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7:15 AM ET, July 11, 2006

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft's "Argo" / Xbox wireless portable media player  —  We've had to sit on this one for a while, but it's about time we showed you guys at least one possible form Microsoft's Argo / Xbox-branded wireless portable media player could take.  Sent to us from an insider working on the project …
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Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Argo aims guns at more than iPod  —  Microsoft is indeed developing a digital-media player to compete with Apple's iPod, and there's much more to the story.  —  A few details trickled out last week from music companies that Microsoft is lining up to support the device.
Los Angeles Times:
We aren't all pirates  —  Anti-piracy proposals before Congress could limit innovation and legal uses of technology.  —  THE INTERNET AND DIGITAL technology have been both a blessing and a curse for the entertainment industry, opening new opportunities for selling music and video but also fueling rampant global piracy.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Guba inks film deal with Sony Pictures  —  Video-sharing site Guba has signed its second distribution deal with a major studio in less than a month, another sign the little-known company is quickly becoming a hot property in Hollywood.  —  Sony Pictures has agreed to offer a 100 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Hilary Rosen: Singing a New Song?  —  For many, the name Hilary Rosen recalls a Recording Industry Association of America bogeywoman who brought the law down on Napster, the Diamond Rio, small-time internet radio and other fan favorites.  Music and tech enthusiasts seemed to hold …
about.skype.com:
Skype Announces Free International Calls with 'Skype Days of Summer' Offer  —  U.S. and Canadian Skype Users Can Make Free International SkypeOut Calls to the United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan for Three July Weekends  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—July 10, 2006—Skype®, the global Internet communications company …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com, The Test Bed and digg
Jim Rapoza / eWEEK.com:
eWEEK Labs Bakeoff: Open Source Versus .Net Stacks  —  Review: Open-source and .Net zealots can both take away positives from eWEEK Labs testing of various application stacks, but a mix-and-match approach wins the day.  Bottom line: Open source and .Net better learn to play nice.
Discussion: Open Sources and Jeffrey McManus
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The next Web is the human Web  —  I just did a speaking gig at Microsoft.  Spoke to Nestle executives from around the world.  Nice group of folks.  Asked some interesting questions.  Couldn't believe that they could actually watch what everyone around the world would say about Nestle.
Discussion: gapingvoid and CrunchNotes
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Firefox Usage Passes 15 Percent in US  —  Mozilla's Firefox browser continues to post gains in market share, according to Web analytics firm OneStat.com, while usage of Internet Explorer has fallen more than 2 percent since May.  Opera, meanwhile, has surpassed 1 percent market share worldwide.
Discussion: onestat.com
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
What should Digg do?  —  I've been thinking a lot about Digg and the other social news services.  —  Start here: they have far more readers than writers.  —  I don't have access to the data, but I'm betting ten or twenty times as many people read the Digg list as post to it.  —  Which is just fine.
BBC:
Industry to stop 'music cheats'  —  The recorded music industry's trade group has asked internet service providers (ISPs) to freeze the accounts of customers who illegally fileshare.  —  The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has written to Tiscali and Cable & Wireless asking them to suspend 59 accounts for "illegal filesharing".
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's new iPod nano may sport metal jacket  —  The next generation of Apple Computer's iPod nano digital music player may dip into the iPod mini's wardrobe, AppleInsider has learned.  —  In an effort to reduce the player's susceptibility to scratches, Apple has been experimenting …
CNET News.com:
The 10 worst technologies in Q2 2006  —  We love seeing great new tech, but there's also a side of us that takes delight in seeing the other end of the technological spectrum.  Like with a bad movie that achieves cult status because it's just that bad, we love to hate something …
Discussion: Gizmodo, digg and Slashdot
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
What a Waste  —  I've been through a whole bunch of meetings on an intense visit to London, today and tomorrow, but one fact keeps coming up again and again among content sellers.  That's the high level of apparent wastage involved in promoting mobile content.
Discussion: Tom Hume
Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer - Major update  —  As regular users of Zoho Writer might have known, it was under scheduled maintenance earlier today.  We did a major update that fixed some bugs & improved the performance while adding some very interesting features too.  —  Zoho Writer as an online word processor …
 
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Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bebo Shuns $550 Million Acquisition Offer
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Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Coke.com Finds Its Inner YouTube
Denise / Official Google Base Blog:
New for bulk uploaders: Google Checkout
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alarm:clock:
iWon Knock-off Blingo Bought By Publishers Clearning House
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Dell Starts Corporate Blog, But Fails to Address Critical Issues
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Video-helping backbone company, CacheLogic, raises $20 million
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Sharing site eSnips adds e-commerce
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Online Movie Tickets a Still-Evolving Force
Discussion: Techdirt and MocoNews.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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WordCamp - WordPress Conference
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Old Media, Not New, Is World Cup Winner