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11:20 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 …
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
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
Discussion: ...on pampers … and The Register
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.
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.
Discussion: The Register
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Britain Clears The Way For Google Street Views
Rafat Ali /
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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) …
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 …
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: CNET, PDA and TechCrunch
David Kaplan /
Forrester Buys JupiterResearch For $23 Million  —  Forrester Research has bought rival tech and media analyst JupiterResearch along with its parent company, JUPR Holdings, from MCG Capital Corporation for $23 million in cash.  The announcement was made by the Jordan, Edmiston Group, which managed the deal.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Firewire speed set to increase four-fold  —  The group behind development of FireWire, the IEEE, has approved the new IEEE 1394-2008 specification that gives support for better bandwidth of up to 3.2Gbps.  —  In an attempt to maintain compatibility between different evolutions of FireWire …
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
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 …
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Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
SEC unanimously approves use of corporate blogs to meet Reg FD requirements
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Oracle buys Global Knowledge Software
Discussion: Computerworld
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Now Supports Tagging
Discussion: Slyck
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
How NVIDIA will Invade and Change the Apple MacBook Line this Year
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yahoo shareholders meeting a case of deja vu?
Jon / p2pnet:
New Bell Canada throttling plan: Goodbye DSL
Discussion: DSLreports
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
MPs tell internet firms to police ‘dark side’ of web
Discussion: The Register and WebProNews
Mark Krynsky / Lifestream Blog:
AOL Launches buddyupdates Lifestreaming Service and Nobody Noticed
Discussion: Profy.Com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialmedian Brings A New Take On News Filtering
John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
Discovering How Greeks Computed in 100 B.C.
Discussion: Switched and Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
JavaFX SDK preview launches: Can Sun play the RIA game?
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
Safer, Stronger, and More Seamless: VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 Now Available