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10:20 AM ET, July 7, 2006


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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Digg's Defense  —  Hitwise has analyzed the data and come …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Hitwise: NyTimes still way ahead of Digg
Robert S Sutor / Bob Sutor:
Microsoft press release about ODF - it's a start, but quit the FUD  —  An Indian colleague just pointed me to a Microsoft press release "Microsoft Expands Document Interoperability: Company to Sponsor Open Source Project for Open XML-ODF File Translation to Deliver More Choice for Government Customers and Their Constituents."
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 …
Microsoft allows open document format for software
Felicia R. Lee / New York Times:
A Rift at the Video Blog Rocketboom Triggers a Cyberspace Soap Opera  —  Star Jones Reynolds and Dan Rather, meet Amanda Congdon.  —  The departure of Ms. Congdon, the popular host of the well-known video blog, is not exactly on a par with Ms. Reynolds's rift with "The View" on ABC or Mr. Rather's with CBS News.
RocketBoom Goes Boom
Discussion: Chris Pirillo
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Dude struck by lightning, blames iPod  —  Well, at least we can't say that Apple's iPod branding hasn't managed to weave its way through all facets of the media.  It appears as if a Colorado teenager was out wandering around during a storm, listening to his iPod when the (I guess) inevitable happened:
Discussion: Techdirt, Gizmodo, Denver Post and OhGizmo!
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and Spyware Confidential
USA Today:
Does Microsoft have an iPod up its sleeve?  —  SEATTLE — Microsoft kept mum Thursday about widely circulating reports that it is developing a would-be iPod killer timed to hit store shelves for the holiday shopping season.  —  But that didn't stop the digerati from speculating about the device …
Discussion: SearchViews and
Geeknews / Geek News Central Revealing Technical News …:
What was Podshow Thinking Hijacking my RSS Feed!  —  First things First, if you have a Podcast that is listed on Podshow then you going to need to hope that people that visit that site dig around pretty deep to find a link to your home page, as it is buried beneath a couple layers of web pages.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Microsoft planning WiFi-enabled portable media player, working on MVNO for next year  —  Ok, by now it's more or less an open secret that Microsoft is going to shift away from its current model and go straight after the iPod with a portable media player of its own, but we've landed …
Samsung A990 3.2-Megapixel Camera Phone Released for Verizon  —  Verizon Wireless set a new standard for mobile camera phones today with the availability of the Samsung A990, the first 3.2-megapixel digital camera phone available in the U.S.  —  Enabling photo enthusiasts to take high-resolution photos …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
New York to Examine Creating Citywide Broadband Network  —  Even as a contractor moves ahead with plans to install wireless networks in 10 parks, New York City intends to study whether to establish a citywide broadband network similar to those planned by cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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.
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Google joins Xerox as a verb  —  Though you may have been "googling" people for years, the verb you were using was technically slang, until recently.  —  In fact, many regularly used tech words are just now getting the official stamp of approval from English-language dictionaries.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Declan Kennedy / APC Magazine:
"Switch to Ubuntu Linux" say two high profile Mac advocates  —  Apple has long positioned OS X as the operating system for getting the most out of your computer, and there is something to that claim.  —  If you want to spend more time enjoying your PC (and less time configuring …
Computer Business Review:
Microsoft to start evangelizing Vista to small ISVs  —  Microsoft Corp is beginning a soft roll-out of a new program to push small software vendors to build applications for Windows Vista.  —  Aiming at what Microsoft calls "MicroISVs," the program, called "Project Glidepath," …
Discussion: M-Dollar
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Business card best practices  —  I just organized my 1,011 business cards.  I realized that is my most valuable asset from my career so far.  The people I've met.  The cards really don't matter much anymore in the age of Google, but they do serve a purpose of reminding you about memories of meeting people.
Chris Mellor / Computerworld:
Make way for the terabyte laptop drive  —  New technology from Seagate could increase disk capacity 10 times  —  July 05, 2006 ( — Seagate Technology Inc. plans to increase disk capacity by 10 times with new technology it has just patented, meaning a computer hard drive …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Go-ahead for hacker's extradition  —  A US request to extradite a British computer hacker accused of the "biggest military hack of all time" has been granted by Home Secretary John Reid.  —  Gary McKinnon, who is accused of breaking into US government computer networks, has been fighting extradition since his arrest in November 2002.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Gfurry / Transparent Agenda:
Rocketboom the comic  —  Just messing around with Comic life.
Discussion: Technovia
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Engadget, HD Beat and
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
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Aneil Weber / PostBubble:
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
The eBay Shuffle  —  The big news of the day seemingly is eBay banning Google Checkout.
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
Sony ad casues white riot
Discussion: DigitalBattle
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Metareview - LOTR: The Battle for Middle-earth II (Xbox 360) [update 1]
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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