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4:00 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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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
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
77.4% of Search Ads to Google in Q2 2008  —  Efficient Frontier has released search advertising market data for the second quarter of 2008, and it showed Google growing 2% over Q2 2007.  For every new dollar spent on search ads in 2008 over 2007, Google received $1.10, while Yahoo lost $0.09 and Microsoft lost $0.01.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google (GOOG) Q2 Earnings Preview: Downside Risk To Revenue
Discussion: Datawocky
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 …
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
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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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
YouTube on TiVo: It's about time
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
SAI Parent Company Raises Pots Of Money At Mind-Boggling Valuation*  —  Well, okay, not exactly pots, but plenty to continue to grow the company and SAI, which we're really excited about.  We're also honored to welcome a handful of honest-to-God media heavyweights as investors and partners, including:
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   If Paid Content is a $30M Firm, is SAI a $5M One?
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone App Advertising: Barely There, But Interesting (AAPL)  —  It's been about a week since Apple took the cover off the iPhone App Store, and one of our biggest questions has been answered: We weren't sure if Apple (AAPL) would limit (or ban) advertising in apps.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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”.
 
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Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: Infinite Loop
Laura Rich / Portfolio.com:
EA to Play in Knights of the Old Republic
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Source: VC for Facebook widgetmakers is drying up
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Channel Intelligence Sues Just About Everyone Who Offers Wishlists
Discussion: Ars Technica
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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
Douglas Soltys / BlackBerry Cool:
Zumobi available for BlackBerry, we have impressions,
Sean Dodson / Guardian:
Is Radiohead the latest band to go open source?
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
3G iPhones at an AT&T store? Fuggedaboutit
Discussion: p2pnet
louisgray.com:
Social Media Experts are the New Webmasters