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9:40 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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huffingtonpost.com:
Shakeup At Gawker Media: Jesse Oxfeld Out; Shuffle Across Blogs; Two Properties Up For Sale  —  Big news at Gawker Media: on the eve of the July 4th weekend: a cross-company shakeup which has seen editors shuffled and dismissed, hierarchies re-established, and two sites put up for sale.
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
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Ending Click Fraud with Pay-Per-Percentage  —  In Pay-Per-Percentage vs. PPC, Shimon Sandler points out an interesting new paper from the folks at Microsoft Research - Pay-Per-Percentage of Impressions: An Advertising Method that is Highly Robust to Fraud (pdf)
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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 …
Valleywag:
The Anatomy of the Google Product Cycle  —  BusinessWeek's hype-killing article on Google's product line has everyone buzzing about the company's product cycle.  Guest writer Garry Bibb explains the process — it all starts with a Battlestar Galactica marathon and some Mike's Hard Lemonade.
Neville / NevilleHobson.com:
RSS subscription surprises in Feedburner stats  —  If you use Feedburner for distribution of your RSS feed, it's worth paying attention to the useful statistics about your feed such as how many people subscribe to it and which RSS reader they use.  —  Even if you only use FB's free standard stats rather …
Discussion: Alex Barnett blog and LexBlog Blog
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*
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Academics break the Great Firewall of China  —  Computer experts from the University of Cambridge claim not only to have breached the Great Firewall of China, but have found a way to use the firewall to launch denial-of-service attacks against specific Internet Protocol addresses in the country.
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.
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.
Don Lindich / centredaily.com:
HD-DVD clearly outshines Blu-ray  —  Q: What are your thoughts regarding the new HD-DVD and Blu-ray high definition video discs?  —  A: HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc are the two new formats competing to be the high-definition video disc of the future.  Each promises to provide much better picture quality than standard DVD.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
The internet needs YOU!  —  US government asks for comments on how net is run  —  The US government is asking for comments on how the internet should be run, and anyone is allowed to comment - but you'll need to be quick.  —  The NTIA - an arm of the US government's department of commerce …
Discussion: TechSpot and Dvorak Uncensored
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Supernova 12  —  Over 100 startups applied to present their companies at the TechCrunch-sponsored Connected Innovators program at the Supernova conference last week.  Twelve were selected and had a chance to launch their new products to an audience of hundreds.
Discussion: vpod.tv
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
Real DJs Code Live  —  LONDON — Some DJs spin vinyl or twiddle fader knobs.  Others write subroutines in C++.  —  A new brand of music maestro is turning programming into performance, eschewing turntables for a compiler and a mind for syntax structure.  "Livecoding" practitioners improvise using Perl …
Discussion: My blog index
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MetaCafe lands $15 mill more for video sharing
Discussion: paidContent.org
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Zopa, the online marketplace for lending, raises $5m to match Prosper
Discussion: PostBubble
Sploid:
Spies love blogging!
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Your exit interview of me  —  Thanks for asking great questions today.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Class Action Suits Hit Vonage
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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DarthFredd / digg:
Uninstalling Google Desktop may "break your internet"
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
Dreams of a Truly Mobile Web
Discussion: Smart Mobs and MocoNews.net
New York Times:
Internet Calling Pressures Bells to Lower Rates
Andrew Becker / Contra Costa Times:
Some countries already monitor text messages
Discussion: 21talks and textually.org
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
PalTalk to offer massive multiperson video chat for social networks
Discussion: 21talks
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Sports Illustrated for Kids knows Wii release date