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12:35 AM ET, July 13, 2009


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Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Microsoft Has Turned The Corner  —  I've got to say: in my opinion, Microsoft has turned The Corner.  —  You know The Corner.  —  The one that gets us off of pothole ridden Vista Avenue (one street over from Lincoln in Blue Velvet).  The Corner that requires Microsoft to shed some of the fat …
Discussion: ParisLemon, Thanks:parislemon
Virginia Postrel / New York Times:
What You Pay For  —  Fifteen years ago — before Google or Wikipedia or blogging or Craigs­list or podcasts or YouTube — the technology investor and pundit Esther Dyson wrote an article analyzing the business of “creative content” in a future where the Internet made distribution essentially free.
Discussion: CinemaTech, ParisLemon and TeleRead
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Rosetta Stone Suing Google Over Advertisers' Trademark Use  —  Rosetta Stone, the Arlington language-learning software firm, said yesterday it has filed a lawsuit against Google for trademark infringement, alleging the Internet search giant allowed other companies to use Rosetta Stone's trademark brand …
Chas / ChasNote:
More Bad News for Ad Agencies: Meet Howcast  —  From today's NY Times profile of Howcast, a site that's producing a deep library of how-to videos.  In addition to ad-supported videos on generic topics (how to recognize and avoid poison ivy, or how to how to look hot when you get out of the ocean …
Discussion: New York Times and Beet.TV
Karen Wickre / The Official Google Blog:
Google accounts on Twitter  —  Like lots of you, we've been drawn into Twitter this year.  After all, we're all about frequent updates ourselves, and there's lots happening around here that we want to share with you.  Of course, we enjoy watching, and contributing to, the tweetstream (we hope you find our tweets useful, too).
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD keeps pressure on Intel with more six-headed server chips  —  Advanced Micro Devices is launching two new versions of its chips with six brains today.  The AMD Opteron HE and SE server microprocessors have six cores, or processors, on a single chip.  The introduction is the latest volley …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
When a Blogger Voices Approval, a Sponsor May Be Lurking  —  Colleen Padilla, a 33-year-old mother of two who lives in suburban Philadelphia, has reviewed nearly 1,500 products, including baby clothes, microwave dinners and the Nintendo Wii, on her popular Web site
comScore, Inc.:
Online Gaming Continues Strong Growth in U.S. as Consumers Increasingly Opt for Free Entertainment Alternatives  —  Distributed Gaming Content Publishers Compare Favorably Against Gaming Destination Sites  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
How the Media Wrestle With the Web  —  LIKE a research scientist who gets a chance to play with a chemistry set, Sreenath Sreenivasan, a new-media professor at the Columbia Journalism School, returned to the roots of his chosen field last month riding home on the No. 1 train.
Windows 7 RTM on Track, Compiled  —  We previously reported that the RTM build was delayed due to show-stopper bugs, however, WZor reports that they have managed to meet the compile target date of July 10th, and have compiled the RTM build, which, unlike what we previously suspected, is build 7600.16384.090710-1945, and not 7300.
Tim Greene / Network World:
How to use electrical outlets and cheap lasers to steal data  —  If attackers intent on data theft can tap into an electrical socket near a computer or if they can draw a bead on the machine with a laser, they can steal whatever is being typed into it.  —  How to execute these attacks …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Makes The Twitter “Favorite” Less Of An Unwanted Step-Child  —  The “Favorite” is kind of like the unwanted step child feature of Twitter.  Though it has been around since the early days of the service, they have never really done anything to promote its use.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
French “3 strikes” law returns, now with judicial oversight!
Discussion: Boing Boing
Todd Lewan / Associated Press:
Electronic identification sparks privacy debate
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
New Chief Defends U.S. Base for Agency That Manages Web
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Justin Mullins / New Scientist:
Memristor minds: The future of artificial intelligence
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Soulskill / Slashdot:
UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User
Discussion: Londonist
Ian Paul / PC World:
Does Google Know Too Much About You?
Discussion: I4U News, eWeek and