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10:40 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
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:
Nielsen Survey Nonsense
Discussion: Barnako.com
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Nielsen blows it on podcasting
Jen Brown / MSNBC:
Internet star tries to make it on her own  —  Congdon hopes to translate Rocketboom popularity to mainstream … MSNBC TV  —  No, that's not Amanda Congdon on today's episode of the video blog Rocketboom.  (Although if you turn down the volume on new host Joanne Colan's British accent it's easy to confuse the two).
Discussion: loadedpun and Message
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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.
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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Guest post: Advice for Rocketboom from a pro  —  I'm not one to run guest posts at Buzzmachine.  I have an overdose of blather all by myself.  But when I can get someone who wrote for two of my all-time favorite shows, Letterman and Cheers, to write for me, well, I couldn't pass that up.
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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
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Google's antisocial downside  —  news analysis In the social-networking party sweeping the Web, search titan Google is playing the wallflower.  Is it being smart or just plain nerdy?  —  MySpace.com, Facebook.com and others have turned heads for their skyrocketing traffic …
Business Wire:
Puzzle/Strategy and Retro/Arcade Mobile Games Are the Most Popular Among U.K. 3G Subscribers, According to Telephia  —  Seventy-One Percent of 3G Mobile Game Players Prefer Games Downloaded to Their Mobile Phone for Offline Play as Opposed to Online Game Play
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, Gizmodo and digg
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 …
John Biggs / New York Times:
Courting a Hot Market With Cool Phone Service  —  Nik Lulla, a high school senior in Eagleville, Pa., near Philadelphia, swaps out his cellphones on a whim.  He carries a Motorola Razr, an ultrathin metal phone that is so popular he considers it almost passé, and a T-Mobile Sidekick 2 …
Reuters:
Toshiba delays HD DVD recorder launch  —  Toshiba said on Thursday it is delaying the launch of the world's first high-definition optical disc recorder based on the HD DVD format until the end of the month as it hasn't built up enough prelaunch inventory.  —  Slower procurement …
Discussion: HD Beat
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 …
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
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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MINOX DMP-3 Media Player
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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Google to start selling Radio Ads
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Projection Screen / Speaker
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Jon Fine / Fine On Media:
Steve Newhouse on Wired and Wired News
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 2 Beta 1 milestone released
Colin Campbell / next-gen.biz:
Rein Pours Scorn on Episodic
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Missing the Tower for the Trees
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Microsoft approaches iPod accessory makers for Zune