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3:45 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.
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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.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Dell designs own music player... again
Discussion: Cult of Mac and The Tech Report
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dell Taking On iPod Again? Thank/Blame Disappearing DRM*
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
YouTube to Mediaset SpA: Va' All'Inferno!
Discussion: Reuters and WatchingTV Online
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:   MediaSet, Silvio Berlusconi, Sue YouTube For $800 Million
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: Guardian and Reuters
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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
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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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.
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 and CyberNet
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
New Facebook Design Confuses Many, Obscures Features  —  By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive (Identi.ca/FriendFeed) … With every new site redesign comes angry users ready to criticize the change.  People just don't like change.  I saw this first when I redesigned the site, SteepAndCheap.com …
 
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Lawyer Exposes RIAA's Legal Bullying
Discussion: p2pnet, Threat Level and Digg
David Rothman / TeleRead:
iPhone app updates: Stanza, BookShelf, Bookz, N.Y. Times reader …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Task2Gather - New Task and Project Management Solution Launched Today
Discussion: Download Squad
Ryan Spoon:
Sergey Brin: iPhone Users Conduct 30x More Mobile Searches …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Comcast Call: Demand For Online Video Helps Boost Marketshare; Growth On Plan
Discussion: MarketingShift
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Explains Fair Use To Michael Savage; Dismisses Copyright …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft to kill Windows with ‘web-centric’ Midori?
Sarah Lacy:
Really: Is it Cuil or Us?
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Moves to Reinvent Transportation
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
MSI Wind price hikes- orders cancelled
Mark Prigg / This Is London:
Roundabout is London's answer to Silicon Valley
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
HD Moore pwned with his own DNS exploit, vulnerable AT&T DNS servers to blame
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
String for new iPod touch model appears in beta firmware
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano 4G: a Zune-alike?
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Women Outnumber Men on Most Social Networks
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Says It Will Cut Off P2P Wireless Users; But What About Pandora Users?
Discussion: Wireless Week, Engadget and Voices
 

 
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