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1:20 PM ET, July 13, 2006

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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Podcasts popular in the holodeck  —  To whom should you be targeting your podcasts?  Apple Computer users, Trekkies and maybe Nike lovers, according to a new survey.  —  Macworld is the No. 1 most-visited content site by people who download audio podcasts, according to media research group …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Nielsen blows it on podcasting
Discussion: BizPodcasting
Jon Watson / BizPodcasting:   Nielsen Survey Nonsense
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 …
Mikekol / Virtually Vista:
Good News Everyone: VPC and licensing goodness ensue!  —  We've got some great news for you today, guys and gals.  —  Robert McLaws recently made a post on LonghornBlogs asking us to be a little bit more transparent with out plans for Virtual PC.  Ask and ye shall receive, Robert :)
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Nate Mook / BetaNews:
VMware Releases Free Server Software
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft Makes Virtual PC Freeware
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).
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PR Newswire:
Sony on Top in Annual 'Best Brands' Harris Poll for Seventh Consecutive Year  —  Next Three Places Taken by Dell (No. 2), Coca Cola (No. 3), and Toyota (No. 4)  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 12 /PRNewswire/ — Sony tops the list in the annual Harris Poll of "best brands" for an impressive seventh consecutive year.
Rachel Metz / Wired News:
Google Has No Adsense.com  —  The owners of the domain adsense.com have been fielding hundreds of customer service e-mails and phone calls regarding Google's AdSense program since the advertising service launched in March 2003.  —  Unfortunately for the domain registrants …
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 …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Asa Dotzler:
firefox 2 beta 1 lands @ mozilla!  —  This beta release is intended for developers and testers.  If you don't enjoy playing with pre-release software, then this isn't for you.  —  That being said, this first beta of Firefox 2 has some great new features that I think you all are really going to enjoy.
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Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Google's Click-Fraud Crackdown  —  Google's $6 billion-a-year advertising business is at risk because it can't be sure that anyone is looking at its ads.  The problem is called click fraud, and it comes in two basic flavors.  —  With network click fraud, you host Google AdSense advertisements on your own website.
Tim / TechToolBlog:
Google to start selling Radio Ads  —  In January 06 Google bought DMarc Broadcasting to help jumpstart themselves into the radio advertisement game.  Since then there has not been much news from this side of the business.  Today, I received a Google survey for some free adwords dollars.
palm.com:
Palm, Vodafone and Microsoft Collaborate on Next-Generation Treo Smartphone for Europe  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 13, 2006—Palm (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced it has forged a new relationship with Vodafone targeted at expanding the adoption of wireless push email in Europe.
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: Engadget, HDBlog.net and HD Beat
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
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 …
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.
 
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