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8:35 AM ET, July 21, 2006

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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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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 …
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.
Internet Stocks on SeekingAlpha:
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
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Edward F. Moltzen / personaltechpipeline.com:
Dell Knew Of Dozen Burned Laptops Before Recall, Records Show  —  Dell grappled with apparently severe overheating problems in scores of notebooks for at least two years before it announced a recall of 22,000 notebooks last year, according to a source close to the company.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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
Business Week:
The Phone Companies Still Don't Get It  —  They block competition and charge too much.  You call this a communications revolution?  —  One day this spring in San Antonio, I sat on a couch to watch TV with two AT&T (T ) executives and three public-relations aides.
Discussion: Techdirt
Jessica Lee / Google Maps API Official Blog:
Speed improvements, custom cursors & geocoder updates  —  Revision 2.60 of the Maps API v2 includes four cool new features, brought to you by Bo Majewski, Rob Schonberger and Doug Ricket:  — Significant speed improvements in removeOverlay() and clearOverlays().  As promised, we've made removing overlays much faster.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype intros new Wi-Fi phones  —  Internet phone provider Skype is expanding its Wi-Fi calling options with the launch of three new wireless phones that will have the Skype Internet calling software embedded.  —  On Thursday Skype announced it will sell new Wi-Fi phones from Belkin, EdgeCore and SMC on its Web site.
Discussion: ZefHemel.com and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MetroFi Teams With AT&T for Muni WiFi  —  The Municipal Wireless market just got more interesting.  Sources close to MetroFi, a Sunnyvale, California-based start-up tell us that the company has teamed up with AT&T to design, build and operate free wireless networks in different cities.
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Samsung SyncMaster CX930B the most colorful LCD monitor  —  Samsung Korea has unveiled the SyncMaster CX930B which features 97% color reproduction the highest in the industry, compared to 87% of tradational monitors.  Thus it can display colors like emerald green and deep red color which the existing monitors are unable to display.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SCI FI Tech and digg
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).
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:
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why the Web 2.0 and media elite are so upset about paying amateurs (or "I'm sorry, does Mike Arrington work for free?")  —  While some folks have been shocked—SHOCKED!—that I offered to pay top bookmarkers, others have taken a day or two to think about the idea and realize …
Discussion: Performancing.com and Scobleizer
AppleInsider:
Inside Apple's latest iPod touch-screen patent filing  —  Another patent filing by Apple Computer that details a touch-screen interface for an iPod or handheld device has surface in the United States, AppleInsider has discovered.  —  The September 30, 2005 filing (published today) is titled "Proximity detector in handheld device."
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
 
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Dan Frakes / playlistmag.com:
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Motion Lingo's Adeo runs circles around the competition
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
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Scott Gatz / Scott Gatz's Blog:
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EFF's Spying Case Moves Forward - Judge Denies Government's Motion …
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The Long Tail and the Structure of the Media Industry
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Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
Office 2.0 Under the Radar
Discussion: Under the Radar and AccMan Pro
Randfish / SEOmoz | Daily SEO Blog:
Top 100 Digg Users Control 56% of Digg's HomePage Content
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
Demise of a Darling: iPod market share crashes to 14% amid management denials
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
Windows Vista trouble spots improve in interim Beta Build 5472
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Technology Rewrites the Book
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Text-To-TV: Worth A Buck?
Steve Boxer / Business Week:
Spore Lives Up to the Hype
Discussion: Games, Gaming … and Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
CoComment upgrades, now worth using