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10:30 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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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 …
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
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: VoIP Watch
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Life-Changing Applications Don't Come Along Very Often
Discussion: Mark Evans and InsideGoogle
Joost / RE. Design News Reluct.com design …:
Quite alarming  —  Not just the watch, but also the alarm clock …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Seven bidders for Wireless Silicon Valley
Discussion: 21talks
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Bitch Session with Jeremy Zawodny: Gnomedex 6.0
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung's Yepp YP-T9 with Bluetooth hits FCC
Justin Baillargeon / QJ.NET - PSP Updates:
[Breaking News] 2.50/2.60 Downgrader - v5 Beta Released
Discussion: Kotaku and Engadget
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Firefox in the next 9 months
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Delete All Spam In Gmail
Sam Ruby:
Repave Periodically  —  Bill de hÓra: I don't have time to change OSes
Daniel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Internet and Land-Line Calls on One Phone
Discussion: Skype Journal and IP Democracy
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Some MacBooks have premature age spots