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4:55 PM ET, July 30, 2008

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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.
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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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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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M Walker / The Register:
Driving some value into Google's Street View
MSDN Blogs:
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.”
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 the messages flagged as spam …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Gmail Shows “Never Send It To Spam” Filter
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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Joe Hutsko / Salon:
All you can eat — for cheap?
Discussion: PC World
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
China to Limit Web Access During Games  —  BEIJING — The Chinese government has confirmed what journalists arriving at the lavishly outfitted media center here have suspected: contrary to previous assurances by Olympic and government officials, the Internet will be censored during the upcoming Games.
Discussion: Techdirt
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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 …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Cuil: Why I'm trying to get off of the PR bandwagon...
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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, TUAW, iLounge and Cellpassion
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.
Business Wire:
Akamai Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results  — Normalized net income(1) was $76.5 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, up 38 percent year-over-year  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM - News), the leader in powering rich media …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Destructoid
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: CyberNet and Search Engine Land
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Most drive-by malware comes from China, Google says  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Google's analysis of Web sites that have malware has found that most of the malicious drive-by activity is due to computers in China, a Google engineer said at the Usenix security conference on Wednesday.
Ryan Spoon:
Sergey Brin: iPhone Users Conduct 30x More Mobile Searches (and other fascinating stats)  —  On Sunday July 13, Apple announced that 10,000,000 apps had been downloaded via the App Store.  A little over a week later - on July 21st, 25 million apps have been downloaded.
Discussion: VentureBeat and dailywireless.org
 
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
String for new iPod touch model appears in beta firmware
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