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6:15 AM ET, July 29, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen Macs to have something special under the hood  —  A new generation of personal computers on the way from Apple Inc. may sport some of the most significant architectural changes since the Mac maker made the jump from PowerPC processors to those manufactured by Intel Corp., AppleInsider has learned.
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Rumor: MacBook updates to include glass trackpad, other goodies  —  As I hinted in my “fun” blog, I have been hearing some interesting things about Apple's upcoming line of portable computers.  The talk amongst insiders on the new MacBooks is kind of scattered but here's a summation of what I've heard:
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Cuil shows us how not to launch a search engine  —  Google challenger Cuil launched last night in blaze of glory.  And it went down in a ball of flames.  Immediately after launch, the criticism started to pile on: results were incomplete, weird, and missing.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Wow, How Did Cuil Get So Much Publicity on Day 1?!  —  An alternative search engine launched last night.  It's called Cuil and, if you're a reader of tech blogs and/or the New York Times, you've no doubt been hammered with the news all day.  We checked Cuil out and had a mixed user experience …
Kevin Donovan / Techdirt:
Is Privacy That Cuil?  —  Search engines are no stranger to questions of privacy.
Discussion: Technology Questions and /Message
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
IAC's Life123 Comes To Life; Goals Include Saving You Time, Ranking Well In Search  —  If you must think of every new thing as the “something-killer” then you'd probably call Life123 an About.com-killer, or a Mahalo killer, or a Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Knol killer.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Knol is Google's Wikia  —  Wikia is Jimmy Wales' dream of doing to Google what Wikipedia did to Britannica.  Unfortunately for Wales and his investors, Google had a 10-year lead, and a huge ecosystem had been built up around it.  Google is a thriving coral reef, and one doesn't just show …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Inquisitr
Andrew Lih:
Google Knol/Wikipedia Comparison Faulty  —  The job of a journalist is hard.  New subjects crop up each day, and the task by the deadline is to demystify a topic for the general public.  A common technique is to use familiar markers to interpret new ones.  Give the reader something …
Discussion: HighTouch
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Google A Content Company?  Of Course It Is.  So What Should Publishers Do?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Podcasting News and eWeek
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
When the ‘wisdom of crowds’ turns on itself: IMDB edition  —  The concept of the “wisdom of crowds” is a fundamental building block of a lot of the Web 2.0 services that we see today.  While not all of them are built on this core concept, major sites like Digg, Wikipedia, and Mahalo rely heavily on crowds being wise.
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Kristi E. Swartz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
EarthLink returns to dial-up for its future  —  EarthLink invested for years in potential replacements for its once-thriving dial-up Internet business: a mobile phone service aimed at teens, citywide wireless high-speed Internet and broadband that runs over utility power lines.  —  None of them worked.
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DSLreports:   Earthlink Pins Future Hopes On......Dial-Up? …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
It's Not Easy Being a Restaurant Guide, Jukebox, Game Console and Lightsaber  —  Among all the new applications I've downloaded to my iPhone this month, it seems that there's something else new tucked in that I wasn't counting on: bugs.  —  As in software bugs, the type that cause the occasional freeze …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone NDA: Doing more harm than good
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Capen Karr / Apple iPhone Apps:
MagicPad: iPhone Copy / Paste & More (Video)  —  In a follow-up to the story we broke last week, Apple iPhone Apps has new information about an app that will, amongst other things, finally bring copy & paste functionality to the iPhone.  —  MagicPad is a rich-text editor that was recently submitted …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Video: Microsoft's Sphere display in action  —  In the video above, Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Research demonstrates Sphere.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper. — tb  —  Flat-panel displays might be all the rage, but at least in some situations …
Robert M. McDowell / Washington Post:
Who Should Solve This Internet Crisis?  —  The Internet was in crisis.  Its electronic “pipes” were clogged with new bandwidth-hogging software.  Engineers faced a choice: Allow the Net to succumb to fatal gridlock or find a solution.  —  The year was 1987.
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Kevin Rose calls to non-rebut rumors about Digg and Google acquisition talks  —  More amazing scoops at the RDL blog today.  My Skype just buzzed, with a call from a name I didn't recognize, and I picked up and it was Kevin Rose of Digg.  He goes, “This is Kevin Rose.
Discussion: p2pnet
Craig Donato / Oodle Blog:
New MySpace Classifieds Powered by Oodle  —  MySpace users now have a smarter classifieds site - more listings, better search and helpful pricing guides.  The site is also more social: listings are linked to MySpace profiles - not anonymous IDs, and users can enlist their friends to help …
Abha Bhattarai / New York Times:
Find an Undervalued Asset.  Fix It Up.  Flip It.  (Now It's Web Sites, Not Houses)  —  Dave Hermansen did not own a bird or a cage when he bought bird-cage.com, an online store, for $1,800 three years ago.  He simply saw a Web site that was “very, very poorly done,” and begged the owners to sell it to him.
Electronista:
Dell takes on Mac mini with Studio Hybrid  —  Dell tonight leapt into the mini desktop business with the Studio Hybrid [link ready soon].  The system is described as the company's “first step” in eco-friendly PCs and uses notebook components to dramatically reduce both its size and power draw …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
The Sun:
‘Shank’ website is aimed at the kids who carry knives  —  All in the game ... list of SuperPoke! icons includes smacks, hugs, bouquets, smiles - and horrifying ‘shank’ threat  —  A SICK game on Facebook has been removed from the website after The Sun revealed how kids were able to STAB each other.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Music Does The Right Thing: Issues Refunds to Customers  —  Last Thursday, we reported that Yahoo Music was going to shut down its store and DRM licensing servers on September 30, which was basically going to leave anybody who ever bought music from the Yahoo Music Store without a license to play their music.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   EFF applauds Yahoo Music for reimbursing customers
 
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Apple's Safari browser vulnerable to session fixation attacks
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Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
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Alka Marwaha / BBC:
Mobile trading  —  A text messaging service set up by the …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Got a gadget gathering dust? Gazelle will resell or recycle
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Hey Hulu, What'cha Tracking?
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photos from inside the iphone factory
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
HP: Nvidia graphics defect an issue since November 2007
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Realizes Bloggers Will Work For Free; Stops Paying Them
Discussion: TUAW and Performancing.com
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Static continues for Apple's iPhone debut
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Plays Practical Joke On People To Convince Them They Like Vista
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget
John Leyden / The Register:
Apple is sorry (again) over MobileMe
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
VMware Plans Major Data Center in Wenatchee
PBS:
The Five Percent Solution
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft Research releases free software for academics
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs Walks Into the Trap
Discussion: GMSV