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5:25 AM ET, July 21, 2006

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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.
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Motorola:
Motorola Ships 50 Millionth MOTORAZR  —  World's Most Popular Mobile Redefined Expectations for Consumers Everywhere With Introduction of Ultra-Sleek, Super-Chic and "Wickedly Cool" Design  —  Libertyville, Ill. 18 July 2006 - Motorola (NYSE:MOT) announced a major milestone today with the shipment …
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 …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Microsoft plans massive stock buyback
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.  UPDATED  —  UPDATE: See response from YouTube at end of post, and more analysis here.  —  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:
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Ajit says "show me the Web 2.0 money"  —  An interesting discussion of Web 2.0 business models is over on Ajit Jaokar's blog.  —  I'm on vacation (er, cleaning out the garage isn't quite what I wanted to do with my vacation time) so am thinking about such things cause I'm joining …
Discussion: Open Gardens and PostBubble
EFF: Breaking News:
EFF's Spying Case Moves Forward - Judge Denies Government's Motion to Dismiss AT&T Case  —  San Francisco - A federal judge today denied the government's motion to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) case against AT&T for collaborating with the NSA in illegal spying of millions of ordinary Americans.
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John Hagel / Edge Perspectives with John Hagel:
The Long Tail and the Structure of the Media Industry  —  Almost two years after his initial article on "The Long Tail" first appeared in Wired, Chris Anderson's long-awaited book The Long Tail was officially released last week.  As a tribute to the power of the meme which he has diligently discussed …
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Google Inc. Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (GOOG)  —  Executives  —  Eric Schmidt - Chairman of the Executive Committee, CEO  —  Larry Page - Co-Founder and President of Products  —  Sergey Brin - Co-Founder and President of Technology  —  Omid Kordestani - SVP of Global Sales and Business Development
Official Google Video Blog:
New Feature: New Homepage  —  It's been a busy week here in Google Video land... on top of yesterday's change, today we updated our homepage.  Now, when you visit video.google.com, you'll see a whole new design with more category sections and a Top 10 list (and Movers & Shakers).
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
Michelle Alexandria / UPI:
Tech File: Sony's Playstation Portable  —  WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) — Tech File caught up with Peter Dille, senior vice present of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., to grill him about the future of Sony's portable multimedia device the Playstation Portable (PSP).
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
Demise of a Darling: iPod market share crashes to 14% amid management denials  —  Apple has just released its April to June quarterly sales figures for the iPod.  At 8.1 million units, this is the second consecutive drop in sales.  —  We wrote about the battle of the pocket in our book …
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Technology Rewrites the Book  —  When Steve Mandel, a management trainer from Santa Cruz, Calif., wants to show his friends why he stays up late to peer through a telescope, he pulls out a copy of his latest book, "Light in the Sky," filled with pictures he has taken of distant nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.
Discussion: TeleRead
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
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.
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!
 
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Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why the Web 2.0 and media elite are so upset about paying amateurs …
Google:
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Joel Rothstein / Reuters:
Microsoft says Vista to allow Google search engine
Scott Gatz / Scott Gatz's Blog:
Entrepreneur vs. Intrapreneur
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
Office 2.0 Under the Radar
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Top 100 Digg Users Control 56% of Digg's HomePage Content
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Wilson Rothman / Time:
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