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10:30 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 launched SAI about a year ago and, thanks to the enthusiastic response from our readers, have grown much faster than we expected.
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 …
Industry Standard:
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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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
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Lionsgate, YouTube strike ad-share deal
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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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
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Linus Torvalds: Don't glorify the security “monkeys”  —  Leave it to Linus Torvalds, founder of the Linux kernel, to speak his mind.  While many point to Linux as superior to Windows as offering superior security, Torvalds doesn't want anyone to make a fetish of security …
Discussion: ZDNet, ReadWriteWeb and ZDNet.com.au
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
EU tells UK to deal with Phorm - or else
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Comforteagle / OSDir.com:
Judge Kimball Rules at Last!
Discussion: The Register
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Early look at AMD's Socket G34
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
NVIDIA: Nothing to see here, move along
Discussion: Ars Technica, Inquirer and TechSpot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's second quarter: What to expect
Discussion: paidContent.org
David Pogue / New York Times:
In Sync to Pierce the Cloud
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
3G iPhones at an AT&T store? Fuggedaboutit
Discussion: p2pnet
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Little Interest in Buying AOL as the Unit Is Shopped Again
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Social Media Experts are the New Webmasters
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Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek Weblog:
Steve Jobs Decision Behind iPhone Apps' Achilles' Heel
Discussion: Profy.Com
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Templates bring Docs to life
Sophos:
Video: Change your date of birth on Facebook - right now
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechSpot
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft faces lawsuit over Silverlight