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1:35 PM ET, July 22, 2008

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
First hints of Microsoft's “fight back” ads appear  —  I just noticed this teaser on Microsoft's home page:  —  If this is going to be the overall message of Microsoft's much-vaunted new $300 million ad campaign, it might be money well spent.  According to the folks at LiveSide …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft's Vista Mea-Sorta-Culpa  —  Over at ZDNet, Ed Bott has posted an intriguing item on Microsoft's attempt to reintroduce Windows Vista to a world that seems to have its fair share of Vista skeptics.  Ed noticed the image at left, comparing Vista doubters to flat-earth believers, on the Microsoft.com home page.
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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
What Is Apple's Mystery Product?  —  I contacted several analysts, looking for sound or even silly speculation about the product.  Nobody wants to guess wrong about Apple, so what I got was more sheepish speculation.  —  Quick recap: During Apple's fiscal third-quarter conference call this afternoon …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Walking Directions Now Live  —  Earlier this month, I reported that Google Maps was testing walking directions on a small subset of users.  This morning, I noticed that Google Maps now is offering walking directions for all Google Maps users.  —  For example, conduct a search …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Maps Now Has Walking Directions
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Has/How/Why tech blogging has failed you  —  Oh, what a hoot.  I've been taking a break from blogging just to relax and invest my time in other places.  Like FriendFeed.  Or downloading iPhone apps.  —  Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about Tech blogging and my role in it.  I've increasingly become saddened.
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Dennis Crouch / Patent Law Blog:
The Death of Google's Patents  —  By John F. Duffy* [PDF Version (42 KB)]  —  The Patent and Trademark Office has now made clear that its newly developed position on patentable subject matter will invalidate many and perhaps most software patents, including pioneering patent claims to such innovators as Google, Inc.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
TiVo and Amazon Team Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that introduced millions to the joy of skipping television commercials, is trying to crack a decades-old media dream.  It wants to turn the television remote control into a tool for buying the products being advertised …
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony Pushes Out Three New Walkmen Phones, the W302, W902 and W595  —  It's the third birthday of Sony Ericsson's Walkman phone label, and to celebrate it's launching three new music-based cellphones.  The W302 and W902 (left, center in the image) are both candybar cells, with the 302 having an FM radio …
Discussion: Gearlog, Electronista and IntoMobile
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Sony Ericsson:
Music is reborn as Sony Ericsson announces three new Walkman&trade …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
SanDisk: Windows Vista not optimized for solid-state drives  —  SanDisk said Monday that Windows Vista is not optimized for solid-state drives, delaying the delivery of optimized drives until next year.  —  Solid-state drives (SSDs) are used instead of hard disk drives in select high-end notebook PCs today …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB and Universal to launch digital music service  —  BSkyB is to break into the digital music market with a new business, launched in conjunction with Universal Music, that aims to take on Apple's iTunes in the UK.  —  The new as-yet-unnamed venture, in which BSkyB is the majority shareholder …
Discussion: JupiterResearch and Coolfer
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
BSkyB, Universal Form JV To Launch Subscription Music Service
Discussion: The Register, last100 and WebProNews
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Some news from the editor's desk  —  For most of us here, at some point the sensation of breaking the news takes hold and turns into something else, something much more like an addiction.  It really gets into you, keeps you up at night, makes you stay in on weekends.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Ryan Block
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Propeller 2.0 Launches: Ditching The Vote Count, Adding A Mascot  —  Propeller, AOL's Digg-like news site, launches version 2.0 later this morning.  The site sports a new design and logo and now has a mascot - described as “part professor, part citizen journalist” (see image below).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Confirms OpenID Support, Launches Data Availability On Flixster and Eventful  —  MySpace is rolling out a couple of announcements this morning a day ahead of Facebook's F8 developer conference.  —  The first is confirmation of our story that they are supporting OpenID …
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - July 2008  —  14.3 TB of new imagery for Microsoft Virtual Earth.  Save money on gas....use Live Search Maps powered by Virtual Earth.  —  Ortho  —  United States (UltraCam, Microsoft Proprietary)  — Elizabeth, NJ  — West Allis, WI  — Paterson, NJ
CBC News:
Cellphone market poised for shakeup as spectrum auction ends  —  The government is $4.2 billion richer with the conclusion of the cellphone spectrum auction on Monday, while customers stand to win as five new companies are now well positioned to launch services over the next few years.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
 
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Oliver Kay / Times of London:
Copyright extension is the enemy of innovation
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Jake Swearingen / VentureBeat:
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Business Wire:
Highly Anticipated “Beats™ by Dr. Dre™” …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women-focused media site Glam launches developer network
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Andrew Cuomo Threatens To Sue Comcast If It Doesn't Sign Up For …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Forget Crowd-Sourced T-shirts: Print Objects In 3D
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Movie industry eyeing 3D movies for the home theater
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comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for June 2008
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Adobe revs media player, signs up Sony
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