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11:30 PM ET, July 19, 2006

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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Mac sales up 12 percent as Apple profits soar  —  Apple Computer's third-quarter revenue fell a little short of expectations, but profitability was far higher than expected and Mac sales increased at a healthy clip.  —  Revenue was $4.37 billion, up 24 percent from last year's quarterly revenue of $3.52 billion.
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechSpot
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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microsoft.com:
Windows Principles  —  Twelve Tenets to Promote Competition  —  Microsoft Corp. recognizes the important role its Windows® desktop operating system products play in the information economy and the responsibilities that come with that role.  To promote competitive opportunities …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft vows to play fair  —  WASHINGTON—Microsoft pledged on Wednesday that all of its future operating systems, including Windows Vista, will abide by self-imposed rules aimed at bolstering choice and competition.  —  The voluntary principles will come into play after major parts …
Discussion: Datamation IT News Blog and Blog
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 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hacked Ad Seen on MySpace Served Spyware to a Million  —  An online banner advertisement that ran on MySpace.com and other sites over the past week used a Windows security flaw to infect more than a million users with spyware when people merely browsed the sites with unpatched versions of Windows …
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Jobster takes more money to spread social job search  —  Do job seekers and employers outside of Silicon Valley want user generated content, tagging and feeds in their employment services?  The premise that they do will likely be put to the test on a global scale now that the fast growing …
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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.
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp., DirecTV take broadband to the Max  —  CHICAGO — News Corp.'s zealous embrace of interactivity soon will reach way beyond the runaway success of the social networking Web site MySpace when its majority-owned DirecTV decides on a path and partners for creating a national WiMax network.
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.
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 …
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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Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Stanford Fellow Imagines Every Cell Phone as Citizen Media Outlet
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Weak Sales of Text Ads at Yahoo; Shares Dip
Discussion: Clickety Clack and digg
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
Temporary Storage Glitch
Scarlett Susi / Shiny Shiny:
BenQ-Siemens' EF61 Mia Special Edition - 'the ultimate make-up phone'
ExtremeTech:
Which New Browser Is Best: Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, or Opera 9?
Sony:
SONY'S BLUETOOTH CAR STEREO MAKES ROAD TRIPS HIGH-FIDELITY AND HANDS-FREE
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
Who's afraid of Ashley Highfield?
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
NSF Backs Open Source Wireless Mesh Project
Discussion: Policy Blog
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Sony:
SONY RAISES THE CURTAIN ON STYLISHLY DESIGNED, SPACE-SAVING HOME THEATER SYSTEMS
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
San Francisco Chronicle:
Comcast throws a curve in its broadband pitch
Discussion: Techdirt
Ian Sager / Business Week:
iPod Accessories Gone Wild
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T launches box with Web, satellite
Mark LaPedus / eet.com:
Nvidia tops Broadcom for video iPod design win
Discussion: GigaOM and The Tech Report
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Dealplumber Launches - Free Coupons and Deals
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal to Run Ads on Front Page
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Four Big Ideas About Open Source