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5:55 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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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
3 Million Bloggers Looking to Make Money  —  The Pew Internet & American Life Project released the results from a blogger survey today, which detailed the reasons why bloggers blog.  The report focuses on some notion of storytelling vs. journalism (whatever), but what jumped out at me was that 7% …
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 …
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Zillow Blog:
Zillow Teams with Yahoo! Real Estate and Yahoo! Search
Discussion: SearchViews and Screenwerk
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
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST BLU-RAY DISC DRIVE BURNER
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and HD Beat
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.
Internet Stocks on SeekingAlpha:
Yahoo! Inc. Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (YHOO)  —  Executives  —  Sue Decker - CFO and EVP, Finance and Administration  —  Marta Nichols - Director of Investor Relations  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Yahoo! …
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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 …
David E. Williams / CNN:
Google's unknown artist has huge following  —  (CNN) — Dennis Hwang may be the most famous unknown artist in the world — his work doesn't hang in galleries or museums, but it's been viewed hundreds of millions of times.  —  The 28-year-old webmaster designs the whimsical logos …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Mark LaPedus / eet.com:
Nvidia tops Broadcom for video iPod design win  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nvidia Corp. has apparently won a major design win for Apple Computer Inc.'s next-generation video iPod product line — at the expense of Broadcom Corp., according to an analyst.  —  Apple's current video iPod line …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Tech Report
CNET News.com:
Judge: Google News lawsuit can proceed  —  WASHINGTON—A federal judge has postponed a key ruling in a lawsuit against Google brought by Agence France-Presse that alleges Google's popular news search feature violates copyright laws.  —  U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said Tuesday …
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 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
NSF Backs Open Source Wireless Mesh Project  —  Earthlink and Tropos might be looking to make millions off of muni wireless, but members of the open source community are hard at work trying to make wireless networking free.  And they just got some funds to help their cause.
Discussion: Policy Blog
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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Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Strategic partnership destined for failure: directionless Microsoft …
Sony:
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Hacked Ad Seen on MySpace Served Spyware to a Million
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Jobster, the Web 2.0 company on steroids, brings total bounty to $50M
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun CTO: Incremental open-sourcing of Java is the way
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp., DirecTV take broadband to the Max
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Image navigation, with a sci-fi touch
Discussion: digg
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Nortel Announce Innovative Communications Alliance (ICA)
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Price of virtual living: Patience, privacy