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10:55 AM 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.
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: Business Wire and Quintura blog
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
Amazon Payment Services Debut  —  Amazon on Tuesday launched hosted e-commerce payment services for merchants who want to outsource all or some of their online transaction processing tasks.  —  The two new offerings, called Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay, are the latest services …
Discussion: WebProNews and CNET
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Offers Other Sites Use of Its Payment Service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon wants its customers to take their wallets with them when they leave the giant Web store.  —  The Seattle-based online retailer unveiled on Tuesday a new payment service that it will offer other online retailers to use on their Web sites.
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.
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:   FCC set to slap Comcast's wrist
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:   Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web File-Sharing Traffic, FCC Says
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India's ‘$10 Laptop’ to Cost US$100 After All  —  A low-cost laptop being developed by the Indian government in tandem with two leading Indian education and research institutions will cost US$100 when available, and not $10 as was earlier stated by the government.
Discussion: TeleRead and Inquirer
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.
John Leyden / The Register:
McKinnon loses Lords appeal
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review  —  The Gadget: The Sidekick 2008, which follows up the Sidekick LX and Sidekick Slide as a “main” unit (read: not low-end like the iD) in the Sidekick series.  It's got improved features like a 2.0-megapixel camera, 2.6-inch display (400x240), video recording/playback …
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: Voices
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How To Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch  —  The hype cycle now lasts less than a day.  Take yesterday's over-hyped launch of stealth search startup Cuil, which was quickly followed by a backlash when everyone realized that it was selling a bill of goods.  This was entirely the company's own fault.
MobileMe: Important steps for MobileMe sync issue resolved on July 28, 2008  —  Apple identified and resolved an issue with MobileMe Sync on iPhone and iPod touch.  Although no action is required for most members, some may need to reset their data from MobileMe to sync normally again.
David Worthington / SD Times On The Web:
Microsoft's plans for post-Windows OS revealed  —  Microsoft is incubating a componentized non-Windows operating system known as Midori, which is being architected from the ground up to tackle challenges that Redmond has determined cannot be met by simply evolving its existing technology.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Profy.Com
John Markoff / New York Times:
With Security at Risk, a Push to Patch the Web  —  Since a secret emergency meeting of computer security experts at Microsoft's headquarters in March, Dan Kaminsky has been urging companies around the world to fix a potentially dangerous flaw in the basic plumbing of the Internet.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and NTEN
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast Caves To Cuomo
Discussion: DSLreports
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The World According to Cuil
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jasa Santos / Casper Star Tribune:
District adds 1,400 computers for instructional use
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
EarthLink Indicates It Is Open To a Deal With AOL
Tim Bradshaw / Tech Blog:
Silicon Roundabout: Is this the heart of the UK's new dotcom boom?
Discussion: and broadstuff
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Sony's Renaissance Geek
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google UK Extending Financial Services Comparison Trial : Death to UK Quotes Sites?
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The great firewall of China causes Olympic problems
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Apple's cult of secrecy begins to bug its developers
Christopher Palmeri / Business Week:
Gores' Siemens Buy: One Big Bet
Discussion: The Register
David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Seeks Internet Removal of Two ‘Infringing’ Sites
Discussion: TechSpot
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NFL gives Internet a butt-pat, offers live streaming games
Discussion:, CrunchGear and Digg
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Trying to cut a slice of Google's search-ad billions
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Teen social network myYearbook is growing fast and it just raised $13M …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Thx for the IView!  —  I Wud ♥ to Work 4 U!!
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The passionates vs. the non passionates
Discussion: Regular Geek and Bokardo