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4:10 PM ET, July 28, 2006

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
US House: Schools must block MySpace, many other sites  —  US House Resolution 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), was passed by a 410 to 15 vote tonight.  If the Resolution becomes law social networking sites and chat rooms must be blocked by schools and libraries or those institutions …
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Declan McCullagh / ZDNet:
Chat rooms could face expulsion  —  Web sites like Amazon.com and MySpace.com may soon be inaccessible for many people using public terminals at American schools and libraries, thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  By a 410-15 vote on Thursday, politicians approved a bill …
Tony Ruscoe / Tony Ruscoe's Blog:
What's in Google's Sandbox?  —  It's been a while since I've done any digging around Google's servers to try and find some new services, so I thought I'd have a quick go tonight.  —  I started by looking at one of the subdomains I found when I first ran my Google subdomains sniffing script last year:
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Google Blogoscoped:
Lots of New Secret Google Services Uncovered  —  UK developer Tony Ruscoe has the scoop: while sniffing around a subdomain he found a while ago, sandbox.google.com, he was able to grab a kind of Google tester account.  Even though this didn't seem to give him full testing powers …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
In Microsoft Plan for Future, All Roads Lead to Internet  —  REDMOND, Wash., July 27 — In a daylong meeting with analysts on Thursday, Microsoft executives detailed how the company was spending heavily to build Internet services into all its products, from operating systems to video games.
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Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft shows off mobile phone-PC prototype … The software maker is looking at whether it can build a cheap PC for emerging markets by building it into a mobile phone  —  Microsoft on Thursday showed a prototype of a mobile phone-based computer that could one day find a use as a cheap PC for emerging markets.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, 21talks and MocoNews.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Messenger 8 With 180 Plugins  —  Yahoo Messenger Version 8 for Windows, which can be downloaded here, launched out of beta today.  Our previous writeup of the beta launch is here.  —  The key new feature of Messenger 8 is that it is open to third party developers to create widgets that work within the client.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and GigaOM
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Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Feds Retrieve Google Records after Gmail Used for Hate Speech  —  Federal agents requested and retrieved records from Google concerning a Gmail account that contained threatening speech, Google Watch has learned.  —  The agents requested the records on June 22nd, 2006 after the National Association …
Steve Gelsi / MarketWatch:
YouTube CEO: IPO would be 'exciting'  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — As red-hot YouTube's profile rises its CEO isn't ruling out an initial public offering in the future.  —  The buzz around the new brand has built in recent days as YouTube founder Chad Hurley, 29, emerged as the latest Internet whiz kid …
Wired News:
Make Your Blog Popular  —  David L. Sifry, founder and CEO of Technorati, keeps tabs on more than 45 million weblogs.  Here's his advice for cracking his site's Top 100 list.  —  1) React quickly.  Commentators like Andrew Sullivan and Michelle Malkin draw megatraffic with immediate rebuttals …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Torvalds critical of new GPL draft  —  The second draft of a revised General Public License has been released, but Linus Torvalds—founder and leader of the best-known software project governed by the GPL—remains unconvinced of its merits.  —  Torvalds' concern is with the clause …
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
An Imprint All His Own  —  Now a Solo Act at Microsoft,  —  Ballmer Stresses Innovation,  —  On June 16, Steve Ballmer woke up and knew his life had radically changed.  —  For 26 years, the chief executive of Microsoft Corp. had worked hand in hand with Bill Gates to guide …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Screws Up Again: Accounts Being Deleted?  —  I'm getting multiple reports in the comments (30 so far) that MySpace is "deleting" user accounts today - users visiting their pages see this message: … But these aren't just isolated incidents - the same experience is being reported across blogs and forums.
Discussion: GigaOM and digg
BBC:
Stolen mobiles 'will be blocked'  —  Around 80% of mobile phones will be blocked on all five UK networks within 48 hours of being reported stolen in future, industry leaders have pledged.  —  That pledge is part of a charter to reduce phone crime launched by the Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum.
Discussion: Light Blue Touchpaper
Microsoft:
Q&A  —  Co-President, Platforms & Services Division  —  President, Entertainment & Devices Division  —  COLLEEN HEALY: We're going to set up for our first Q&A session of the day.  We're going to keep that a little bit on the shorter side to get back on track here for lunch.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Well, That's Certainly One Way To Do Mobile Music  —  Geriatric rockers The Rolling Stones have hopped on board the mobile music train — sort of.  Through a service called Listen Live Now!, fans will be able to listen live to their concert today in Paris via their mobile phones.
 
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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
BitTorrent Client Azureus Raises Funding; Goes Commercial; Developing HD Platform
Discussion: open
Infosthetics / information aesthetics:
spam plants  —  beautiful computer generated plants …
Jan Chipchase:
Mobility Is Relative II
Discussion: textually.org and 21talks
f-secure.com:
Alert("Your new friend is a worm");
Macworld UK:
iPods have 4-year life, says Apple
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Wonkette's Ingredients for a Successful Blog
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
United States cedes control of the internet - but what now?