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9:50 AM ET, July 31, 2008

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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Extend Reach With Venture-Capital Arm  —  Ex-Entrepreneur Hired To Assist in Setup; Brand-Name Advantage  —  Google Inc. is working on plans to start a venture-capital arm, according to several people briefed on the discussions.  —  The group will be lead by David Drummond …
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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: The Next Web
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Report: Google developing VC arm
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Scrabulous’ gets a nip-tuck, returns as ‘Wordscraper’  —  In the high school cafeteria of Facebook apps, Scrabulous is like that girl who gets in trouble for showing too much skin, only to throw on a hoodie and be let back into the principal's good graces.  Sort of.
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Amit Chowdhry / Pulse 2.0:   Scrabulous Relaunches Under A New Facebook App Name Called Wordscraper
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Scrabble vs. Scrabulous: A lesson in copyright law
YouTube Blog:
YouTube and Omnisio Join Forces  —  As you probably guessed, we're big fans of anything that lets people interact with online video and gives the YouTube community the chance to express themselves in creative ways.  New features such as Video Annotations, which allow you to insert comments …
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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: Profy.Com and FaceReviews
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Surprise!  Motorola posts profit; Isn't unraveling as handset sales crater  —  Motorola posted a small profit excluding charges-a small victory, but enough to top Wall Street estimates calling for a loss of 3 cents a share.  The company's enterprise and networking business carried the quarter.
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Motorola Announces Second-Quarter Financial Results  — Positive operating cash flow of $204 million; ended the quarter with a net cash position of $3.6 billion  — Home and Networks Mobility sales growth of 7 percent and operating earnings growth of 28 percent as compared to the second quarter of last year
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
“The Mojave Experiment:” Bad Science, Bad Marketing  —  I guess I should first admit I hate the show Punk'd.  I mean, here's a guy who is famous for lying about his age so he seems hipper, telling us that his show's purpose it to deflate the big egos on other stars, and show them what truly matters in life.
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Windows Mobile in the Dunk Tank  —  Most of the press coverage of Microsoft recently has obviously been focused on their on-off pursuit of the coy Yahoo!.  Followed by lots of analyses of what Redmond needs to do now to catch up in Search and Advertising.  —  Mr Ballmer has also spoken …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Windows Mobile misses annual shipment target
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
HOW BIG IS THE FREE ECONOMY?  —  Here's a question I get all the time: how big is the free economy?  That's harder to answer than you might think, for both definition and measurement reasons.  But here's a first past at doing it anyway.  —  (Note: I'm just using US figures below, unless marked otherwise)
Discussion: P2P Foundation and open
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Watchdog clears Google's street cameras  —  Google's controversial Street View service - which will offer ground-level pictures of every UK street online -can finally be launched in Britain, after a privacy watchdog said it had no complaints about the service.
Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers Think Locally for Online Ads  —  Sales Efforts Increase, But ‘Smaller Dollars’ Prove Hard to Chase  —  In an effort to make up for their plunging print-ad revenues, newspaper companies have been scrambling to train their sales teams in the intricacies of selling online ads to local marketers.
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
LG's New Blu-Ray Box Includes Netflix Streaming; “Well Under $500”  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) announced its first direct-to-TV movie partnership with LG Electronics (SEO: 066570) early this year, but was short on details then.  Since then, it launched through a low-cost Roku box.
Caterina.net:
Joining Hunch  —  After hanging up my purple and yellow cleats, dodging some headhunters, taking a brief vacation, hanging out at some very hot board meetings and pondering the future of social software, it was fairly obvious that I was going to have to do another something.
Discussion: PDA and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialmedian Brings A New Take On News Filtering  —  There is no shortage of social news aggregators looking to help users cut through the noise on the web.  Digg is by far the most popular, with similar offerings from Reddit, Newsvine, and a host of others.
 
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Maile Ohye / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
A day in the life of webmaster support
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon shows Blitz
Discussion: Gadgetell and IntoMobile
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shareholders meeting a case of deja vu?
Discussion: BoomTown
Jon / p2pnet:
New Bell Canada throttling plan: Goodbye DSL
Discussion: DSLreports
IDG News Service:
Nintendo Clear Winner in Second Quarter Game Shipments
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile:
GottaBeMobile.com Adds Ink Support To Their Forums
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Market Wire:
Symantec Reports Strong First Quarter Revenue and Earnings
Mark Krynsky / Lifestream Blog:
AOL Launches buddyupdates Lifestreaming Service and Nobody Noticed
 Earlier Items: 
IDG News Service:
Sony Begins Accepting Applications for PlayStation Home Beta
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: An Illustrated Guide to Every Stupid Cable You Need
Ernest Svenson / Ernie The Attorney:
How to gather news quickly
Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
Five Open Questions in Email
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
JavaFX SDK preview launches: Can Sun play the RIA game?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Guy Who Hacked Into US Military Computers Overplays His Hand …
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
Safer, Stronger, and More Seamless: VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 Now Available
 

 
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