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2:15 PM ET, July 25, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft tries to one-up Google PageRank  —  Though a distant third place to Google, Microsoft thinks it can teach its rival a thing or two about searching the Internet.  —  A big part of Google's rise to search engine leadership was an algorithm called PageRank that assesses …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Full Text Of AOL Email: XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring To Shut Down  —  Below is the full text of the email AOL EVP Kevin Conroy sent out to staff on July 14, outlining the reorganization of his product groups and announcing the “sunsetting” of XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile and Bluestring.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
AOL to sell Xdrive, close photo and mobile sites
Discussion: Technologizer and TechCrunch
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Is For The Masses, iPhone For The Rich  —  Our network blog last100 has an interesting interview with Nicolas Gramlich, founder of anddev.org - an online community for Android developers.  As editor Steve O'Hear notes in his intro, there have been issues with Google's mobile OS of late …
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Android, Symbian Expected To Become One OS
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bomb Blasts Hit Bangalore, Impact to Be Felt in Silicon Valley  —  Updated at the bottom: Over the past few years, the quaint and sleepy town of Bangalore has been transformed into a highly compressed version of Silicon Valley, only with worse housing and transportation problems.
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Neha Singh / Reuters:
Eight small blasts hit Indian IT city of Bangalore
Discussion: Between the Lines
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Apple beta testing iPhone 2.1 firmware, adding more GPS features  —  We just got word that Apple has released a beta version of iPhone OS 2.1 to developers.  Along with the 2.1 firmware, a new version of the iPhone SDK has been seeded as well, but the new SDK can't be used for submitting applications to the App Store at the moment.
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple releases iPhone 2.1 beta to registered developers only
Discussion: Gizmodo, The iPhone Blog and MacBlogz
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:   IPhone 2.1 Update to Bring Turn-by-Turn GPS?
Dianne See Morrison / paidContent.org:
Italian Prosecutors To Charge Google Execs Over Third-Party Content  —  Four Google (NSDQ: GOOG) executives may be standing trial over failing to adequately monitor third-party content posted to their Italian language site.  Italian prosecutors are preparing to file charges in a two-year old case …
Discussion: eWeek, Beyond Search and Startup Meme
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Alessandra Galloni / Wall Street Journal:
Italy Is to File Charges Against Google Executives
Discussion: Techdirt
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Doom'ing The iPhone  —  While he's best known for creating graphics engines that push systems to their limits, game designer John Carmack is spending a lot of time with mobile gaming these days.  —  The co-founder of id Software is considered one of the creators of the first-person shooter genre …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Touch Arcade
Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Yahoo: Burn Your DRMed Tracks to CD Now  —  Yahoo has become the latest company to abandon customers who bought tracks from its music store encoded with DRM (digital rights management), drawing fire from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).  —  On Sept. 30, Yahoo will shut down the servers …
Discussion: Homotron.net and The Tech Report
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Power Upcoming MySpace Music Downloads  —  The as-yet unlaunched MySpace Music will likely partner with Amazon to handle all music ecommerce transactions, we've heard from multiple sources.  Apple and Rhapsody are also bidding for the business, however, and one source says a final decision hasn't yet been made.
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Jim Kerstetter / CNET News.com:
Report: MySpace could work with Amazon on music service
Discussion: Electronista
Wired News:
Celebrity Meter  —  Are You Internet Famous?  Use the Wired Celebrity Meter to find out how big a deal you really are.  Our algorithm will dig through your personal pages to find out how many fans are following your online exploits.  —  How it Works (short version) The Celebrity Meter scans URLs and scores internet fame based on:
PR Newswire:
Netflix Announces Q2 2008 Financial Results  —  Subscribers - 8.4 million Revenue - $337.6 million GAAP Net Income - $26.6 million GAAP EPS - $0.42 per diluted share  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008.
Denver Post:
Missing ‘spam king’ kills self, family  —  BENNETT — Just four days after escaping a federal minimum-security work camp, “Spam King” Eddie Davidson shot his wife and child and wounded a teen-age girl before turning the gun on himself.  —  Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of gunfire …
Daniel AJ Sokolov / heise Security UK:
Speculation over back door in Skype  —  According to reports, there may be a back door built into Skype, which allows connections to be bugged.  The company has declined to expressly deny the allegations.  At a meeting with representatives of ISPs and the Austrian regulator on lawful interception …
Discussion: Memex 1.1, open and Zero Day
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold browser video walk through  —  Apparently the BlackBerry Bold browser walk through wasn't enough to hold you guys over... we've been getting a flood of emails from y'all wanting some video hotness, and who are we to disappoint?  We have to warn you though, it's not organized that well, but you should get the jist of it.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Google's Begun Growing Very Fast  —  I have just seen a press release (in Russian) issued by Begun, the Russian contextual advertising company recently acquired by Google from Rambler.  The ad company reports on the revenue it has received in the first 6 months of 2008 …
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Users can automatically encrypt Gmail traffic  —  Gmail now can be set to encrypt communications e-mail by default, an option that makes the e-mail service harder to snoop on but also potentially slower.  —  Users already could encrypt communications with Gmail servers (by going to https …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finalizes Windows XP for OLPC laptops  —  Microsoft has internally released to manufacturing the version of Windows XP that it has tweaked to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer.  —  As James Utzschneider, General Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Unlimited Potential Group …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
World's biggest ISPs drag feet on critical DNS patch  —  BT, AT&T among those putting subscribers at risk  —  More than two weeks after security researchers warned of a critical defect in the net's address lookup system, some of the world's biggest internet service providers - including AT&T …
 
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Open Sourcing BricaBox
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Netflix Call: CEO Hastings: No Plans For PPV Or Ad-Supported Service
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Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Generation Text: Emailing on the Go Sends Some Users Into Harm's Way
Discussion: textually.org
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ozzie foreshadows ‘Zurich,’ Microsoft's elastic cloud
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Randy Pausch dies, and the world loses a true hero
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Passport vs OpenID vs Facebook Connect
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
A Notice From The Bureau of Public Anomaly Screenings
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Users OK with ads in streaming TV, not on YouTube uploads
Discussion: MarketingVOX and ipsos-na.com
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Would Ray Ozzie Take On(line) for the Microsoft Team?
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Musical Chairs: How Bloggers, Mainstream Press, and Analysts Start to Look Alike
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Redlasso Sued By NBC Universal And Fox For Making It Easy For People …
BBC:
Prisons to ban adult-rated games
Discussion: Joystiq and GamesIndustry.biz
Holly Jackson / CNET News.com:
Software makers threaten to sue eBay over counterfeits
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Loopt strikes a deal to make massive use of GPS data cost effective
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Believe In Superstitions? Avoid The Word “me” In Product Names
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and MacBlogz
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
High-Stakes Race to Unlock a Wider Web
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Digg