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10:45 AM ET, July 29, 2006

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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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
MySpace's Business Model Conundrum  —  I've been predicting for a while that companies would find ways to leverage the community marketing power of social networking sites like MySpace without the network seeing any financial benefit.  Here's a perfect example (via The Economist):
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and Mathew Ingram
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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: Download Squad, TechSpot, Slashdot and digg
Joe / Techdirt:
In-Flight Calling Preparing For Takeoff Aboard Ryanair  —  The maverick Irish airline Ryanair has a long history of pushing the envelope with its business practices, whether it's offering free tickets supported by advertising and gambling or banning employees from charging their phones at work so as to save money on electricity.
Discussion: 21talks
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Paul Kelly / irishexaminer.com:
Ryanair plans to allow mobile calls on flights
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Another Dell laptop ignites  —  Today's "Dell laptop bursts into flames" story brought to you by "Henrik the Automation Engineer" of Vernon Hills, Illinois.  Quick on the draw with his 7.2 megapixel camera, "Henrik" managed to document the amusing / scary saga of his coworker's notebook …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Day Of The IM Upgrades  —  Yahoo IM and Google Talk, both are getting major upgrades.
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