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1:30 PM 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
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Storytelling, not journalism, spurs most blogs  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many people see Web journals or "blogs" as alternatives to the mainstream media, but most Americans who run them do so as a hobby rather than a vocation, according to a report released on Wednesday.
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Four Big Ideas About Open Source  —  In my O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing next week at OSCON, I'm focusing on four big ideas about open source:  — The architecture of participation beyond software.  Software development was the canary in the coalmine, one of the first areas to show …
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
Jennifer DeLeo / Gearlog:
Move Over Movielink: CinemaNow Launches Burn To DVD Service Today  —  Jeez, online movie sellers move FAST.  Apparently, Movielink didn't move fast enough.  On Monday, I reported that Movielink partnered with Sonic Solutions to offer on-demand DVD burning.
Yahoo! Search blog:
Finding Home Values in Web Search  —  With all the recent discussion on where home prices are heading, we saw a great opportunity to improve our home valuation product on Yahoo! Real Estate.  We've integrated our product with Zillow.com to provide users with free instant home value estimates …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal to Run Ads on Front Page  —  The Wall Street Journal calls it a "jewel box," but readers of its front page will know it by its common name: advertising.  —  The Journal today confirmed long-time speculation that it would open its front page to advertising, probably in September …
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
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.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun CTO: Incremental open-sourcing of Java is the way  —  Java virtual machine, runtime environment, and Web services stack given as examples of components that could be incrementally open sourced  —  Expect the open-sourcing of the Java programming language to be done in incremental steps …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Dealplumber Launches - Free Coupons and Deals  —  Santa-Clara based Dealplumber, which went live yesterday, is a new service from the makers of iNods.  The site has been in development for six months, and aims to make it easy to find and share deals using a community-based approach.
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
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Jobster, the Web 2.0 company on steroids, brings total bounty to $50M  —  Seattle's Jobster, a site for job seekers and employers wanting to converse with them, has raised $18 million from investors.  The private company is now valued above $100 million.  —  There's a big lesson in this story, which we'll get to shortly.
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 and Techdirt
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Online T-Shirt company Spreadshirt raises several million from Accel
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
AOL launches corporate IM service
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon now IE friendly
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp., DirecTV take broadband to the Max
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Maybe Google Should Buy a Movie Studio?
Discussion: Mark Evans
Google Blogoscoped:
What the Digg Crowd Loves and Hates
CNET News.com:
Judge: Google News lawsuit can proceed
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Stamper / businessreviewonline.com:
Will SGI Become the Next Data General?
The Official Parallels Virtualization Blog:
Parallels Desktop hits the Apple Store
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Nortel Announce Innovative Communications Alliance (ICA)
Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Nortel Partner to Build Phone Software (Update2)
Red Herring:
ShopWiki Scores $6.2 Million
Matt / Photo Matt:
OpenDNS is a great idea, well-executed.  They took something basic …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Google exec challenges Berners-Lee