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4:00 PM ET, July 11, 2006

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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Well, well, Dell  —  So Dell is starting a blog.  —  Ha.  Heh.  Ho ho ho.  —  It's a blog in content management system name only.  —  The subtitle is "direct conversations with Dell" but this is as much a conversation as yelling at a brick wall.  There is not one link there.
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Andrew Lark:
Dell Launches Blog  —  Dell is out of the gate with a corporate blog... Like every corporate blog it is looking for a voice and will probably take time to find one.  It's a little corporatey - but then its a corporate blog.  The bloggerati just need to get over every blog coming …
Nick / Rough Type:
Dell's unorthodox blog  —  A few days ago, Dell quietly launched a corporate blog, called one2one.  Mixing words and video, it's designed to let various Dell employees talk about Dell products and services - and to share their enthusiasm for the company with customers.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dell joins the bloggy Web  —  Oh, oh, this is becoming a trend.  A human being on Dell's Web site?  Calling Jeff Jarvis, calling Jeff Jarvis!  Oh, he already chimed in.  Steve Rubel did too and says the same thing.  —  What did I tell Nestle when someone asked "how do you start?"  —  Listen.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Dell blogging job comes with Kevlar-Nomex logoware
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG
CNET News.com:
BitTorrent inks licensing deal with studios  —  BitTorrent is lining up entertainment companies as it prepares to sell downloads of feature films, TV shows and other video entertainment.  —  The San Francisco-based file-sharing company announced on Monday that it has signed licensing deals …
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Microsoft shuts down Windows 98  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Microsoft is urging an estimated 70 million users of Windows 98 to upgrade as it ends support for the software.  —  From 11 July, Microsoft will no longer help users over the phone with any problems they have with the ageing operating system.
Discussion: M-Dollar and Ubergizmo
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ZDNet:
End to Win98 support may boost desktop Linux
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.
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".
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
BPI: We should be able to cut off your Internet
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:
My First Gartner Cease And Desist: the missing link  —  James Governor's MonkChips: On Sample Sizes for Magic Quadrants  —  Its about time, I guess.  Last Thursday I received an email, strangely enough from Gartner's Vendor Relations department, asking me to remove a link from monkchips …
Associated Press:
Gates: Vista likely to be ready in January  —  Microsoft chief says 80 percent chance new OS software will be available  —  CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, would be ready in January.
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
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
MySpace Moves Into #1 Position for all Internet Sites  —  Today Hitwise issued a press release reporting that for the first time, www.myspace.com has surpassed Yahoo! Mail as the most visited domain on the Internet for US Internet users.  To put MySpace's growth in perspective …
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.
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 …
Anything But iPod:
The SanDisk Sansa e280 8GB Flash Player is "Official"  —  A week or so ago we reported on the launch of an 8GB Sansa e200.  This info was backed by leaked photos and IP address records in our forums.  Even though SanDisk has not announced the e280 yet, they now have a photo of it on their website in an interactive 360 degree demo.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and dapreview.net
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Discussion: Download Squad and Like It Matters
Jessica Lee / Google Maps API Official Blog:
Zoooooooom!  —  Today we're enabling some new zoom features on Google Maps.  We're making this features available to API v2 users as well, so please test them out and send us your feedback!  — Double-click to zoom.  Instead of double-clicking to recenter the map, we now support left double-clicking …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
 
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