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12:35 PM ET, July 22, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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: digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Partners, You Been Zunked  —  So Microsoft is going to get into the music device business - imitating the same "integrated experience" philosophy as Apple has successfully deployed to carve itself a big share of the portable music player and online music business.  Devices, the store, the whole nine yards.
Discussion: Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Zune to Battle iTunes/iPod
Discussion: Gizmodo
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, Mark Evans 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
Thomas F. Anglero / Telecom's Tsunami:
"The Phone Companies Still Don't Get It"... Business Week  —  During these long hot summer days (no nights during the summer in Norway), it is refreshing to read that Business Week it absolutely fully cognizant of the lack of innovation that has existed in Telecom for well over a decade.
Michelle Pearcy / Dell one2one:
No Bloatware, Please  —  Michelle Pearcy, WW Client Software Manager  —  Lots of chatter these days on why Dell pre-loads so much software on new systems.  Several of you have asked about how this software affects performance, some have commented about the sheer number of apps …
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
TEO 3.0 - Goooood eatin..  —  Josh Einstein's latest release of Tablet Enhancements for Outlook should be the first software product every Tablet PC user and developer gets at Microsoft.  It is the perfect showcase Tablet PC application and Josh is the perfect ISV case study when it comes …
Jon Watson / BizPodcasting:
Time for a New Directory  —  Dave Winer recently proposed 'rebooting' the podcast directory world.  Like many of us, he noticed that the existing directories have become ad-laden vote-getting slums where a few users rule the roost.  Winer proposed a new directory free of advertising and with the one true goal of promoting podcasting.
Discussion: Scripting News and Scobleizer
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
In Toronto, Utility Poles Once Again Become Muni-Fi Factor  —  Toronto Hydro owns the utility poles, even, and they're still a problem: Toronto Hydro bought the street light system from the City of Toronto, ITBusiness.ca reports, and they were unaware that their plan to bring Wi-Fi …
Discussion: Jon Arnold's Blog and VoIP Watch
cellular-news:
Cheaper to "Give Away" Free Cellphone Services in Rural Areas  —  U.S. taxpayers are getting stuck with the tab for up to US$13,345 per telephone line per year for federally subsidized phone service under the US$7-billion "Universal Service Fund" tax on long-distance service …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com, Techdirt and digg
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
MSN Revenues Decline Slightly; Investments Continue  —  Revenues at Microsoft's MSN declined 3 percent year-over-year, coming in at $580 million, as compared to $598 million during the same period last year.  The company revealed results and plans for MSN when it announced earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter of 2006 yesterday.
Discussion: Google Watch
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Too many journalists  —  The accepted wisdom in the news biz is that you can never have too many journalists and that the ad and circ crunch hitting papers will hurt papers by reducing newsroom staff.  I've been questioning that wisdom here.  —  But sitting on another darned panel yesterday …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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
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.
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
They Wrap Fish, Don't They?:  —  Internet News Isn't What It's All Wrapped Up to Be  —  I have been writing for the World Wide Web since April 1997, which is about as long as anyone on continuous duty can claim.  That's 480+ columns, totaling just over 800,000 words (at least one version …
Discussion: SEO Black Hat
Denise / Official Google Base Blog:
New rich text editing feature  —  By Deepak Lachwani, Google Base Engineering  —  To help you better describe your items, we're introducing a new rich text editor to our posting form.  When you're posting an item, you can now format your description by using formatting buttons or by using HTML.
 
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