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12:10 PM ET, July 4, 2006

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Stars & Stripes:
South Korea temporarily lifts decision to block VoIP services  —  Government will discuss Internet calling ban with USFK  —  SEOUL — The decision to block South Korea-based U.S. military community members from making phone calls via the Internet has been put on hold.
Discussion: 21talks
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Agence France Presse:
US firms accuse Qualcomm of unfair practices in South Korea  —  SEOUL, July 3, 2006 (AFP) - Two US technology firms have filed a complaint with South Korea's antitrust watchdog accusing US mobile phone chip developer Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance, officials have said.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
New chip, new case for next Pro Mac at WWDC  —  July 3, 2006 - When Apple unveils its Power Mac G5 replacement at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month, the top-of-the-line computer will sport a new enclosure, Think Secret has confirmed.  —  While specifics were not disclosed …
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
Dennis Hissink / letsgodigital.org:
Samsung NV10  —  Samsung NV10 : Samsung is proud to announce the newest addition to their technologically advanced and stylish Samsung NV Series, the Samsung NV10.  This 10 Megapixel model features the distinctive styling of the NV Series including an innovative touch pad Graphical User Interface …
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Metacafe Gets $15 million for Video-Sharing Site  —  Metacafe, the popular Israeli video site, has taken a hefty $15 million in funding from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners - on top of an original investment from Benchmark of $5 million.  Metacafe, which launched in 2003 …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MetaCafe lands $15 mill more for video sharing
Discussion: paidContent.org
Steve Wiseman / IntelliAdmin.com:
Why Windows takes so long to shut down.  —  We all have been there.  It is 4:55 and you want to get out of work...But you want to make sure your system is shutdown for the night.  You dutifully close all of your applications and start shutting down  —  5 minutes later it *finally* powers off
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
More Internet users mobile than wired in Japan  —  The number of Internet users in Japan accessing from cellphones exceeded those using it from personal computers in 2005, according to a government report published Tuesday.  —  At the end of the year there were 69.2 million people using …
Paul Boutin / Slate:
IT'S COMING.  IT'LL BE GREAT.  YOU'LL HATE IT.  —  For a sneak peek at the future of computing, go to YouOS and click "Try a Demo."  Your browser window turns into a desktop of its own, with sub-windows for e-mail, chat, and Web browsing.  There are also links on the YouOS desktop for a sticky-notes program and a rich-text editor.
Read/WriteWeb:
Doing The Silicon Valley Conference Circuit  —  My third trip to the US is almost over, as I'm flying back to good old NZ tomorrow.  I thought I'd write a quick post about my experiences from this trip.  In particular about the 3 conferences I went to: Supernova, BloggerCon and Gnomedex.
Discussion: Scripting News
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
MS: 20% of WGA failures not caused by pirated keys  —  You don't need to look very hard to find outraged Windows customers who have been branded pirates by Windows Genuine Authentication.  And a hefty number of them claim they're being unfairly targeted, with legitimate Windows copies that are being tagged as stolen or pirated.
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Identity Thief Finds Easy Money Hard to Resist  —  By the time of Shiva Brent Sharma's third arrest for identity theft, at the age of 20, he had taken in well over $150,000 in cash and merchandise in his brief career.  After a certain point, investigators stopped counting.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket Distributing Custom Flock Browser  —  Photobucket, a very popular photo sharing service, is now distributing a custom version of the Flock Mozilla-based browser.  A tour of the photo features of the browser is here.  This comes less than a month after the release of the first public beta version of Flock (reviewed here).
Discussion: Mashable* and AMCP Tech Blog
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
In Depth: Five Things You Must Know About VoIP  —  Ready to bring VoIP into your business?  Getting pressure to implement it but trying to avoid it?  Here's our five-point take on the state of the technology.  —  Like any emerging technology, voice over IP presents a painful series of …
Discussion: Realtime-VoIP and VoIP Watch
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Gawker's Restructuring, Old New Media, and Bubble 2.0  —  Gawker's Nick Denton has announced a restructuring, including a staff shake-up and the sale of two under-performing sites.  Nick is a smart guy, and he's clearly getting ready for the inevitable moment when the new media bubble begins to deflate …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm halts Euro Treo 650 shipments  —  Palm will ship no further Treo 650 smart phones into Europe, the company said last week.  The reason: the handset doesn't pass Europe's Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, which came into force this past Saturday.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Aaron / The Blog Herald:
Defining Blog Networks  —  What is a blog network?  It's a question I hear asked often, especially since I'm involved with a network.  Blog Herald, too, is involved with a network.  —  Tyme has a good grip on what a network technically is: … Darren thinks there is a much more organic definition:
 
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Valleywag:
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
If Google Didn't Exist...  * our mail account would still …
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Q&A with Firefox's Blake Ross: Extended version
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Nick / Rough Type:
Netscape's junk drawer
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
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Valley firms going quiet
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Marc / Wooster Collective:
ANOTHER CRATE PIECE FROM MELBOURNE
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Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Why No Lester Bangs of Gaming?
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Ram Shriram: Things looking bubbly in India
Discussion: VC Circle
Blake Ross / Blake Ross on Firefox:
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Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Ending Click Fraud with Pay-Per-Percentage
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HD-DVD clearly outshines Blu-ray
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Your exit interview of me  —  Thanks for asking great questions today.