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2:25 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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Reuters:
Google Maps get personal
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:   Google launches Mapplets, gadgets for maps
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Introducing Google Mapplets, A Mashup of Mashups on Google Maps
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.
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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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 …
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Infosys FY Q1 Beats Street; Solid Q2 Outlook; Ups '08 Est In Dollars, But Down In Rupees; Stock Slips  —  Infosys (INFY) this morning reported revenue for its fiscal first quarter ended June of $928 million, beating the Street consensus of $909 million.  EPS of 46 cents topped the Street at 40 cents.
Discussion: Techdirt and Wall Street Journal
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Business Wire:   Infosys Technologies Announces Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2007
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 …
Sid Yadav / Rev2.org:
Bay Partners Kicks Off AppFactory for Facebook Apps  —  As we've seen happening in the last few months, things like Google Gadgets, the Facebook Platform, and the iPhone have emerged for developers to build on — and perhaps even start a company for.  We wrote about Google Gadget Ventures last week …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and WebProNews
Elinor Mills / USA Today:
Pay-for-blogging site raises questions  —  The controversy around a young website called Associated Content boils down to perspective.  —  Does it exist to game Google search results and generate revenue through Google's AdWords advertising service by displaying contextual ads next to the copy?
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
DX10 is do-able on Windows XP  —  Microsoft backpedals for Nvidia, you lose  —  EVER WONDER WHY MS refuses to release DX10 for XP, forcing users to Linux, and barring that, Vista - also known as Me II?  It is easy, there was a technical reason, but it shot that down when Nvidia couldn't cut it.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and Crave
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Zillow enters citizen journalism  —  On Monday, Zillow.com apologized for a company e-mail that inadvertently promoted a new neighborhood service that wasn't quite ready.  —  Now, after that minor dust-up, the mystery is over.  The Seattle company this evening is taking the wraps off community Web pages …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Performance regressions lead Mozilla to delay Firefox 3 beta, change roadmap  —  As we have previously reported, the first official Firefox 3 beta release was tentatively scheduled for late July.  The beta has now been pushed back due to performance regressions and the need for extra front-end development …
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
British ISPs stand firm after file-sharing ruling  —  A group representing Internet service providers in the U.K. has reasserted that ISPs should not be responsible for illegal file-sharing that takes place over their networks.  —  Speaking Wednesday in the wake of a recent ruling in a Belgian court …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hey, check it out — this one looks just like Richard Nixon  —  Looking for something other than Solitaire to fill those odd idle minutes?  Do some quick space exploration instead.  With huge astronomical mapping projects like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey cranking out deep-space images packed …
Discussion: Rev2.org
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone Nano Saga  —  What a merry ride JP Morgan — and a gullible media — took Apple (AAPL) investors on yesterday!  —  It started Monday afternoon when Reuters picked up a report from a Taiwan-based analyst for JP Morgan named Kevin Chang.  Chang had come across a patent Apple filed …
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
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Discussion: Computerworld
Evan Schuman / eWEEK.com:
Wal-Mart Says Its Site-to-Store Program Doing Well
JoeHewitt.com:
Introducing iUI  —  It's about time I write something here about iUI …
Sophie Taylor / Reuters:
China portal Sohu to start video-sharing service
Discussion: WebProNews
MacScoop:
Ultra-thin and ulra-light notebook coming before the end of the year - sources
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ars at E3: Microsoft shows off games, touts Disney addition to Video Marketplace
Discussion: DailyTech
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
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
For industry accused of arrogance, pinnacle of conceit: Customer comes …
Discussion: Open Gardens and MobHappy
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
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the successor to the Nokia N800?
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Accuser Says Web Site Has X-Rated Link