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2:25 PM ET, July 27, 2006

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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 and Download Squad
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) …
Gizmodo:
Pics of Nikon D80 Leaked Accidentally on Purpose  —  You may remember how we showed you that cryptic picture of an upcoming 10.2-megapixel Nikon DSLR from the company's website, and now it appears that a few real pictures of the camera, to be launched on August 9th, have been leaked from the Nikon Europe site.
Discussion: Shop Talk, Ubergizmo and Engadget
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 …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:   Microsoft to Offer Software for Health Care Industry
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
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."
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad, Gizmodo and digg
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.
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
Mike Elgan / Personal Tech Pipeline Blog:
The Myth Of The 'Flying Car'  —  It's the fantasy of every frustrated driver who's ever been caught in traffic: to push a button, take off, and soar above the gridlock like an airplane.  But don't hold your breath.  You'll never "drive" a "flying car."  —  There are many "flying car" …
Discussion: I4U News and Gizmodo
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: Virtual Economics and HD Beat
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.
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
websiteoptimization.com:
Clickstream Study Reveals Dynamic Web  —  A recent clickstream study revealed new information about how we use and peruse the Web.  University of Hamburg researchers found that the Web is moving from a static hypertext information system to dynamic interactive services with rapid interactivity between man and machine.
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
Phone Scoop:
Motorola To Launch HSDPA Phones in Q4  —  Motorola this week announced two new WCDMA+HSDPA phones.  Although initially announced in versions for European networks, executives have repeatedly hinted at US versions.  Both phones feature HSDPA at 3.6 Mbps, dual cameras for video calling …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and digg
Conrad Quilty-Harper / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
PRESS RELEASE: TUAW writer bucks trend, sticks with Mac OS X  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (July 26th, 2006) - Conrad Quilty-Harper, a writer for the popular Macintosh blog, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, has announced a bold plan to continue using Mac OS X for the foreseeable future.
Discussion: The Tao of Mac and Bryan O'Bryan
Larry Angell / ilounge.com:
Memorex reveals iFlip portable video player for iPod  —  Senior Editor, iLounge submit a news tip  —  Memorex has provided iLounge with exclusive details and photos of a new portable video player for fifth-generation iPods.  The new iFlip features an 8.4-inch LCD display, integrated speakers …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo, Things That and Gearlog
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 …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Infinera, fiber-optic company, raises $110M — to go public?  —  Infinera, the Sunnyvale company that claims it is transforming the process of data switching on high-speed telecommunications networks, has raised at least $110 million in a seventh round of funding, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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Dialogue: MySpace heading overseas, Murdoch says
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Tim Finin / UMBC eBiquity:
Revealed: how Google manages click fraud
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Social Networking Will Change How Companies Advertise
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Verizon Limits Its "Unlimited" Wireless Broadband Service