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9:40 PM ET, July 20, 2006

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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.
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.
Ajit / Open Gardens:
web 2.0 revenue models: Show me the money!  —  Last week, I was featured on CNN in an article by Grace Wong entitled Follow the web 2.0 money.  —  The whole subject of making money with web 2.0 is quite critical.  —  Ironically, a couple of weeks before, when I spoke at Seoul on Mobile web 2.0 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and web2.wsj2.com
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
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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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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
CoComment upgrades, now worth using  —  CoComent is a popular browser tool for tracking conversations in the comments sections of blogs.  It catches the comments you've made around the web and comments made after yours.  It was initially launched in February.
Discussion: Download Squad, Mashable* and A VC
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
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Fourth Quarter Results and Announces Share Repurchase Program  —  Microsoft delivers strong finish to fiscal year with 16% fourth quarter revenue growth; Announces $20 billion tender offer  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Redmond, Wash. - July 20, 2006 …
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
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
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
Windows Vista trouble spots improve in interim Beta Build 5472  —  Microsoft gooses performance, improves networking UI  —  July 19, 2006 (Computerworld) — Computerworld obtained a recent interim build of Windows Vista, Build 5472, that shows Microsoft is making progress in the areas …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
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.
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft plans massive stock buyback  —  update Microsoft on Thursday reported earnings that were just ahead of analysts' expectations, as the company announced a plan to buy back as much as an extra $40 billion worth of its stock.  —  The software maker said it would buy back $20 billion through …
 
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Skype WiFi Phones Due Out
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Seltzer blows whistle on 'domain tasting' rat but serious questions remain
Discussion: Techdirt
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Zango affiliate serves up exploit from site linked to child pornography
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Infinium changes name to Phantom Entertainment
Discussion: Techdirt
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Google Scholar trademark case ends
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Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
PayPal XSS Exploit available for two years?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Intel quad-core chips arriving in 2006
Discussion: The Tech Report and Neowin.net
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Talking mirror now available for your home
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Give Me Steam!  —  A glimpse into the quiet success story …
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Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Helmet cam goes wireless in new Samsung shooter
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Gizmo Project makes all VoIP to landline calls free. Forever.