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9:20 AM ET, July 17, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
SAI Parent Company Raises Pots Of Money At Mind-Boggling Valuation  —  Silicon Alley Media, the parent company of this web site, is pleased to announce that a consortium of media moguls has been kind enough to infuse it with cash.  The money will allow it to pay rent, buy more chairs, and pay more people to sit in them.
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Fred / A VC:
Blogging's Dead, Long Live Blogging  —  Late last year I wrote a blog post suggesting that individual bloggers like me were being replaced by traditional media as the leading voices in the blog world.  It caused a bit of a stir and I followed it up the next day by saying that “social media requires real people”.
The Industry Standard:
Techmeme Leaderboard analysis: Is the old-guard A list fading?
Discussion: GigaOM
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Media Site AlleyInsider Gets Funding From Allen Morgan And Others …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   AlleyCorp's Kevin Ryan Speaks!
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Plans an Online Store for Movies and TV Shows  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a significant step toward vanquishing the local video store and keeping couch potatoes planted firmly in front of their televisions and computers, Amazon.com will introduce a new online store of TV shows and movies on Thursday, called Amazon Video on Demand.
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Amazon Video on Demand Launches Today
Discussion: Electronista
Pratish Narayanan / Reuters:
Amazon.com to launch new online TV, movie store: NYT
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is This The Future Of Search?  —  The video above shows a user interface being bucket tested by Google to select (probably randomly determined) users.  Earlier today we showed a screen shot of the interface and a video of the search history, recorded by Adrian Pike, the CTO of startup Tatango.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Continues To Test A Search Interface That Looks More Like Digg Every Day
Gmail Blog:
Updates to Gmail contact manager  —  Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product Manager Engineer, Google Contacts Team  —  We've heard from some of you that Gmail's auto-added contacts can lead to too much address book clutter.  One of the advantages of automatically creating contacts …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Gmail Tries to Be Less Creepy, Fails
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:   Is Facebook Ready To Face The Music?
Opera:
Mobile browsing gets a makeover  —  Opera Mobile 9.5 beta is released  —  Opera Software today released the much-anticipated, first public version of Opera Mobile 9.5 beta.  A powerful foreshadowing of what is to come, this beta takes mobile browsing speed and features to a new level, complete with visual effects and a new look.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone 3G: yeah, we definitely went there  —  If there's ever been two devices so closely pitted against each other, it would be none other than the BlackBerry Bold and the iPhone 3G.  Heck, people we're even putting the original iPhone against the Bold.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Why Google Slows Down Acquired Companies  —  In Febuary of this year Google re-launched JotSpot as Google Sites.  Google had acquired Jotspot some 16 months earlier, during which time Jot was only available to existing customers and closed to new signups.  What happen during those 16 months …
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.
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
YouTube on TiVo Launches  —  As I'd suspected, TiVo support for YouTube is indeed hidden within the 9.4 software update.  Series 3 and TiVo HD subscribers should start seeing the application show up as early as tomorrow (Thursday), though the rollout will be completed over the next few weeks.
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Comes To TiVo
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Electronista and Engadget
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo: Icahn just a short-termer  —  Yahoo once again delivered another shareholder letter Thursday designed to urge shareholders to vote for its board members at its Aug. 1 annual meeting.  Yahoo's message: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn only has short-term interest n the company.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
YouTube Scores Revenue-Share Agreement With Lionsgate  —  YouTube nabbed a revenue-share agreement with Lionsgate, under which the independent film studio will get a branded video channel to broadcast movie clips — from pictures such as “Dirty Dancing” — and TV clips, including “Weeds” (right).
Discussion: HipMojo.com, VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
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Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Lionsgate, YouTube strike ad-share deal
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Say goodbye to the computer mouse  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley  —  It's nearly 40 years old but one leading research company says the days of the computer mouse are numbered.  —  A Gartner analyst predicts the demise of the computer mouse in the next three to five years.
Sophos:
Video: Change your date of birth on Facebook - right now  —  If you're on Facebook and acting sensibly you'll already have told the social networking site to hide your date of birth, so other Facebook users cannot view it.  It's a sensible thing to do, because your date of birth …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Facebook fixes hole that exposed birth dates
Discussion: TechSpot
louisgray.com:
Social Media Experts are the New Webmasters  —  In the mid to late 1990s, perception had it there was no more exciting a career title than that of Webmaster.  It seemed everybody wanted to be one, and some called it the “Job of the Future”.  As a Webmaster, your code manipulation could change …
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek Weblog:
Steve Jobs Decision Behind iPhone Apps' Achilles' Heel  —  Steve Jobs is ruining the new iPhone apps!  OK, I guess should explain.  Take a perfectly good Apps Store entry, such as the AIM client.  It won't work unless it's front-and-center on your phone.  That is, AIM won't run in the background …
Discussion: Profy.Com
 
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Josh Siegel / Google Mobile Blog:
Rate and Review Businesses from Your Phone
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Glam Media Uber Alles: Expanding Into Germany, Buying Munich's Codex Media
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Linus Torvalds: Don't glorify the security “monkeys”
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
3G iPhones at an AT&T store? Fuggedaboutit
Discussion: p2pnet
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple apologizes for MobileMe transition problems
New York Times:
Little Interest in Buying AOL as the Unit Is Shopped Again
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
E3 trendspotting: the triumph of music
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Snipitron Acquires OnlyWire.Com
 Earlier Items: 
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile Sidekick launching July 30th, no, it's called the Sidekick 2008
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches instant message platform so other web sites …
Official Google Docs Blog:
Templates bring Docs to life
Electronista:
Meizu 's iPhone rival shown, due in August?
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
NPR Launches API That Serves Up 13 Years Of Content
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft explains Halo's no-show at E3 game conference
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft faces lawsuit over Silverlight