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8:20 PM ET, July 16, 2008

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Sunshine / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Is Indeed Now Open  —  Where we were wondering before, we can now confirm that Live Mesh is indeed open to anyone with a valid Windows Live ID.  Open to anyone in the US without having to adjust a thing, and open to anybody elsewhere in the world willing/able to adjust their OS'es region and language setting to EN-US.
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Sunshine / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Is Open, But With A Cap?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Breaking: Live Mesh Now Open to All of U.S.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Zoli's Blog and sarahintampa
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft opens up Live Mesh
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and LiveSide
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Technologies behind Google ranking  —  In my previous post, I introduced the philosophies behind Google ranking.  As part of our effort to discuss search quality, I want to tell you more about the technologies behind our ranking.  The core technology in our ranking system comes from the academic field of Information Retrieval (IR).
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google search seeks to understand users, queries, and Web pages
Discussion: WebProNews
Apple:
MobileMe: 30-day Extension Eligibility and Details  —  Note: This FAQ will be updated when your 30-day extension has been made available.  Please bookmark this page and check again in a few weeks.  Please note that Apple's MobileMe Support team will be unable to provide any additional information regarding …
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Macworld:
Apple apologizes for MobileMe launch, extends subscriptions  —  Apple's launch of MobileMe last Friday was bumpy with many users not being to login at all, while others had difficulty getting anything to sync properly.  Apple on Wednesday recognized those problems and is offering an olive branch to all MobileMe subscribers.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL talks with Microsoft, Yahoo heat up: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's (NYSE:TWX - News) discussions to merge or sell its AOL Internet division with Microsoft Corp (NasdaqGS:MSFT - News) or Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News) have taken on new urgency ahead …
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Time Warner To Discuss Possible Deal  —  Microsoft Corp., seeking an alternative to a deal with Yahoo Inc., is planning to meet executives from Time Warner Inc.'s AOL today to advance discussions on a possible tie-up, according to people familiar with the situation.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all  —  Google vowed that its Linux-based Android mobile platform would empower enthusiasts and amateur developers, but today we have seen compelling evidence that this is an empty promise.  Third-party Android application developers …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
PayPal Helps eBay Post 20% Increase in Income  —  SAN FRANCISCO — EBay, based in San Jose, Calif., reported that net income in its second quarter rose 20 percent to $568 million, or 43 cents a share, compared to the year-ago quarter.  —  The company said revenue climbed 20 percent …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay: Q2 Beats Street; Revs $2.2B, Non-GAAP EPS 43c; Ups Full …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Former Twitter Chief Architect Blaine Cook  —  Even as Yahoo loses execs by the dozens, they continue to hire new blood.  Blaine Cook, the controversial (and some say very talented) former chief architect at Twitter, is now a rails developer at Yahoo.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Getting Buzzed Says About Yahoo  —  The battle over Yahoo's search business as witnessed over the last few days seems both ridiculous and petty.  And it takes the attention away from what is Yahoo's true value: a media aggregation platform.  Yahoo is the place a lot of people …
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
What the hell happened to Kleiner Perkins?  —  How do you know when one of the world's most respected investment firms has veered off path and bet wrong?  —  That's the crux of the question raised by a piece in this month's Fortune entitled “Kleiner bets the farm” that puts Kleiner Perkins …
Discussion: Go West
Josh / Redeye VC:
Announcing FundingSleuth.com  —  About 10 years ago, I helped create a web service called Company Sleuth.  The basic premise was that as a company conducted its business activities, it would leave a “paper trail” online.  And Company Sleuth tried to find that trail by automatically searching …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
iPhone Frenzy, “All You Can Eat” Data, Mobile Internet Now At “Critical Mass”  —  We will probably look back on last year's announcement of the iPhone (1.0) as the seminal or galvanizing event of the mobile internet.  In fact the events leading up to the iPhone were a decade or more in the making …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
AppleInsider:
Apple passes Acer to become third largest U.S. PC vendor  —  Macs garnered an 8.5 percent share of the U.S. PC market during the second quarter of the year, pushing Apple past Acer in the national rankings and into third place overall, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by market research firm Gartner.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Virgin Mobile USA treads a quirky path to success  —  Virgin Mobile USA (VM) definitely walks to its own, very hip drumbeat.  —  Big cellphone carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless are famous for herding customers into long-term service contracts.  Virgin specializes in prepaid plans …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Wireless Week
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New version of Gmail iGoogle gadget  —  Google just released a new version of the Gmail iGoogle gadget that, for the most part, is a fully functioning interface for your Gmail.  You can do everything from read, delete, mark as spam, and compose messages right from your homepage.
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
WSJ Laying Off 50 Staffers Amid Editorial Reorg; Plans To Add 95 …
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
IT Admin Locks up San Francisco's Network
Discussion: DailyTech and TG Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, MySpace Ignore Location On iPhone At Their Peril
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G review supplemental: battery life and MobileMe tests
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter UK traffic: up 485% this year, 70% higher than USA
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Ijustine / Tasty Blog Snack:
THE LOOPT DEBACLE  —  With the launch of the app store …