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7:30 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
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.
TASER:
TASER XREP  —  Introducing the TASER XREP - the eXtended Range Electronic Projectile.  XREP is a self-contained, wireless projectile that fires from a standard 12-gauge shotgun.  It delivers the same Neuro-Muscular Incapacitation (NMI) bio-effect as our handheld TASER X26 …
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Tech Blog
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Taser's new six-shooter, of sorts
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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:
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.
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Chris Pirillo:
Blog Comment Enhancements
Discussion: WinExtra
Associated Press:
TiVo Users Can Get Amazon Movies From TV  —  ALVISO, Calif. (AP) — Users of TiVo Inc.'s digital video recorders will be able to order movies from Amazon.com Inc. directly from their TVs starting Tuesday.  —  The two companies partnered in March to deliver Amazon's Unbox download service to TiVo machines …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ParisLemon
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
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 …
Anna Haynes / Wired News:
Open-Source Journalism: It's a Lot Tougher Than You Think  —  Editor's Note: This story is reprinted from Assignment Zero, an experiment in open-source, pro-am journalism produced in collaboration with Wired News.  This week, we'll be republishing a selection of Assignment Zero stories on the topic of "crowdsourcing."
 
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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Flickr Traffic up 38% in Past Four Weeks, Now #2 Photo Site
Anything But iPod:
Touch Screen Enabled TEAC MP-600
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Three Questions for John McCain
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
23-Year-Old Mark Zuckerberg Has Google Sweating
Stephen / del.icio.us:
usability lab  —  As mentioned here before, the del.icio.us team …
Discussion: Valleywag
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Laptops: 15 ways to increase your battery life
Reuters:
Sprint ditches customers who complain too much
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
SideStep Acquires Travel Social Network TripUp
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Konrad Feldman / Quantcast:
Video and Widgets - Which Metrics Matter Most?
Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Podcasting Twittergrams: A prediction
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Child porn allegations: New tactic in fighting file sharing?
Discussion: Inquirer and Listening Post
NEWSFACTOR:
Live Earth Sets Internet Video Streaming Record
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA to feds: Make XM-Sirius pay more, restrict listeners' recording
Discussion: TechSpot News
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
AMD's Two TV-tuning Wonder Dongles
Discussion: AMD, Gizmodo, DailyTech and Ubergizmo
Steve Willis / Compete Blog:
June Search Market Share: Big Surprise from MSN
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel buys into VMware