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2:45 PM 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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
iTunes video rental announcement foreseen
Discussion: digg
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft buys Windows utility software maker  —  update Microsoft on Tuesday said it has bought Winternals Software, a small maker of Windows utility programs, in a deal that the software maker hopes will add key technical talent to its operating system development team.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Rough Type
Microsoft:
Microsoft Acquires Winternals Software
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
MoveDigital Means Movies on Your Mobile  —  Marshall from Techcrunch just tipped me off to some really big news for people with mobile devices...MoveDigital, a pioneering company that specializes in the movement storage and sharing of big files has just launched with new functionality …
Discussion: TechCrunch and torrentocracy
Signal vs. Noise:
Fireside Chat with Khoi Vinh and Jeffrey Veen: "In-house vs. on your own"  —  [Note: This is our first Fireside Chat, a round table discussion conducted using Campfire.]  —  In-house vs. on your own  —  We brought Khoi Vinh and Jeffrey Veen together to talk about the differences between working …
Discussion: Jeffrey Veen, Like It Matters and clock
Darla Mack:
What Phone Are You Using?  —  Ok I found this article interesting because when people ask me to recommend phones for them (I have no clue why they do that) I always ask "what phone do you currently have".  Usually its my husband's friends or co-workers that ask me for recommendations or suggestions …
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.
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
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Levels of the Game: The Hierarchy of Web 2.0 Applications  —  Reading Jim Fallows' new Technology Review article about his experiment in using only Web 2.0 applications for two weeks, I think: "What an odd thing to do!  It's a bit like evaluating the utility of an automobile by foregoing …
Terry / The Affiliate Marketing Blog:
Found: Click Fraud Paid Clickers - Chat With Them If You'd Like  —  Interested in reaching deep down into the bowels of the underground click fraud gangs?  Wanna meet and hang out with who's being paid to click on all those parked domain page ads and paid search engine results?
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.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Dare Violate a Copyright in Hong Kong?  A Boy Scout May Be Watching Online  —  HONG KONG, July 16 — Movie and song copiers beware: use an Internet discussion site in Hong Kong to violate copyrights and you may be turned in to law enforcement authorities by an 11-year-old Boy Scout.
Discussion: Policy Blog, Techdirt and 27B Stroke 6
corporate-ir.net:
The New York Times Company Reports 2006 Second-Quarter Results  —  NEW YORK, Jul 18, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The New York Times Company announced today that 2006 second-quarter diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $.42, compared with $.42 in the second quarter of the prior year.
Discussion: paidContent.org and InterMedia
 
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
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Abaxter / notebookreview.com:
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Microsoft:
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