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6:30 AM ET, July 29, 2006

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Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Zango was targetting Myspace: The Proof  —  An anonymous tipoff (who claims they were an affiliate of Zango, but got fed up with them emailing him all the time) recently saw the whole "Zango on Myspace" thing and was surprised to see Zango claiming they have a "hands off" policy towards Myspace.
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.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Warner Bros.  To Cut Link With Adware Firm Zango  —  'Inappropriate Material' Could Reach Children  —  Warner Bros.  Studios, home to Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo and Harry Potter, said yesterday that it plans to terminate a business relationship with Zango Inc., an adware company that has been offering free games on the Warner Bros.
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 …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Confessions of a Cybermule  —  John Dillinger was a bank robber whose tool of trade was a machine gun.  But in today's cybercrime era, the weapon of choice for "John Dillinger" is an MSR206, a card-writing machine used for encoding bank account numbers and other data onto the magnetic stripe of bank credit and debit cards.
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Parts of French 'iPod Law' Struck Down  —  PARIS, July 28 — The French Constitutional Council has declared major aspects of the so-called iPod law unconstitutional, undermining some controversial aspects of the legislation.  —  " Apple's lawyers might want to drink a glass of French Champagne today …
Paul Kelly / irishexaminer.com:
Ryanair plans to allow mobile calls on flights  —  PASSENGERS on Ryanair flights could soon be allowed to use their mobile phones in flight — but at a cost of up to €2 a minute.  —  The low-cost airline is planning to allow people to make calls and send texts mid-air — at international roaming rates.
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BBC:
Fresh concerns over Vista release  —  Microsoft shares fell on Thursday after it declined to dampen rumours that its new Windows Vista operating system might face fresh delays.  —  Its shares closed down 2% after a Microsoft executive appeared to avoid confirming the current January 2007 Vista release data for consumers.
Discussion: Engadget
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
Larry Angell / ilounge.com:
Apple denies 'four years' iPod report, clarifies 'for years'  —  Senior Editor, iLounge submit a news tip  —  Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris has confirmed to iLounge that she was misquoted in a Chicago Tribune article on failing iPods published earlier this week.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
A GoogleFi Speed Test & More Testers  —  Google is about to open up its Mountain View WiFi network to more than 500 more trusted testers, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  The expanded test indicates that the service is inching closer to its public debut.
Discussion: Valleywag
Red Herring:
Apple Ponders a Touchless iPod  —  Patent application suggests the popular player may soon be operated without being touched.  —  Just as talk about the inevitability of upgraded iPods passed the saturation point, speculation arose this week about the possibility of a touchless version of Apple's ubiquitous media player.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and Sharpshoot
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Opera reveals version 10 vision  —  Opera Software is making plans to steal market share from Microsoft.  —  Though a launch date for Opera 10 hasn't yet been set, Opera is hoping the updated application will lure users away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 by building on Opera 9's use of small Web applications called widgets.
Discussion: digg
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 Alpha 1 Released  —  Bookmark This: del.icio.us - Digg it - Furl - reddit - Spurl - Yahoo MyWeb  —  It looks like Mozilla Thunderbird has finally made its way to a milestone build: Alpha 1!  Here is an overview of a few of the new features you will find in this build:
Discussion: TechSpot, Slashdot and digg
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Intel aims to ship 1 million Core 2 Duo processor within seven weeks  —  Intel isn't wasting time to push its new Core 2 Duo processor into the market.  During the presentation of the chip at Intel's Santa Clara headquarters, chief executive Paul Otellini said that the Core 2 Duo will ramp …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Engadget
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Friendster Patent on Linking Web Friends Could Hurt Rivals  —  Friendster Inc., known for bringing people together, could wind up making enemies among its peers.  —  Last month, the Web company was awarded a patent related to searching for people online based on their relationships, and it expects another patent to come through soon.
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
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Business 2.0 Celebrates Om Malik
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senator blasts Homeland Security's Net efforts
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to charge for Office beta
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Another Dell laptop ignites
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Screws Up Again: Accounts Being Deleted?
Discussion: Publishing 2.0, GigaOM and digg
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Ad clicks add up to real money
Craig Harris / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Tully's coffee, with side of free Wi-Fi
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Well, That's Certainly One Way To Do Mobile Music
dharmesh Shah / onstartups.com:
17 Pithy Insights For Startup Founders
Discussion: Okdork.com and ben barren
BBC:
Stolen mobiles 'will be blocked'
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
Business Model, Schmizness Model
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Torvalds critical of new GPL draft