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9:15 AM ET, July 23, 2007

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Microsoft:
Microsoft and Ask.com Call on Industry to Join Together to Evolve Privacy Protections for Consumers  —  Companies announce commitment to develop privacy principles that will enhance protections and provide more control for consumers.  —  Building on their respective efforts to protect consumer privacy …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers Privacy Options for its Search Engine  —  There's nothing like a little regulatory scrutiny to get Internet companies talking about privacy.  Even if some of their words ring somewhat hollow.  —  The FTC, Congress and the EU are all investigating Google's proposed acquisition …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Privacy Is The New Black  —  After a week where Ask launched AskEraser, a product that allows users to erase their search history, and Google announced a reduction in retained data time from 2038 to 18 months, more privacy initiatives are on their way.  —  According to the Wall Street Journal …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
IPhone Flaw Lets Hackers Take Over, Security Firm Says  —  A team of computer security consultants say they have found a flaw in Apple's wildly popular iPhone that allows them to take control of the device.  —  The researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researchers claim first iPhone vulnerability; exploit steals data, operates phone  —  Apple has until Aug. 2 to patch; after that, details go public at Black Hat  —  Three security researchers claimed Sunday that they have found the first exploitable vulnerability in Apple Inc.'s iPhone …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
SunRocket Leaves Void for Callers on Internet  —  Waiting for an important phone call can be stressful.  As Marshel Emery can attest, it is doubly so when your phone company has just ceased to exist.  —  Mr. Emery, 33, low on funds and with three children to support, recently applied …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
What about the people?  —  Sometime later today, there is a good chance Amp'd, the beleagured mobile virtual network provider will turn off its service, leaving over 100,000 of its customers in the lurch.  A few days ago, SunRocket shuttered its doors, leaving 200,000 subscribers in the lurch.
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Top social networks for engagement - some suprises!  —  Earlier today Om reported that Hi5 has raised $20m from Mohr Davidow.  As Techcrunch points out, Hi5 is ranked by Alexa as 11th globally, higher than Facebook.  Mashable notes that Hi5 claims 30 million members and 200 million pageviews/day …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Latest unpopular Facebook move is apparently a glitch  —  If anyone's added you as a friend on Facebook recently, you may notice something different: previously, upon confirming a friend request, you were redirected to a separate page that asked you to check a few boxes and fill out a text field …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Fred / A VC:
What Happened To "Skip This Step"?
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Steve Silberman / Wired News:
Inside the High-Tech Hunt for a Missing Silicon Valley Legend  —  It looked like a fine day for a sail.  On Sunday, January 28, 2007, Microsoft researcher Jim Gray woke up on his boat, a red 40-foot fiberglass cruiser called Tenacious.  The water in Gashouse Cove, a cozy marina in San Francisco Bay, was nearly flat.
Discussion: Gadgetopia
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Switching from Windows to Mac: The ROI case  —  Auto Warehousing Co. CIO Dale Frantz says his decision to go from a Windows shop to one powered by Apple is based on time and labor spent maintaining Windows.  —  A week ago, I noted that Auto Warehousing Co. was switching to the Mac platform.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Scratch makes programming like playing with LEGO bricks  —  In the past, many computer journalists have tried to explain advanced concepts such as object-oriented programming by comparing the activity to building applications by connecting smaller components in the same way a child assembles LEGO bricks.
Discussion: Mashable!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Pageflakes, Netvibes Take on Social Networks: What Chance Do They Have?  —  Last week the personalized start page Pageflakes announced its latest version, nicknamed Blizzard.  It introduces social networking functionality, themes, a slick Ajax UI, and more.
Discussion: 901am and Scobleizer
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
'$100 laptop' production begins  —  The laptop has already been put through its paces in some countries  —  Five years after the concept was first proposed, the so-called $100 laptop is poised to go into mass production.  —  Hardware suppliers have been given the green light to ramp …
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Bill Ray / The Register:
Culture matters: Why i-mode failed  —  Top execs get blinded by shiny technology too  —  Opinion M-commerce service i-mode has been dropped by UK operator O2 and Australia's Telstra.  —  So how did a service, which promised to bring mobile commerce to everyone, and which raked …
 
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Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Sooooo, I Bought A New Phone This Week
Richard Waters / MSNBC:
Venture capital investors wake up to Web 2.0
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Gang kidnaps top RPG player
Paul Graham:
The Equity Equation  —  An investor wants to give you money …
Jean / Charlie Rose Redirect:
Craig Newmark  —  A conversation with craigslist.com founder, Craig Newmark
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VisualSize To Give Accurate 3D Measurements From Photos
Louise Story / New York Times:
Barbie Gets Another Accessory: An MP3 Player and More Stuff on Her Web Site
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Second Life is trying to get rid of the nasties
Discussion: Second Life Herald
 Earlier Items: 
Computerworld:
Vista use grows as Mac OS X stays flat
Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
Work Together: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups
Discussion: digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Feedburner bad for us?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Read/WriteWeb's New Comments Feature: SezWho
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
The Once and Future Prince
Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Dear Facebook Friends, If you add this application to your account …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Google's View of D.C. Melds New and Sharp, Old and Fuzzy
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Search Engines and Favoritism