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11:50 PM ET, July 4, 2007

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Stace / Unwired View:
HTC OMNI PICS AND SPECS  —  The rumors about the upcoming HTC OMNI communicator have been flying around the Web for a few months now.  And from some leaked details and specs, HTC Omni sounded like a very interesting mobile gadget.  —  Well, they were true.
Peter Griffiths / Reuters:
Gadget boom to drive up energy demand: report  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Flat-screen televisions, computers and other hi-tech gadgets will use nearly half of a typical British household's total electricity by 2020, an energy conservation body said in a report on Wednesday.
Discussion: last100
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BBC:
Gadgets 'threaten energy savings'  —  The growing popularity of hi-tech devices, such as flat-screen TVs and digital radios, threaten to undermine efforts to save energy, a report says.  —  UK consumers spend £12bn a year on electronics, much of which is less efficient than older technology …
Discussion: Engadget and textually.org
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Declaration of Blogging Independence  —  When in the Course of online events it becomes necessary for alienated and isolated bloggers to dissolve the existing blogging hierarchy and exclusionary behavior which have disconnected them from the A-List and made them feel even more nerdy …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Steorn's Orbo "free-energy" machine demonstrated!  —  Here we go, after months of doubt over claims of a magnetic machine promising "infinite clean energy," Steorn will be putting their wares on display for public scrutiny in London.  A physics defying perpetual machine, if you will.
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Nintendo Announces DS Camera, Face Training  —  Having already trained the brains of the Japanese and begun work on training their eyes, Nintendo now wants to train... their faces.  —  Otona No DS Kao Training, or Face Training, includes a camera that plugs into the Game Boy Advance slot …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
eBay To Craigslist: Game On With US Version Of Kijiji  —  eBay has opened a US version of its classifieds site Kijiji.  —  Kijiji has previously been available in Canada as well as parts of Europe and Asia, and is a direct competitor to Craigslist.  —  The Wall Street Journal reports …
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RU Sirius / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Steve Wozniak v. Stephen Colbert — and Other Pranks  —  Steve Wozniak showed up at our San Francisco studio riding in fine style... on a Segway.  He had told me via email that he would just park anywhere in the city, and I imagined this multimillionaire going to some exclusive garage …
Discussion: MacUser, Epicenter and digg
Jen Gerson / Toronto Star:
WiFi revolution hits a snag  —  Fee for Internet service brings drop in number of Toronto subscribers  —  Long lauded as the technology that would turn cities into techie meccas, WiFi continues to creep across metropolises.  —  Years after North American cities began to plan for the WiFi revolution …
Discussion: Mark Evans and Smart Mobs
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
10 Richest People in Tech  —  Ah, the memories.  Bill Gates, known for so many years to be (by far) the wealthiest person in the world, now has to settle for second place, because a Mexican tycoon came in first (and not by a small margin; Carlos Slim Helú beats him by over $8 billion).
Discussion: digg
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Wants MediaDefender to Walk the Plank to Bankruptcy  —  The guys at The Pirate Bay aren't happy.  Certain commercial outfits have been trying to use their trackers to hunt down pirates - companies like Media Defender who will be fresh in your mind following the MiiVi incident.
Discussion: digg
Nokia:
Honey, we need to talk - with my Nokia Speakerphone HF-300  —  Espoo, Finland - Having a conversation in and out of the car is about as simple as talking to yourself, thanks to Nokia's first speakerphone, the stylish Nokia Speakerphone HF-300.  This detachable Bluetooth speakerphone hosts a powerful speaker and microphone.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Web Sheriff DMCA's Scouta Over YouTube Content Uploaded By Warner Music  —  Online music recommendation and sharing site Scouta has received a DMCA notice from IP enforcement group Web Sheriff, demanding that a White Stripes video hosted on YouTube and displayed on Scouta, be removed from Scouta due to copyright infringement.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Copyright Infringement To Embed An Infringing YouTube Video On Your Blog?
Tim Carroll / PalmInfocenter.com:
Palm Treo vs the iPhone: 10 Rounds  —  iDay has come and gone, and the first iPhones have made their way into the hot, grubby hands of gadget geeks and Apple cultists.  It's an important phase: how well is this svelte little beauty going to bear up under the hypercritical gaze of enthusiasts without …
Discussion: Mobility Site
Forbes:
If Trust Is Lost, Google Will Crumble  —  Google in the past has been able to fend off criticism of its increasing dominance of the online market and remain highly profitable.  However, increasing criticism of its powerful position could harm its business perspective and future profits.
Discussion: mobilejones and Neomeme
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
iPhone Weekend One: 700,000 Sold, $200million+ Profit For Apple  —  After speculation earlier in the week that Apple had sold between 400-500,000 iPhones, [the actual] new sales figures for the iPhone are even wilder than earlier figures: Apple and AT&T moved 700,000 iPhones to the close of business Sunday.
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Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone Sold Out at Most Stores After Four Days
Discussion: Podcasting News
 
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NaviGadget:
the new Mio P360 and P560
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Engadget
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Developers cooling on Windows desktop, study finds
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Advanced file and attachment management with Gmail
Discussion: digg
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Azureus Ready to Pull Out All the Vuze Stops
Discussion: GigaOM
BBC:
Warning of data ticking time bomb
Discussion: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Marcus Warren / Telegraph:
How cash-strapped is the BBC?  —  Something for James Purnell …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why AT&T should offer free Wi-Fi
Jesus / Gizmodo:
Zhiny: Motorola Zante Looks Even Shinier than You Know Who, Also Runs on EDGE
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Second Life Avatar Sued for Copyright Infringement