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11:40 AM ET, July 12, 2006

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Wired News:
Condé Nast Buys Wired News  —  Lycos is selling its Wired News unit to Condé Nast Publications for $25 million, Lycos parent Daum Communications announced in Korea late Tuesday, a deal that brings Wired.com and Wired magazine under the same owner after an eight-year separation.
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
Wired News Site Sold Back To Conde Nast For $25 Million; Lycos Still Owns HotBot/Hotwired
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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BBC:
Microsoft hit with 280m euro fine  —  Microsoft has been fined 280.5m euros ($357m; £194m) by the European Commission for failing to comply with an anti-competition ruling.  —  The software giant will appeal against the fine which follows a long-running dispute between it and EU regulators.
Discussion: GROKLAW and Neowin.net
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
Park the Beamer by Bot  —  Driving your car into a cramped parking space can be a harrowing experience, but BMW says it has developed a robotic parking system to solve the problem.  —  The luxury carmaker's parking-assist technology will park your car for you as you stand outside and watch …
instructables.com:
introSolve Sudoku (Without even thinking!)  —  This instructable provides step by step instructions to complete a Sudoku puzzle by simple process of elimination.  —  One of the things I that drove me crazy about Sudoku is how difficult it is to return to a puzzle if you get interupted.
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
New Search Patent Applications: July 11, 2006 - Google Patent Filings by the Dozen  —  Twelve Google patent applications where published this past week, including seven that focus upon geographical information and local search.  —  (1) How good a match ads may be to the content on pages …
advancedmp3players.co.uk:
Samsung Z5 Speaker Docking Station … The Samsung YA-DS100 Z5 Speaker Dock (£59.99) is currently Out Of Stock  —  All prices include VAT  —  This product is currently expected to arrive in stock on Wednesday 16 August, 2006.  You can still purchase this product now …
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Expects Offering AOL Free Will Be Costly  —  Time Warner Inc. expects its AOL unit to sacrifice nearly $1 billion of operating profit through 2009 under a proposed plan to offer the online service free of charge to some customers, according to internal company forecasts.
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Woodcrest to power Apple's next-gen Mac Pro desktops  —  Apple Computer has selected dual-core Xeon server processors from Intel Corp. to power its next wave of high-performance professional Mac Pro desktops, AppleInsider has confirmed.  —  The 64-bit chips — formerly code-named "Woodcrest" …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Crazy-Long Hacker Sentence Upheld  —  A federal appeals court upheld a nine-year prison term Monday for a hacker who tried and failed to steal customer credit-card numbers from the Lowe's chain of home improvement stores.  —  Brian Salcedo, now 23, has been in custody since 2003 …
Lakshmi Sandhana / Wired News:
This Is a Computer on Your Brain  —  A new brain-computer-interface technology could turn our brains into automatic image-identifying machines that operate faster than human consciousness.  —  Researchers at Columbia University are combining the processing power of the human brain …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide:
Spy Camera Sunglasses Records What You See  —  It's amazing to see the lengths that people will go to snoop on their fellow man.  These sunglasses promise to record exactly what you're looking at thanks to a built-in video camera.  The camera, which uses MPEG4 to encode video, has a 92-degree field-of-view.
Hollywood Reporter:
Rather eyeing online gig  —  AOL might have a new message for the Internet: You've got Dan.  —  The Time Warner-owned Internet company is in negotiations with representatives for veteran CBS anchor Dan Rather to play a role in original programming for its online video offerings, sources said.
news.sel.sony.com:
SONY BEGINS SHIPPING "BYTE-SIZED" USB DRIVE  —  Micro Vault Tiny Offers Up to 4GB Storage Capacity  —  PARK RIDGE, N.J., July 11, 2006 - Sony Electronics is taking the notion of compact to the next level with its "byte-sized" Micro Vault® Tiny drive.  Measuring roughly ½ inch wide …
Discussion: Engadget, MobileWhack.com and I4U News
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Interview with Laura Lippay of Yahoo  —  Spotlight on Search Interview with Laura Lippay, SEO Program Manager for Yahoo  —  We've been on a bit of a "Spotlight on Search Interview" hiatus the past few weeks, but I can assure you this one is worth the wait.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Michael Rogers / MSNBC:
How Washington will shape the Internet  —  The Web was the Wild West - until the sheriff rode into town  —  Michael Rogers  —  The most potent force shaping the future of the Internet is neither Mountain View's Googleplex nor the Microsoft campus in Redmond.
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
A chat with Michael Dell: Alienware and XPS to stay separate  —  Grapevine (TX) - While custom PC builder Alienware may benefit from the much-increased purchasing power of its new corporate parent, Dell Computer, the development tracks of the two companies will remain separate.
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
 
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Melly Alazraki / Blogging Stocks:
Yahoo! (not MySpace) is still Web traffic leader by most measures
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
The Rise of the General Purpose System
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Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Black Nintendo DS Lite pricing and availability announced
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
crisscross.com:
Cell phone makers to unify charger specifications
Discussion: Business Filter, Gizmodo and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akamai Sues Limelight Networks
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mysocialnetwork.net:
new paper on neighborhoods, social networks and Internet use
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Stephen Bartholomeusz / Sydney Morning Herald:
G9 plays joker, but Telstra has trump
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
MySpace may face legislative crackdown
Discussion: Reuters and Techdirt
advancedmp3players.co.uk:
Datasafe oomi 2GB (AMP3 Pebble)
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Engadget
Rich Seeley / searchwebservices.techtarget.com:
Analysts see Java EE dying in an SOA world
swissinfo.org:
Mobile phone airship to conquer stratosphere
Fred / A VC:
Social Media Musings
Associated Press:
Hackers target State Dept. computers
Staci / paidContent.org:
NYTimes's Personalized Service "My Times" Debuts In Limited Beta
Discussion: TechCrunch and Screenwerk