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9:50 AM ET, July 13, 2006

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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! …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft, Yahoo connect IM services  —  Nine months after announcing they would make their instant messaging services interoperate, Yahoo and Microsoft have done it.  —  The companies are set to release on Thursday a limited beta test of a service that will enable users of Windows Live Messenger …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
IM interoperability: not just a dream anymore
Discussion: Message
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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.
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.
Jlewin / Podcasting News:
Nielsen: Podcasts More Popular than Blogging  —  Nielsen//NetRatings announced today that 6.6 percent of the U.S. adult online population, or 9.2 million Web users, have recently downloaded an audio podcast.  4.0 percent, or 5.6 million Web users, have recently downloaded a video podcast.
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Jon Watson / BizPodcasting:
Neilsen Survey Nonsense
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Internet is old news and boring.. Deal with it  —  The Internet is Boring.  Its old news.  —  THe biggest compliment I can pay to the net and to all those pioneers who got it to this point is that its boring.  It works.  It's not perfect, but it works and has absolutely become a utility.
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 …
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   PodTech Snags Geek TV
Sybarites.org:
Official Lamborghini Mouse Pad  —  Even though mouse pads are no longer necessary due to optical mice they are still widely used and many varieties are being made.  We have seen a F1 carbon fiber mouse pad in the past but this one is made by Lamborghini and is an official Lamborghini product.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
EU knocks Microsoft with $357 million fine  —  update European regulators hit Microsoft with a $357.3 million fine Wednesday, citing the software giant's continued noncompliance with its landmark 2004 antitrust ruling.  —  The European Commission issued the 280.5 million euro fine for the period between Dec. 16 and June 20.
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Last-minute goal by Sky in battle for mobile rights  —  BSkyB has secured the last package of Premier League football rights, beating a consortium backed by the UK's five mobile phone networks for the right to show games on mobile phones.  —  The Premier League is understood to have informed TWI …
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
SIRIUS Sportster 4 Universal Boombox Found  —  The first universal Sirius boombox has been spotted by the eagle-eyes over at Sirius Backstage.  Remember, this is the first glimpse of the upcoming Sirius' Universal Plug and Play Boomboxes which will have support for not only the Sportster 4 …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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 …
biosmagazine.co.uk:
ASUS' Blistering Multimedia Gaming Monitor  —  ASUSTeK Computer (ASUS) today announced the PG191 LCD monitor, which sports an innovative Super Bass System and speedy 2ms response time to deliver the audio and video performance demanded by hardcore gamers.  —  Gaming in the 21st is more than just entertainment.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Jon Fine / Fine On Media:
Steve Newhouse on Wired and Wired News  —  Just had a chance to chat with Steve Newhouse, who as chairman of Advance.net heads up all internet operations for Conde Nast and Advance Newspapers, and who sounds legitimately excited about his company's purchase of Wired News from Lycos for $25 million.
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 2 Beta 1 milestone released  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 2 Beta 1 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 2 Beta 1 is now available for download.
 
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
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Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Is Your Horizon Cloudy or Is The Vista Clear?
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Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Missing the Tower for the Trees
Yahoo! Search blog:
Live Search in Firefox 2.0
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Microsoft approaches iPod accessory makers for Zune
K.C. Jones / TechWeb:
'Digital Dirt' Derailing Job Seekers
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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Big Media Just Wants to Relate
Discussion: Adverblog and InterMedia