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8:05 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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans and robhyndman.com
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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
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.
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
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Movie Business Challenge  —  This is an open challenge.  You come up with a solution, you get a job.  Seriously.  —  This is the problem that consumes me more than what Free Agent we are going to sign.  How to get the NBA to get their act together.  Which 7-11 Im going to run by to get a sandwich.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
Shiira 2, Try It Out!  —  I've been itching to get my hands on Shiira 2 since I read the preview posted on Delusions of Grandeur a few days ago, and I'm sure you guys have too.  Which is why I was psyched when a MacThemesForums member found a link to a build uploaded the 19th.
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.
George Ou:
Silicon Valley gone dark day #2  —  I certainly hope your weekend was better than mine.  The weather here in Silicon Valley is at peak levels over 100 degrees and the power in our neighborhood along with tens of thousands of others went out.  Last I heard, there were about 60,000 customers affected though …
Discussion: The Original Blog
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.
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Daniel Fleshbourne / Neowin.net:
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
The venture capitalist's Web 2.0 list
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rocky Times For MVNOs?
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
India Calls It a Technological Error, but Blog Blockade Continues
Dick / Identity 2.0:
Google's Identity Silo
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Advanced Micro May Buy ATI for About $5.5 Billion, Person Says
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
When "direct" becomes a disadvantage