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5:40 PM ET, July 29, 2006

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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
The Wi-Fi in Your Handset  —  What if, instead of burning up minutes on your cellphone plan, you could make free or cheap calls over the wireless networks that allow Internet access in many coffee shops, airports and homes?  —  New phones coming on the market will allow just that.
Mike / Techdirt:
French Copyright Law Gets That Much Worse For Consumers  —  from the not-much-doing dept  —  The odd saga of the regulation of copy protected music in France has taken another slight twist today.  Let's go back through the history of the last eight months or so.
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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 …
Heather Green / BusinessWeek Online:
Ze Frank, YouTube, and Making Money  —  I've recently become a fan of Ze Frank's video blog, which is saying a lot for me because it's hard to concentrate these days in hot and muggy NYC and Frank's pretty intense.  Each day he does a short, smart, staccato take on the news, his life …
John Leyden / The Register:
Developers cry foul over Windows kernel security  —  Recently introduced security measures by Microsoft will make it more difficult to integrate third-party security tools with Windows, according to a rival personal firewall firm.  —  Agnitum reckons that the introduction of Kernel Patch Protection …
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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.
David Herron / Market Wire:
Fujitsu Line of High-Performance and Reliable Notebooks to Be Powered by New Intel Core 2 Duo Next-Generation Mobile Processor  —  Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced that its LifeBook® N6400 Series desktop replacement notebook, the flagship of its consumer line …
Discussion: Shop Talk and Engadget
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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
Ray Ozzie / Microsoft:
Financial Analyst Meeting 2006  —  RAY OZZIE: Good afternoon.  Thanks for the opportunity to speak with you today.  I—you know, part of my role as CSA is to have a visceral understanding of technology trends, and to understand the relevance of those trends from a market as well as from a business perspective.
Linux-Watch.com:
Top five things Microsoft can learn from Linux  —  Last week, I listed the Top five things Linux can learn from Microsoft.  Well, it's a two-way street: Microsoft could really stand to learn a few things from Linux, too.  —  Yes, I know I sound like a crackpot to some of you, since most of you are reading this on a Windows-based PC.
Discussion: digg
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Dailing In For Music; Stones Concert On Phones  —  Seems like voice-based mobile content services are coming back into fashion (conceptually everyone thought it would take off during the first wireless boom, but it didn't happen)...this morning I mentioned Snapvine getting funding.
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
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft makes MSDN library free to download  —  Great news has arrived for anyone who programs with Microsoft tools and a Microsoft language: the MSDN is now free to download.  Sure, the whole thing is available online and searchable, but I've always enjoyed having my local copy.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to charge for Office beta  —  Microsoft plans next week to charge a nominal fee for Office 2007 Beta 2 downloads, in a move that runs counter to the practice held by most software companies.  —  Consumers who download the 2007 Microsoft Office system Beta 2 will be charged $1.50 per download …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senator blasts Homeland Security's Net efforts  —  WASHINGTON—A Republican senator on Friday blasted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's readiness for a massive cyberattack, saying he hasn't seen any improvements since bringing in department officials for questioning last summer.
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
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.
 
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