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11:20 AM ET, July 3, 2006

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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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Bloomberg:
Yahoo China to Be Sued by Music Labels Including EMI (Update1)  —  July 3 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo China, the nation's second- largest search engine, will be sued by record labels for infringing copyright laws within ``a few weeks,'' according to a group representing companies including EMI Group Plc.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! China faces new copyright law  —  The International Federation for the Phonographic Industry, an organization with an antiquated name at the very least, has announced that it will file suit against Yahoo! China for copyright infringement under a new law that came into effect in China this weekend.
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 …
New York Times:
Internet Calling Pressures Bells to Lower Rates  —  Competition in the phone business, intensifying this year as Internet-based calling has taken root, has reached the point where many industry experts are anticipating an era of remarkably cheap and even free calls.
Discussion: IP Democracy and VoIP Watch
Mark Evans:
Google-Bashing  —  BusinessWeek takes a nice, healthy run at Google and its ability to come up with another smash-hit.  In the story, "So Much Fanfare, So Few Hits", BusinessWeek pokes a big stick at Google's modus operandi to release new services (Spreadsheet, etc.) that receive lots of buzz but only modest acceptance by users.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Google to stay focused on search  —  Online search is not a "solved problem", a senior executive for net giant Google has told BBC News.  —  "Our position is that search is a very hard problem.  We have still a lot of work to do," said Douglas Merrill, who looks after internal engineering.
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
Dreams of a Truly Mobile Web  —  Net Needs to Escape Its Computer Cage,  —  But Best of Luck Freeing It in the U.S.  —  It's a longstanding maxim of this column that the future generally doesn't arrive with a lot of flash and noise — instead, it sneaks up on you.
Discussion: Smart Mobs and MocoNews.net
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Angel Kitty USB keyboard for the naughty geeky lover  —  After the USB powered shirt here is something naughty, a maid's costume with a functional USB keyboard wrapped around the chest region.  The 85 key keyboard is bendable and made of silicon to give you the right feeling and avoid damage to your girlfriend.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Andrew Becker / Contra Costa Times:
Some countries already monitor text messages  —  As text messaging evolves into a popular method of global communication, some repressive governments are reading along, texting back and even editing messages — with the help of North American companies.  —  A joke received by cell-phone text message …
Discussion: textually.org and 21talks
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 …
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
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: Engadget, Joystiq, Kotaku and DigitalBattle
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Seven bidders for Wireless Silicon Valley
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Discussion: Kotaku and Engadget
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Delete All Spam In Gmail
Daniel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Internet and Land-Line Calls on One Phone
Discussion: Skype Journal and IP Democracy