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4:35 AM ET, July 31, 2006


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Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
EXCLUSIVE: E3 FINISHED  —  Senior industry sources have revealed to Next-Gen.Biz that the E3 industry event, in its present form, has been cancelled for next year and the foreseeable future.  —  Digg this story here.  —  The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shindig has been a staple of game industry life since the mid-1990s.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
E3 game trade show not cancelled, but will be downsized  —  Contrary to reports across the web, E3 has not been cancelled.  Next-Gen had hoped that they would blow the lid off of a hot story by revealing that the show had been cancelled, but some quick fact checking shows that they are simply incorrect.
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Scoop: Inform Reboots to Help Online Newspapers Like Fight Back Against Digg and Google  —  As print readership declines for newspapers and online readership grows, every publisher faces the threat coming from the edge of the network.  Sites like Google News, Yahoo News …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Inform Enters the Search Economy  — has wisely gotten out of the Web 2.0 news aggregator business and into the publisher services business.  Erick Schonfeld at the Business 2.0 Blog has the scoop: … Since Erick has all the details, I'm going to delve into two key questions that Inform's strategy raises:
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
New media making deals with `old' news providers  —  Everybody knows that online news is free and that technologically brilliant search engines like Google and Yahoo have been stealing readers — and revenues — away from technologically challenged newspaper companies and wire services.
Rafat /   More On Google News' Deal With AP
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Profile For Sale on eBay  —  With all of the recent news about top Digg users being offered cash by Netscape to move over to their competing platform, I'm not surprised to see that someone has apparently placed their top 100 Digg profile up for sale on eBay.
Discussion: and digg
EXCLUSIVE: Wii Know A lot You Don't- Nintendo Wii Specs Fully Uncovered!!!  *Updated*  —  So far Nintendo have done a very credible job in keeping information regarding the Wii to a minimum.  Well all that has just changed!  An anonymous Wii developer has sent to us slurry …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs, Engadget and Joystiq
Randall Stross / New York Times:
All the Internet's a Stage.  Why Don't C.E.O.'s Use It?  —  CHIEF executives are inclined to avoid activities generally deemed to be high-risk: Sky diving.  Cliff jumping.  Motorcycle racing.  And blogging.  —  Two years ago, when Jonathan I. Schwartz, then the president and chief operating officer …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Valleywag Is Getting Lame  —  Valleywag has run a number of posts recently that mostly have served to make me look like an ass.  Many of these have been flat out factually incorrect, and sometimes the blog has run retractions.  —  That's ok, it comes with having a high profile blog.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What I learned from BlogHer  —  I think it's interesting that I met two of my favorite bloggers for the first time at BlogHer (both of whom are men, Guy Kawasaki and John Battelle).  —  But, that beside, what else did I learn?  —  Heather Champ, community manager of Flickr …
Discussion: MediaShift and The Bb Gun
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone software found in iPod updater?  —  Yeah, everybody's been grasping at straws (including us) for possible info on the iPhone for, well, the last couple of years now, and the latest adds fuel to the speculative fire without providing any answers.  So what else is new?
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
Stephen Hutcheon / MashUp:
Dell's battery malfunctions  —  If you own or use a Dell laptop, you'd be more than a little worried by these recent reports about self-immolating computers.  —  Okay, these are three reported incidents out of, what, how many millions must they sell?  —  But remember, these are not simply reports of overheating.
Discussion: and Things That
Anything But iPod:
Delux iShow DLA-688 Now With Softcore Porn  —  China-based Delux is adding a new flash player to their DLA line (that little thing dangling from the girl's wrist is what you're supposed to be looking at).  Alternatively referred to as the iShow and the DLA-688—each with slight variations …
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Feedback-Driven Improvements to Windows Vista Since Beta 2  —  As we come into the home stretch in the Windows Vista development cycle, we've got a lot of stuff left to do to make this the best Windows release ever.  As we do this, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your feedback …
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Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Les Blogs Herald France's Newest Inalienable Right
Discussion: IP Democracy
Jon Hannibal Stokes / Ars Technica:
Microsoft turns photo collections into 3D walkthroughs
Gary Rivlin / New York Times:
A Counselor Pulled From the Shadows
Discussion: Dan Gillmor's Blog
Darren Murph / Engadget:
ATI to release power-hungry external video card?
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Wireless Spectrum Bidders Put Down Billions
Discussion: IP Democracy
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Overview: The End of Paper TV Guides
Joris Evers / CNET
JavaScript opens doors to browser-based attacks
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Review: Apple's wireless Mighty Mouse
Discussion: and digg
John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
Moguls of New Media  —  The MySpace member with a million 'friends …
EU antitrust probe of rival DVD creators