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3:15 AM ET, July 10, 2007

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning news: new investment round  —  If you follow such things, you may have seen a report that my new Internet company, Ning, has just raised a new investment round.  —  To date, Ning has been mostly internally financed by me and a small group of angel investors who are close friends and colleagues of ours.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big, Big Round of Funding For Ning  —  This is just a rumor at this point, and I haven't confirmed it with the company (update: this is now confirmed, see below), but I'm hearing that Ning has closed a very large round of financing, led by Legg Mason - $44 million total on a $170 million pre-money valuation.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Nielsen scraps Web page view rankings  —  NEW YORK - A leading online measurement service will scrap rankings based on the longtime industry yardstick of page views and begin tracking how long visitors spend at the sites.  —  The move by Nielsen/NetRatings, expected to be announced Tuesday …
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Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
New Web metric likely to hurt Google, help YouTube  —  Nielsen/NetRatings to use total time spent by users of a site as its primary measurement metric  —  In a nod to the success of emerging Web 2. technologies like AJAX and streaming media, one of the country's largest Internet benchmarking companies …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Tyranny of the Page View Nearly Over?
Discussion: Epicenter
Reuters:
Apple plans cheaper, Nano-based phone: JP Morgan  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL - news) plans to launch a cheaper version of the iPhone in the fourth quarter that could be based on the ultra-slim iPod Nano music player, according to a JP Morgan report.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Names Ex-AOL Official Marketing Chief  —  Social-networking company Facebook Inc. has hired a young Web veteran to fill its top marketing role in a bid to bolster its management ranks and find new ways to make money.  —  Chamath Palihapitiya, a former executive at Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Maybe Facebook is the new AOL
Valleywag:
Facebook: "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"  —  "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"  —  Just in case you had any remaining doubts that Facebook is going public — a fact that Mark Zuckerberg's sister, Randi Jayne, profanely sings about in a video that's since been taken down — check out this job listing:
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Microsoft's next move?  Code-name Falcon  —  Here's a trade secret that Microsoft is unlikely to publicly acknowledge.  —  Sony's cutting the price on the PlayStation 3.  How will Microsoft react?  We'll find out soon.  But a key part of the strategy is going to be a project code-named Falcon.
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel buys into VMware  —  Intel and VMware announced today that Intel Capital is taking a $218.5 million stake in virtualization company VMWare.  Intel will purchase 9.5 million Class A shares at $23 per share, which, at the completion of VMware's forthcoming IPO, will give Intel about a 2.5 percent stake in the company.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
VMware sets IPO price, and Intel will invest
Discussion: TechSpot News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bay Partners Launches Facebook-Apps-Only Fund  —  Here's another indication of the importance of the new Facebook platform: Silicon Valley VC fund Bay Partners has earmarked millions of dollars for investments in startups creating applications for Facebook.  The new program, called AppFactory, will be officially launched on Tuesday.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
SideStep Acquires Travel Social Network TripUp
Discussion: CNET News.com
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Next-gen iMacs to bundle new Apple keyboard  —  An overhaul to Apple Inc.'s popular line of iMac computers, now due in a matter of weeks, will see the company's latest industrial design efforts extend beyond the systems themselves, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The new all-in-one signature desktops …
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Buy Blog Comments - A Sick New Comment Spam Service Launches  —  I just had a rather disturbing email from a company advertising a new service called Buy Blog Comments (no follow tags used) promoting a new service offering to leave comment spam on blogs for those wanting to increase their SEO ranking.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Quantcast becomes latest widget traffic tracker  —  More and more publishers and retailers rely on so-called "widgets," little boxes placed on other web sites, to deliver their news, entertainment and product advertisements.  —  So measuring Web traffic to those widgets is important …
Discussion: Mashable! and 901am
Konrad Feldman / Quantcast:
Video and Widgets - Which Metrics Matter Most?  —  Today we announced that we are adding free video and widget capabilities to our Quantified Publisher program.  See our press release here.  —  Why?  Brand advertisers are turning to the Web to reach the demographically attractive …
Discussion: StartupSquad.com and WebProNews
 
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft to extend social networking with Windows Live Events
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Child porn allegations: New tactic in fighting file sharing?
Discussion: Listening Post
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Live Earth Sets Internet Video Streaming Record
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Anna Haynes / Wired News:
Open-Source Journalism: It's a Lot Tougher Than You Think
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA to feds: Make XM-Sirius pay more, restrict listeners' recording
Discussion: TechSpot News
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Taser's new six-shooter, of sorts
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Steve Willis / Compete Blog:
June Search Market Share: Big Surprise from MSN
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
U.S. gets consecutive gold medals in spamming
Discussion: spamhaus.org
PR Newswire:
Last.fm Announces Global Partnership With SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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AjaxLife - Second Life In Your Web Browser
Gary / ifoAppleStore:
UK iPhone Carrier: Announced at Store?
Chris Davies / SlashPhone:
Nokia N95 8GB version caught in the flesh