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4:15 PM ET, July 31, 2008

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Stephen Hood / delicious blog:
Oh happy day — the new Delicious is here  —  Over the past few days we've been transitioning Delicious over to our new platform, quietly starting with RSS feeds and APIs.  Today we're taking the final step and flipping the switch on the new web site: delicious.com.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious 2.0 Launches.  Really.  It Totally Launched.  —  YAY!  The long awaited, much promised, never delivered Delicious 2.0 will launch in the next few minutes, just like they promised again last week.  —  The new Delicious is just like the old Delicious, except for the way it looks.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Furrier.org
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Delicious Finally Launches Version 2.0: Easier, Prettier, Faster  —  The popular social bookmarking service Del.icio.us launched a complete redesign of its service today.  Ever since it was bought by Yahoo in 2005, the company added very few new features and the redesign had been rumored to be in the works for almost a year now.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
Concerning the Annual Yahoo! Meeting  —  I will not be attending.  The proxy fight is over and it will not do shareholders or Yahoo! any good to have the annual meeting turn into a media event for no purpose.  Last week, I realized it was impossible to gain enough support from the large institutions …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Launch Venture Fund  —  The WSJ is reporting that Google is set to launch a venture fund to give it the option of investing in startups instead of just flat out buying them.  The fund will be led by Google's SVP Corporate Development David Drummond and Bill Maris …
Discussion: eWeek, MYBLOG by Ouriel and Valleywag
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google's Adventures in Venture Capital
Discussion: Tech Beat
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
YouTube Has Speech-to-Text Functionality.....and it Works  —  YouTube has introduced rich metadata into select videos, which will significantly impact how online video is discovered and consumed.  —  Announced in June, we have found the technology is very useful.
Discussion: Valleywag and Loic Le Meur Blog
David Schatsky / JupiterResearch:
Forrester Buys Jupiter  —  It was announced today that Forrester Research has bought JupiterResearch from MCG Capital for $23 million in cash.  Forrester plans to integrate Jupiter's staff into its Marketing & Strategy division.  The goal is to create a dominant marketing & strategy research organization …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches News Feed Filters - First Look  —  It's been nearly two years since Facebook's News Feed launched.  Tonight, Facebook is turning on the first major change to the News Feed user experience: News Feed filters.  —  News Feed filters are tabs at the top of the News Feed that allow you to view stories of only one type.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Furthers Attack on FriendFeed, Adds Comments to News Feed
Discussion: Industry Standard
BBC:
Google Street View gets go ahead  —  Google's controversial Street View photo-mapping tool has been given the all clear by the UK's privacy watchdog.  —  The system takes pictures of streets and adds them to online maps to let people see what locations look like.
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
True Blu-ray Quality Via Satellite-or Not?  —  High-definition, Blu-ray discs offer consumers what is now the ultimate in picture quality: its programming is recorded in the 1080p format, delivering 1,080 lines of information, progressively scanned.  If you own a large-enough 1080p flat panel TV …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
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The Smoking Gun:
Google: “Complete Privacy Does Not Exist”  —  Defending “Street View” lawsuit, firm says trespasses to be expected  —  Arguing that technology has ensured that “complete privacy does not exist,” Google contends that a Pennsylvania family has no legal grounds to sue the search giant …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds 2nd Beta of iPhone 2.1 Firmware to Developers  —  Just a week after the first iPhone 2.1 beta seed, Apple has released another 2.1 firmware release to developers.  The new version appears to include several bug fixes. … Apple has not announced a timeframe for the 2.1 release …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Infinite Loop
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Martin Heller / Strategic Developer:
Open source ECM Alfresco now emulates SharePoint  —  I had a long talk the other afternoon with John Newton (that's his picture at the left), CTO and Chairman of Alfresco.  John previously co-founded Documentum.  —  If the name Alfresco rings a bell but you can't place it …
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Jack M. Germain / LinuxInsider:   With New Alfresco App, Enterprise Content Management Takes the OSS Road
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wordscraper Hurts My Eyes  —  Yesterday, one day after taking down Scrabuluos in the U.S. and Canada in response to a lawsuit from Hasbro, the Indian brothers behind Scrabulous, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, released a brand new crossword-like game on Facebook called Wordscraper.
Discussion: Technologizer and Washington Post
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DigiTimes:
Asustek preps launch of Ultimate and Pro Fashion Eee PCs; prices to hit US$700 or more  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch more Eee PCs designed to address different market segments, according to company president Jerry Shen.  —  Shen said he anticipates the netbook and Mobile Internet Device …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Open Source and Cloud Computing  —  I've been worried for some years that the open source movement might fall prey to the problem that Kim Stanley Robinson so incisively captured in Green Mars: “History is a wave that moves through time slightly faster than we do.”
Wade / Voltage Blog:
I'll Give You $50 for a Worse Brand Name Than Knol  —  Knol is Google's newest assault on the rest of the internet.  (They're convinced they own it.)  I'm sure it will do well, because it's a Google property, but...  K-N-O-L is their brand name?  I couldn't think of a worse name if I tried.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yo FCC!  Are You Doing Anything About Metered Broadband?  —  In an effort to burnish his public image, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin has taken up a populist and politically lucrative crusade against the evil cable company Comcast and its nefarious efforts to block certain kinds of traffic.
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
Five iTunes 7.7.1 Bug Fixes Detailed  —  Apple has released iTunes 7.7.1 with the criminally terse release notes saying that it “fixes to improve stability and performance.”  As a result, it's nearly impossible to figure out what has changed, although some trawling through Apple's discussion forums yielded actual information.
Discussion: PC World, Gadget Lab and MacUser
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
NewTeeVee Startup Watch: Onecast, Zadby, Anvato, GoAnimate  —  NewTeeVee has been bursting with startup news this week, including news from a bunch of new companies that have barely been mentioned elsewhere, if at all.  So for those GigaOM readers looking for a cheat sheet, I've pulled together one here:
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 
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Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
Response to Wall Street Journal article of July 22, “Icahn Ends Feud …
Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
SEC To Recognize Corporate Blogs as Public Disclosure. …
Chris Faylor / Shacknews:
AIAS President: ‘Game Reviewers Are Lazy’
Discussion: [H] Enthusiast and Destructoid
Laura M. Holson / Bits:
Promise in the Palm of Your Hand
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
EDS shareholders approve HP deal; EDS shoots down layoff rumors
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
CBS: Moonves: CNET On Target; Immediately Accretive; $1 Billion …
Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
Dell Vostro 2510 laptop pops up in flier, $899 for Core 2 Duo and 256MB GPU
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Backbone Sees 20% P2P Drop …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia cuts phone prices, pressuring rivals
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Intel to provide Facebook with hardware, Jedi secrets
Discussion: eWeek and Between the Lines
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Band Leaks Track to BitTorrent, Blames Pirates
Discussion: p2pnet
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Surprise!  A Big Media Company Finally Says Digital Revenue Actually Matters Now
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
Mat Balez / Google Mobile Blog:
Transit directions: Now on S60 & Windows Mobile
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Firewire speed set to increase four-fold