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7:55 AM ET, July 3, 2006

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New York Times:
A Search Engine That's Becoming an Inventor  —  When Google was a graduate-school project being run from a Silicon Valley garage, its founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, built their own computers out of cheap parts meant for personal computers.  They wanted to save money …
David Carr / New York Times:
A Blog Mogul Turns Bearish on Blogs  —  THE blogging bubble has been taking on serious air of late.  Last week, PaidContent.org, a blog that covers digital media, held its first mixer.  It was, by all reports, filled to the brim with money and content guys speed dating on the way to marriage.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Gawker Trims Portfolio, Lays Off Bloggers  —  The New York Times is reporting that Gawker Media founder and CEO Nick Denton is putting two of his lowest performing blogs on the block, reorganizing others and laying off several people.  —  Sploid and Screenhead are being sold.
Wall Street Journal:
Israeli Soldier's Captors Set Tuesday Deadline Japan's Business Optimism Rises 'Superman' Lands Atop Box Office China Network Denies PCCW Report  —  Filmmaker Hao Wu returned to his homeland to document the changes shaping Chinese society.  But the story of his arrest illustrates how blurry …
Google Blogoscoped:
Different Types of Google Trends  —  Google Trends shows the volume for different search queries over time.  Nadine Schmidt-Mänz at the Berlin search engines workshop last Monday categorized a bunch of these searches.  Her work was based on storing & analyzing search live tickers …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
PalTalk to offer massive multiperson video chat for social networks  —  The video chat company PalTalk will go live on Monday with a new social networking service designed to be a proof of concept for the inclusion of video chat in social networks.  PalTalk already has a thriving business …
Discussion: 21talks
Sam Ruby:
Repave Periodically  —  Bill de hÓra: I don't have time to change OSes  —  That's scary.  When was the last time you installed any version of Windows?  For me, it was April.  —  My biggest concern is an involuntary need to reinstall that comes at a time that I can least afford it.
Discussion: Bill de hÓra
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Another reason to love Open Source
Discussion: Open Culture
Arieanna / Blogaholics:
Bitch Session with Jeremy Zawodny: Gnomedex 6.0  —  Related entries in Opinion, Social networking, Events  —  I think it's appropriate that Jeremy Zawodny moves into a planned "bitch session" [particularly social software/media] after the bitch slapping of our last session.
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Sports Illustrated for Kids knows Wii release date  —  You find gaming information in the weirdest places.  Reader Eryin was scanning through the latest issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids when he came upon an article on the PS3 and Wii.  According to SIforK, the Wii is coming out November 6th.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and DigitalBattle
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Firefox in the next 9 months  —  I heard a few questions yesterday about the future of Firefox and its product goals, differentiating factors, and its positioning against Microsoft and its Internet Explorer browser.  I've been following the Firefox process intermittently so I'll outline …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Focus on the users  —  I was a user, developer and web writer during the Browser Wars and the Java Wars, and I pleaded and begged Microsoft, Netscape and Sun to pay attention to the users, and not focus on each other.  But like two parents fighting while the kids are going hungry …
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Delete All Spam In Gmail  —  Gmail has a great spam filter, but the spam is hard to delete.  And that's a problem if you get hundreds of spam messages everyday.  Gmail is rolling out a new link called "Delete all spam messages now" so you don't have to repeatedly select all messages and delete them.
Daniel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Internet and Land-Line Calls on One Phone  —  At one point, the biggest selling point in Internet phone services was price.  —  Companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp. and 8x8 Inc. enticed customers with calling plans that offered local and long-distance services over a high-speed Internet connection for as little as $15 a month.
Discussion: Skype Journal and IP Democracy
Jessie Seyfer / Mercury News:
Seven bidders step up with wireless Net plan for valley  —  NETWORK TO COVER 1,500 SQUARE MILES FROM SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH SANTA CRUZ  —  Seven bidders stepped up Friday with proposals for bringing affordable wireless Internet access to all 1,500 square miles of Silicon Valley — a costly, technically challenging task.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Seven bidders for Wireless Silicon Valley
Discussion: 21talks
Justin Baillargeon / QJ.NET - PSP Updates:
[Breaking News] 2.50/2.60 Downgrader - v5 Beta Released  —  Yes, you have read the title right - 2.50/2.60 Downgrader.  Dark_Alex, along with Mathieulh and Yoshihiro from SonyXTeam, have released the first working 2.50/2.60 downgrader.  Most credit goes to Dark_Alex (as said by Mathieulh) as he is the founder of the downgrader.
Discussion: Engadget and Kotaku
 
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