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11:45 PM ET, July 12, 2006

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thelongtail.com:
Long Tail comment elsewhere...  - Might the Long Tail actually reduce choice?  —  Nick Carr notes a NYT column that suggests that if all content is "unbundled" and forced to fend for itself, the cultural products subsidized by commercial junk may go away.  Carr writes: "It's not a sure thing …
Glenn Chapman / Mail&Guardian:
Yahoo! cries foul as MySpace pulls top ranking  —  The MySpace website deemed a virtual clubhouse where teenagers bare details of their lives has eclipsed internet oldster Yahoo! as the most popular website in the United States, a research firm said on Tuesday.
Time:
10 Questions for Amanda Congdon  —  Amanda Congdon, the former co-producer and host of Rocketboom, a popular video blog, left the site this week after a dispute with producer-director Andrew Baron.  The news of Congdon's departure — which she announced, in Star Jones-like fashion, in her own vlog — has set the Blogosphere abuzz.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Behind Rocketboom's breakup fireworks  —  The news broke last week that Amanda Congdon, the face of the popular New York-based video blog Rocketboom, would no longer be the face.  —  What was not clear were the circumstances behind Congdon's departure.
Microsoft:
Yahoo! and Microsoft Bridge Global Instant Messaging Communities  —  Beta testing of unprecedented interoperability between Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice lets users communicate across IM services.  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — July 12, 2006 — Yahoo! …
Discussion: TechCrunch, greg hughes and 21talks
Microsoft:
Statement on July 12 Fine Announced by European Commission  —  Fine not appropriate; key issue not compliance, but clarity of March 2004 decision.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 12, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. issued the following statement by General Counsel Brad Smith, following the decision …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Elhood Gets Funding for Hispanic MySpace Clone  —  More niche social networking: Elhood, which launched officially on June 26th, is a Hispanic social network.  Today it emerged that the site has taken a second round of funding led by Jose "Pepe" Barroso", head of Pep's Records (a joint venture with SonyBMG Spain).
USA Today:
Cybercrooks turn to hacking many applications  —  SEATTLE — In a widely aired TV commercial, a hip-looking dude personifying Apple products wipes the nose of a sickly businessman representing Windows PCs, and smugly declares Apple's immunity to computer viruses.  —  But the ad belies an alarming shift in cyberattacks.
Discussion: TechBlog
bLaugh:
New Baby at Google Labs  —  Days after releasing Google Vortex, a hyperdimensional transporter array that you can run on Windows 2000/XP (Linux version coming), the Mountain View juggernaut announced Glife - a 100% hosted pregnancy solution.  This is Google's latest attempt to overtake …
Colin Campbell / next-gen.biz:
Rein Pours Scorn on Episodic  —  Epic Games VP Mark Rein called episodic gaming a "broken business," triggering outrage among some delegates during the Develop Conference in Brighton, England today.  Lots of good stuff inside...  During his keynote, Rein also talked about the economics …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils New Ways for Industry Partners to Take Advantage of Market Opportunity and Build Profitability  —  Microsoft invests in partner profitability, and provides innovative, people-centric services and solutions.  —  BOSTON — July 12, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. opened the second …
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Big Media Just Wants to Relate  —  Social-networking sites are so popular that advertising companies are spending big bucks to buy their way into the business  —  Last month, advertising giant Interpublic Group caused a stir when it agreed to spend at least $10 million on advertising at Facebook …
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Geek Entertainment TV Sells Out To PodTech  —  Breaking news!  PodTech has just acquired video blogging snarksters Geek Entertainment TV.  —  GETV co-founders Eddie Codel and Irina Slutsky will be working full-time for PodTech, reporting to Robert Scoble, the former Microsoft blogger …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Xbox putting 1980s arcade games online  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 may exemplify the high-tech future of video game consoles, but the company is hoping some of its avid players still pine for the good old days of "Pac-Man" and "Frogger."  —  Microsoft plans today to offer …
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Missing the Tower for the Trees  —  Cellular Firms Want Strong Signals but Not Eyesores  —  It's tough to spot, but there is a pine tree in Great Falls Park that's a little taller and fatter than most of the others in the dense forest.  —  The tree — with a steel trunk …
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Microsoft approaches iPod accessory makers for Zune  —  Editor-in-Chief, iLounge submit a news tip  —  After offering confirmation of recent reports that Microsoft will release an iPod-competitive media player called Zune, representatives of iPod accessory manufacturers have disclosed …
 
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Jlewin / Podcasting News:
Nielsen: Podcasts More Popular than Blogging
Discussion: BizPodcasting
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Is Your Horizon Cloudy or Is The Vista Clear?
Discussion: Ars Technica and Things That
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
NHL To Launch MySpace-style Social Network
Yahoo! Search blog:
Live Search in Firefox 2.0
K.C. Jones / TechWeb:
'Digital Dirt' Derailing Job Seekers
Discussion: SearchViews, Techdirt and digg
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Mashup Camp brainstorms
Discussion: SiliconBeat
David Walker / eHomeUpgrade:
SupportPlus Evolve PMP Features 20GB HD, Built-in 1.3 MP Camera, Good Codec Support
Discussion: Gizmodo and dapreview.net
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
The Great Divide  —  The two sides — adware provider …
Discussion: Techdirt, digg and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Ranger / silicon.com:
Rolls-Royce engineers $20m VoIP deal
Discussion: VoIP Now and 21talks
Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: RipIt4Me  —  Windows only: Freeware program …
vnunet:
Phishers target Google Gmail users
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
A chat with Michael Dell: Alienware and XPS to stay separate
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo, Valleywag and digg
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Woodcrest to power Apple's next-gen Mac Pro desktops
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Engadget and Gizmodo
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Black Nintendo DS Lite pricing and availability announced
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
Michael Rogers / MSNBC:
How Washington will shape the Internet