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1:35 PM ET, July 12, 2006


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Declan McCullagh / CNET
MySpace may face legislative crackdown  —  Politicians on Tuesday accused and other social-networking sites of failing to protect minors from sexual predators and other malign influences and said a legislative crackdown may be necessary.  —  During a hearing before a House …
Discussion: Techdirt and Mark Evans
MySpace is America's top site
Melly Alazraki / Blogging Stocks:
Yahoo! (not MySpace) is still Web traffic leader by most measures
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 …
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.
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 …
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 and Wired magazine under the same owner after an eight-year separation.
Rafat /
Wired News Site Sold Back To Conde Nast For $25 Million; Lycos Still Owns HotBot/Hotwired
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
Microsoft Discovers That Nostalgia Sells When It Comes To The Xbox
Discussion: Things That
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Is Intel killing PC gaming?  —  I'm just heading back to London after a quick visit to the Develop in Brighton conference, where some of the gaming industry's biggest developers are banging their heads together.  —  I was there to hear Mark Rein of Epic (they make games like Unreal Tournament) …
Discussion: Techdirt and Joystiq
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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, and I4U News
Cell phone makers to unify charger specifications  —  DeepAir - the mobile market in Japan is different to elsewhere.  Handsets cannot be freely bought and used with a provider of choice.  Handsets here are made under license from the telephone providers who provide a basic set of specs …
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: Gizmodo, Valleywag and digg
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