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9:45 PM ET, July 31, 2008

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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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Delicious 2.0: Who bookmarks any more?  —  When I saw the news about the launch of Delicious 2.0, I can't say I felt a huge wave of joy, despite the fact that I am what most people would probably consider a hard-core Delicious user, with about 10,000 webpages saved since I started using it.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:   Delicious Finally Launches Version 2.0: Easier, Prettier, Faster
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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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: Mike Cane 2008 and Epeus' epigone
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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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 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Furthers Attack on FriendFeed, Adds Comments to News Feed  —  Late last night Facebook updated user newsfeeds under the new profile design.  The move was expected as Mark Zuckerberg gave a first preview during the f8 keynote last week.  The new feature enables users to filter through …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches News Feed Filters - First Look
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft discloses Google, Apple threat, plus Danger sale price  —  The language in Microsoft's new annual report filed today shows just how concerned the company is about the threat from Google and Apple.  —  Their different business models - ad-supported online software as a service …
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Business Wire:
Monster Adds Next Generation Intelligent Search Technology with Acquisition of Trovix, Inc.  —  Acquisition will enable Monster to Provide Unrivaled Search and Match Capabilities  —  Company also announces acquisition of Armees.com; Alliances with Cornerstone OnDemand and HireRight
Discussion: Voices, Tech Trader Daily and Cheezhead
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Mattathias Schwartz / New York Times:
Malwebolence  —  One afternoon in the spring of 2006, for reasons unknown to those who knew him, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh grader from Rochester, Minn., took a .22-caliber rifle down from a shelf in his parents' bedroom closet and shot himself in the head.
Mat Balez / Google Mobile Blog:
Transit directions: Now on S60 & Windows Mobile  —  A few weeks ago we released Google Maps for mobile with Transit directions for BlackBerry and Java-based handsets.  Now, with the release of version 2.2 of the application for Symbian S60 (3rd edition or later) and Windows Mobile (2005 or later) …
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Elaine Filadelfo / Google LatLong:
Tip of the week: Getting where you need to go
Discussion: Google Maps Mania and AppScout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Philip Rosedale Doesn't See Browser-Based Virtual Worlds As A Threat to Second Life.  Is He In Denial?  —  Recently, there's been a growing wave of startups and products appearing that are bringing 3-D virtual worlds to the browser.  These include Vivaty, Google's Lively project, and the Electric Sheep Co.'s WebFlock.
Christopher Null:
California judge rules early cell phone termination fees illegal  —  In one of the most significant legal rulings in the tech industry this year, a Superior Court judge in California has ruled that the practice of charging consumers a fee for ending their cell phone contract early is illegal and violates state law.
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, MacUser and Macworld
Giles Turnbull / TUAW:
The wrong kind of 1%  —  MobileMe account holders trying to contact Apple's email outage chat support service have been promptly and brutally cut off if they're not on Apple's list of the “1%” of users affected — and in one case, even if they are.  —  Some TUAW readers have been in touch …
Discussion: MacUser
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: Techdirt and p2pnet
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:
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter tells me NASA has found water on Mars!  —  In yet another powerful showcase of Twitter's potential power as a disseminator of information, today several people received the first information via the micro messaging service that NASA confirmed its Phoenix Mars Lander has in fact found water on Mars.
Discussion: Computerworld
 
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MIT researchers split water to store solar energy
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DataCase turns iPhone into wireless storage device
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Sun girds its grid for cloud business spin out
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