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10:15 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huge Red Flag at Netscape  —  A little known Digg-fact is that a relatively small group of users submit a large percentage of the stories that end up on the Digg home page.  Netscape, which recently relaunched as a Digg-clone, wants to pay those top users to switch over to them.
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 …
Read/WriteWeb:   Digg stats analysis
Matt / Photo Matt:
OpenDNS is a great idea, well-executed.  They took something basic and ubiquitous, DNS, and improved it by adding spell-checking and phishing protection (usability enhancements).  They provide the service for free in exchange for monetizing typo search pages.  The typo search pages are simple, fast, and generally useful.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS wants to watch the web for you
Discussion: CrunchNotes and digg
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
OpenDNS  —  Holy fast connections!  Check out OpenDNS …
Discussion: Chris Pirillo and TechLifeBlogged
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Nortel Announce Innovative Communications Alliance (ICA)  —  Q&A: Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division, discusses Microsoft's new strategic alliance with Nortel and the emerging market for unified communications.  —  REDMOND, Wash., July 18, 2006 - Today …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Bink.nu
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Nortel Partner to Build Phone Software (Update2)
Discussion: DealBook
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Microsoft and Nortel to co-develop IP-PBX
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 …
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Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Yahoo to Delay Ad Platform Upgrade  —  Yahoo will delay its long-awaited new interface for advertisers until the fourth quarter, after previously saying it would be ready in Q3.  The news came as the company announced its second-quarter earnings.  —  Net income for the quarter dropped precipitously …
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST BLU-RAY DISC DRIVE BURNER  —  Burns up to 50 GB of Data and Keeps Video in Native HDV 1080i  —  NEW YORK, July 18, 2006 -Sony Electronics today unveiled its first internal Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) rewritable drive for the computer aftermarket.
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and HD Beat
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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
Hans Mast / The (not so) Daily Me:
Yahoo! Music to offer unrestricted MP3s?  —  Everyone who has been following the tech scene knows that the first company to offer mainstream music in unrestricted MP3 format will see a huge spike in their business and may garner lasting dominance.  There is widespread dissatisfaction …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Mike / Techdirt:   Yahoo Seriously Considering Unrestricted MP3 Downloads?
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Price of virtual living: Patience, privacy  —  (CNN) — The virtual worlds depicted in the movies "The Matrix" and "Minority Report" can often seem far too real in today's world of computers, e-mail, instant messaging, MP3 players, cell phones, laptops, Wi-Fi and RFID.
Sony:
SONY DELIVERS MUSIC WIRELESSLY THROUGHOUT THE HOME  —  New Streaming Audio System Plays Music Across a WiFi Home Network  —  NEW YORK, July 18, 2006 - Continuing to enhance the world of home audio, Sony Electronics today announced a wireless streaming music player and 2.1 channel home theater system.
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Image navigation, with a sci-fi touch  —  Taking a page out of a science-fiction novel, Microsoft's research labs have come up with a way for people to navigate computer images using their hands to change their point of view.  —  However, borrowing in equal measure from its business handbook …
Discussion: digg
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.
Jason Stamper / businessreviewonline.com:
Will SGI Become the Next Data General?  —  Remember Data General (DG), the server and storage vendor that, despite some great technology, ultimately failed to capitalize on it and was sold off to EMC back in 1999*?  Well SGI's new CEO Dennis McKenna was adamant in an interview with me that …
Red Herring:
ShopWiki Scores $6.2 Million  —  First round of funding will enable DoubleClick founders' shopping site to expand abroad.  —  ShopWiki received $6.2 million in its first round of funding Tuesday, enabling the shopping search engine created by three DoubleClick executives to expand internationally.
 
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CNET News.com:
Judge: Google News lawsuit can proceed
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple to announce Q3 2006 financial results today
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Parallels Desktop hits the Apple Store
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