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11:25 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.
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 …
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Danny Sanchez / Journalistopia:
Almost official: Nielsen drops page views as primary metric
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft Live CRM pricing undercuts Salesforce.com  —  Microsoft today is giving a more detailed glimpse of how it will try to compete with Salesforce.com in the market for Web-based customer relationship management software.  For starters, Microsoft will bring its new Dynamics Live CRM …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's CRM Live: Two versions coming, but not until 2008  —  Microsoft is expected to try to use cut-rate pricing to compete with Salesforce.com and other software-as-a-service (SaaS) players when it finally launches its Dynamics CRM Live service in 2008.
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Hackers: "we have owned the filesystem"  —  The kooky hacking kids over at IRC channel #iphone claim to have gained full ownership of the iPhone filesystem.  In an update titled "How to Escape Jail," they highlight the technical steps required to enable custom ringtones, wallpapers and more for your iPhone.
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, Gadget Lab and ParisLemon
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 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Buys a Manager of E-Mail  —  Taking further aim at one of Microsoft's core franchises, Google said Monday that it would acquire the e-mail security and management company Postini for $625 million in cash.  —  The deal underscores Google's ambitions to become a serious player …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Michael Capellas has landed  —  Michael Capellas, former CEO of Compaq and MCI (formerly Worldcom), has landed at First Data Corp.  —  First Data Corp. is an e-commerce payment company that you probably run into every day via services as the STAR ATM network, TeleCheck and various back-end commerce systems.
Discussion: Inquirer
AMD:
AMD Offers the Ultimate HDTV and DVR Home Theater Experience for Notebook and Desktop PCs  —TV Wonder™ 600 USB and TV Wonder™ 650 PCIe allow users to easily turn their PC into a feature-rich home theater —  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced two new solutions …
Stephen / del.icio.us:
usability lab  —  As mentioned here before, the del.icio.us team is presently in the midst of a major project: building a new platform which will speed up the site and help us grow even faster.  At the same time we're also taking a close look at our UI and exploring ways to make it both easier to use and more functional.
Discussion: Valleywag and franticindustries
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Nokia N93 Review  —  This post has been a long time coming, and I can't give you one particular reason why.  I've been using the Nokia N93 for quite a while now, and I've had a few starts and stops getting a review done.  Most of the reviewers contributing to the N93 blog that Andy Abramson runs posted …
 
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Reuters:
China gamers have a bone to pick over skeletons
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TV Debate Moves to Web - How to Count Audiences
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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
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Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Anything But iPod:
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Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Google struggles to see no evil, speak no evil
Discussion: p2pnet
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
Anna Haynes / Wired News:
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