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6:45 PM ET, July 20, 2006

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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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microsoft.com:
Brad Smith: New America Foundation: "Windows Principles"  —  Remarks by Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation  —  Washington, D.C.  —  TED HALSTEAD: Thank you for your attention, and welcome to this forum.  My name is Ted Halstead.
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Steve Boxer / Business Week:
Spore Lives Up to the Hype  —  When Will Wright invited us over to play his latest masterpiece, we couldn't refuse  —  Will Wright does not do things by halves.  That's just as well, since with Spore, he will attempt to outdo The Sims, now officially the biggest-selling game of all time …
Discussion: Games, Gaming … and Slashdot
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Bezos Expeditions invests in 37signals  —  Jason Jul 20  —  Today we have a very special announcement to make: Bezos Expeditions, a personal investment company of Jeff Bezos, has made a minority private equity investment in 37signals.  —  Here's some background on the decision.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
YouTube's new policy says "we own your content."  —  The newly revised Terms and Conditions page at YouTube raises important questions for anyone who uploads videos there.  Eliot Van Buskirk at the Wired News music blog "Listening Post" writes: … Read the rest of the post here: Link.
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.
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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 …
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linuxdevices.com:
Linux-powered robots from France?  Oui!  —  A French start-up created to build autonomous, easily programmable, affordable humanoid robots has emerged from stealth mode.  Aldebaran Robotics, of Paris, expects to ship its first product — a humanoid household service robot running Linux — in early 2007.
Discussion: I4U News, digg 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 …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo, Motorola to feature Web services on phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc., the world's largest Internet media company, and Motorola Inc., the second-biggest maker of mobile phones, said late on Wednesday that Motorola will embed Yahoo services on tens of millions of phones.
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
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
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.
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.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Text-To-TV: Worth A Buck?  —  The TV show American Idol is the example often used when showing the potential popularity of how text messaging can be used with television shows-mobile and interactive TV company Telescope Inc. says it managed 580 million combined phone and cell phone votes for American Idol's last season!
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Portrait of a Blogger: Under 30 and Sociable  —  Survey Finds Need to Connect With Family and Friends and to Meet New People  —  They consider themselves digital natives.  —  They're young.  They're addicted to instant messaging and social networks.  And they're more apt to dish …
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, Engadget and Ubergizmo
 
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Skype WiFi Phones Due Out
Discussion: Webtown and Skype Journal
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Seltzer blows whistle on 'domain tasting' rat but serious questions remain
Discussion: Techdirt
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
CoComment upgrades, now worth using
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable*
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Zango affiliate serves up exploit from site linked to child pornography
Discussion: Security Fix
Chris Stevens / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
Crave Talk: Robberies rise, escape with your iPod
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Infinium changes name to Phantom Entertainment
Discussion: Techdirt
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Google Scholar trademark case ends
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Intel quad-core chips arriving in 2006
Discussion: The Tech Report and Neowin.net
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Give Me Steam!  —  A glimpse into the quiet success story …
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Promotion Firms Caught in Internet-Gambling Crackdown
Alice LaPlante / InformationWeek:
The Slow, Lingering Death of Win98
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
Hugh / gapingvoid:
OOZE: SHORT FOR "OBJECTS OF SOCIABILITY"
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
A Sound Marketplace For Recorded Music
Discussion: Orbitcast and IPcentral Weblog