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10:20 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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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Tyranny of the Page View Nearly Over?  —  An AP report today states that Nielsen/NetRatings, one of the leading Internet stats services, will "scrap rankings" based on page views and replace it with how long visitors spend at websites.  The reason is that online video and technologies such as Ajax …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ministry of Tech and digg
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 …
 
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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Google struggles to see no evil, speak no evil
Discussion: p2pnet
Chris Pirillo:
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
23-Year-Old Mark Zuckerberg Has Google Sweating
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Reuters:
Sprint ditches customers who complain too much
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
SideStep Acquires Travel Social Network TripUp
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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
Anna Haynes / Wired News:
Open-Source Journalism: It's a Lot Tougher Than You Think
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Quantcast becomes latest widget traffic tracker
Discussion: Mashable! and 901am
Valleywag:
Facebook: "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"
 

 
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