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12:25 PM ET, July 11, 2007

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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 …
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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
Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
MORE MASHING OF GOOGLE MAPS
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
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.
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 …
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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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
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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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.
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
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.
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.
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
MacScoop:
Ultra-thin and ulra-light notebook coming before the end of the year - sources … i'm on the verge ... since  —  On July 10th, 2007 06:48:45 PM minihan says:  —  i'm on the verge ... since i'm a writer and basically need only a writing machine when i'm travelling daily, away from my desktop …
Discussion: Crave, Engadget and MY iTablet
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Potter Has Limited Effect on Reading Habits  —  Of all the magical powers wielded by Harry Potter, perhaps none has cast a stronger spell than his supposed ability to transform the reading habits of young people.  In what has become near mythology about the wildly popular series by J. K. Rowling …
The Boy Genius Report:
Sidekick Slide (Zante): Hands On!  —  Yeah, I know we got you excited yesterday, and were complete asses for not posting information on it, but what can we say, it was a busy day!  The Sidekick Slide is an upcoming Danger/T-Mobile Sidekick that's rumored to launch this year in Q3.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Mobility Site
 
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Caitlin Moran / Times of London:
Blogging for dosh  —  There are 57 million blogs on the web …
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Performance regressions lead Mozilla to delay Firefox 3 beta, change roadmap
Discussion: PC World
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Pay-for-blogging site raises questions
JoeHewitt.com:
Introducing iUI  —  It's about time I write something here about iUI …
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Zillow enters citizen journalism
Discussion: VC Ratings and 901am
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
AOL launches 3 new myAOL services
Discussion: WebProNews
James Sherwood / The Register:
Casio cosies up to YouTube
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
How to: Move a Website...Should You Fear 301 Redirects Hurting Your Rankings?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Goldman Adds Cisco, Intel To Top Five Tech Value Stock List
Discussion: Microsoft (MSFT)
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Vista's advanced speech recognition technology
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Broadband on the go: the ups and downs of Verizon's EV-DO network
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Microsoft fixes 11 flaws in six patches; three are critical
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
Christine / Team Blog:
Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami™ Is Finally Here!