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6:00 PM ET, July 21, 2006

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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.
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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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Why The Telcos Hate Innovation
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Genuine Advantage: An Overview and Screenshot Gallery  —  I've found Microsoft's recent forays into customer relations with Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) to be somewhat amusing.  I mean, after all, Microsoft is a huge company just brimming with really smart people.  How could they do something so silly?
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Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
October Debut for Microsoft 'iPod Killer'  —  EXCLUSIVE Microsoft's so-called "iPod killer" could be unveiled as early as late next month, with the company preparing to build momentum towards an October launch, sources close to the situation have told BetaNews.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:   Microsoft's Argo, Pyxis, Zune and Alexandria — confused yet?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms Zune project  —  Well, it's not much, but we've got a quote and an official confirmation of the Zune project at Microsoft.  The Zune brand is being billed as a "music and entertainment" project aimed at "connecting with others to discover new music and entertainment …
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Antony Bruno / vnuemedia.com:
ZUNE GETS IN THE RING  — Microsoft officials for the first time have confirmed that the Redmond, Wash.-based company is readying a portable music player and integrated service, shedding new light on a topic that has fueled rampant speculation in news reports and blog postings for weeks.
Neo / macsimumnews.com:
Part 1: Apple files 'proximity detector in handheld device' patent application  —  On July 20, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled "Proximity detector in handheld device," originally filed in September 2005.  Apple's patent relates generally …
Discussion: The Apple Core, Infinite Loop and digg
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Party At August Capital  —  ADDITIONAL UPDATE: The RSVP list is now closed and the comments and wiki are locked.  There may be additional openings later.  —  UPDATE: The wiki is overwhelmed and is frustrating people because it is constantly locked.  I apologize.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
IBM, AMD to deepen Opteron ties  —  IBM and Advanced Micro Devices are expected to announce an alliance that will lead to mainstream IBM servers based on the Opteron processor, CNET News.com has learned.  It's a further boost to chipmaker AMD and a new blow to rival Intel's server business.
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 …
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: SCI FI Tech, Engadget, digg and Slashdot
Roland Piquepaille / Emerging Technology Trends:
Howard Rheingold about our mobile world  —  Howard Rheingold is the well-known author of Smart Mobs and many other books describing the evolution of our societies.  His last book predicted the transformation of our society into a mobile one.  Four years later, and with thousands of posts published …
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Study: Display Ad Exposure Boosts Search Conversion  —  A new study from Atlas Institute proves what many marketers have intuitively known: Running display ads can help improve the results of a concurrent search campaign.  —  The study, which looked at 11 direct response advertisers …
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
Apple profit rises 48 pct, helped by iPod sales  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) on Wednesday posted a 48 percent jump in quarterly net income as sales of iPods and Intel Corp.-powered (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) …
 
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Since When Did Phone Service Cost $13,000 Per Year?
Jjg / adaptive path:
A Conversation with Steven Johnson, Part 1
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Will Yahoo buy Web 2.0 hipsters Zillow and Meebo, or crush them?
Kate Kaye / ClickZ Internet Marketing Solutions …:
Ad Targeting on TV — What a Concept!
Discussion: AdJab and Clickety Clack
I4U News:
Initial Blu-ray Players Defective. Firmware Update in September.
Discussion: Gizmodo and SCI FI Tech
Tom Sanders / vnunet:
FBI needs 'digital Enron' to fight cyber-crime
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google: So Long, Free Cash Flow
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google AdSense Released Site Diagnostic Tool
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MySpace to Secondary Markets: Drop Dead
Ishii / ATRACLife:
New Network WALKMAN: NW-S203F and NW-S205F Sport Series
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and I4U News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Adds RSS To Google Base Results
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T, start-up team in citywide Wi-Fi bid
Internet Stocks on SeekingAlpha:
Google's Earnings Results — A Yahoo Engineer's Perspective
Discussion: IP Democracy and Screenwerk
Adam Frucci / SCI FI Tech:
Mini Reminder offers help for the forgetful
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Jessica Lee / Google Maps API Official Blog:
Speed improvements, custom cursors & geocoder updates
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype intros new Wi-Fi phones
Discussion: Webtown, ZefHemel.com and digg