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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
AOL: You've got free e-mail  —  AOL could start looking a lot more like Yahoo.  —  Time Warner on Wednesday announced it will give away e-mail, software and other Web services for free to high-speed Internet users in a bid to boost online advertising sales.
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Digg stats after Jason Calacanis offer  —  The Diggtrends website has just done some stats relating to Netscape owner's offer to buy out digg's top users.  It'll be published tomorrow, but they gave me an advance look.  [update: the diggtrends analysis is available now]
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Nick / Rough Type:   Few to many  —  Richard MacManus has published some striking statistics …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / DesktopLinux.com:
Articles & white papers about Linux on the desktop ...  Keywords: Match: Sort by:  —  An early look at Freespire  —  In two weeks, Linspire Inc. will release Freespire, its community Linux distribution.  This new distribution isn't just another Linux distro.
Microsoft:
Windows Live Spaces Is Launched, Allowing Real Friends to Connect Online  —  Microsoft continues to deliver on Windows Live, announcing a number of new personalized and safety-enhanced services.  —  Microsoft Corp. tonight began rolling out Windows Live™ Spaces, the next generation …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonaged  —  Vonage reported results for the second quarter of 2006, and they were not pretty.  In its first earnings report since going public (May 2006), Vonage reported a loss of $74.1 million ($1.16 a share) versus $63.6 million a year ago.  —  Sales came in at $143 million, versus $59.4 million in the second quarter of 2005.
Discussion: Mark Evans and CNNMoney.com
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Jennifer DeLeo / Gearlog:
1984 Playset Inspired by Classic Apple Commercial On Sale Tonight!  —  If you're not familiar with PodBrix, like me, then you'll need to know that it's a Maryland-based Web site that sells "minifigs" (aka small, plastic Lego people) inspired by popular music player ads.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less  —  If you want to grab the attention of a roomful of hackers, one sure fire way to do it is to show them a new method for remotely circumventing the security of an Apple Macbook computer to seize total control over the machine.
USA Today:
Got a search engine question?  Ask Mr. Sullivan  —  SALISBURY, England — Google's Matt Cutts considers Danny Sullivan's Search Engine Watch website "must reading."  To Yahoo's Tim Mayer, it's simply the "most authoritative source on search."  —  His readers would naturally assume that Sullivan …
Reuters:
Study: Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend  —  Women, on average, own nearly as much technology as their male counterparts and would appreciate a digital video camera more than a pair of designer shoes.  —  NEW YORK - Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend …
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Study: Search Marketers Undervalue 'Assists'  —  Marketers who credit only the last search result a person clicks on before converting are missing the full value of "assist" clicks, according to a new study.  —  The research, from search marketing firm 360i and paid search technology provider SearchIgnite …
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Many Companies Still Cling to Big Hits To Drive Earnings  —  As business increasingly shifts to the Web, several important questions get raised about the directions of our economy and our culture.  Are hits still important?  What can companies expect when they move online?
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Researcher creates net neutrality test  —  Software can tell if computers are treating some types of TCP/IP traffic better than others  —  A Seattle-based security researcher has devised a way to test for net neutrality.  Dan Kaminsky will share details of this technique …
Discussion: IP Democracy and dailywireless.org
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Postal Service Finds a Friend in the Internet  —  At a recent conference that attracted 15,000 eBay fanatics to Las Vegas, the main sponsor was a big advocate of online shopping: none other than the United States Postal Service.  —  "I have one message today for the entire eBay community …
PR Newswire:
LYCOS Releases LYCOS Mail Beta, an Industry-Defining Email System Built for Sending and Receiving Mega Files  —  The Only Free Web Mail to Offer Users 3 GB of Free Storage, with the Ability to Share Essentially Unlimited Size File Attachments for Video, Music, Photos and Files of Any Length
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Pitching Fake Journalists in New Virtual World is Real, Declares Top PR Blogger Steve Rubel … It was wonderful to see Steve Rubel; he is the authority on all things public relations who has created the astonishingly influential and valuable Micropersuasion blog.  (Get the RSS feed on this one.)
Sony:
SONY DEBUTS THE CYBER-SHOT DSC-T10 DIGITAL CAMERA IN FOUR EYE-PLEASING COLORS  —  Sony is launching a new color strategy with the introduction of its seven-megapixel Cyber-shot® DSC-T10 digital still camera.  Premiering this summer in pink, white, black and silver, the new model upholds the standard for slim and stylish design.
 
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RealNetworks(R), Google and Mozilla Announce New Agreement …
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Canaan Partners And Yahoo Invest $8.6 Million In BharatMatrimony Group
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
The Real Windows Housecleaning Begins
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: Measure your bandwidth with SNMP
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
A password for your credit cards
khronos.org:
Apple, Dell, Google and Others Join the Khronos Group
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