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10:41 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  —  Well, okay, not exactly, but plenty of capital to continue to grow the company and SAI, which we're really excited about.  We're also honored to now have a handful of honest-to-God media moguls as partners.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Beet.TV
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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”.
Discussion: Furrier.org
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Media Site AlleyInsider Gets Funding From Allen Morgan And Others …
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Techmeme Leaderboard analysis: Is the old-guard A list fading?
Discussion: GigaOM
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Debut Streaming Movie/TV Service Today
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
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
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 …
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
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.
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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.
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Sends Letter to Stockholders Urging Support for Its Current Board  —  Says Icahn/Microsoft Agenda Not In Best Interests of Yahoo! Stockholders  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter …
Discussion: GigaOM
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?
Josh Siegel / Google Mobile Blog:
Rate and Review Businesses from Your Phone  —  Last Saturday I had dinner at a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco's Richmond District.  While it didn't look like much from the outside, the inside displayed a variety of Southeast Asian antiques and the walls were adorned with tapestries and bamboo.
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
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.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Sean Dodson / Guardian:
Is Radiohead the latest band to go open source?  —  Radiohead's new single, House of Cards, features a promotional video that has been “filmed” without the use of a camera or conventional lighting.  Instead the band has used two advanced visualisation techniques to produce an assembly of computer renderings in real time.
Discussion: The Open Road, TechnoLlama and Ajaxian
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Browser-Based Virtual Worlds: The Electric Sheep Company Releases WebFlock  —  Sibley Verbeck is moving past Second Life.  The CEO of the Electric Sheep Company has made a lot of money creating virtual islands in Second Life for big brands such as CBS, Showtime, and Intel.
 
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Sega: The iPhone is as Powerful as the Dreamcast
Darren Waters / BBC:
Future fun  —  With 28 million Nintendo Wii consoles sold around …
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Comforteagle / OSDir.com:
Judge Kimball Rules at Last!
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
NVIDIA: Nothing to see here, move along
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's second quarter: What to expect
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David Pogue / New York Times:
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
3G iPhones at an AT&T store? Fuggedaboutit
Discussion: p2pnet
New York Times:
Little Interest in Buying AOL as the Unit Is Shopped Again
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek Weblog:
Steve Jobs Decision Behind iPhone Apps' Achilles' Heel
Discussion: Profy.Com
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches instant message platform so other web sites …
The Official Google Blog:
Templates bring Docs to life
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft faces lawsuit over Silverlight
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
YouTube Scores Revenue-Share Agreement With Lionsgate
AppleInsider:
Apple passes Acer to become third largest U.S. PC vendor