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2:20 PM 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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Heather Green / Blogspotting:
The Meaning of Being Bearish on Blogs is....  I skimmed David Carr's column in the NYTimes about Nick Denton entitled "A Blog Mogul Turns Bearish on Blogs" trying to understand the meaning of the headline.  What part of blogging is Gawker Media's Denton bearish about?  —  Frankly, I am still not sure.
Rex Hammock's Weblog:
Blog mogul?  The NYT's David Carr has a piece today about Nick Denton that includes this quote regarding the PaidContent.org mixer in New York last week: "It made me want to move to Budapest, batten down the hatches and wait for the zombies to run out of food."  (Note: What follows is a rant about the article, not about Nick.)
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: Mr. Firefox looks to the future  —  Blake Ross was a teenager in 2002 when he and fellow software developer Dave Hyatt launched the Mozilla Firefox project — a community-made Web browser that has won devoted fans and taken market share from Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Focus on the users  —  I was a user, developer and web writer during …
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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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.
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.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Seven Groups Vie for Wireless Silicon Valley Plan  —  A little weekend news about a very large project: The Joint Venture Silicon Valley business group paired with a joint government coalition to issue an RFP a few months ago to unwire the entire valley.  I wrote about the scope of this project …
Discussion: 21talks and GigaOM
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.
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Site Tempts Video Makers by Offering to Pay Them  —  If creators of homemade Internet video get tired of producing something for nothing, they can post their work on Lulu.tv.  —  The Web site, which lets people upload and watch video clips, said last week that it would begin charging …
Discussion: Mashable*
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
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 …
Mark Evans:
Google-Bashing  —  BusinessWeek takes a nice, healthy run at Google and its inability 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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NOW, THIS READS WRONG TO ME  —  There are always lawsuits against big targets, and initially the suit filed by KinderStart against Google, in which the parenting site/vertical search engine complained that it's ranking has been intentionally lowered, felt like a nuisance and nothing more.
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
 
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