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1:45 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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dell Taking On iPod Again? Thank/Blame Disappearing DRM
Jim Kerstetter / Crave: The gadget blog:   Look out iPod, here comes Dell...again
Business Wire:
Amazon Mechanical Turk Launches New Web-Based Tools That Bring the Power of an On-Demand Workforce to Businesses Worldwide  —  Now, in a matter of minutes and with no software development resources required, businesses can outsource thousands of tasks, manage a virtual workforce and easily download work results
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
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 …
Chiara Remondini / Bloomberg:
Mediaset Sues Google, YouTube, Seeking EU500 Million
Discussion: 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.
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 …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The World According to Cuil  —  The following snippets with accompanying thumbnails were taken from search engine (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
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: Wireless Week, Engadget and Voices
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
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.
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
David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Seeks Internet Removal of Two ‘Infringing’ Sites
Discussion: TechSpot
Mark Prigg / This Is London:
Roundabout is London's answer to Silicon Valley  —  San Francisco may have its Silicon Valley for hi-tech companies but now London has its own, very British, internet hot spot - silicon roundabout.  —  The area surrounding Old Street roundabout boasts some of London's most exciting internet companies.
Discussion: and TechCrunch UK
Tim Bradshaw / Tech Blog:
Silicon Roundabout: Is this the heart of the UK's new dotcom boom?
Discussion: MOO and broadstuff
Wall Street Journal:  —  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.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Women Outnumber Men on Most Social Networks  —  Online reputation company Rapleaf has released a new study of 49.3 million people, revealing gender and age data about social network users.  On most of the main social networks - including MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Hi5 - women outnumber men by a considerable amount.
HUGE news:
Interpublic to Acquire Stake in HUGE  —  Holding Company Adds Leading Creator of Online Businesses  —  The Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG) announced today that it has reached agreement to acquire a strategic interest in HUGE, a leading independent interactive agency that takes clients beyond …
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple with PA licenses ARM technology for mobile devices?  —  Rumours claiming Apple has reached a licensing deal with ARM continue to intensify following the latter firm's financial results announcement today, when management revealed an extensive multi-year architectural licensee has reached a deal with ARM.
Discussion: MacRumors, and PR Newswire
Associated Press:
‘Pentagon hacker’ loses extradition appeal  —  LONDON, England (AP) — Britain's top court refused Wednesday to stop the extradition to the U.S. of a British hacker accused of breaking into Pentagon and NASA computers — something he claims to have done while hunting for information on UFOs.
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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Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
SplashTop “Instant-On Linux” Gets Hacked
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog: and IAC Beat the Street:: 2Q 2008 Earnigs
Kristin Shoemaker / Download Squad:
With KDE 4.1, KDE4 starts to show its colors
Discussion: The Register and Inquirer
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Intel Working on Third Generation of Classmate PCs
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District adds 1,400 computers for instructional use
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano 4G: a Zune-alike?
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India's ‘$10 Laptop’ to Cost US$100 After All
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Announces Five New Senior Execs (Four Of Them Have MySpace Pages)
David Worthington / SD Times On The Web:
Microsoft's plans for post-Windows OS revealed