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5:30 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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Goes Offline  —  Hear that?  That's the sound of 80 million people hitting the refresh button.  —  MySpace, one of the world's most popular sites (perhaps the most popular), has suffered a major outage today - the URL fails to load at all.  At 6:40pm last night …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Down Again  —  A power outage seems to have hit …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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
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.
Redbarren / ben barren:
"If you are seeing a doubling effect going on, measure its amplitude, and then spend accordingly."  —  Scoble has also riffed off Fred Wilson's 1.0 Scars from the Last Bubble piece, by talking about how startup businesses should be chasing the doubling effect.
Discussion: PostBubble and Scobleizer
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 …
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
Hugh / gapingvoid:
I CAN SMELL A LOST SOUL  —  [Click on image to enlarge/download/print etc.  Licensing terms here etc.]  —  I usually agree with everything my friend, Doc Searls says.  —  Not this time.  —  I'm not saying he's necessarily wrong, it's just that I'm not quite getting it.  Yet.
Discussion: HorsePigCow and Vendorprisey
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 …
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 …
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.
Kathleen Sanders / IGN:
Comic-Con 2006: PSP aka PS3 Remote  —  Your PSP will be getting stuck between the couch cushions more often.  —  July 21, 2006 - If you took the time to attend Sony's PSP University at the San Diego Comic Con this morning here is the only news of note you missed.  —  Turns out the PSP will work as a remote for the PS3.
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku, Joystiq and PSP Fanboy
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Anna Konda: the firefighting snakebot  —  So it looks like firefighters may be the next unlucky professionals replaced by cheap robotic labor, at least if a snakebot built by the Foundation for Industrial and Scientific Research in Norway (SINTEF) ever makes it into mass production.
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).
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.
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
 
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The venture capitalist's Web 2.0 list
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
CableLabs approves Motorola's multi-stream CableCARD
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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."
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Dick / Identity 2.0:
Google's Identity Silo
Nick / Rough Type:
When "direct" becomes a disadvantage
 

 
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