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4:36 AM ET, July 24, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
In the Race With Google, It's Consistency vs. 'Wow'  —  When Google introduced its mapping service last year, it did something that made its competitors look antiquated.  Users could click on a map and drag it to see an adjacent area, a much faster approach than those offered by rival mapping services.
John Clark / New York Times:
Hollywood Clicks on the Work of Web Auteurs  —  Scenes from "MySpace: The Movie," created by David Lehre.  The 11-minute parody of the Web site MySpace and its users has had millions of hits since it first appeared on the site YouTube on Jan. 31.  —  EVEN as David Lehre's "MySpace: The Movie …
Discussion: IP Democracy and BuzzMachine
Devanshu / Science Addiction:
95 Theses of Geek Activism  —  Geek activism has not taken off yet, but it should.  With the gamers recognizing the need for a louder voice, EFF gaining momentum and Linux taking on the mainstream on the one hand and recent severe losses in privacy, freedom of speech and intellectual property rights …
Flemming Madsen / Onalytica Blog:
Who are the most influential authorities on "blog marketing"?  —  (A more comprehensive version of the report is available for download here (PDF, 10 Mb))  —  In a previous analysis we analysed who are influential authorities on "business blogging".  —  Since then there has been great interest …
Darragh Johnson / Washington Post:
A Tough Call: Invisible Phone Or Invisible Friend  —  Crazy?  —  Or cellphone?  —  It's the latest sidewalk game in the urban canyon:  —  On K Street, a guy in a tie screams at the air: "Who do you think you are?"  —  In Dupont Circle, a woman downing dainty bites of a muffin ponders …
Discussion: textually.org
Damien Mulley:
How to use Google to get a girl and get laid  —  Please note that this is both a humourous and cynical piece on dating using Google.  Try not to take this seriously.  —  This article is about using the many Google sites and applications to get yourself a girl and get yourself laid.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amie Street: Awesome New Music Model  —  A lot has happened in the music space recently that suggests a steady progression towards the sale of DRM-free music by the big labels.  In my opinion this progression/evolution is inevitable, and will be followed by a reduction in pricing towards zero …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Dating 2.0: Thirteen Sites To Find Love  —  Online dating is big business, drawing about 4 million U.S. Internet users daily in June 2006 (and 25 million monthly), and they spend a daily average of nearly 17 minutes each on these sites.  That adds up to a lot of page views - almost 4.5 billion per month (source: Comscore).
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Gizmo to give users free VoIP calls... sort of  —  The Gizmo Project, a multi-platform VoIP service developed by SIPphone, now claims that users can make outgoing calls to landlines and mobile phones for free.  The fine print tells a slightly different story, however.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
India Calls It a Technological Error, but Blog Blockade Continues  —  NEW DELHI, July 21 — After two days of angry inquiries and charges of government censorship, the Indian government took a step Thursday toward explaining a mysterious blockade on personal blogs, calling it "a technological error" that would be repaired soon.
Nick / Rough Type:
When "direct" becomes a disadvantage  —  Dell's latest and greatest earnings disappointment pretty much settles it: The company isn't just struggling to overcome a blip; its traditional strategy is no longer working, at least not the way it used to.  —  What went wrong?
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Advanced Micro May Buy ATI for About $5.5 Billion, Person Says  —  July 21 (Bloomberg) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's second-biggest maker of microprocessors, plans to buy ATI Technologies Inc. for about $5.5 billion, according to a person involved in the negotiations.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Dick / Identity 2.0:
Google's Identity Silo  —  Ben Laurie from Google responded to my post on Google Account Authentication: two steps forward, one step back.  A few comments that I'd like to respond to: … Uh, actually, yes.  That is the idea behind Identity 2.0, that I could use my Yahoo login to authenticate to Google and to access Google services.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rocky Times For MVNOs?  —  Things are getting a bit dicey in the MVNO Land.  Helio is costing Earthlink some profits.  Amp'd is d'amp'd.  And now reports are trickling in about Mobile ESPN having some difficulties in that attracting sports fans to their service.
Kevin O'Keefe / Real Lawyers:
Best blogs send audience away  —  Jeff Jarvis writes "The problem with portals is that they aren't portals at all. ...  They want to lure you in and then not let you leave." … Some of the best blogs are what Buzz Bruggeman describes as intelligence agents.
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The problem with portals
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Kathleen Sanders / IGN:
Comic-Con 2006: PSP aka PS3 Remote
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Women Rely on Wireless
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Remembering the post-bubble pain
Ryan Block / Engadget:
LG's MFFM20 shiny flash player
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
Reuters:
Microsoft confirms plan to take on Apple's iPod
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Apacer's Audio Steno AU522 flash-based DAP
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
The venture capitalist's Web 2.0 list
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Evan Blass / Engadget:
CableLabs approves Motorola's multi-stream CableCARD
Discussion: digg
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Saving the World, One Video Game at a Time
Bryan Betts / Techworld.com:
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and digg
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Markets without Marketing