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4:00 PM ET, July 20, 2006

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eBay Inc. Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (EBAY)  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Heath Terry - Credit Suisse First Boston  —  Christa Sober Quarles - Thomas Weisel Partners  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Please stand by, we are about to begin.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype, All Talk, Just Not Facts  —  Every quarter, one hopes EBay will provide some clarity on Skype, and what kind of success the company is having with its $2.6 billion purchase.  And every quarter, one is left scratching his head, pondering over meaningless metrics.
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
eBay: Skype still growing strong. Skype Journal: but not in the U.S.
Discussion: 21talks
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Gizmo Project makes all VoIP to landline calls free.  Forever.  —  Skype ruffled some feathers in the internet telephony world earlier this year when they announced they'd be offering free SkypeOut calls to the US and Canada for the rest of 2006.  We weren't too interested since it came off …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Voice, Now Nearly Free  —  First it was Skype, then came Jajah, and now it is the turn of Gizmo Project to offer almost free voice calls to the old PSTN numbers.  We are seeing the price of plain vanilla voice collapse to almost zero.  (Some argue, with Skype to Skype calling, those prices are already zero.)
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Accessible Search  —  Google released a new product called Accessible Search, a "web search for the visually challenged."  Though result pages are somewhat less cluttered compared to normal Google results, the point here is not so much to create accessible results formatting, but to rank accessible results higher.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Earnings Bolstered by iPod and Notebook Sales  —  SAN FRANCISCO, July 19 — Confounding Wall Street skeptics, Apple Computer released quarterly financial results Wednesday that showed strong growth in both its iPod music player and its MacBook portable computer businesses.
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Google Video team / Official Google Video Blog:
New Feature: Link within a Video  —  Has this ever happened to you?  —  You're watching this documentary on monkeys and then halfway through, this monkey does the funniest thing ever.  So of course, you want nothing more than to share this hilarious monkey moment with your friends.
Jon's Radio:
News about Google News  —  InfoWorld's online folks have long complained about the absence of InfoWorld news stories from Google News.  Here is the most striking illustration of the problem:  —  1. WWW.google.com/search?q=site:WWW.infowo rld.com  —  Results 1 - 10 of about 2,040,000
Charles Ar / Guardian:
What is the 1% rule?  —  It's an emerging rule of thumb that suggests that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it.  —  It's a meme that emerges strongly …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Search 2.0 vs Traditional Search  —  Written by Ebrahim Ezzy and edited by Richard MacManus.  Ebrahim is lead developer and co-founder of Qelix Technologies, the company behind a search 2.0 contender called Qube.  This 2-part series of posts is adapted from Ebrahim's research material in developing Qube.
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
The Ask.com Blog:
Introducing RSS Smart Answers  —  Great news, our Smart Answers program is expanding and we're excited about it.  We think you will be too.  —  Today, we're formally introducing RSS Smart Answers.  —  What are they?  —  Now, when you conduct a web search for many of your favorite blogs …
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
PayPal XSS Exploit available for two years?  —  The cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability, which was harnessed by fraudsters to execute a convincing phishing attack against PayPal users, may have been exploitable for two years previously.  —  Despite the prompt action taken by PayPal …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Wilson Rothman / Time:
Nike + iPod Sport Kit  —  Apple and the sports giant team up to create a new running system  —  For a field already glutted with gadgets, the Nike + iPod kit is the most elegant of high-tech runner's aids.  An instrument the size of a pebble measures your pace from a pocket inside one of Nike's specially designed shoes.
sandisk.com:
SanDisk Introduces SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash - World's Fastest Cards For Professional Photographers  —  New Cards Result In Faster Capture of High-Resolution Images and Quicker Card-to-Computer Transfers  —  NEW YORK, NY, July 19, 2006 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) …
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun, Ubergizmo and Engadget
 
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Infinium changes name to Phantom Entertainment
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Intel quad-core chips arriving in 2006
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Alice LaPlante / InformationWeek:
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Helmet cam goes wireless in new Samsung shooter
Tanner Morrison / The Apple Blog:
Got Browser?  —  Whether you use Windows, or Mac OS X …
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
A Sound Marketplace For Recorded Music
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Sony:
SONY LAUNCHING TWO DVDIRECT RECORDERS WITH EASIER HOME VIDEO …
Discussion: ShopTalk and Gizmodo