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9:30 PM ET, July 12, 2006

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Techdirt, Adverblog and InterMedia
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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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 and 21talks
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).
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
The Great Divide  —  The two sides — adware provider and security researcher — couldn't be farther apart, and Zango's Stratz made it sound as if that would always be the case.  —  "We know where Boyd and others like him stand, and they know where we stand," Stratz said.  —  Ouch!
Discussion: Techdirt, digg and Slashdot
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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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Habbo Hotel Is Going Mobile
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
NHL To Launch Social Network For Upcoming Season
K.C. Jones / TechWeb:
'Digital Dirt' Derailing Job Seekers
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Mashup Camp brainstorms
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Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Watch internet users' behaviour with ClickTale
David Walker / eHomeUpgrade:
SupportPlus Evolve PMP Features 20GB HD, Built-in 1.3 MP Camera, Good Codec Support
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Steve Ranger / silicon.com:
Rolls-Royce engineers $20m VoIP deal
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 Earlier Items: 
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Build your own CNC machine (Part 3)
Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: RipIt4Me  —  Windows only: Freeware program …
George Ou / ZDNet.com:
Google's home grown servers show the way
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Interview with Laura Lippay of Yahoo
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
A chat with Michael Dell: Alienware and XPS to stay separate
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo, Valleywag and digg
Lakshmi Sandhana / Wired News:
This Is a Computer on Your Brain
news.sel.sony.com:
SONY BEGINS SHIPPING "BYTE-SIZED" USB DRIVE
crisscross.com:
Cell phone makers to unify charger specifications