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2:35 PM ET, July 19, 2006

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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 …
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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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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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 …
David Kender / camcorderinfo.com:
Sony Introduces High Definition to DVD AVCHD Camcorder HDR-UX1  —  Breaking News - Refresh Browser Frequently  —  July 18, 2006 - Today at a press conference in New York, Sony announced the release of the first camcorder to use the AVCHD format - the HDR-UX1.
Discussion: Engadget, HD Beat, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST BLU-RAY DISC DRIVE BURNER
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and HD Beat
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 …
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
Peter Griffin / groups.google.com:
Read this first - please (Version 2) FAQs  —  1. We already know that blogspot and typepad blogs and geocities home pages seem to be blocked by quite a few ISPs.  Unless you know of a new domain that has been blocked, please do not write in with a new subject lines saying stuff like …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Silicon Valley & The iTunes Ripple Effect
Mark LaPedus / eet.com:
Nvidia tops Broadcom for video iPod design win
Discussion: GigaOM and The Tech Report
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Online T-Shirt company Spreadshirt raises several million from Accel
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Dealplumber Launches - Free Coupons and Deals
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Jobster, the Web 2.0 company on steroids, brings total bounty to $50M
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
 Earlier Items: 
Google Blogoscoped:
What the Digg Crowd Loves and Hates
CNET News.com:
Judge: Google News lawsuit can proceed
Jason Stamper / businessreviewonline.com:
Will SGI Become the Next Data General?
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Nortel Announce Innovative Communications Alliance (ICA)
Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Nortel Partner to Build Phone Software (Update2)
Hans Mast / The (not so) Daily Me:
Yahoo! Music to offer unrestricted MP3s?
Red Herring:
ShopWiki Scores $6.2 Million