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1:40 AM ET, July 21, 2006

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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.
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
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:
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.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
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John Hagel / Edge Perspectives with John Hagel:
The Long Tail and the Structure of the Media Industry
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Fareastgizmos.com:
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Google Video team / Official Google Video Blog:
New Feature: New Homepage  —  It's been a busy week …
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
Discussion: Scobleizer and BASEMENT.ORG
eff.org:
EFF's Class-Action Lawsuit Against AT&T for Collaboration …
Joe / Techdirt:
Sling Takes Notes From Content Industry On Making Content Less Useful
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Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Technology Rewrites the Book
Discussion: TeleRead
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Text-To-TV: Worth A Buck?
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Seltzer blows whistle on 'domain tasting' rat but serious questions remain
Discussion: Techdirt
microsoft.com:
Brad Smith: New America Foundation: "Windows Principles"
John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Earnings Bolstered by iPod and Notebook Sales
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Zango affiliate serves up exploit from site linked to child pornography
Discussion: Security Fix
Wilson Rothman / Time:
Nike + iPod Sport Kit
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
PayPal XSS Exploit available for two years?