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4:40 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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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati redesigns for the MySpace crowd  —  Summer is here, meaning it must be time for a new site design from Technorati.  —  The four major Technorati redesigns have each tried to welcome a different type of crowd to the site without alienating existing users.
Discussion: Earthling
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
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Skype-Kazaa Founders Working On Online Video Distribution Project
Discussion: BusinessWeek Online
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 …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
A.M.D. to Acquire ATI Technologies
Evan Blass / Engadget:
AMD buying ATI for $5.4 billion
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace returns after power outage  —  A record-breaking heat wave that crippled power systems throughout California shut down MySpace.com for nearly 12 hours, starting Sunday night.  —  The popular social-networking site, which recently topped Yahoo Mail as the most-visited Web site in the United States …
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Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Power Outage Knocks MySpace.com Offline
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Goes Offline
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
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, GigaOM and jkOnTheRun
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.
Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Wal-Mart's New Online Children's 'Hub' a Real Bomb  —  A Poorly Executed Project With Writing That Makes Us Cringe  —  You think this job is easy?  —  Walk a mile in AdReview's shoes.  Try to find something different to say week after week for 20 years.  Try to be simultaneously serious and entertaining.
Discussion: ben barren
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?
Aman Batheja / Dallas Star-Telegram:
Tech companies hope to cash in on Web 2.0  —  Out of a second-floor office in Southlake Town Square, 26-year-old Josh Williams is taking on the likes of Microsoft and Oracle.  —  Williams and his staff of seven at Firewheel Design are making a name for themselves among small-business customers …
Dan Warne / apcstart.com:
Inside Vista's new image-based install  —  Vista's installation process is dramatically different to any previous version of Windows: rather than being an 'installer', the install DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets decompressed onto your PC.  —  So how does it adjust to your hardware?
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
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
socialtext.com:
Socialtext Releases First Commercial Open Source Wiki  —  Socialtext, the first Wiki company, releases Socialtext Open at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON).  Available for immediate download, Socialtext Open is the first open source wiki with a commercial venture as its primary contributor.
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.
Modculture / Tech Digest:
iLane - send and receive email safely whilst driving  —  With our increasing reliance on data services, such as email, while we're on the move, it was only going to be a matter of time before manufacturers jumped in with a way of dealing with email hands-free in the car.
Discussion: Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
 
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