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9:40 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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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
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.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Tariq Krim / Netvibes.com Blog:
Netvibes introduces Meebo and Alexa modules  —  Alexa module  —  Alexa is a website tracking service, based on statistics sent by an Internet Explorer browser toolbar installed on a sampling of Internet users.  —  You've been a lot to ask for this module and here it is …
Discussion: 21talks, Mashable!, PostBubble and GigaOM
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Netvibes adds Meebo IM  —  Netvibes, one of the leading ajax desktops online, announced today that they have added a module for Meebo, a cross-platform web IM system.  Netvibes is a great way to make RSS visually appealing and usable, but the inclusion of Meebo in the platform takes things to the next level in terms of interactivity.
Discussion: Dead2.0 and rev2.org
Gizmodo:
BenQ IMS-100 Portable Bluetooth Speakers  —  Here's an interesting product from BenQ.  Instead of tying speakers to your Bluetooth-enabled portable music device or phone, these speakers are Bluetooth A2DP enabled so you can stream music to it from a distance.
Discussion: Anything But iPod and Ubergizmo
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Zango's Myspace partner still pushing their videos in Myspace  —  "A partner can't place Zango content on a MySpace site," said Monlux, "but if someone goes to a partner's site, takes Zango content, and puts it on his MySpace profile, that's not a violation of our terms of agreement."
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Microsoft opposes Net neutrality plan on its proxy  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) wants to block an effort for a shareholder vote forcing the world's largest software maker to explain its support for Internet network neutrality, according to a company letter obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
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.
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
Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Presence in Healthcare IT Industry With Acquisition of Health Intelligence Software Azyxxi  —  Strategic agreement with MedStar Health and Washington Hospital Center will empower physicians and improve patient outcomes.  —  WASHINGTON — July 26, 2006 …
David Kender / CamcorderInfo:
Canon Unveils New Prosumer HDV Line: XH G1 and XH A1  —  Read Full Coverage of Canon XH G1 and XH A1 on CamcorderInfo.com  —  Panasonic AG-HVX200, Sony HDR-FX  —  July 26, 2006 - This morning Canon USA and Canon Inc. announced the release of their first prosumer HDV camcorders …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com, Engadget and HD Beat
Frank Barnako / MarketWatch:
Million-dollar podcasting  —  The most popular podcasts could be making their producers more than $1 million a year.  —  Research released by Nielsen Analytics reported some podcasts are downloaded 2 million times a month.  Larry Gerbrandt, vice president and general manager of the unit of VNU …
Discussion: Techdirt, Rough Type and Epeus' epigone
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
Dialogue: MySpace heading overseas, Murdoch says  —  Twenty years after Rupert Murdoch upended the status quo in television with the launch of Fox Broadcasting Co., Murdoch and News Corp. are in the vanguard of another media revolution with its recently acquired Internet assets including MySpace.com.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
 
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Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and PVRblog
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Apple admitting, repairing laptop whining and discoloration problems
Discussion: digg
f-secure.com:
Netscape.com hacked  —  While we were drafting a weblog post …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Wiki start-up taps open source to lure new users
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John Oates / The Register:
India rejects One Laptop Per Child