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2:20 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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dell Taking On iPod Again?  Thank/Blame Disappearing DRM  —  Less than two years after giving up on their attempt to take on Apple and the iPod, Dell is getting ready to try it again.  Any reason to think they'll pull it off this time?  Maybe: The WSJ notes that Dell has hired an Apple …
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
MediaSet, Silvio Berlusconi, Sue YouTube For $800 Million  —  Google and YouTube just found themselves in more legal/political hot water — in Italy.  MediaSet, the dominant TV provider in Italy controlled by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, sued Google (GOOG) and YouTube in a Rome court, seeking “at least” $779 million in damages.
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.
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
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon aims to make Mechanical Turk more business friendly
Discussion: Quintura blog
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
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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Robert McMillan / Network World:
DNS attack writer a victim of his own creation
Discussion: CNET News.com and InfoWorld
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:
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
 
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Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
SplashTop “Instant-On Linux” Gets Hacked
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Kristin Shoemaker / Download Squad:
With KDE 4.1, KDE4 starts to show its colors
Discussion: The Register and Inquirer
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
String for new iPod touch model appears in beta firmware
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Embedding Infringement? MPAA Sues Two Sites
Discussion: Threat Level, WebProNews and Dembot
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast Caves To Cuomo
Associated Press:
‘Pentagon hacker’ loses extradition appeal
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India's ‘$10 Laptop’ to Cost US$100 After All
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Emily Bell / Reuters Institute:
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