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6:15 PM ET, August 1, 2006

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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
YouTube overtakes MySpace  —  The rise and rise of YouTube  —  MediaGuardian.co.uk  —  YouTube has established itself at the top of the league of the new generation of community websites by becoming even more popular than MySpace, according to research.  —  The video sharing site has taken …
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Business Week:
Whose Video Is It, Anyway?  —  YouTube's runaway success has opened a Pandora's box of copyright issues  —  When YouTube Inc. was sued on July 14 for copyright infringement, the shock wasn't that the video-sharing service was being yanked into court.  Questions had been swirling for months …
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
One of these six companies will buy YouTube  —  All the buzz around video site YouTube indicates that the closely-held company could have a market value of around $1 billion.  —  Given those numbers, it is only natural to crystal-ball YouTube's future: private, IPO, acquired, acquirer?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
McLaws is right on Windows Vista ship date  —  I'm sad to agree with Robert McLaws about Windows Vista's ship schedule.  This sucker is just not ready.  Too many things are too slow and/or don't work.  I've been on the betas of every Windows OS since Windows 3.1 and Vista is starting to feel good …
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Dina Bass / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Businesses in no hurry to buy Vista  —  'Let somebody else work out the bugs' in Windows update  —  Microsoft Corp. may have to wait at least a year for most U.S. companies to switch to the new version of its Windows operating system, according to a survey by JupiterResearch.
Mike / Techdirt:
Mike McCurry: Will You Pay Google's Bandwidth Bills For The Rest Of This Year?  —  from the worth-asking dept  —  We've already covered how much dishonesty there is in the network neutrality debate — often involving editorial pieces in major newspapers penned by lobbyists.
SeekingAlpha Media Stocks:
Sirius Satellite Radio Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (SIRI)  —  Executives  —  Jim Meyer - President, Sales and Operations  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good day, everyone, and welcome to the Sirius Satellite Radio second quarter 2006 earnings conference call.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Orbitcast
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Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Sirius Stiletto to Debut Later This Summer
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechEffect
Tor Thorsen / GameSpot:
Confirmed: No Unreal Tournament 2007 till 2007  —  Midway says the PC edition of its much-awaited shooter won't ship until "first half" of next year; PS3 version still TBA, more Xbox 360 hints dropped.  —  In October 2003, Atari announced that Unreal Tournament 2004 had been delayed...until 2004.
Discussion: Kotaku, Blue's News and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Eons Launches Social Network for the Over-50s  —  Eons, a social network for the over 50s, launched yesterday.  They've also thrown out a good tidbit for the bloggers, journalists and Diggers to get excited about: the service comes with an online obituary database that sends out death alerts when people pass away.
AC/OS:
Can open source crack the "B" barrier?  —  Stephen O'Grady apparently spent last week at the wrong conference.  He came away from OSCON wondering if open source companies can ever reach the $1 billion mark in sales.  He writes: … What's interesting to me is that the very same numbers …
Discussion: open and tecosystems
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Venture firms are doing well — a surprise  —  You'd think the prolificacy of fund-raising by venture capitalists would lead to venture "fratricide," where hungry venture firms invest in competing companies, and drive down profits for everyone.  —  But that's not happening.
Dan Dorfman / New York Sun:
Error Knocks Down Google $350 a Share  —  It was like a Wall Street version of one of those Keystone Cops comedies of the 1930s, but at least one investor wasn't laughing.  According to his stockbroker, he almost had a heart attack as a result of what appeared to be an enormous plunge Thursday …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Oracle 'Losing Patience' with XenSource, VMware  —  Oracle is fast losing its patience with both XenSource and VMware over their reluctance to work together to help develop a single interface that will integrate a variety of virtualization solutions in the Linux kernel.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Web Start-Ups Lure Executives At eBay, Yahoo  —  After six years at Yahoo Inc., including a stint as vice president of the company's successful online-shopping business, Rob Solomon wanted a new challenge.  —  Last year, he was offered the job of chief executive at Internet travel start …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
DesktopLinux.com:
The latest news & announcements about Linux on the desktop ...  Keywords: Match: Sort by:  —  Four countries commit to buying 4 million Linux-powered OLPC laptops  —  A spokesperson for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program revealed July 31 that the countries of Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina …
investor.verizon.com:
Verizon Reports Continued Strong Quarterly Results  —  440,000 net new broadband connections, including 111,000 FiOS Internet customers; 6.1 million total broadband connections, up 47.9 percent from second quarter 2005  —  Data revenues of $4.0 billion, up 89.8 percent from second quarter 2005 …
Jason Dowdell / MarketingShift:
Enquisite Search Stats Launches Today  —  I've been working with Richard Zwicky and his team for the past several months on a very exciting project.  The project is a search metrics application that gives you real time data on what page of the search results a visitor is on when they come to your site …
Mike / Techdirt:
How Truthiness And Wikiality Helped Colbert Take Down Wikipedia  —  from the the-revolution-will-not-be-verified dept  —  Since The Daily Show has been getting so much love from the tech crowd lately, with their recent discussions on net neutrality, spinoff show The Colbert Report had to really step things up to top its parent show.
Discussion: tawkerblog and UMBC eBiquity
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Cingular to charge $5 for older phones  —  NEW YORK - About 4.7 million Cingular Wireless subscribers with older phones will have to pay $5 extra each month as the company tries to prod them to get new handsets so it can devote its entire network to one type of signal.
 
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Where is the disruptive effect of the Internet?
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Time Warner: The Frankenstein of Online Video
Discussion: Techdirt and timewarner.com
Dan Bell / CD Freaks.com:
IP address not legal evidence identifying file sharers
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Digital kids  —  MySpace blurs line between friends and flacks
Ozymandias:
The Problem with Modchips  —  I received an email from "HcC" …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Kotaku
Microsoft:
Technology Leaders Release New Specification to Simplify IT Management
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University of Toronto:
Instant msg-ing messes with grammar? As if! lol!
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Pearson ponders web strategy as profits rise
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mike / Techdirt:
Bot-On-Bot eBay Scamming
Discussion: Rough Type
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD nabs 26 percent of server market
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Open Source Licenses are Obsolete
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Outside of Search, Google Doesn't Matter
Julie Jacobson / cepro.com:
Lux Intros Rugged, Waterproof MCE TV for the Outdoors
Discussion: Engadget, eHomeUpgrade and PVR Wire
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NEARLY 100 BRAND ICONS AVAILABLE WITH DIGITAL MAPS
Discussion: PalmAddicts and jkOnTheRun
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
AMATEUR HOUR  —  On the Internet, everybody is a millenarian.