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6:50 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.
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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Delicious 2.0: Who bookmarks any more?  —  When I saw the news …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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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Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
SEC To Recognize Corporate Blogs as Public Disclosure.  Can We Now Kill the Press Release?  —  For several years, Sun CEO, Jonathan Schwartz has lobbied the SEC to allow disclosure of financial information through corporate blogs.  In a landmark announcement, it seems that Mr. Schwartz …
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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
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Provides iPhone Developers with Daily Download Stats  —  Apple is now offering registered iPhone developers with daily download statistics on how well their applications are doing in the App Store.  —  Before today, most developers had been left in the dark about their applications performance …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and iLounge
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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Todd Watson
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Furthers Attack on FriendFeed, Adds Comments to News Feed
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Monster Acquires Job Search Site Trovix For $72.5 Million; Military Site Armees.com  —  Monster, the incumbent job site, has announced a couple of deals this afternoon, as it looks to fight off upstart competitors, like LinkedIn, Craigslist, Indeed.com and TheLadders... first it has acquired …
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Business Wire:
Monster Adds Next Generation Intelligent Search Technology …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.”
Discussion: Epeus' epigone
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.
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, Macworld and MacUser
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 …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google's Adventures in Venture Capital
Discussion: Portfolio.com, Tech Beat and GMSV
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Band Leaks Track to BitTorrent, Blames Pirates  —  When we reported about the leak of a BuckCherry track last week, and specifically the band's response to it, we hinted that this could be a covert form of self-promotion.  Indeed, after a few days of research we found out that the track …
Discussion: p2pnet
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Google Beta Testing Showing Related Phrases Near Documents in Search Results  —  While using Opera I noticed the following Google test which places related phrases near some documents in the search results  —  When I entered our above link building page into the Google AdWords Keyword Tool …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
McAfee acquires Reconnex, inks distribution pacts
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker hires law firm that has beaten Apple before
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun girds its grid for cloud business spin out
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Anton / Digg the Blog:
Digg Recommendation Engine Updates
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
NewTeeVee Startup Watch: Onecast, Zadby, Anvato, GoAnimate
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
EDS shareholders approve HP deal; EDS shoots down layoff rumors
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CBS: Moonves: CNET On Target; Immediately Accretive; $1 Billion …
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AT&T Backbone Sees 20% P2P Drop …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wordscraper Hurts My Eyes
Martin Heller / Strategic Developer:
Open source ECM Alfresco now emulates SharePoint
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Intel to provide Facebook with hardware, Jedi secrets
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True Blu-ray Quality Via Satellite-or Not?
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