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7:15 PM ET, July 11, 2007

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Thai Tran / Google LatLong:
Google Maps Mashups 2.0  —  When we were building the original Google Maps site, we envisioned that it would eventually become a platform for navigating all kinds of location-based information, such as home listings and travel information.  Within weeks of the launch of Google Maps …
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google launches Mapplets, gadgets for maps
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
Google offers easy map customization with Mapplets
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Reuters:
Google Maps get personal
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New URL highlighting feature in FireFox 3 aims to make phishing harder  —  When Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7 launched last year, both of them included anti-phishing technologies designed to block (or at least warn users away from) suspected phishing web sites and attacks.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Performance regressions lead Mozilla to delay Firefox 3 beta, change roadmap
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo: Wii soon to be No. 1 worldwide (Updated)  —  Posting from Santa Monica: Following its yearlong head start, Microsoft has the cumulative lead in current-generation console sales in the U.S. — 5.6 million Xbox 360s to 2.8 million Nintendo Wiis and 1.4 million PlayStation 3s, according to NPD Group data as of May.
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News.com
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Michael Hoffman / DailyTech:
Nintendo Discusses Future Gaming Plans
Discussion: TechSpot News
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo Wii Balance Board gets you stepping in upcoming Wii Fit title
Discussion: Gadgetell
Belkin News:
Wirelessly Print, Watch Movies, and Listen to Music with Belkin's New Wireless USB Hub … (Compton, CA) - July 11, 2007 - Belkin's 4-port Wireless USB Hub gives you wireless access to your USB devices without the clutter of cables.  —  Simply plug your USB devices, such as your printer and hard drive, into the Wireless USB Hub.
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Belkin News:
Belkin's New N1 Vision is the First Wireless Router with an Interactive Network Display … (Compton, CA) - July 11, 2007 - Belkin's new N1 Vision wireless router features an advanced interactive network display that allows you to view the activity of your network.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's new PSP is slimmer, includes video output  —  It's not quite the PSP 2 some might've hoped for, but Sony is giving its handheld console a serious refresh in the form of a slimmer, lighter and faster "updated" PSP.  The new unit still includes the 4.3-inch LCD and UMD, but is 33 percent lighter …
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sony Announces New PSP Hardware
Discussion: Neowin.net and PSP Fanboy
Ecamm Network News:
iPhoneDrive Released  —  Ecamm Network today announced the release of iPhoneDrive for Mac.  —  The new program allows iPhone owners to store files and data in the iPhone's flash memory.  The iPhone can now be used for storage and backup, as well as moving files from Mac …
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Wintek to ship touch screen panels for new Apple iPods  —  Taiwan-based Wintek will be the panel supplier of Apple's new iPod video, according to sources at upstream suppliers.  Apple is set to launch a next-generation iPod video in August with the new products featuring a touch screen panel similar to the iPhone, the sources noted.
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Zillow: Can We Talk?  Real Estate Gets Social  —  Zillow has always wanted to be "your edge in real estate."  Now it aims to be your real estate fueled social network as well.  —  While the Zillow homepage is still real estate transaction driven-find homes for sale, sell homes on Zillow …
Discussion: The Browser
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Bloomberg:
Yahoo Chief Yang May Fail in Ad Squeeze by Google  —  Yahoo! Inc. lost the battle with Google Inc. in searching the Internet and now may have jeopardized its lead in display advertisements.  —  Even a new chief executive officer and head of sales may not be able to prevent rival social …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scott Rafer is Facebooking, launching Lookery  —  Scott Rafer would be a dangerous fellow if he were running a hedge fund.  He would make momentum bets that would either pay-off or fizzle out.  He does precisely that in the start-up world, when he finds a hot trend.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Accuser Says Web Site Has X-Rated Link  —  Parents and child safety experts concerned about the online activities of teenagers have been particularly nervous about a Web site called Stickam, which allows its 600,000 registered users, age 14 and older, to participate in unfiltered live video chats using their Web cameras.
PR Newswire:
Motorola Provides Preliminary Estimates of Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today announced preliminary estimates of second quarter 2007 financial results.  Although the company has not finalized …
Matthew Broersma / PC World:
Synchronica Evades iPhone Corporate E-Mail Barrier  —  Synchronica has updated its Mobile Gateway 3.0 middleware to let iPhone users synchronize email with Microsoft Exchange, the company said.  —  The iPhone, launched last month in the U.S. and due in the U.K. by the end of this year …
CNET News.com:
Democrats criticize AT&T's exclusive iPhone deal  —  Blog: AT&T's deal to sell the iPhone drew criticism from Democrats, and a defense from Republicans.  The arrangement might led to an open access requirement for a 700 MHz spectrum auction next year.
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Digital Music Group Plans to Merge With the Orchard  —  The Orchard, a digital music company that has built a business distributing albums from independent labels to online stores like iTunes, plans to announce today that it will merge with Digital Music Group.
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and Contentinople
 
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Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Exclusive: Behind The Revision3 Fan Site Shutdown
Associated Press:
AOL to Pay $3 Million Settlement Over Cancellation Policy
Discussion: Download Squad
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Live 'Personal' Services: Microsoft Works revisited?
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
ORGANIZE YOUR DOMESTIC LIFE ON THE WEB: CHOREBUSTER
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Versionate's Wiki End Run Around Google Docs
Jared Rea / Joystiq:
Joystiq's video analysis of the Halo 3, E3 trailer
Microsoft:
The Walt Disney Studios to Offer Movie Rentals On Demand Through …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Evolution of Web Widgets: From Self-Expression to Media Companies
Discussion: CostPerNews and Widgets Lab
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Goldstein / Reuters:
Policy group says Google soft on piracy
Adobe:
Security bulletin  —  Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Giz Undercover: First Spy Pics of Upcoming TiVo Series 3 Lite?
N'Gai Croal / Newsweek Blogs:
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Gets an Indie Jones, Snags EveryDay Shooter For Playstation Network
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy and GameSetWatch
Julie Law / 60Frames:
60FRAMES ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES TO FINANCE AND SYNDICATE PROFES …
Sid Yadav / Rev2.org:
Bay Partners Kicks Off AppFactory for Facebook Apps
Discussion: Inside Facebook and WebProNews
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Revisiting the Oracle 11g upgrade decision (and 400 potential ROI cases)
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Did ya know? It's Fair Use Day: July 11, 2007
Discussion: ZDNet and digg