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4:15 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's second quarter: What to expect  —  Google will deliver its second quarter earnings Thursday after market close and analysts are expecting profits of $4.74 a share on $3.87 billion in revenue.  Items front and center will include paid click rates, the integration of DoubleClick …
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
77.4% of Search Ads to Google in Q2 2008
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google (GOOG) Q2 Earnings Preview: Downside Risk To Revenue
Discussion: Datawocky
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 …
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.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Apple Climbs To Third Place In US Desktop Market  —  Gartner and IDC have reported that Apple has climbed to third place in the US desktop market, with a market share of approximately 7.8 to 8.5%.  Worldwide, Apple has yet to crack the top 5 spots, but in the USA Apple has finished almost tied …
Discussion: MacRumors
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:   Apple Climbs Into Third Place in U.S. PC Market
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Cade Metz / The Register:
Congress accuses American Phorm of ‘beating consumers’  —  When US Congressman Ed Markey asked NebuAd CEO Bob Dykes whether his Phorm-like ad targeting system should require an opt-in, Dykes refused to answer.  —  “Do you support a policy where the consumer must say ‘yes’ before you roam through …
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
If Paid Content is a $30M Firm, is SAI a $5M One?  —  If Paid Content is worth $30M, is Silicon Alley Investor worth $5M pre-money (or $6M post-money)?  Sure, why not.  That's how the M&A and financing businesses operate:  —  1- one part about demand and supply for a business,
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
SAI Parent Company Raises Pots Of Money At Mind-Boggling Valuation*
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Mark Evans
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 …
InfoWorld:
IT administrator pleads not guilty to network tampering  —  A disgruntled network administrator pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of computer tampering for allegedly setting up an unauthorized access system and holding much of the city of San Francisco's computer network hostage.
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 …
Rachel Dodes / Wall Street Journal:
Vogue Models a New Reality Series  —  Television advertising is so last season.  —  In a new effort to attract a younger audience and capture marketing dollars that are increasingly going to the Web, Vogue magazine has teamed with the fashion and media divisions of IMG to produce …
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” …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Combines Contextual Targeting Features With Placement Targeting  —  The Google AdWords Blog announced that AdWords advertisers can now combine keyword-targeted and placement-targeted campaigns in the same ad group.  This allows for the targeting of keywords on contextually relevant pages …
Discussion: Inside AdWords and Mashable!
 
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone App Advertising: Barely There, But Interesting (AAPL)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Computer Applications: Help Me or Entertain Me
Discussion: The Open Road
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Twellow mellow about Twitter-Summize deal
Discussion: Wikinomics
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Diamond loses angled back, renamed Victor
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and IntoMobile
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
Fred / A VC:
Blogging's Dead, Long Live Blogging