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9:55 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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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 …
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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
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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.
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
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, Webtown and digg
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.
Discussion: Threat Chaos and SEO Black Hat
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eff.org:
EFF's Class-Action Lawsuit Against AT&T for Collaboration …
Discussion: raving lunacy and digg
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 …
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.
Adam Frucci / SCI FI Tech:
Mini Reminder offers help for the forgetful  —  If you're a forgetful person, you know that always misplacing your wallet, keys, PDA, or children turns from an endearing foible to an infuriating and expensive curse pretty quickly.  Perhaps you could use some help, and your options are pretty limited.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Tony Smith / The Register:
Medion preps personalised portable PC  —  x3Ca class="TopTextLink" style="color: #F00;" href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ clk;39204998;13533154;m?http:// research.theregister.co.uk/">Securit y White Papers - Download them free from Reg Researchx3C/a>  —  Centrino notebook for a mere 400 quid, anyone?
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
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.
Tim Hornyak / Wired News:
Meet the Remote-Control Self  —  KYOTO, Japan — Hiroshi Ishiguro is a busy man.  Between his two jobs, countless meetings and presentations, his demanding schedule was eating up all his time.  So he built an android version of himself to pick up the slack.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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 …
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).
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."
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