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4:35 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*
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
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.
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
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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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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Cuil: Why I'm trying to get off of the PR bandwagon...  Sarah Lacy, tech journalist for Business Week, has a post that demonstrates well why I am really trying to get off of the PR bandwagon.  —  See, on Sunday night a ton of blog posts all went up.  Most of which were pretty congratulatory …
Discussion: Valleywag and Communications …
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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 …
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.
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Warns of Storm Worm Virus  —  The FBI and its partner, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), have received reports of recent spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm malicious software, known as malware.  These e-mails, which contain the phrase “F.B.I. vs. facebook,” …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Tech Daily Dose
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
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.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Suspect in “biggest military hack” loses extradition case  —  The truth may be out there somewhere, but for Gary McKinnon, it will be in the US.  As the British hacker who infiltrated multiple US government computers searching for proof that aliens exist, McKinnon has lost his appeal of extradition and will face trial in US courts.
Discussion: Reuters and WebProNews
 
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
HD Moore pwned with his own DNS exploit, vulnerable AT&T DNS servers to blame
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String for new iPod touch model appears in beta firmware
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