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9:35 AM ET, July 11, 2006

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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Dell Starts Corporate Blog, But Fails to Address Critical Issues  —  Dell, yes, as in Dell Hell, has launched a corporate weblog called one2one.  According to PR Week, the Dell blog will be authored by multiple employees.  It includes video and text, del.icio.us and digg seeding tools but no full-text feeds.
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Dell Launches Blog
Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google Shifts into GDrive  —  A blogger today discovered a Web page on a Google-owned site that suggests that Google is indeed building an online storage system.  —  Blogger Corsin Camichel discovered a Web page on writely.com that outlined features and offered download options for the storage system.
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Google to Put a Research Center in Michigan  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 10 — Google plans to build an office and research center here that will have up to 1,000 employees, people who had been briefed on the plan said Monday night.  —  The announcement is set to be made Tuesday morning …
Discussion: Screenwerk and ResourceShelf
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: Mark Evans and Tech_Space
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Citibank Phish Spoofs 2-Factor Authentication  —  Security experts have long touted the need for financial Web sites to move beyond mere passwords and implement so-called "two-factor authentication" — the second factor being something the user has in their physical possession like an access card …
ZDNet:
End to Win98 support may boost desktop Linux  —  From today, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates or provide support for Windows 98 and Windows ME, which could lead users to trying alternative operating systems such as Linux.  —  Eight years after launching Windows 98 …
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.
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".
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, digg and The Test Bed
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
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Operations Expertise is the Secret Sauce of Web Development  —  Tim O'Reilly has a blog post entitled Operations: The New Secret Sauce where he summarizes an interview he had with Debra Chrapaty, the VP of Operations for Windows Live.  He writes … This is one of those topics I've been wanting to blog about for a while.
Shawn Andrich / Gamers With Jobs Press Pass:
Hellgate: London Source Code Stolen?  —  Reliable sources have indicated that the Flagship Studios network has been hacked and the source code for Hellgate: London has been stolen.  I contacted the Flagship head cheese Bill Roper directly for comment and he has indicated that while they have heard …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Joystiq and Blue's News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bebo Shuns $550 Million Acquisition Offer  —  San Francisco based social network Bebo, which recently raised $15 million from Benchmark Capital, rejected a £300 million ($552 million) acquisition offer from British Telecom Group "a few weeks ago", according to an insider on the transaction.
Discussion: Damien Mulley and Ken McGuire
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
 
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