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4:45 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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Business Wire:
Google Announces Second Quarter 2008 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2008.  —  “Strong international growth as well as sustained traffic increases on Google's web properties propelled us …
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IBM Reports 2008 Second-Quarter Results  — Diluted earnings of $1.98 per share, up 28 percent; up 32 percent without a prior-year gain from the sale of PSD;  — Total Services signings of $14.7 billion, up 12 percent; $12.2 billion at constant currency, up 4 percent;
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
PodTech purchased by ViewPartner for less than half a million, ending a bloody story  —  PodTech, a company that publishes online media about new technology, has been sold — for less than half a million dollars, I've learned — to ViewPartner, a communications technology company.  —  This is sad.
WebTrends Marketing Web Analytics and Web Statistics:
WebTrends Video Tracking Breaks New Ground in Online Audience Engagement  —  New solution enables marketers to measure, improve visitors' engagement with online video regardless of media format.  —  WebTrends Inc., a leading provider of web analytics and online marketing solutions …
Discussion: Podcasting News
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   WebTrends Launches Video Analytics Engagement Service
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail and Google Calendar to Add Offline Support  —  It seems that this year Google's most popular web applications will work offline.  After Google Reader and Google Docs, two other services will integrate with Gears.  Andrew Fogg saw a preview of the integration at Google's offices and found …
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Apple Climbs Into Third Place in U.S. PC Market  —  Apple Computer again cracked the top three in U.S. PC sales for the third quarter, according to surveys released Wednesday by both Gartner and IDC.  —  Worldwide, Apple didn't make the top five PC vendors, according to both firms.
Discussion: Digital Daily
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Apple Climbs To Third Place In US Desktop Market
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Source: VC for Facebook widgetmakers is drying up  —  They can't say they didn't have it coming.  But widgetmakers are angry all the same about Facebook's decision to clone Slide's Top Friends application as a feature in its latest redesign.  “It would be insane for a new developer” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Channel Intelligence Sues Just About Everyone Who Offers Wishlists  —  Channel Intelligence, a company based in Florida, filed a lawsuit for patent infringement in Delaware on Tuesday against a long list of startups and other companies and individuals who have one thing in common …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Stake Ventures
PR Newswire:
Microsoft's Annual Revenue Reaches $60 Billion  —  Fastest annual revenue growth since 1999 fuels 32% increase in earnings per share.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $15.84 billion for the fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, 2008, an 18% increase over the same period of the prior year.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Will The World End if Mainstream Users Ever Learn About The Browser's Address Bar?  —  Traffic analytics company Hitwise released search market share numbers for dating websites in June today and two things were striking about the data.  —  Ad supported free site PlentyOfFish is trouncing everyone …
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Story of the Fail Whale  —  How An Unknown Artist's Work Became a Social Media Brand Thanks To the Power of Community  —  Twitter users are very familiar with the iconic image of the Fail Whale.  This social object has been latched onto by Twitter fans not just as a representation …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Sega: The iPhone is as Powerful as the Dreamcast  —  Speaking with SEGA of America president Simon Jeffery earlier today he noted that the iPhone is about as powerful as the publisher's console the Dreamcast.  Jeffery said the company is delighted with how their iPhone version of Super Monkey Ball …
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 …
 
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
For she-bloggers, does it take a village to profit?
Discussion: Valleywag
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Combines Contextual Targeting Features With Placement Targeting
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Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
To Blog, or Not to Blog - That is the Question
Discussion: HighTouch
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Nokia Whistles (Softly) Past Global Slowdown
Discussion: Techland and CNET News.com
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Silverlight suit: Microsoft's conduct is “unlawful” and “willful”
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Last.fm's Buggy, New Design
Discussion: CNET News.com and PDA
Wes Thierry / Wes's Blog:
My Personal Journey On Google Earth Part 1
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Laura Rich / Portfolio.com:
EA to Play in Knights of the Old Republic
Discussion: Destructoid and Massively
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone App Advertising: Barely There, But Interesting (AAPL)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Cade Metz / The Register:
Congress accuses American Phorm of ‘beating consumers’
Rachel Dodes / Wall Street Journal:
Vogue Models a New Reality Series
GamesIndustry.biz:
Ubisoft: E3 is “not appropriate” at the current date, location
Discussion: Kotaku
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
YouTube on TiVo Launches
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Say goodbye to the computer mouse