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2:40 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
Nick Starr / Nick Starr.com:
EXCLUSIVE: First pics of Bluetooth Mighty Mouse  —  No this isn't the "PROTOTYPE" pictures.  It is shots I just took of my new bluetooth Mighty Mouse.  There is one crazy thing I've noticed about it...there is no visible laser AT ALL!!!  The only feedback the device gives you is a green light that shows it contains enough charge.
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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Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
Dialogue: MySpace heading overseas, Murdoch says
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Tim Finin / UMBC eBiquity:
Revealed: how Google manages click fraud
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Nintendo DS Lite in the kitchen teaches you to make Sushi
Discussion: Gearlog
Joseph S. Enoch / consumeraffairs.com:
Verizon Limits Its "Unlimited" Wireless Broadband Service