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9:15 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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Digg's Defense  —  Hitwise has analyzed the data and come …
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Hitwise: NyTimes still way ahead of Digg
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
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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."
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Consortiuminfo.org:
Microsoft Falls Back Again: Announces ODF Plugin Project  —  In the latest in a series of concessions to the rising popularity of ODF, Microsoft announced yesterday that it has quietly been supporting the development of its own set of plugins to enable conversion of documents to and from Microsoft Office …
Jonathan Loades-Carter / Financial Times:
Microsoft to offer open source document format
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 …
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 MocoNews.net
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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.
mobiledia.com:
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 AOL.com 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 News.com:
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
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
Chris Mellor / Computerworld:
Make way for the terabyte laptop drive  —  New technology from Seagate could increase disk capacity 10 times  —  July 05, 2006 (TechWorld.com) — 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
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.
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
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 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
The eBay Shuffle  —  The big news of the day seemingly is eBay banning Google Checkout.  Should that be a surprise?  Not really - because that's what competitors do.  A sign of worry?  Of course!  But the real big news, is the big shake-ups going on in EBay's management ranks …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Reuters:
EBay changes execs at PayPal, Skype in shakeup
BBC:
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.
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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Gfurry / Transparent Agenda:
Rocketboom the comic  —  Just messing around with Comic life.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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cdrinfo.com:
First 4x Blu-ray Burner Hit the Shelves in Taiwan
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
AOL May Bet Company; Scary But Smart
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide:
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Aneil Weber / PostBubble:
Wikibios and the participation bottleneck
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Keith Stuart / Guardian:
Sony ad casues white riot
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Metareview - LOTR: The Battle for Middle-earth II (Xbox 360) [update 1]
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Blue Dot is not just another social bookmarking system
Discussion: Mashable* and Hellonline
Agence France Presse:
Taipei plans for 200,000 on wireless Internet phones by year-end
Discussion: 21talks and Realtime-VoIP
Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
Lightning zeros in on teenager's tunes
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
The Rise and Fall of the Hit