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5:05 AM ET, July 19, 2006

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Paying the top DIGG/REDDIT/Flickr/Newsvine users (or "$1,000 a month for doing what you're already doing.")  —  When Brian and I started Weblogs, Inc. the idea of paying bloggers—heck, even making money from blogging—was considered offensive to many.  Blogging was, as the case was stated …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Calacanis offers to buy out digg users  —  Netscape boss Jason Calacanis has offered to essentially buy out the top users on Digg, Delicious, Flickr, MySpace, and Reddit for $1000 per month: … This offer is open to about a dozen people initially.  You've got to hand it to Calacanis …
Microsoft:
Nortel and Microsoft Form Strategic Alliance to Accelerate Transformation of Business Communications  —  Shared vision for unified communications to drive new growth opportunities for both companies.  —  REDMOND, WASH., and TORONTO—July 18, 2006—The convergence of the communications …
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VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Microsoft and Nortel to co-develop IP-PBX
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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The Consumerist:
AOL Retention Manual Revealed  —  In August of 2005, America Online settled with the office of NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer over complaints about how arduous AOL made it to cancel service.  In addition to a $1.25 million fine, AOL agreed to streamline the cancellation process and submit all calls for third-party review.
Discussion: Lifehacker, PC World's Techlog and digg
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
No joy for Yahoo  —  World's No. 2 search engine reports results and guidance that disappoint investors; stock tumbles after-hours.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — It looks like Yahoo! investors won't have any reason to yodel following the company's slightly disappointing second-quarter results …
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: torrentocracy and Scripting News
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MoveDigital launches metered torrents, mobile streaming …
CNET News.com:
Symantec sees an Achilles' heel in Vista  —  Some of Microsoft's efforts to make Windows Vista its most stable and secure operating system ever could cause instability and new security flaws, according to a Symantec report.  —  Researchers at Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec examined …
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
OpenDNS  —  Holy fast connections!  Check out OpenDNS, a free client side DNS caching service that does not require any kind of external software.  Not only does OpenDNS speed up your internet connection, it has anti-phishing and domain name typo correction features, both of which are opt-in by ip address.
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google exec challenges Berners-Lee  —  A Google executive challenged Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee on his ideas for a Semantic Web during a conference in Boston on artificial intelligence.  —  On Tuesday, Berners-Lee, the father of the Web and the current director of the World Wide Web Consortium …
John Blossom / Shore Communications Inc.:
Can't Help Myself: AFP Content Still Picked up by Google News Through Syndication Channels  —  Macworld covers along with other IDG publications a "secret" that's been very public for months: in spite of action by Agence France-Presse against Google to remove AFP news from the Google News service …
mobileeurope.co.uk:
"ERR, I THINK IT'S A NOKIA"  —  58% of mobile users don't know make and model of handset they own; indicates hinderance to advanced data services take-up … Accurate, real-time handset details enable operators to market relevant extra services with which the user's handset is actually compatible.
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Super-Asbos planned for cybercriminals … The Home Office is pushing for sweeping powers to ban suspected hackers from using the Internet, but security experts are concerned that civil liberties could be infringed  —  The Home Office wants to give the police and the courts sweeping new powers …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Fred / A VC:
Where It's At In Music Discovery  —  People talk about Pandora and Last.fm as if they are the holy grail of music discovery.  —  Bob Lefsetz moans the loss of FM radio and drives around in his car listening to XM play 20 year old music and thinks XM is where it's at in digital music.
Mark Schumann / AdAge:
Full-Year 2005 Megabrands Report  —  Telecommunications Giants Lead the Pack  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — Telecommunications giants pulled a trifecta in Advertising Age's ranking of the Top 200 Megabrands for 2005, not only claiming the top three spots by total media outlays but spending a heady $4 billion in doing so.
Discussion: GigaOM and AdJab
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
What does Microsoft's Xen relationship mean?  —  Usually, when I write here about Microsoft, it's in a negative way, and the result is very intense debate.  —  Today I come, not to bury Big Green, but to praise it.  —  Microsoft's agreement to bridge with Xen, through Xensource …
Saj / in.rediff.com:
Are Internet Service Providers blocking blogs? … What do you think about the story?  —  Sub: Wanted - World\'s largest IT destination need someone with common sense to create IT ACT  —  Seriously!!  Long time back when IIT lad sold MMS, Baazee .com CEO flew from USA to help the Indian Cops and they arrested him, telling ...
Discussion: national highway and Slashdot
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Naked Conversations: A Long Tail Case Study?  —  Our book is ranked #575 on Amazon.com this morning.  This is the highest it has ever been.  A closer look at the publisher's retail numbers over the last 90 days, shows the book is doing what our publisher tells us— books do not usually do—come back from an oblivion trendline.
Discussion: AccMan Pro and Scobleizer
cablevision.com:
Cablevision's Optimum Voice® Surpasses One Million Customers  —  Cable Industry's First Broadly-Deployed Competitive Voice-Over-Cable (VoIP) Service Has Already Attracted One-Third Of Cablevision's Cable Television Customers, And More Than Half Of Company's High-Speed Internet Customers
Discussion: Fractals of Change
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Tworl Connects Strangers via Instant Messaging  —  Tworl is an interesting, but potentially risky idea.  The service, which is currently in limited beta, connects random users via IM.  It's restricted to the AIM client for now, but support for Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk/Jabber and MSN Messenger is in the works - perhaps even Skype.
Discussion: PostBubble and Download Squad
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vote for Bix (Or Not)  —  The easy availability of broadband and the sharp increase in the number of high-speed Internet users makes it a perfect time for entrepreneurs to experiment with content in general, and user generated content in particular, despite the lack of what could be sustainable business models.
 
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David Kender / camcorderinfo.com:
Sony Introduces High Definition to DVD AVCHD Camcorder HDR-UX1
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, HD Beat and Ubergizmo
Times of London:
Dallas arrest sparks fears of internet gambling crackdown
Discussion: Slashdot and SEO Black Hat
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Price of virtual living: Patience, privacy
Red Herring:
ShopWiki Scores $6.2 Million
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents:
An angry fix  —  Some of the best minds working in web standards …
Discussion: Mike Rowehl and Slashdot
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Almost live from Grouper, it's your video
Discussion: Mashable* and paidContent.org
Mike / Techdirt:
Yahoo Seriously Considering Unrestricted MP3 Downloads?
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PR Newswire:
Verizon Sparks FiOS Internet Service With Fastest Speeds Yet …
Intel:
New Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor Doubles Performance …
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Parallels software now available in Apple stores (updated)
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com
Nicholas Carr / Business Week:
Lessons in Corporate Blogging
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Levels of the Game: The Hierarchy of Web 2.0 Applications
John Markoff / New York Times:
Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life