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12:55 AM ET, July 14, 2006

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ilounge.com:
What's in the Sport Kit Package?  —  For the $29 asking price, you get one sensor and one receiver, which use a proprietary flavor of 802.11 wireless technology to communicate wirelessly with each other.  Each of the items is incredibly small.  The box also includes an unusually thick instruction manual …
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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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Technorati scores $7.6m more funding  —  Blog search engine Technorati filed an SEC report of $7.6 million in Series C funding in June, according to a report today originally from VentureWire.  Listed as investing in this round are Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Mobius Venture Capital.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Brand your life story with Dandelife  —  Dandelife is a fascinating new "social biography network" that launched its beta this week.  Users tell their life stories with text, photos, videos and time lines.  Part of the business model will be to license users' stories to corporations seeking case studies and brandable narratives.
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.
Tropicaljantie / Webtown:
Skype Protocol Has Been Cracked.  The Skype protocol will be reverse engineered by August 2006 and application code will be offered for license.  —  It has been done.  IT HAS BEEN DONE.  I am doing a total cut and paste job here.  Read below.  Very bold statements here below.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG, GigaOM and 21talks
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 …
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
Discussion: technology filter, digg and Slashdot
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Earthlink Debuts RSS Reader, Social Bookmarking Site  —  EarthLink has quietly launched an RSS reader called the myEarthLink Reader that's tightly integrated with a new social bookmarking site that's similar to del.icio.us.  I discovered the reader in my referrer logs.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Earthling and Chris Holland
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Adds Supports For NOODP Tag To Opt Out Of ODP Titles  —  Singing for joy!  Google has now added support for the NOODP tag that MSN initiated on May 22nd of this year.  Yes, Danny asked for this back in June, and now Google has granted our wish.  If you have one of those pesky titles pulled …
Discussion: Threadwatch.org
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Inside Google Sitemaps:
More control over page snippets
Laura Bosworth / one2one, Dell's Weblog:
No Magic Wands For Customer Service  —  So... you wanna talk about service?  Let's do it.  WARNING: this post will be a bit longer than the norm and is just the tip of the iceberg.  I'll kick it off and then we will take it where you want to go.  —  The good news is that we know what we need to do.
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 …
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 …
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?
Discussion: B2Day and Message
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
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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Cisco Cheng / Gearlog:
Asus Z62F: Solid State Flash Laptop Dissected
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Research Automates Hunt for Search Engine Spam
Discussion: Slashdot
Jim Rapoza / eWEEK.com:
Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Is No Slam-Dunk
Discussion: JD on EP
Christine Lagorio / CBS News:
MySpace Pulls Ahead In Page View Race
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Spreadsheets v.1.1.4d
Discussion: Forever Geek and digg
knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu:
Online Video: The Market Is Hot, but Business Models Are Fuzzy
Discussion: TJ's Weblog and JD on EP
Times of London:
TV standby buttons will be outlawed
Evan Blass / Engadget:
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Reuters:
Wired Magazine Regains Web Sites
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BBC:
Google video goes international
Discussion: Mashable*
Toby / The Diva Marketing Blog:
Jupiter Research Makes Some Changes
palm.com:
Palm, Vodafone and Microsoft Collaborate on Next-Generation Treo …
Chartreuse / BETA:
The Takeover (or The Death Of The Geek or Who Will Be Running The Internet Next)
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Lifehacker:
Video Clip: Google - Behind the Screen
Jen Brown / MSNBC:
Internet star tries to make it on her own
Om Malik / GigaOM:
StartUps Embracing Amazon S3