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7:55 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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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
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 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Cyworld: Good Morning America  —  Cyworld, the South Korean-born social network, has opened its U.S. site into "public beta," meaning anyone can now access the site and create those lovable "minihomes" and "minirooms" that have captured more than a third of the Korean population (see screen shots of the U.S. site below.)
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
New iTunes kiosk in development  —  After you've dropped more money in a vending machine than you ever thought possible, you're left wondering how to fill your new iPod with media to escape the monotony of your 10 hour layover.  Enter 22Moo, an Australian hardware and software designer …
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 …
 
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
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Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
Searching for Order in the Blogosphere
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Mike / Techdirt:
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More Newly Registered Domain Names from Google
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The Myth Of The 'Flying Car'
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Dan Zehr / Austin American-Statesman:
Dell regroups, forges ahead
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It's Search. It's Site Explorer. It's Webzari!
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Clickstream Study Reveals Dynamic Web
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
How Bot Those Nets?
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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