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5:05 PM ET, July 5, 2006

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Amanda UnBoomed:
Amanda UnBoomed  —  large .mov  —  small .mov  —  .mp4  —  iPod .m4v  —  Thanks to blip.tv for the gracious hosting!
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Amanda "unBoomed"?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Where will Amanda Go?  —  In Broadband Life + Web 2.0 + Online Video
Discussion: Valleywag
Roger O. Crockett / Business Week:
Senate Scorecard: AT&T 1, Google 0  —  Telecom providers gained ground on June 28 when a Senate committee paved the way for them to freely set fees for delivering Net content.  But they still must clear many hurdles on Capitol Hill before winning the "Net neutrality" battle
Discussion: GigaOM and IP Democracy
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Click fraud a huge problem  —  Study finds practice widespread; many cut back online ads  —  Internet advertisers paid $800 million for bogus clicks on their marketing messages last year, shaking confidence in the industry and prompting many to reduce spending with Google, Yahoo and other Web sites …
Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Looking for More Elbow Room  —  In the midst of its biggest expansion in nearly a decade, the world's largest software company has suddenly found itself with a major setback: not enough room to grow.  —  Microsoft — in the midst of a bitter rivalry with Google and Yahoo …
campaigns.wikia.com:
Mission Statement  —  Let's ramp up the intelligence of politics  —  An open letter to the political blogosphere  —  For more than 50 years now, we have been living in the era of television politics.  In the 1950s television first began to have a major impact on politics, and the results were overwhelming.
Todd Wilder / Apple:
Apple Introduces $899 Education Configuration for 17-inch iMac  —  NECC, SAN DIEGO-July 5, 2006-Apple® today introduced a new $899 configuration of the 17-inch iMac® designed specifically for education customers featuring a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, a built-in iSight™ video camera …
Ellie Gibson / gamesindustry.biz:
Sony defends PSP ad following accusations of racism  —  Dutch marketing campaign "has no other message or purpose"  —  Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony Computer Entertainment has defended itself against accusations of racism over a controversial advert for the new 'Ceramic white' PSP.
Discussion: Kotaku and The Browser
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Ad critic: Sony's racially charged PSP ad [update 1]
Discussion: AdJab, The Blogging Times and Kotaku
BBC:
Web perils advise switch to Macs  —  Security threats to PCs with Microsoft Windows have increased so much that computer users should consider using a Mac, says a leading security firm.  —  Sophos security said that the 10 most commonly found pieces of malicious software all targeted Windows machines.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Use Red Swoosh to Serve Files For Free  —  Silicon Valley based Red Swoosh is launching a free, ad supported version of its file serving technology today (the link in this sentence is to the new site - redswoosh.net will redirect sometime overnight).  —  Prior to today Red Swoosh was available …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Dallas Star-Telegram:
Losing their jobs and even their iPods  —  National Semiconductor giveth, and it taketh away.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company gained loads of publicity last month for announcing plans to give every employee a 30-gigabyte video iPod.  —  Last week, the company laid off 35 employees at its Arlington plant.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube challenger offers to pay for video  —  update A new video-sharing site is offering videographers a share of the advertising dollars that their movies generate, at a time when most video-sharing sites are just trying to eke out a profit.  —  Saturday saw the launch of eefoof.com …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Seed (Venture Investing) Rules  —  The following figure self-summarizes venture guy Vinod Khosla's investment returns by amount invested, and then stratified by whether he had a board seat.  The upshot: His highest returns came disproportionately from investments where he put in less than $1m, and from where he had a board seat.
Discussion: GigaOM and B2Day
Dan Milmo / Guardian:
Universal prices CDs to match downloads  —  Universal Music, the world's largest record group, has acknowledged the growing power of iTunes by pricing back-catalogue CDs in line with their download versions.  —  Universal is to split its CDs into three price and product ranges in Europe …
Reuters:
Nikon: Snappy success for digital SLRs  —  Japan's Nikon has boosted shipments of digital-SLR cameras by about 35 percent year-on-year in April and May, putting it on track to beat its annual estimate, the head of its camera unit said Wednesday.  —  Nikon is the world's second-largest maker …
Discussion: PC World's Techlog
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Internet Knows What You'll Do Next  —  A FEW years back, a technology writer named John Battelle began talking about how the Internet had made it possible to predict the future.  When people went to the home page of Google or Yahoo and entered a few words into a search engine …
 
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cbronline.com:
Open source urged to remain European
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Mike / Techdirt:
AP Looks At Piracy Around The World... Misses The Real Story
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Commentful Tracks Comments on Digg, YouTube, Blogs and More
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Robert Scoble on the Harm Caused by Mini-Microsoft
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Developer to raze Bell Labs Holmdel facility, birthplace of the cellphone
Discussion: Joseph Laszlo
Chris Lake / Internet Marketing News and Blog:
The 12 reasons why UK businesses don't blog
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Axes VP8360-B/100 PMP with 100 GB hard drive
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Mark Evans:
The Mysterious Lure of Municipal Wi-Fi
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The Next Web Travel Sites
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
AIM, London creep upward — watch out.
BBC:
Anti-piracy tool confuses users
People's Daily Online:
Google steps up competition in China's on-line books
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Keep Track of Bills with BillQ
Howard W. French / New York Times:
Chinese plan tougher rules on cyberspace
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Networked journalism
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Record industry to sue Yahoo China over pirated tunes