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9:05 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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pewinternet.org:
Bloggers: A portrait of the internet's new storytellers  —  The ease and appeal of blogging is inspiring a new group of writers and creators to share their voices with the world.  —  A national phone survey of bloggers finds that most are focused on describing their personal experiences …
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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
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: Blog and Datamation IT News Blog
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
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
 
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Discussion: paidContent.org
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
NSF Backs Open Source Wireless Mesh Project
Discussion: Policy Blog
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
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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
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Online T-Shirt company Spreadshirt raises several million from Accel
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New York Times:
Wall Street Journal to Run Ads on Front Page
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon now IE friendly
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Four Big Ideas About Open Source