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8:40 AM ET, July 17, 2006

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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Finance gets a facelift  —  Yahoo Finance was set to get a facelift on Monday with new interactive stock charts, improved message boards and business-related video clips from content partners.  In addition, Yahoo is offering Internet publishers the ability to easily add a stock chart, quotes and news headlines to their Web site.
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Read/WriteWeb:
New Yahoo homepage goes live globally  —  The new-look Ajax-powered Yahoo.com homepage goes live in the US on Monday and will roll out to other regions during the rest of July.  Read/WriteWeb exclusively profiled the "preview" two months ago and now it is ready to be the default homepage for Yahoo's 500 million users.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Tweaks Finance
Rafat / paidContent.org:   Yahoo Finance's New Design Launches; Board Users' First Reaction Negative
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
The tech support of the crowds: Qunu  —  In my experience, the best technical support on any product will come from somebody who actually uses and likes the product, not a paid support rep following a script.  That's why people use open message boards.  Message boards have always amazed me …
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
Alex Williams / New York Times:
The Graying of the Record Store  —  SO this is an evening rush?  —  On a recent Monday, six people — soon enough four, then two — were browsing the bins of compact discs at Norman's Sound and Vision, a music store on Cooper Square in Manhattan, around 6 p.m., a time that once constituted the daily rush hour.
Discussion: Coolfer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner Announces Acquisition of Blogbeat  —  Chicago-based RSS management company Feedburner is announcing the acquisition of Blogbeat on Monday.  The deal will allow Feedburner to expand its reach with customers beyond RSS management.  Details as Feedburner.com/blogbeat.  —  We profiled Blogbeat in February.
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
FeedBurner acquires Blogbeat
Discussion: Burning Questions
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Blogspot Blogs Banned in India: Read Tricks To Access Blocked Websites  —  Several prominent Indian Bloggers including Neha, Amit, Dina, Mridula and DesiPundit are reporting that blogspot.com blogs hosted on Blogger.com have been blocked by some ISPs in India.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide:
USB One Man Band Keyboard/Guitar/Vocal Box  —  You sing, you play guitar and bass, you record and play live, you play keys, and now you want a single USB device to handle everything in a single box.  First, you're more talented than us.  Second, you might want to check out Line 6's upcoming TonePort KB37.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Music thing
thenewpr.com:
HomePage  —  Please support this campaign by adding this image to your blog or website and linking it back to this page.  If you have any problems with this, please contact Paull Young.  —  This page has been created to provide a list of resources concerning astroturfing …
Reuters:
YouTube serves up 100 mln videos a day  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - YouTube, the leader in Internet video search, said on Sunday viewers have are now watching more than 100 million videos per day on its site, marking the surge in demand for its "snack-sized" video fare.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Screenwerk
Podophile:
Shoe Hacker: Nike+iPod Sport Kit Shoe Mod  —  When the Nike+iPod Sport Kit was announced, I was really excited about being able to track my running progress with my iPod nano.  I was not excited, however, by the thought of having to switch to Nike running shoes to use it.
Discussion: Engadget, Lifehacker and digg
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Slashboinged!  —  Last week, I wrote a story that in 24 hours hit the frontpages of both Digg and Slashdot, with Blog related firepower provided by the mighty Boingboing.net (ranked number 1 in Technorati, when not knocked off the top by Spamblogs).  —  What would the overall effect be of such a concentrated assault of traffic?
The Head Lemur / raving lunacy:
Shareholder Fantasy Island  —  The latest group of bloggers to come to the rescue of the poor benighted Corporations are the folks I call the 'hummers' .  —  Hummers are those folks who have an amazing degree of positional flexibility.  This is not to say that hummers are lazy.  Far from it.
Discussion: Listics and Scobleizer
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
A Portable (and Squeezable) Way to Recharge  —  CONSUMERS have trouble focusing on the distant promise of fuel cells to power their cars.  But fuel cells to recharge their cellphones, PDA's, MP3 players and other hand-held devices?  That might be a different story — especially if those fuel cells …
Discussion: textually.org
Stan Beer / ITWire:
Microsoft may leave Mac users out of messaging plans  —  An interesting piece of information to come out of the Microsoft and Yahoo messaging alliance is the news that Microsoft is still evaluating whether to include the Mac version of Windows Live Messenger in its interoperability plans.
Discussion: The Apple Core and digg
Tado / HowtoForge:
How To Install VMware Server On Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake)  —  How To Install VMware Server On Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake)  —  Author: Till Brehm <t [dot] brehm [at] projektfarm [dot] de >  —  This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install the free VMware Server …
Discussion: digg
Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
AMD: Intel's Conroe power advantage claim based on skewed metric  —  Austin (TX) - With Intel's release of desktop processors based on its new Core Microarchitecture now expected at the end of this month, early tests from Tom's Hardware Guide are lending credence to Intel's claim that it has regained …
Discussion: George Ou
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Wii Controllers: Unlocking the Secrets  —  Battery and power specifics, SYNCHRO functionality, rumble motor details, LED secondary purpose and... a camera?  —  July 14, 2006 - edThe Big N has been relatively hush-hush about the details of its innovative new Wii console and controller …
Discussion: Kotaku, The Tao of Mac and Slashdot
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Developer Management - Toilet Seats  —  [Live from Home Depot, via my Blackberry]  —  As part of my VC gig, I see a ton of new software and services.  I get lots of opportunities to talk and deal with the developers of these products.  One thing that continues to amaze me is how often …
Discussion: Scobleizer
 
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Agence France Presse:
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eurekalert.org:
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Have Aeron, Will Travel … A year ago at just about this time …
Discussion: Between Lawyers, Listics and tins
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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