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6:40 PM ET, July 27, 2006

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Zillow Blog:
Zillow's Open API  —  It's rare that Zillow parts the curtain and shines a light on our product roadmap, but today at the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference in San Francisco, Rich and Lloyd are sharing the news that Zillow has begun to develop an Open API to share data on nearly 67 million homes in America.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zillow - API and Mobile Feature
Discussion: Zillow Blog and Screenwerk
BBC:
Kazaa site becomes legal service  —  File-sharing site Kazaa will become a legal music download service following a series of high profile legal battles.  —  The peer-to-peer network has also agreed to pay $100m (£53m) in damages to the record industry.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and The Tech Report
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MSNBC:
Kazaa to pay record groups $100m
Discussion: Techdirt and VoIP Blog
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier / NewsForge:
Google announces hosting for open source projects  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Google is scheduled to announce hosting for open source projects on Google Code today during Greg Stein's talk at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON).  —  Stein, an open source engineer with Google and chairman …
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft posts record job growth  —  Company added 10,081 employees in past fiscal year  —  Microsoft Corp. bulked up for battle with Google and other rivals by adding more than 10,000 employees worldwide in the past year — the largest annual increase in the company's history.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft employment soars
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 …
Discussion: SearchViews, Download Squad and digg
Matt Goyer / Matt Goyer's Media Center Blog:
Thoughts on MCE beta feedback  —  I seem to be one of the few program managers on the Media Center team who reads our beta newsgroups on a daily basis and I must say that I find the experience to be just a little bit frustrating.  While I'm tempted to respond to every post I'd like to clear …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
A word about metrics, part II  —  Okay, in a previous post I told a story about Google's market share in early days, and mentioned that you have to think about the limitations of any measuring methodology.  I briefly touched on sampling bias too.  Let's look consider sampling bias in a different arena: Alexa.
Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
Fake Leopard Screenshot Contest Winners: Better Than The Real Thing?  —  The Fake Leopard Screenshot Contest quite honestly launched with some ridiculous publicity... apparently something about the idea of a contest with users trying to imagine a better OS X struck something within a lot of people …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
YouTube strategy sticks to clips  —  CEO OFFERS FEW INSIGHTS ON PLANS FOR PROFITS  —  Not coming soon to YouTube: full-length movies or other time-consuming video.  —  Instead, the off-the-charts-successful online video distributor is aiming for the quick-click generation that likes …
tivo.com:
TIVO AWARDED 2006 INTERACTIVE TELEVISION EMMY  —  Academy Recognizes Pioneer of Television Services for Digital Video Recorders  —  ALVISO, Calif. — July 27, 2006 — TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), a creator of and leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs) …
Discussion: Engadget, Zatz Not Funny and Gizmodo
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Snapvine gives voice to social networks  —  Humorous voice messages that inform friends of their bad breath or body odor may not seem like a big business opportunity.  Neither would wake-up calls to mobile phones that include horoscopes, jokes or weather reports.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Webtown
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Mark Cuban's Challenge - My Answer...Buzz  —  A few days ago, billionaire Mark Cuban (who owns various entertainment assets, including a film production studio, theatre chain, etc.) posed an open challenge on his blog: … Since Mark and I have a little bit of history debating issues …
Discussion: Techdirt and Virtual Economics
Associated Press:
Professor invents 'ripeness' sticker  —  TUCSON (AP) — 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 …
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
LAUNCH: The Backpack Calendar  —  The Backpack Calendar is here.  It's available as a tab in everyone's Backpack account, but it's only accessible for paying customers.  This is what you call an incentive to upgrade ;)  —  Watch and learn  —  A great way to be introduced to something …
Discussion: TechCrunch, rexblog and Changing Way
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Want to get good at videogames?  Hire a kid  —  When David Estalote wanted to learn to play the piano, the 27-year-old New Yorker sought out a teacher at a local music college.  To learn to play golf, he took lessons from a pro at his grandfather's country club.
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 …
Discussion: JD on EP
 
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
State of the Computer Book Market, Q206, Part 3: How Publishers Fared
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Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
Searching for Order in the Blogosphere
Discussion: junger's world
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Will Drop Cases If You Point Out That An IP Address Isn't A Person
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Cyworld: Good Morning America
Discussion: Mashable! and Clickety Clack
ResourceShelf:
More Newly Registered Domain Names from Google
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
'Tis finally the season for Intel's Core 2 Duo
Discussion: Digital Download
Mike Elgan / Personal Tech Pipeline Blog:
The Myth Of The 'Flying Car'
Discussion: I4U News and Gizmodo
Dan Zehr / Austin American-Statesman:
Dell regroups, forges ahead
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Tech Report
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Yahoo! Search blog:
It's Search. It's Site Explorer. It's Webzari!
Gizmodo:
Pics of Nikon D80 Leaked Accidentally on Purpose
Discussion: Shop Talk, Ubergizmo and Engadget
websiteoptimization.com:
Clickstream Study Reveals Dynamic Web
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Who gets what in a 99 cents download?
Mark Ward / BBC:
More than 95% of e-mail is 'junk'  —  Technology correspondent, BBC News website
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Jeff's Quick Guide to TV on the Net (TV/IP) - July, 2006
Discussion: IP Democracy
Larry Angell / ilounge.com:
Memorex reveals iFlip portable video player for iPod
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Microsoft opposes Net neutrality plan on its proxy
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
 

 
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Carpenter Media told a Sound Publishing union that it plans to lay off 62 people, including over half the unionized newsroom at The Daily Herald of Everett, WA

Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:
Email to staff: Jeff Bezos names and copies Will Lewis and says WaPo “needs to evolve” and has his “commitment on maintaining quality, ethics, and standards”

Marek Miller / The Keyword:
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