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12:35 PM ET, July 10, 2006


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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
At AOL, a Plan for a Clean Break  —  Should AOL sacrifice its cash cow in hopes of finding a prosperous future?  —  In two weeks, the board of Time Warner Inc., which owns AOL, will hear a proposal from Jonathan Miller, AOL's chief executive, calling for a near halt in marketing …
Paperghost /
Teenagers used to push Zango on Myspace?  —  Wouldn't it be nice if someone found a network of websites apparently designed to do nothing else but spread Adware around Myspace?  Not only that, but get the innocent end-users themselves to do the job of pushing that Adware for the guy making all the money …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
A quick note on Click Fraud  —  There has been a slight upturn in the debate over clickfraud.  —  The generic response seems to be that its "self correcting".  The logic goes that if advertisers using CPC services arent getting the return on investment they expected or need …
Discussion: B2Day
PR Newswire:
Xplore Technologies Launches New iX104C3 Mobile Computer  —  Highlights of Security and Accessibility Features in New Rugged Offering  —  AUSTIN, TX, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Xplore Technologies® Corp. (TSX:XPL - News), an innovative manufacturer of rugged mobile computers worldwide …
Discussion: What Is New
Joe Gratz /
D. Colo.: CleanFlicks Infringes Movie Copyrights  —  Judge Richard P. Matsch of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in Wednesday filed this opinion granting partial summary judgment in favor of the movie studios, finding that CleanFlicks infringes copyright.
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
Digital First Sale Doctrine
Discussion: Techdirt
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In YouTube Clips, a Political Edge  —  It starts off like a typical negative ad, with swelling music and pictures of John McCain: "Flip-Flopper?  Yes.  Waffler?  Yes."  —  But then the Internet spot takes a strange turn: "Eh, whatever.  He should still be president," the graphics say.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Richard Gray / Scotsman:
Apple pips its rivals with the iPod that talks  —  FROM Walkman to Talkman.  Not content with changing the world's music-listening habits, Apple has come up with another innovation: the talking iPod.  —  A new generation of machines will use sophisticated software to convert the names of bands …
'Magnetic memory' chip unveiled  —  A microchip which can store information like a hard drive has been unveiled by US company Freescale.  —  The chip, called magnetoresistive random-access memory (Mram), maintains data by relying on magnetic properties rather than an electrical charge.
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Site-Lookup Service Foils Fraud  —  Few netizens think about the internet's domain name system: the architecture that invisibly translates a browser's request for, say, into the numeric IP address where the site is hosted.  —  But a new startup is hoping to make DNS …
CoCaman / Geekness:
GOOGLE TESTING GDRIVE (CODENAME PLATYPUS)  —  Okay, Writely accepts new users, no big deal here.  And because I am a very interested person, I wanted to know on which system (programming language) it now runs.  So I started to append index.jsp, and so on at the URL.
Drew / Dembot:
CaseCamp  —  Setting aside all of the drama of Rocketboom going down right now, there are a few facts I wanted to set straight because nearly every writer on the face of the internet seems to not know.  It's because I haven't said clearly so its no big deal, but its just simply starting to annoy me.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kool IM Launches to Battle Meebo  —  Michigan based Kool IM, an Ajax web chat service that compares to Meebo and eBuddy, launched today.  —  These services are very popular, particularly with employees and students who are unable to download and use normal IM clients on their computers.
Discussion: Mashable*
Phill Ryu /
Announcing the Fake Leopard Screenshot Contest  —  I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I am starting to get really pumped up for WWDC, now just under a month away.  Why?  Well, I'm definitely expecting some new hardware from Apple.  Mac Pros seem pretty likely.
A GUIDE TO OS X SOFTWARE FOR SWITCHERS  —  I HAVE YET TO SEE  —  a Switcher's Guide that actually focuses on the Switcher.  Most seem more concerned with listing a few personal favorite programs or touting some of the wonderful features of OS X itself.  My goal is to simply outline …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and NIMBLOG
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
The pain of switching to a new OS  —  Last week I decided to install a new operating system on one computer in my lab.  Not a big deal, really.  I install, uninstall, and reinstall various Windows versions all the time.  But this particular installation was just a little different.
Discussion: TechBlog
George Ou /
Are Tape Backup systems obsolete?  —  One of the most tedious and complex jobs in the world of IT is data backup.  Not only is it complex, but the use of mechanical Tape loaders make the system very prone to breakage and the Tapes themselves are not very durable and must be discarded on an annual or at least on a biannual basis.
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Larry sets sights on Red Hat's customers
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BlueAnt X5 Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Mac tetris game killed by The Tetris Company
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Kotaku
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FleaFlicker is a Better Fantasy Sports Site
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Lotus Notes tuned for Linux
Discussion: Ed Brill
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Payment Schedule Update
Discussion: JenSense
Gvda / ZelfSpot*:
First Pong Clock in the wild!
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Janine DeFao / San Francisco Chronicle:
Parents turn to tech toys to track teens
Discussion: Techdirt and pasta and vinegar
John Biggs / GigaOM:
DLink's Introduces New VoWiFi Phone
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Screenwerk