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11:30 AM ET, July 20, 2006

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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Gizmo Goes All Calls Free...Mostly  —  VoIPWatch has learned that tomorrow GizmoProject will introduce their "All Calls Free" program.  According to the company the "new program gives active Gizmo Project users unlimited free calling to landlines and mobile phones in 60 countries around the world.
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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 …
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.)
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Internet Stocks on SeekingAlpha:
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.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Working Anywhere
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
eBay: Skype still growing strong. Skype Journal: but not in the U.S.
Discussion: 21talks
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Macs see growth spurt  —  With a wider range of systems available, consumers have been snapping Macs up, giving them a growth boost that outpaced the rest of the market.  —  Macintosh shipments were up 12 percent compared with last year, Apple Computer said Wednesday during its third-quarter earnings call.
Discussion: MacsimumNews and The Apple Blog
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Mac sales up 12 percent as Apple profits soar
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechSpot
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Promotion Firms Caught in Internet-Gambling Crackdown  —  Accused of Acting as Fulfillment House for Prizes  —  WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) — Miami-based promotion and fulfillment firms that have done work for major marketers, such as McDonald's, are now caught up in a federal government crackdown on internet gambling.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Create An Ad Campaign For Gambling Sites?  You Now Face 20 Years In Jail
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
A Sound Marketplace For Recorded Music  —  Here in Washington, there is nothing more amusing than watching business interests work themselves up into a righteous frenzy over a threat to their monopoly profits from a new technology or some upstart with a different business model.
Discussion: Orbitcast and IPcentral Weblog
Associated Press:
EU: Town Can't Build Fiber-Optic Network  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The European Commission on Wednesday banned a small Dutch town from building its own fiber-optic network, saying the plan would be unfair to broadband companies - a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences.
Discussion: Techdirt and Telepocalypse
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
Discussion: Scripting News and JD on EP
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
PodShow attaches business podcasts to new AIM Pro — but at what cost to the businesses?  —  There's nothing like hitching a ride on a partner's voluminous installed base to get a new product or service into the market fast.  Looks like that's what PodShow has done by hooking up with AOL and its new AIM Pro offering announced today.
Alice LaPlante / InformationWeek:
The Slow, Lingering Death of Win98  —  Pretty much anything about Vista makes for a surefire hit with InformationWeek readers.  Take the Top 10 Windows Vista Hits And Misses.  Or 20 Questions About Windows Vista.  People can't seem to get enough of Vista, Vista, Vista.
Discussion: TechBlog, The Tech Report and digg
 
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Give Me Steam!  —  A glimpse into the quiet success story …
sandisk.com:
SanDisk Introduces SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash - World's …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
2 OS X timers to watch: Flextime & Meridian
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Top 10 free and cheap productivity tools
Discussion: Hawk Wings
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Helmet cam goes wireless in new Samsung shooter
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Tanner Morrison / The Apple Blog:
Got Browser?  —  Whether you use Windows, or Mac OS X …
Todd / Geek News Central Revealing Technical News …:
Community Podcast Directory
Discussion: EirePreneur
mobiledia.com:
Whirlpool Tests 'Smart' Washers Controlled by Cell Phones
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mobile Mentalism
 Earlier Items: 
Help Net Security:
SQL injection attacks against banks on the rise
Discussion: Slashdot and OpsanBlog
Josh / Bokardo:
Social Networks are Killing Email
Discussion: AttentionTrust.org
Sony:
SONY LAUNCHING TWO DVDIRECT RECORDERS WITH EASIER HOME VIDEO …
Discussion: ShopTalk and Gizmodo
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Image navigation, with a sci-fi touch
Wired News:
Battery-Fueled Car Will Smoke You
Discussion: Slashdot
Valleywag:
Escaping Siberia: How Netscape's boss exploits controversy and paid users
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