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8:05 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.
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  —  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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Industry Standard
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
California judge rules Sprint's early termination fees illegal  —  A judge in California has ruled that Sprint Nextel's early termination fees are illegal and said the wireless operator should pay back $18.2 million in collected fees to consumers, a decision that could help sway decisions on similar cases throughout the country.
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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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
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
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 …
Discussion: SarahLacy.com
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches News Feed Filters - First Look
Discussion: VentureBeat and Todd Watson
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
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
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.
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 service that NASA's has confirmed that its Phoenix Mars Lander has in fact found water on Mars.
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
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.
 
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft discloses Google, Apple threat, plus Danger sale price
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
RealNetworks Earnings Call: Glaser: Most Turbulent Environment Since …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows XP SP3 finally arrives on Automatic Updates
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Can New Media Be Taught in Schools?
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed and Gawker
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun girds its grid for cloud business spin out
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
NewTeeVee Startup Watch: Onecast, Zadby, Anvato, GoAnimate
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CBS: Moonves: CNET On Target; Immediately Accretive; $1 Billion …
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Wordscraper Hurts My Eyes
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True Blu-ray Quality Via Satellite-or Not?
David Schatsky / JupiterResearch:
Forrester Buys Jupiter
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yo FCC! Are You Doing Anything About Metered Broadband?
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Firewire speed set to increase four-fold
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Google: “Complete Privacy Does Not Exist”
 

 
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