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11:30 AM 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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Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Introducing Google Mapplets, A Mashup of Mashups on Google Maps  —  I know that's a lot of "maps" there in the title.  It's a bit of an exaggeration actually but that's how I see this new Google tool called mapplets.  Now what are mapplets?  From the Google Maps site …
Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
MORE MASHING OF GOOGLE MAPS
Discussion: Mashable!
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Microsoft Plays Up Family Appeal of Xbox  —  As Microsoft executives played down the impact of an extensive repair program for defective Xbox 360 game machines, they announced several efforts to broaden the appeal of their machine to families.  —  Opening the annual E3 game conference here …
Discussion: Information Arbitrage
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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 …
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
For industry accused of arrogance, pinnacle of conceit: Customer comes last at Sprint Nextel  —  This post could be entitled Disasterous Customer Service Experiences Part X, Y and Z. The ultimate worst example of sheer lunacy, moronic and near sadistic customer treatment, by Sprint Nextel.
Discussion: Open Gardens and MobHappy
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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.
The Underachiever Life:
Squidoo Slap!!  —  NewsFlash!:  SQUIDOO SLAP!!!  EDGE / SET MEMBERS STAND BY FOR DETAILS OF THIS BREAKING STORY!  —  The lab has been investigating the recent drop in ranking for Squidoo lenses in Google's search engine results.  It appears that as of the 7th of July nearly all Squidoo lenses …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Acting Against Squidoo Due To Spam
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Nielsen Alters Web Ratings, Favoring AOL Over Google  —  Nielsen/NetRatings has changed the way it rates Web sites and in the process has upended the rankings of the top online destinations, vaulting AOL and Yahoo over rival Google.  —  The research service announced yesterday …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Gillmor vies for attention with 'Bad Sinatra'  —  My friend Steve Gillmor buries the Gillmor Gang and resurfaces with "Bad Sinatra," his own version of Silicon Valley cinema verite, in which I play myself, accompanied by other cast members, including Doc Searls, Mike Arrington, Marc Benioff and Robert Scoble.
Discussion: John Furrier
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Did ya know?  It's Fair Use Day: July 11, 2007  —  Get out your party hats and DeCSS coasters and t-shirts!  —  July 11, 2007, will mark the third-annual global "Fair Use Day," but chances are this is the first you've heard of it.  Started back in 2005, "Fair Use Day" …
Discussion: digg
Sophie Taylor / Reuters:
China portal Sohu to start video-sharing service  —  Chinese Web portal Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU.O: Quote, Profile, Research) plans to launch a video-sharing service next week, its chief executive said, as it broadens its focus beyond its search engine roots into social networking.
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the successor to the Nokia N800?  —  Just when we're in full-on video game mode, along comes a friendly tipster with some shots of the supposed successor to Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet that snap us out of our daze and remind us that there's more to life than Xboxes and PlayStations.
Christine / Team Blog:
Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami™ Is Finally Here!  —  Hi!  I'm Christine from the Microsoft Reader team.  Some of you may know me from some of the other device forums like PocketPCThoughts, Aximsite or the Microsoft.Public.Reader newsgroup under the name MSReadergirl.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Broadband on the go: the ups and downs of Verizon's EV-DO network  —  A need for speed  —  How fast is 3G wireless?  That's a tough question to answer, especially if you try to get your answer from one of the wireless providers.  With its EV-DO BroadbandAccess, Verizon says users …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
James Sherwood / The Register:
Casio cosies up to YouTube  —  Receive the day's biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  A tie-up between Casio and YouTube wouldn't have been our first guess for an expansion attempt by either of the two companies, but when you think about it, it sort of makes sense.
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
 
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MacScoop:
Ultra-thin and ulra-light notebook coming before the end of the year - sources
Discussion: Engadget and MY iTablet
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone Nano Saga
Discussion: ZDNet
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ars at E3: Microsoft shows off games, touts Disney addition to Video Marketplace
Discussion: DailyTech
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
DX10 is do-able on Windows XP
Discussion: Crave
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
AOL launches 3 new myAOL services
Discussion: WebProNews
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
How to: Move a Website...Should You Fear 301 Redirects Hurting Your Rankings?
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
iPhone: The $1,975 iPod  —  Apple's and AT&T's high-price gadget …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Goldman Adds Cisco, Intel To Top Five Tech Value Stock List
Discussion: Microsoft (MSFT)
 Earlier Items: 
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Vista's advanced speech recognition technology
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Potter Has Limited Effect on Reading Habits
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Microsoft fixes 11 flaws in six patches; three are critical
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Video startups get veterans to jump
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Scanning your iPhone Backup Files
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kate Mitchell goes to Washington, to defend VCs from new tax
Discussion: Bits
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
A New Studio Will Market Short Videos for the Web
Discussion: VC Ratings and paidContent.org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
30Boxes team launches Facebook Ad Exchange