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3:50 PM ET, July 19, 2006

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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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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.
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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 …
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 …
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Sony:
SONY RAISES THE CURTAIN ON STYLISHLY DESIGNED, SPACE-SAVING HOME THEATER SYSTEMS  —  NEW YORK, July 18, 2006 - Sony is bringing the listening room to the living room with the launch of two packaged home theater solutions that optimize the company's legacy of design and high-quality A/V performance.
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
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Sony:
SONY DELIVERS MUSIC WIRELESSLY THROUGHOUT THE HOME
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
David Kender / camcorderinfo.com:
Sony Introduces High Definition to DVD AVCHD Camcorder HDR-UX1
Discussion: Engadget, HD Beat, Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
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
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Zillow Blog:
Zillow Teams with Yahoo! Real Estate and Yahoo! Search
Discussion: SearchViews and Screenwerk
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
AOL launches corporate IM service  —  AOL is set to launch on Wednesday its new AIM Pro instant-messaging service, which features security and online meeting functions aimed at corporate users.  —  The service, which is free for anyone to use, integrates with Microsoft Outlook's calendar …
Ian Sager / Business Week:
iPod Accessories Gone Wild  —  The desire to personalize the Apple music-player experience—and make a fast buck—has resulted in some downright odd products  —  The early, runaway success of Apple Computer's iPod has spawned a whole ecosystem of third-party suppliers pushing accessories …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon now IE friendly  —  The wildly popular Firefox extension StumbleUpon released this morning a toolbar for Internet Explorer users.  The service lets you browse around web sites that have been recommended by friends and other users with interests similar to your own.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Comcast throws a curve in its broadband pitch  —  As AT&T prepares to enter the video market in the Bay Area, Comcast is attempting to get owners of local apartment buildings to agree to 10-year contracts that would grant the cable giant an exclusive right to provide tenants with all broadband services.
Discussion: Techdirt
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
All the Good Ones Have Been Taken — In Domain Names, Too  —  It's hardly secret knowledge, though perhaps only Dennis Forbes has seen it in all its glory.  —  There are roughly 47 million domain names that end with ".com," making that space the biggest and most prestigious piece of real estate on the Internet.
Discussion: Fast Company Now
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 …
Iancr / Yahoo! Music Blog:
Buy A Customized Jessica Simpson MP3 At Yahoo! Music  —  You can buy a personalized version of the new Jessica Simpson song "A Public Affair" from Yahoo! Music's Web Site (Music.Yahoo.com) for $1.99, and it's an MP3.  Dear digital consumer, even if you're not into Jessica Simpson …
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.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T launches box with Web, satellite  —  NEW YORK - AT&T Inc. is launching a satellite TV set-top box Wednesday that also connects to the Internet for movie downloads, reinforcing the phone company's push into video services.  —  The box, called AT&T Homezone, will be initially available …
Discussion: Gizmodo, HD Beat and Zatz Not Funny
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Maybe Google Should Buy a Movie Studio?
Discussion: Mark Evans
Google Blogoscoped:
What the Digg Crowd Loves and Hates
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Image navigation, with a sci-fi touch
Discussion: digg
Jason Stamper / businessreviewonline.com:
Will SGI Become the Next Data General?
The Official Parallels Virtualization Blog:
Parallels Desktop hits the Apple Store
Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Nortel Partner to Build Phone Software (Update2)
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Price of virtual living: Patience, privacy