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6:35 PM ET, July 22, 2008

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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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Andy Schwerin / Google LatLong:
Pound the pavement  —  It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it's not too hot, it feels like a waste of gorgeous weather to get behind the wheel or hop in a cab.  Doubly so when you're traveling to a city you'd love to explore, and you're pretty sure that you could walk from your hotel …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Are Google Maps good or evil?
MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Apple's secret product is ‘MacBook touch’  —  Get ready for Newton 2.0 MacBook touch?!  —  So says our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod, iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion: … MacDailyNews Note: This is a rumor.
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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The Real Issue About Steve's Health  —  After the earnings call last night I talked with a source who is close to Apple and who who has in the past proven very well informed on the concerns of Apple senior management.  This source told me with near-certainty that Jobs' cancer has not returned.
Discussion: One More Thing
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs “Health” Issue Just Gets Curiouser And Curiouser  —  Let me start by saying we all make mistakes, but when it comes to Apple Inc., when you make a mistake it matters.  In this business, you can make or lose a lot of money for a lot of people by getting a story right or wrong.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
If you don't like AAPL's “Steve's health is a private matter” statement, then sell
Discussion: One More Thing
Rafik / Stay Connected:
Just Released: Windows Live for Windows Mobile  —  Wait no more!  The latest bits for Windows Live Client for your Windows Mobile are available for download.  To get yours now, point your mobile browser to http://wl.windowsmobile.com  —  If you have Windows Live already installed on your device, you will need to uninstall it first.
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Nick Breckon / Shacknews:
Games for Windows Takes on Steam, Set to Launch PC Digital Content …
Discussion: The Tech Report
Rich Brown / Crave: The gadget blog:
Games for Windows Live goes free
Discussion: TG Daily
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry download available
Discussion: Channel 10 and Phone Scoop
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo earnings decline, miss estimates  —  Yahoo's earnings for its second quarter came in 1 cent lower than expectations, with net income declining 19 percent and revenue a bit light as well, but the company called the quarter “strong.”  —  Using generally accepted accounting principles …
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Chad Dickerson:
Leaving Yahoo!  —  I've thought a lot about how to begin this post, but it's best to get right to the point (especially in light of the speed of Techcrunch).  I'm leaving Yahoo! to pursue another very exciting opportunity: joining the Etsy team as CTO.  I'll save my thoughts on Etsy for later …
louisgray.com:
Techmeme and TechCrunch's Detractors Prove It's Hard to be On Top  —  One downside of being in a visible leadership position is that you often have a bulls-eye on your back.  Sometimes it's from your competition.  Sometimes it's from people who feel what you offer isn't benefitting themselves personally …
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
MySpace joins shared identity service OpenID  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp's MySpace Internet social network will join the OpenID alliance to begin letting its users take their online identity to other sites and social networks without having to register again.
Discussion: webmonkey
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Confirms OpenID Support, Launches Data Availability On Flixster and Eventful
Discussion: Profy.Com, AppScout and WebProNews
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming - New, more specific speed tiers may come with a catch...  At the FCC's hearing on broadband yesterday in Pittsburgh, AT&T Senior Federal Regulatory Vice President Robert Quinn said the company would be changing the way way they advertise their broadband tiers …
Discussion: johnon.com
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CNN:
AT&T To Create Tiered Internet Access For Subscribers
Discussion: DSLreports, CrunchGear and GigaOM
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.
Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
How I Spent My Weekend  —  Proxy fights are very expensive and time-consuming.  Unlike political elections, where change is often seen, it is unfortunately extremely difficult to take control of a company.  By the end of last week, I realized that although many large shareholders supported …
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
Blake Whitman / Vimeo:
New upload rules  —  New Features  —  The Vimeo staff has decided that we are no longer going to allow gaming videos on Vimeo.  Specifically, we are no longer going to allow game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Some Facebook Apps Are Actually More Equal Than Others  —  Tomorrow, when it rolls out its new platform, one of the more interesting pieces of news from Facebook will be its initiative to dub certain of its third-party app developers more special than others.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Viacom CEO: ‘Great’ content is king  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—If content is king, then technology is its queen.  —  Viacom's CEO Philippe Dauman, who spoke here Tuesday at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, said that despite talk that content has become a commodity (i.e., reality TV shows), it's quite the opposite.
Business Wire:
VMware Reports Second-Quarter 2008 Results  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW - News), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2008:
 
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Shaping Your Startup Culture to Thrive  —  Our panel of experts at our AWS Loft in New York, including folks from Buzzfeed, Enigma, and Value Culture, discuss why culture is vital to any startup that wants to survive past its early days.
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Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Mulls The iPhone
Discussion: Macsimum News
Tech-On! : tech news:
Victor's Earphone Makes Sound Deeper in Ear
Discussion: Engadget and Coolest Gadgets
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
New iPods...new information
Discussion: MacRumors
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Facebook's Sandberg: Growth before monetization
Discussion: Techland
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
The Bit.ly Interview: “No Comment” …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
IFPI Forces Music Offline, Even Though Copyright Holder Wanted It Shared
Discussion: So Much Silence
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Q2 Preview: Lukewarm, Squishy, Mixed
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Gamefest: Microsoft dangles dollars for amateur games, offers free multiplayer
Discussion: Tech Tracks and WebProNews
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Facebook Ads Going to Zero?  Lookery Lowers Its Guarantee to 7.5-Cent CPMs.
Discussion: andrewteman.org
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mark Shuttleworth: life on mars, Ubuntu in emerging markets
Discussion: PC World and The Open Road
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Comes To iPhone
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
The Real Reason IPOs And Mergers Are Down
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - July 2008
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
SanDisk: Windows Vista not optimized for solid-state drives