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2:25 AM ET, July 18, 2006

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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
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: Scobleizer and Orbitcast
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Michael Wolf / GigaOM:
Argo & Microsoft's Portable Dreams
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.
Discussion: Techdirt, paidContent.org and digg
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Netscape Has Attention, If Nothing Else  —  Netscape has gotten mixed reviews for its recent Digg-style remake.  The New York Times adds a story this morning about a petition from Netscape users to bring back the old site.  We did a quick check and got traffic data update from Hitwise.
Discussion: TechEffect
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   Old vs. New Netscape (or "if you could change GeoCities into MySpace …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Reuters:
FeedBurner buys BlogBeat, expanding blog analysis  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - FeedBurner.com, which syndicates Web postings for 200,000 publishers, said it has acquired blog analytics company BlogBeat.net for undisclosed terms.  —  FeedBurner manages managing headline syndication services …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Jangl This  —  Hello, this Is Wildfire... how can I help you...  It was a bubble ago, when I was first introduced to Wildfire, a follow-me, find-me telephone service, that tracked me down by serial dialing all my phone numbers: office, home or mobile phone.
Johnny / Popgadget:
Dance dance iPod karaoke party  —  The CAVS IPS-11G has an iPod dock, but it is not an accessory for the iPod.  In this scenario the iPod is only an accessory for the world's greatest portable karaoke station.  This rocking out machine is able to access data from 8 different iPod models, USB memory sticks, and external USB hard rives.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Podcasting News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
YouTube serves 100m videos each day  —  The big news of the morning is that YouTube has announced it's hit 100 million videos served per day.  Founded in early 2005, the company has announced $11.5 million in venture funding from Sequoia Capital and is rumored to have received another $25 million from Sequoia in April.
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Movielink to allow movies transferred to DVDs  —  Movielink, which distributes movies over the Internet, is close to fixing one of the main drawbacks to downloading films over the Web.  —  Santa Monica, Calif.-based Movielink has purchased technology from software company Sonic Solutions …
Discussion: TechEffect and UNEASYsilence
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
Microsoft:
Microsoft Completes Acquisition of Softricity  —  Application virtualization and streaming functionality added to Microsoft's virtualization and management offerings.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 17, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Softricity Inc. …
Discussion: M-Dollar
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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Neo / MacsimumNews:
Will Apple update its Cinema Display line with iSights, glossy screen options?
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com and digg
bLaugh:
Microsoft's Latest Acquisition
Discussion: Scripting News
Vishesh Kumar / GigaOM:
VCs & Their India Investing Strategies
Chris Stevens / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
Apple: Avoid death — integrate iPod with your car
Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: Verizon and TMobile Minutes Used Firefox extensions
Discussion: Gizmodo, Download Squad and digg
Fungifred_Tech:
iCal Day  —  Almost every Mac user can admit to having iCal …
Discussion: digg
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
For CBS's Fall Lineup, Check Inside Your Refrigerator
Discussion: AdJab and All Points Blog
 Earlier Items: 
SMS Text News:
Mojungle.com enables you to text photos and videos to the web
Discussion: MobHappy, Mashable* and Smart Mobs
Fareastgizmos.com:
Thanko 512MB Secure USB 2.0 Morse code flash drive
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and OhGizmo!
Chase A. Thompson / ChaseAndSam.com:
Myspace Hack spreading like wildfire: SPAIRLKAIFS
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo Finance revises charts, chat, other features
Discussion: SearchViews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Yahoo Home Page Goes Live Today
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Senator's Slip of the Tongue Keeps on Truckin' Over the Web