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11:40 AM ET, July 30, 2007

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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Wikia acquires Grub distributed search indexing system  —  Wikia, the company created by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, has acquired the Grub distributed indexing system from LookSmart and is preparing to distribute Grub's code under an open source license.  Wikia plans to use Grub …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google vs Jimmy Wales & Open Source Search  —  Jimmy Wales, the founder of not-for profit Wikipedia and for-profit, San Mateo, Calif.-based Wikia is part of a growing number of people who are discomforted by the growing control Google over search.  And he is doing something about it.
Verizon:
Verizon Posts Strong 2Q 2007 Results Highlighted by Gains in Earnings, Consolidated Margins and Cash Flows  —  Accelerating Revenue Growth Builds Momentum in Strategic Wireless, Broadband and Business Markets  —  2Q 2007 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results
Discussion: Between the Lines
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Verizon's Q2 Income Rises 4.5 Percent; Revs Up 6.3 Percent
Discussion: PC World
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
For NowPublic Citizen Journalism Seems to Work  —  NowPublic, a Vancouver-based citizen journalism site has raised $10.6 million in Series A funding from Rho Ventures/Rho Canada, Brightspark, and the Working Opportunity Fund.  —  So first off, that's a boatload of cash in the web news business and we're not saying it's justified.
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
HD DVD Camp Scoffs at Blu-ray, Target Deal  —  HD DVD Group downplays Sony's deal with Target  —  Target revealed last week that it would begin carrying the Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Disc player this October.  The announcement was significant as the Sony player would be the retailer's …
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PC World:
Japanese Porn Industry Embraces Blu-Ray Disc  —  Japanese adult film makers have turned decisively to Blu-ray Disc, breathing new life into its bid to replace DVDs as the disc of choice for home movies.  —  Recommend this story?  —  The HD DVD high-definition movie format may have the lead …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Vista fix packs provide updates promised for SP1  —  Microsoft has rolled out to select testers two new Windows Vista fix packs that deliver many of the same updates expected to be provided by Vista Service Pack (SP) 1.  —  The fix packs (detailed in Knowledge Base articles 938194 and 938979) …
Discussion: istartedsomething
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Reuters:
Gates sees no Google threat in phone software: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates does not see Google Inc. becoming a successful competitor in the market for software for cellular phones, the New York Times reported on its Web site on Monday.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft's Gates Plans Leave Amid Great Change
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Towards the Attention Economy: Will Attention Silos Ever Open Up?  —  We have written extensively at Read/WriteWeb about Attention and the Attention Economy.  As a concept attention makes sense to anyone who is online today.  We know when we are paying attention and we know what we are paying attention to.
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Telecoms: It's the network, stupid  —  What's behind recent high-profile telecom failures?  Operators not in control of their own destinies, says Fortune's Stephanie Mehta.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — At first blush, telecom flameouts SunRocket and Amp'd don't have a lot in common.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
"Attempted infringment" appears in new House intellectual property bill  —  Back in May, the Justice Department issued some proposed legislation to tighten US intellectual property laws and to criminalize some forms of "attempted infringement."  Now, legislation based on the proposals …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction  —  Lobbying Intense As Google Seeks To Open Market  —  The Federal Communications Commission will set the rules tomorrow governing the auction of $15 billion of public airwaves, a decision with stakes so high that the major U.S. cellular carriers and Google …
Karl / dslreports.com:
Copper Thefts, Deaths Continue - $3 per pound means thieves get bolder, dumber...  You may want fiber, but rising copper prices continue to make the metal a prime target for thieves, who have started stealing it wherever they can (sometimes with dire consequences).
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google lawyer: YouTube filtering system coming this fall  —  YouTube has claimed for months that it would soon be rolling out content filtering tools that could help keep copyrighted material from being uploaded, but details have been vague.  Late last week, a Google lawyer revealed that filtering will be coming this fall.
Discussion: WebProNews
Alex / BlueBlog:
Conference Tips for Startups: Where to go and what to do once you get there  —  We have been to quite a few conferences already and quite a few people have asked me what conferences are good.  The problem is not that some conferences are bad, its just that some conferences may not be the right venue for your startup.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Web Strategy and A VC
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
What Web Conferences to Attend
Discussion: Scobleizer
Digital Chosunilbo:
Bora Yoon Plays Music in the Key of Mobiles  —  "A cell phone is as good an instrument as a piano," says Bora Yoon, a 27-year-old Korean-American who is becoming famous for playing the portable phone as a musical instrument.  On Friday Yoon performed at the Time Warner Center's Jazz …
Discussion: I4U News and ringtonia.com
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
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Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Buzzwire streams mobile media, no downloads attached
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Shi Tao's case: Yahoo! knew more than they claimed
Robin Marantz Henig / New York Times:
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