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5:50 PM ET, July 13, 2006

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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.
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.
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
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Mashup Poster Boy: John Herren  —  His is self-deprecating (see the way he has tagged his photo on Flickr).  He's soft-spoken.  And, at any given time, with his long locks hanging over his face, he looks more like he's about to drop into a pool at the local skateboard park …
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Sogrady / tecosystems:   MASHUP CAMP: DAY 1  —  The transit time from Maine to California …
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 …
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).
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 …
Andy Patrizio / internetnews.com:
New Virus Pretends to be WGA  —  UPDATED: A virus posing as Microsoft's controversial anti-piracy software is spreading via AOL's popular Instant Messenger network, but it appears to be more of a jab at Microsoft than a real threat.  —  The message itself does not spoof someone in the user's Buddy list …
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Apple abandons effort to unmask leaker  —  Apple Computer has abandoned a high-profile legal effort to unmask whoever leaked details about a still-unreleased music accessory.  —  The company's deadline to continue a legal battle to find out who leaked the information to independent online journalists …
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.
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 …
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
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
Reuters:
Wired Magazine Regains Web Sites  —  Wired magazine, the publication that helped popularize the Internet during the 1990's, is poised to recover the online business it lost when the company was divided eight years ago.  —  Lycos Inc. said Tuesday that it had agreed to sell …
Discussion: Beet.TV and down the avenue
AppleInsider:
High-res photos of Apple's Nike+iPod Sport Kit  —  Apple Computer on Thursday began selling its new Nike+iPod wireless Sport Kit that allows Nike+ footwear to talk with an iPod nano, and we've got some photos of the $30 device.  —  The Nike+iPod Sport Kit packaging is very similar to that of Apple's iPod nano lanyard headphones.
Discussion: digg
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.
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Laws of the Post-Network Economy: Strategy is a Commodity  —  Not much time to write, so I will try and be concise.  —  I'm working on a longer piece about the laws of the (new) new economy.  One of the laws is the title of this post - strategy is a commodity.  What does that mean?
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BBC:
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Jupiter Research Makes Some Changes
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
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The Takeover (or The Death Of The Geek or Who Will Be Running The Internet Next)
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Reuters:
Toshiba delays HD DVD recorder launch
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Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Yahoo Expands Reach to U.S. Hispanics with Search Distribution Deal
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Last-minute goal by Sky in battle for mobile rights
Tim / TechToolBlog:
Google to start selling Radio Ads