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9:50 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
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
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 …
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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.
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
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.
zunenation.com:
ZuneLive.com Domain Name Registered by Microsoft @ Alice Hill's Real Tech News - Independent Tech  —  Yahoo! Domains Blog » Blog Archive » ZuneLive.com registered to Microsoft  —  ZuneLive.com Domain Name Registered by Microsoft  —  Things continue to solidify around Zune.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
logitech.com:
Breakthrough Logitech Webcam Delivers True-to-Life Video with Twice the Image Clarity  —  Premium QuickCam Ultra Vision Webcam Features Precision Glass Lens, Adjusts for Harsh Lighting Conditions with RightLight 2 Technology; Company Upgrades Award-Winning QuickCam Lineup
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun, Gadgetell, Ubergizmo and USB
 
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