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1:25 PM ET, July 24, 2006

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Dave Sifry / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati turns 3, rolls out a major update  —  After months of work and weeks of testing, we just released an updated version of technorati.com.  I hope after spending some time with the updated service, you'll join me in celebrating its release.  —  For those of you with ADD …
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
In marriage of 'CPUs and GPUs,' ATI snapped-up by AMD.  Is NVidia next?  —  In another one of the worst kept secrets in the technology industry, AMD has shelled out $5.4B for Canada-based video and graphics solution provider ATI Technologies.  According to the aforelinked Reuters news story:
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amd.com:
AMD and ATI to Create Processing Powerhouse  —  NEW YORK — July 24, 2006 —AMD (NYSE: AMD) and ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced plans to join forces in a transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion.  The combination will create a processing powerhouse by bringing AMD's technology leadership …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
AMD buying ATI for $5.4 billion
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Kazaa, Skype, and now "The Venice Project"  —  Serial entrepreneurs Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are at it again, this time with a venture for distributing TV and other video over the Net  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the entrepreneurs who created the pioneering Web applications Kazaa and Skype …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Founders Take on TV  —  Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are at it again.  After disrupting the music and voice cartel's operations, the duo is taking on television.  It shouldn't come as a surprise.  I had reported on that as part of the Business 2.0's June 2006 cover story, The 50 Who Matter Now.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and BusinessWeek Online
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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Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Power Outage Knocks MySpace.com Offline  —  Social networking site MySpace.com is offline tonight, and attributing the downtime to a power outage in its data center.  The site is among the most popular on the Internet, with some services estimating that it is now the most visited destination on the Web, surpassing Google and Yahoo.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Down Again
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gotuit Furthers Television's Demise  —  Boston based Gotuit Media launched Gotuit late Sunday evening.  Gotuit offers users on-demand free premium content like music videos, sports clips and short films (the stuff that gets deleted from YouTube).  Find what you want, click it and watch it immediately.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Gotuit Launches Broadband Video Portal
Discussion: Mashable! and Slashdot
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Public Betas of Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange Server  —  Customers can immediately evaluate both products and begin the migration to an advanced secure messaging solution.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 24, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced availability …
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microsoft.com:
Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2
Discussion: Neowin.net
Nic Fulton / Reuters Newsblogs:
High-tech cloning  —  Updated with comment from VeriChip spokesman:  —  With the debate over genetic cloning in full swing, hackers could not have cared less at a conference in New York City, where two presenters demonstrated the electronic equivalent of making a copy of an implanted RFID or radio frequency ID chip.
Discussion: Techdirt, Security Fix and digg
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.
networkworld.com:
Start-up testing auto-aiming antenna for wireless nets  —  Purdue profs say technology could improve mobile access to 'Net.  —  WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — A group of Purdue University professors has launched a start-up to create an auto-aiming wireless antenna system that reliably links users on vehicles and boats to the Internet.
Discussion: Engadget and GigaOM
Gizmodo:
LG MFFM20 Flash MP3 Player  —  LG serves up a little mystery with its latest MP3 player, offering the MFFM20 in 512MB and 1GB sizes, and including a capability called "music therapy."  The company's keeping quiet about that feature, saying only that it will reduce stress levels.  Is it a vibrator?
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
AMD drops desktop processor prices by 47%  —  Sunnyvale (CA) - As expected, AMD rings in the next round of the processor price battle with Intel.  In an effort to remain competitive, the company today slashed the prices of all desktop processors.  In the strategically important field of socket AM2 CPUs …
Discussion: Forever Geek, Slashdot and digg
John Siracusa / FatBits:
WWDC keynote bingo  —  As established earlier, I won't be at WWDC this year, but I'm definitely looking forward to the keynote.  I have high hopes for the first demonstration of Leopard and the new hardware announcements—assuming there are any, that is.  Of course, guessing what Steve will reveal is half the fun.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Do Google Ads belong on a company desktop?  —  A start-up called Spiceworks is testing whether Google Ads—commonly seen on blogs and other public Web sites—can finance a software company that sells to businesses.  —  On Monday, Spiceworks is expected to launch a beta of its namesake software …
Discussion: SearchViews and Clickety Clack
Kotaku:
Xbox 360 Messenger Bag Makes You Look Puffy  —  My 360 doesn't get much.  In fact, it doesn't get out at all.  Like me, the console lives out its daily existence at home.  Gear maker A.L.S. Industries has released a green ring 360 messenger bag for those that actually go out in the world and take their consoles with them.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Popgadget
 
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