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11:55 AM ET, July 18, 2006

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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
WWDC surprise: Apple to announce iTunes movie rentals  —  July 18, 2006 - With three weeks until Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Think Secret has learned exclusively that CEO Steve Jobs will use his keynote address to announce the debut of movie rentals through the iTunes Music Store.
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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Second-gen iPod nano on tap for August  —  July 18, 2006 - Apple will roll-out the second generation of its iPod nano music player at its Worldwide Developer's Conference, insiders tell Think Secret.  —  The new nano is said to be very similar to the current offering but will feature increased capacity …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Engadget
Neo / MacsimumNews:
Will Apple update its Cinema Display line with iSights, glossy screen options?  —  Okay, let's assume that all the speculation is true and that Apple will unveil new Mac Pros, Intel-based pro desktop replacements for the PowerPC line, during CEO Steve Jobs' Aug. 7 keynote to kick off the 2006 Worldwide Developer Conference.
Ben Edelman:
How Vonage Funds Spyware  —  For years, I and others have observed Vonage ads shown by spyware.  In its litigation against Intermix, the New York Attorney General specifically documented Vonage's ads appearing in Intermix KeenValue pop-ups.  BusinessWeek last week reported …
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Mike / Techdirt:
How Your Vonage Service Fees Help Fund Spyware
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Microsoft:
Microsoft and XenSource to Develop Interoperability for Windows Server "Longhorn" Virtualization  —  Collaboration will enable customers to virtualize Xen-enabled Linux on Windows Server.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and PALO ALTO, Calif. — July 17, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. and XenSource Inc. today announced …
Discussion: Open Source and Slashdot
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Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft gives Linux a virtual hug  —  After years of hoping to crush Linux, Microsoft is trying to show it can get along with its open-source rival.  —  The software maker is announcing a partnership Monday night that will make sure its next virtualization technology can run versions …
Abaxter / notebookreview.com:
Dell Announces Built-In 802.11n Wireless Card for Notebooks  —  Dell today announced the availability of the Dell Wireless 1500 draft-802.11n dual-band wireless mini card that can be configured for all XPS and Inspiron notebooks.  This built-in 802.11n card will offer data transfer rates …
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dell.com:
Advanced Mobile Wireless Card From Dell Bolsters Speed, Range
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Leslie Simmons / hollywoodreporteresq.com:
L.A. News Service Sues YouTube Over Beating Video  —  A Los Angeles video news service sued YouTube Inc. on Friday in federal court for allowing its users to upload copyrighted video footage onto the popular Web site, including the beating of trucker Reginald Denny during the 1992 riots.
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Google's growing list of domains  —  Have you ever wondered how many domain names Google owns?  Currently Google owns 520 domain names.  Their domain collection has been growing over the last couple years because of all of the companies they started and have bought.
Conrad Quilty-Harper / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Molyneux - "Apple needs to get behind games"  —  Last week I carried out an interview with Peter Molyneux (the founder of Lionhead Studios which has games like Black & White, Fable and The Movies to its name) over at TUAW sister site Joystiq.  I made sure to ask him a question or two about the state …
Discussion: Kotaku and Jeffrey McManus
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg to Add Sports, Swarm & Stack  —  Version 3 of Digg launched late last month with tweaks to the user interface, and new categories to expand Digg beyond technology news.  The release, along with user stats that show massive growth, pushed Digg into the consciousness of mainstream Internet users for the first time.
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
Bix sees green in online contests  —  American Idol proved not just that we love watching the highs and lows of wannabe superstars, but that a surprising number of us wanted to be up there.  It's these two factors that make Bix, a company enabling public and private contests online, think the service it's about to launch is a winner.
Discussion: GigaOM, PostBubble and Business Filter
Richard Lowe / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Beyond Google's sweet spot  —  New advances in technology have flung open the doors to what was once the sacrosanct domain of the cellular operator, and nontraditional providers like Google are making their way inside, hoping for a piece of the action.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Metasploit Creator Releases Malware Search Engine  —  H.D. Moore, creator of the Metasploit hacking tool and the security researcher behind the MoBB (Month of Browser Bugs) project, has released a search engine that finds live malware samples through Google queries.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life  —  Robot cars drive themselves across the desert, electronic eyes perform lifeguard duty in swimming pools and virtual enemies with humanlike behavior battle video game players.  —  These are some fruits of the research field known as artificial intelligence …
Discussion: digg
David Walker / eHomeUpgrade:
MediaCentral 2 HTPC FrontEnd for Mac Loads Up on Features  —  It wasn't that long ago that we told you about MediaCentral, a HTPC front-end for use with your Mac to turn it into a home theater system.  Well, Macworld brings us news about the new release and all that comes with it.
Discussion: The Apple Core and Ubergizmo
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Reinventing the Pitch Letter with Delicious  —  One of the tactics PR professionals sometimes use is the open letter.  Basically, this is a public letter to the world that you publish for everyone to see.  Famous open letters include Bill Gates' letter to hobbyists and Google CEO Eric Schmidt's open letter on Net Neutrality.
Johnmoore / Brand Autopsy:
Creationist WOM Eggs-ample  —  Last year, CBS promoted its fall television shows on Water Coolers and Prescription Bags.  This year, CBS is using "On-Egg Messaging" from Egg Fusion to promote its new shows.  —  "On-Egg Messaging" is a classic example of Creationist WOM at work.
Discussion: AdJab and New York Times
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Changes to Financial Reporting Structure  —  Financial reporting change further aligns Microsoft along divisional structure  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 17, 2006 — Microsoft Corporation today announced upcoming changes in its financial reporting structure reflecting completion …
 
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