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5:10 PM ET, July 27, 2006

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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  —  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
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
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 and Download Squad
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and eHomeUpgrade
 
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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
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Mark Cuban's Challenge - My Answer...Buzz
Discussion: Virtual Economics
Phone Scoop:
Motorola To Launch HSDPA Phones in Q4
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and digg
Mike Elgan / Personal Tech Pipeline Blog:
The Myth Of The 'Flying Car'
Discussion: I4U News and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Reddit 'white labels' its software to Slate
Discussion: Mashable!
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Infinera, fiber-optic company, raises $110M — to go public?
Discussion: GigaOM
Associated Press:
Professor invents 'ripeness' sticker
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Backpack adds calendar and voice notes
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
Gizmodo:
BenQ IMS-100 Portable Bluetooth Speakers