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11:35 AM ET, July 27, 2006

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Backpack adds calendar and voice notes  —  37Signals, the poster child of consumer facing software as a service, is making another move that's sure to please their customers and demonstrate again the advantages of hosted services over desktop-bound software.
Discussion: MyBusiness Magazine and rexblog
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Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft to Push IE 7.0 via Automatic Updates
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
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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
Nick / Rough Type:
Lee Gomes responds to Chris Anderson  —  Late yesterday, in an email exchange, I asked Lee Gomes what he thought of Chris Anderson's response to his Wall Street Journal column on the Long Tail.  (Which I discussed here.)  In particular, I wanted to know whether he thought (as I do) …
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Frank Barnako / MarketWatch:
Million-dollar podcasting
Discussion: Techdirt, B2Day and Tom Foremski: IMHO
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
Discussion: Dead2.0 and rev2.org
MSNBC:
Kazaa to pay record groups $100m  —  By Joshua Chaffin in New York and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in London  —  The record industry on Thursday said it had reached a legal settlement with Kazaa, a popular peer-to-peer file-sharing service that is considered a major contributor to piracy.
Discussion: Techdirt and VoIP Blog
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
Mark Ward / BBC:
More than 95% of e-mail is 'junk'  —  Technology correspondent, BBC News website  —  More than 95% of e-mail is junk, be it spam, error messages or viruses, report mail monitoring firms.  —  Analysis of the contents of millions of e-mails has revealed that less than 4% is legitimate traffic.
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Jeff's Quick Guide to TV on the Net (TV/IP) - July, 2006  —  Disintermediation of TV Distribution Outlets, or Doing to Television what we've Now Done to Voice  —  In gearing up for the Fall Video on the Net Conference, I've been exploring recent developments in both the "video on the Net" …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
How Bot Those Nets?  —  What could you do if you controlled a network of thousands of computers — or, at least, could use the spare processor cycles on those machines?  You could perform massively parallel computations: model nuclear explosions or global weather patterns …
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
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
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Live From GoogleFi  —  Live from Mountain View - This morning I got an email invitation welcoming me to try out Google's Mountain View WiFi network as one of the trusted testers.  I'm not sure if it was a random invite or not, after writing a bit about Google's Mountain View plans …
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
 
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Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
Fake Leopard Screenshot Contest Winners: Better Than The Real Thing?
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Ramon Ray / Daily small biz tech news and analysis:
Faces of Small Business....Now You See Them
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Who gets what in a 99 cents download?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intelligent carpet can autodiscriminate
Discussion: I4U News and Inquirer
Larry Angell / ilounge.com:
Memorex reveals iFlip portable video player for iPod
Darla Mack:
Skype Spain to Launch Symbian Compatibility
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
Dialogue: MySpace heading overseas, Murdoch says
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Associated Press:
Professor invents 'ripeness' sticker
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Gavin O'Malley / AdAge:
Social Networking Will Change How Companies Advertise
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
State of the Computer Book Market, Q206, Part 2: Category Winners and Losers
Discussion: Backup Brain
ResourceShelf:
Google Domain Names: Recently Registered and/or Transferred
Discussion: Googling Google
Tysonhy / tysonhy.com:
Another Person's Thoughts On This So-Called "Deal"
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Rebtel Makes International Calling Cheap and Easy
consumerfury.com:
TRACKING NUMBER: 88187 … What you can do: Email Time Warner Cable …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and PVRblog
Staci / paidContent.org:
New Video Deals: PBS On Google Video & Download To Own; MSN's "Arrested Development"
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Merom MacBooks for the holidays