: The Register
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Apple's cult of secrecy begins to bug its developers
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India's ‘$10 Laptop’ to Cost US$100 After All
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Women Outnumber Men on Most Social Networks
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NFL gives Internet a butt-pat, offers live streaming games
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Teen social network myYearbook is growing fast and it just raised $13M …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How To Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch