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6:20 AM ET, July 22, 2006

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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.
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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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft portable to be a totally "Integrated Experience"  —  From the looks of it our own Stephen Speicher was on to something in his latest edition of The Clicker.  We've received word from a trusted insider (no, not Mr. Speicher) that the shape everyone's been expecting the Zune …
Discussion: GigaOM and digg
Michael Gartenberg:
Zune is Real and Here's What it Means - First Take Analysis  —  Well, it's 12pm PDT and my embargo is lifted so I can finally stop talking about this in terms of something Microsoft "might" do and now start talking about what it means.  If you have the current issue of Billboard, there's an article in there as well.
Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Microsoft confirms plan to take on Apple's iPod  —Text+(Adds analyst comment, background)  —  SEATTLE, July 21 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Friday it plans to release a new music and entertainment player and accompanying software under the …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune: what we know, think we know, and don't yet know  —  Ok, so we got off the horn with Microsoft just a few minutes ago and realized that making heads or tails of all this Zune stuff is probably driving some of you crazy .  (We know others are probably just getting driven crazy by all the posts we've been writing about it.
Discussion: Between the Lines, Joystiq and hypebot
Reuters:
AMD seen close to $5.5 billion chip deal  —  Source says Applied Micro Devices could announce deal with #2 Canadian chipmaker as early as Monday.  —  PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) — Advanced Micro Devices, the No. 2 supplier of computer processors, is close to a deal to buy graphics chip maker ATI …
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
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Fuad Abazovic / Inquirer:
AMD and ATI to ask shareholders for merger approval  —  Monday's news today  —  ACCORDING to an extraordinarily reliable source, AMD and ATI will on Monday pitch their shareholders with the proposition that the two companies merge.  —  It's an interesting idea - AMD doesn't quite have the shekels in the bank to buy ATI outright.
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
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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Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft responds to Windows Genuine Advantage false positive accusations
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and digg
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Apple Invents a "Touchless" Touch-Screen  —  What if the entire surface of your iPod was a screen, and you could wave your fingers over different parts of the screen to call up different controls?  Depending on what you were doing, you could manipulate a virtual scroll-wheel or get a keyboard to pop up.
Official Google Blog:
Findings on invalid clicks  —  Those of you who follow news about online advertising closely are seeing plenty about the issue of "click fraud" lately.  Since there's been a development in a case Google is involved in, you might like to hear about it.  —  As part of the settlement …
Jenstar / JenSense:
Site Diagnostics tab returns to Google AdSense control panel  —  It's back!  The "Site Diagnostics" tab, which appears to be an extension of Google Sitemaps, has returned to the AdSense control panel after it showed up several weeks ago for a couple of days.
bLaugh:
Skype vs. Gizmo vs. Vonage  —  I think Skype is an amazing product.  I'm recommending that all my friends and family members start using *pwing* kskll f kaslkk fllaklk.  LFilial liflk kdlalk lal lfllfal alla lallkl lala aaa kdllak slkal alkalk a lka kal lakklkla lkalkll allall kkllal llalkkal …
Discussion: Webtown
USA Today:
Sony BMG releases first song that works with all music players  —  LOS ANGELES — Record label Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which got into trouble last year when it sold copy-protected CDs that inadvertently threatened PCs with a computer virus, has become the first major record label to sell an unprotected digital song.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
The Gizmo free-call surprise, too good to be true?  —  Wow, the open standards Internet telephone company the Gizmo Project is offering free calls to 60 countries now.  —  This is serious stuff.  Skype was doing something similar, but it was bought up by eBay and never had to prove it could make money.
Discussion: Soaring on Ridgelift and Ubergizmo
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Gizmo punches standard VOIP business model
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 and Slashdot
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 …
Alicetiara / tiara.org:
MySpace to Secondary Markets: Drop Dead  —  On Monday, MySpace started displaying the following message when you log in (this is kind of a crappy screenshot, but you can see it larger if you click on it): … What Tom doesn't mention is that Flash 9 has a a new attribute for the tag called allowNetworking.
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
MySpace clamps down on users through new tech limits
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
 
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
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