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6:10 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
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
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 …
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?
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
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
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
340,282,366,920,938,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000 new web addresses created by internet chiefs . . . so we won't run out of space soon, then  —  TO THE lay observer it seems like an infinite network of computers, servers and cables stretching around the globe.  —  But the worldwide web is filling up.
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: Scobleizer and Listics
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Odeo Releases Twttr  —  Odeo released a new service today called Twttr, which is a sort of "group send" SMS application.  Each person controls their own network of friends.  When any of them send a text message to "40404," all of his or her friends see the message via sms.
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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
Andrew / Traffick:
Don't Swallow That  —  It's pretty funny that Adam Lasnik of Google seems to have sent some acetaminophen to a poor soul suffering from Adwords Quality Score woes.  —  As Googler Nick Fox explained to me last week, a recent upgrade to the QS algorithm has now gone live …
Discussion: Aaron Wall's SEO Book.com and digg
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Chinese firm may have cracked Skype's code  —  Pirated version could blunt Chinese push by eBay's Internet phone unit  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — A Chinese software firm may have replicated the popular Internet-phone software developed by eBay Inc.'s Skype unit, a development which …
Discussion: Webtown and cio.com
Edward N. Albro / Today @ PC World:
Geeks for a Good Cause  —  Does helping to create a Wi-Fi antenna from a water bottle, wire mesh and a motorcycle tire valve stem sound like a great way to spend a few months away from work?  How about working on a Linux-based PC that runs off a car battery and solar power?
Discussion: Wi-Fi and digg
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
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
Denise / Bag and Baggage:
Have Aeron, Will Travel … A year ago at just about this time, I was having a conversation with Steve Gillmor.  Steve asked me — in so many words, and in his hallmark I-will-brook-no-nonsense-so-don't- even-think-about-it manner — what I was going to do when I grew up.
Discussion: ALLIED, Between Lawyers, Listics and tins
BBC:
iPod gadget set for legalisation  —  Gadgets which transmit MP3 players' output so they can be heard on FM radios may become legal in the UK.  —  Communications regulator Ofcom is holding a public consultation over the issue until September.  —  Using iTrips and other "low-power FM transmitters" …
 
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Paul Allen's Wireless Dreams
Discussion: IP Democracy
Bdude / Neowin.net:
The Pirate Bay making over €20,000 a day
Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide:
Micro-T M689 Retro Brick Cellphone
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
BBC:
Call for 'illegal' MP3 site talks
Discussion: Mark Evans and Slashdot
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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