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10:20 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 …
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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
Discussion: FaceReviews and Mashable!
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Scrabble vs. Scrabulous: A lesson in copyright law
Colin Barr / Technology news:
Motorola ekes out small profit  —  Motorola (MOT) shares surged in premarket trading Thursday after the struggling tech titan posted a minuscule second-quarter profit in spite of the latest sales decline at its handset unit.  The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company made $4 million …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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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, FaceReviews and All Facebook
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Now Supports Tagging  —  The Pirate Bay has rolled out a new feature which allows users to add tags to the torrents they upload.  The tags will make it easier to structure and discover new content, and it gives users the opportunity to form tag based groups.
Discussion: Slyck
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shareholders meeting a case of deja vu?  —  Believe in deja vu?  Yahoo shareholders may when they file into the company's annual shareholders meeting on Friday.  —  Last year, an angry mob of investors took Yahoo's CEO to task at the company's annual shareholders meeting …
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
Business Wire:
TheStreet.com Reports Second-Quarter Financial Results  —  Expanding Network Drives 32% Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth  —  Reminder: Conference Call Today at 11:00 a.m. ET  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—TheStreet.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSCM - News), a leading financial media company …
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 …
 
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Mat Balez / Google Mobile Blog:
Transit directions: Now on S60 & Windows Mobile
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds 2nd Beta of iPhone 2.1 Firmware to Developers
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
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
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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.
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Caterina.net:
Joining Hunch  —  After hanging up my purple and yellow cleats …
Discussion: PDA and TechCrunch
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?
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
Safer, Stronger, and More Seamless: VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 Now Available
 

 
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