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5:15 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
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.
dell.com:
Advanced Mobile Wireless Card From Dell Bolsters Speed, Range  —  Draft 802.11N Wi-Fi Technology, Dell Network Assistant Software Deliver Faster, Easier-to-Operate Wireless Networking Connections  —  Dell today announced an internal wireless mini card capable of giving many of its notebook customers …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Dell, Acer tout 802.11n wireless laptops
Paul Miller / Engadget:
But wait, there's more... Zune deets  —  For a product that Microsoft hasn't even officially confirmed, there sure is a whole lot of Zune info to be getting on with.  The latest leaks are from Digital Music News, who has been reviewing some of the presentation material that Microsoft shared with top-level execs of partner companies.
Discussion: Orbitcast and Scobleizer
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Michael Wolf / GigaOM:
Argo & Microsoft's Portable Dreams
Business Wire:
HP Unveils Revolutionary Wireless Chip That Links the Digital and Physical Worlds; Grain-Sized Chip Could Be Attached to Almost Any Object, Making Information More Ubiquitous  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 17, 2006—HP (NYSE:HPQ) (Nasdaq:HPQ) today announced that its researchers …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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 …
Discussion: digg
Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide:
Symbol MC50 Rugged PDA  —  This Symbol MC50 PDA is targeted towards outdoor "on-site" use, so it's naturally a little bulky.  It withstands a three feet drop onto "tile over concrete" at a temperature of 70 degrees F. Three feet is fine from a desk, but on a site you're going to be holding it in your hand.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and PalmAddicts
Skeptic / Dead2.0:
11 Suggestions For Not Being a Dot-Bomb 2.0  —  With all the 2.0 hype, I think it's unfair to unanimously declare all new Internet startups as 100% junk.  It can't be much more than 95%.  So I thought it would be an interesting diversion to switch the tone of my writing for a change.
Discussion: SEOmoz
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 and PostBubble
Robert McMillan / pcadvisor.co.uk:
McAfee spots 'bot' danger  —  Hackers are using techniques popularised by developers of open-source software like Linux to improve their malicious code, a researcher at McAfee has said.  —  Nowhere is this more apparent than within the growing families of 'bot' software, which allow hackers to remotely control infected computers.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
India Imposes Ban on Blogs: Your Questions Answered  —  Everything you wanted to know about the recent ban on popular websites in India - an FAQ:  —  Q. Which sites are blocked in India ?  —  Access to all blogs and websites hosted on the following servers is currently blocked in India.
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.
Derek / 5ThirtyOne:
Breathe new life into OS X Safari  —  Despite having admitted to relying on Mozilla's Firefox browser as my preferred browser, I must admit that the beauty and seamless functionality of Apple's Safari browser is not to be overlooked.  Firefox fanatics will continue to wave their arms claiming …
Discussion: UNEASYsilence and digg
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 …
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
For CBS's Fall Lineup, Check Inside Your Refrigerator  —  IN September, CBS plans to start using a new place to advertise its fall television lineup: your breakfast.  —  The network plans to announce today that it will place laser imprints of its trademark eye insignia …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The age of customerism and producerism  —  Forget consumerism.  We're not just consumers anymore, as Doc Searls has taught me well.  We are customers with our money in our fists, spending it wisely and joining together to spend it more wisely.  And we are producers who can compete …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Report: Click Fraud Rises in Q2 & High-Priced Keywords Click Fraud Rate At 20.2%  —  The Click Fraud Index issued an updated report on the state of click fraud.  In the second quarter click fraud rose four points to 14.1 percent, compared with the Q1 results of 13.7 percent.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
News Online Seems to Have Long Shelf Life  —  A new research paper seeks to answer a riddle for publishers, editors and even readers: when does new news become old news?  —  In the case of a news article on the Internet, the answer is surprisingly long: 36 hours on average, according to the paper …
Discussion: Geeking with Greg and Glass House
Jensenh / Jensen Harris:
Silver Bullet  —  I couple of months ago I mentioned that we were working on a third color scheme for Office 2007, as well as continuing to tweak the visuals of the so-called "northwest" corner of the apps (the upper-left corner.)  —  I was planning on waiting until we finalized the visuals …
Discussion: M-Dollar and Office Evolution
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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