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6:10 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  —  Google has added in Mapplets to Google Maps today.  It was previously offered in a preview mode.  Mapplets are like mini applications that can be embedded into the Google Maps site.  —  Google currently has standard Mapplets available including …
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:   Google offers easy map customization with Mapplets
Reuters:
Google Maps get personal
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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The Walt Disney Studios to Offer Movie Rentals On Demand Through …
Discussion: Macworld and WindowsMediaBlog.com
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.
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: DailyTech and CNET News.com
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo Wii Balance Board gets you stepping in upcoming Wii Fit title
Discussion: Gadgetell
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.
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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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 …
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.
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: Contentinople
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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" …
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