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3:35 PM ET, July 7, 2006


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Michael / MWGblog:
PodShow And Copyright, I'm Non-Plussed  —  After much promotion and delay PodShow finally launched a revamped directory today.  All kinds of stuff going on that I assume is aimed at the new podcaster.  Not really sure of the target demographic, but my guess is the My Space crowd.
Discussion:, Mashable* and loadedpun
Colligan / Paul Colligan's Profitable Podcasting:
Podshow Hysterics  —  So, Podshow Plus launched today (a few hours ago).  Other than the fact that the launch is a few days late, it's slower than a Win98 machine on dialup and the site is buggier than three-week old sushi, things seem to be going "well" in the Blogosphere.  —  From Todd Cochrane:
Unleash day 2  —  Just returned to the Cottage from Rotterdam.  Pretty tired from the week's events, but there's stuff to do and things to patch/fix/glue on  The most obvious being that external feeds should of course link to the original external feed
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Lawsuits Fly Over Google Founders' Big Private Plane  —  Even billionaires have disputes with their contractors.  —  Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the low-key co-founders of Google Inc., set tongues wagging last year when they bought a used Boeing 767 widebody as an unusually large private jet.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Lawsuits Over The Google Party Jet; Arguments Over Bed Sizes On Board  —  New details out now about the Google Jet we've written about before, the used 767 that Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have purchased.  Turns out, there are lawsuits filed over the retrofit of the plane …
Stephanie Mehta /
AOL as Yahoo wannabe  —  If AOL greenlights a plan to give away e-mail, it will be taking yet another page from the Yahoo playbook.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) — AOL has a serious case of Yahoo envy.  —  First, AOL last year built a Yahoo-like Internet portal, putting all its content …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
AOL may give away more of its services  —  NEW YORK - AOL LLC may give away even more of its services, including its vaunted e-mail accounts now limited to paying subscribers, to boost ad revenues and offset declines in subscriptions, a person familiar with the discussions said Thursday.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
AOL May Speed Shift Away From Subscribers
MediaPost Publications:
ABC Looks Beyond Upfront To DVR, Commercial Ratings Issues  —  ABC HAS HELD DISCUSSIONS ON the use of technology that would disable the fast-forward button on DVRs, according to ABC President of Advertising Sales Mike Shaw, with the primary goal to allow TV commercials to run as intended.
Chris Thilk / AdJab:
ABC wants to kill DVR ad-skipping
Discussion: Web X.0 and Gizmodo
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Digg versus New York Times Reality Check  —  Recently I've seen some posts that have hypothesized that Digg could be as big as the New York Times online, based on extrapolations from Digg's reported stats, which surely includes visitors wolrdwide.  Heather Hopkins reported last month on Digg's popularity in the UK.
Business Week:
The Plot To Hijack Your Computer  —  They watch you surf the Web.  They plague you with pop-up ads.  Then they cripple your hard drive  —  Consumers have strong opinions about Direct Revenue's software.  "If I ever meet anyone from your company, I will kill you," a person who identified himself …
Jonathan Loades-Carter / Financial Times:
Microsoft to offer open source document format  —  Microsoft on Thursday bowed to pressure from governments to offer new free open source software that will allow its Office suite of programmes to handle documents in rival formats.  —  The company said it would develop tools to build a …
Joshua Jaffe / VC Ratings:
Google preparing health portal; pitching WebMD and Intuit as partners  —  Google is planning a product that it hopes will overhaul the way patients, doctors, vendors and pharmaceutical companies manage their medical information online.  Dubbed the Google Health Scrapbook …
Video game legend criticises Sony  —  UK video gaming stalwart Jeff Minter has criticised Sony for being "smug" about its PlayStation 3 console.  —  Mr Minter, who founded Llamasoft in 1982 and developed a light synthesiser for the Xbox 360, said the machine was "expensive" and lacked launch games.
Discussion: Things That and Kotaku
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
New Windows Standard Theme in Windows Vista  —  How does Sidebar Geek do it?  I was just putting the finishing touches on a post about the new theme when I found out that Brandon beat me to it.  Well great job picking that up!  I had a chance to chat with Don Lindsay on the User Experience Team …
Red Herring:
Friendster Wins Patent  —  After emerging from debt, Friendster wins a patent on social networking.  —  Friendster said Thursday that it has received a patent that covers online social networks, one the company had applied for long before its decline and recent recapitalization.
Discussion: The Browser
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Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Interesting little google bug
Siemens installs first WiMAX network in Latin America
Discussion: Engadget and GigaOM
Sahad / ContentSutra:
Updated: Kleiner And Sherpalo Invests $5 Million-Plus In Paymate
Discussion: GigaOM and VC Circle
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista's PC-rating tool gets a revamp
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Intel to begin volume production of Rosedale 2 and Ofer-R WiMAX chips …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Phil Wainewright / Software as services:
Google Maps, the fool's gold of mashups
Microsoft Releases Student With Encarta Premium 2007; Teachers …
Discussion: Office Evolution
Samsung A990 3.2-Megapixel Camera Phone Released for Verizon
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Basecamp faces competition in free alternative
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Google joins Xerox as a verb
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
New York to Examine Creating Citywide Broadband Network
Computer Business Review:
Microsoft to start evangelizing Vista to small ISVs
Discussion: M-Dollar