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3:10 PM ET, July 31, 2008

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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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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.
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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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.
Discussion: Furrier.org
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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.
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
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
True Blu-ray Quality Via Satellite-or Not?  —  High-definition, Blu-ray discs offer consumers what is now the ultimate in picture quality: its programming is recorded in the 1080p format, delivering 1,080 lines of information, progressively scanned.  If you own a large-enough 1080p flat panel TV …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
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Electronista:
DISH first to broadcast live 1080p TV
Discussion: I4U News, CrunchGear and Gadgetell
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 …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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.
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.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Furthers Attack on FriendFeed, Adds Comments to News Feed
Discussion: Industry Standard
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 …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
FireWire 1600 and 3200 approved by IEEE
Discussion: Gadget Lab and MacUser
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 …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
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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
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wordscraper Hurts My Eyes
Discussion: Technologizer and Washington Post
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 …
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.
Discussion: eWeek and Gearlog
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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: open
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.
Discussion: Industry Standard
Windows Live FrameIt:
Welcome!  —  Thanks for visiting the blog for the Windows Live FrameIt beta.  FrameIt is a beta Windows Live service.  If you haven't seen it yet, give it a try at http://frameit.live.com.  —  FrameIt has some wrinkles that we are still trying to iron out and we have a lot of features in the pipeline.
 
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Backbone Sees 20% P2P Drop …
Discussion: Electronista
Learn. Rank. Dominate.:
Google Beta Testing Showing Related Phrases Near Documents in Search Results
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
Five iTunes 7.7.1 Bug Fixes Detailed
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Macworld and MacUser
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Inside Higher Ed:
In New Media Programs, Who Benefits?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Gawker
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
Educators Forced to Become MPAA's Cops
Discussion: The Chronicle
Martin Heller / Strategic Developer:
Open source ECM Alfresco now emulates SharePoint
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia cuts phone prices, pressuring rivals
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Intel to provide Facebook with hardware, Jedi secrets
Discussion: eWeek and Between the Lines
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Band Leaks Track to BitTorrent, Blames Pirates
Discussion: p2pnet
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Surprise!  A Big Media Company Finally Says Digital Revenue Actually Matters Now
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yo FCC! Are You Doing Anything About Metered Broadband?
InfoWorld:
Oracle buys Global Knowledge Software
Discussion: Between the Lines
Mat Balez / Google Mobile Blog:
Transit directions: Now on S60 & Windows Mobile
Caterina.net:
Joining Hunch  —  After hanging up my purple and yellow cleats …
Discussion: The Social, PDA and Valleywag
Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers Think Locally for Online Ads
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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