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4:39 AM ET, July 27, 2006

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IEBlog:
IE7 to be distributed via Automatic Updates!  —  As we get close to the final availability of Internet Explorer 7, I want to provide an update on our distribution plans.  To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, we will distribute IE7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates …
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft tags IE 7 'high priority' update  —  Microsoft plans to automatically push Internet Explorer 7 to Windows XP users when the browser update is ready later this year.  —  IE 7 will be delivered in the fourth quarter as a "high priority" update via Automatic Updates in Windows XP …
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft to Push IE 7.0 via Automatic Updates  —  When its latest stand-alone browser ships in Q4, Microsoft plans to use its patch-distribution mechanism as its primary delivery vehicle.  But businesses will be able to control distribution via a Microsoft-provided blocking tool.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:   Microsoft to push IE7 as an automatic update
Robert Roy Britt / livescience.com:
Hybrid Scooter Would Run on Hydrogen  —  An industrial design student in The Netherlands has built a prototype scooter that is designed to be run on hydrogen.  —  Crijn Bouman of Delft University of Technology designed the scooter for use in inner cities.  —  He calls it the Fhybrid.
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Associated Press:
Professor invents 'ripeness' sticker  —  TUCSON, Ariz. - A University of Arizona professor has invented a sticker that can tell consumers if a fruit or vegetable is ripe.  The stickers will be available to growers next year and should make their way to supermarkets within two to three years …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Slashdot
Joseph S. Enoch / consumeraffairs.com:
Verizon Limits Its "Unlimited" Wireless Broadband Service  —  Verizon Wireless proudly boasts that its wireless "BroadbandAccess" service is "unlimited."  But Verizon's definition of unlimited may not match consumers' expectations, as those who use the service extensively quickly learn.
Discussion: LAist
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Mike / Techdirt:
Limited Unlimited Doubletalk: Unlimited Data For Limited Types Of Data  —  The story of bogus "unlimited" services, especially from Verizon Wireless who has been offering extremely limited EVDO wireless service which they advertise as "unlimited," isn't new at all.
John Oates / The Register:
India rejects One Laptop Per Child  —  India has decided against getting involved in Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child scheme - which aims to provide kids in developing countries with a simple $100 machine.  —  The success of the project depends on support, and big orders, from governments.
Discussion: Techdirt, Gizmodo and ContentSutra
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Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Nigeria orders first million OLPC laptops  —  $100 laptop project receives first official order  —  Nigeria has officially ordered and paid for one million of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) devices, according to the Nigerian Vanguard newspaper.  —  The deal is the first actual order …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
AlwaysOn: YouTube wants to stay independent  —  During a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit 2006, YouTube co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley was asked by moderator Kara Swisher about disparaging comments Bill Gates made about his service at the D conference.  "Speaking about competiton and Gates …
Staci / paidContent.org:
New Video Deals: PBS On Google Video & Download To Own; MSN's "Arrested Development"  —  Jaded as we may be with the constant cavalcade of online video deals, today's inbox contains some worth noting including PBS downloads for sale and and an ad-supported syndicated sitcom for MSN:
Discussion: Gear Live and Lost Remote
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Merom MacBooks for the holidays  —  It's pretty easy to deduce that Merom, Intel's successor to the Yonah (a.k.a. Core Duo) chip, will find its way into a speed-bumped MacBook Pro.  The question is when.  —  Intel will be announcing the Core 2 Duo chips at a press event tomorrow (Thursday) …
Tysonhy / tysonhy.com:
Another Person's Thoughts On This So-Called "Deal"  —  I am a fellow digger on the #1 social news site digg.com and it also came to my attention of this whole idea of Jason Calacanis paying top news site contributors to be a writer for his own site is just plain sad and wrong.
f-secure.com:
Netscape.com hacked  —  While we were drafting a weblog post on XSS and Social Networking sites, our man Miguel pointed us to Netscape.com.  —  Netscape.com has been hacked via a persistent Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in their newly launched Digg-like news service.
Robin Good / Robin Good's Latest News:
Watch TV Back Home And Call Any Phone Number Around The World With The New Sightspeed 5  —  Today Sightspeed will release a new version of its excellent video conferencing software, which not only allows PC, Mac and Linux-based users to communicate with video and audio for free …
Jasmine France / CNET News.com:
Sony NW-S205 (2GB)  —  Overview Series info User Opinions Compare  —  CNET editor's take  —  To the lack of surprise of most industry professionals, who generally put more stock in Apple's ability to keep secrets than in Sony's, the Japanese consumer electronics giant fessed up to having a unique …
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
It May Be a Long Time Before the Long Tail Is Wagging the Web  —  Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson's hot, new best seller, "The Long Tail," is causing a sensation with its eye-opening claims about the way the Web is rewriting the rules of commerce.  But I've looked at some of the same data …
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Nintendo DS Lite in the kitchen teaches you to make Sushi  —  Other than playing Mario the japs can also learn cooking on their Nintendo DS thanks to the Nintendo DS Cooking Navigator which has receipes for over 200 Japanese delicacies.  It is voice activated so once you select a receipe …
Discussion: Gearlog
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Rebtel Makes International Calling Cheap and Easy  —  Sweden-based Rebtel have launched a product that will allow users to dial any international number at the cost of a local call.  It works by having the two ends of the call use local connections (over low-cost local calls) …
 
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Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and PVRblog
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
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