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11:40 PM ET, July 27, 2006

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Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Skype founders pay out for Kazaa settlement  —  LONDON — Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the billionaire Internet entrepreneurs who created Kazaa and Skype, have reached into their own pockets to help settle a lawsuit brought by the music and movie industries.
Discussion: Techdirt and Clickety Clack
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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
MSNBC:
Kazaa to pay record groups $100m
Discussion: Techdirt and VoIP Blog
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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CNET News.com:
U.S. voices openness to private Net control  —  WASHINGTON—The United States may be willing to cede at least some of its historic control of the Internet domain name system after all, a U.S. Commerce Department official said Wednesday.  —  Despite bold statements last year that seemed …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
US to continue its control over ICANN  —  Over the past couple of years, the issue of Internet governance has become a hot topic.  Currently, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is responsible for parceling out IP addresses and domain names.
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google challenges SourceForge in open source project hosting
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.
Discussion: Cloudy Thinking
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft employment soars
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.)
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Forrester Misreads Results Of Own Broadband Study
James S. Granelli / Los Angeles Times:
Cities Awaiting Edison Signal on Wireless Networks
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
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Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Will Drop Cases If You Point Out That An IP Address Isn't A Person
Darren Murph / Engadget:
New iTunes kiosk in development
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Robert Young / GigaOM:
Mark Cuban's Challenge - My Answer...Buzz
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Mike Elgan / Personal Tech Pipeline Blog:
The Myth Of The 'Flying Car'
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Want to get good at videogames? Hire a kid
Dan Zehr / Austin American-Statesman:
Dell regroups, forges ahead
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Yahoo! Search blog:
It's Search. It's Site Explorer. It's Webzari!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Reddit 'white labels' its software to Slate
Associated Press:
Professor invents 'ripeness' sticker
Larry Angell / ilounge.com:
Memorex reveals iFlip portable video player for iPod