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6:30 PM ET, July 29, 2008

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Neal Kanodia / Google LatLong:
New, blue, and better than ever  —  Less is more.  —  Before  —  After  —  With the new look for Google Maps, you can do all of the same things, but without the extra clutter.  Find businesses (creamery near palo alto), addresses (6605 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO), and more (root beer in sf) from one search box.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Maps Redesign Rolled Out
Vindu Goel / Bits:
Game Over: Scrabulous Shut Down on Facebook  —  Facebook says the decision to block Scrabulous for U.S. and Canadian users was made by the Scrabulous developers, not Facebook.  —  Scrabulous has been shut down on Facebook.  —  If you try to pull up the popular Scrabble-like game …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
‘Scrabble’ app on Facebook crashes in wake of ‘Scrabulous’ takedown  —  When Scrabulous, a popular game on Facebook's developer platform, was shut down earlier on Tuesday because of copyright infringement issues with the manufacturer of the Scrabble board game, word game fans weren't totally left in the dark.
Discussion: All Facebook
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sorry, Scrabulous Fans, I'm Only Mildly Sympathetic
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and MarketingShift
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
SoCal earthquake a powerful reminder of Twitter's potential  —  This morning a 5.8 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California near Los Angeles.  Well before the information was anywhere on the major news outlets, tweets (Twitter messages) were flowing in at a rapid clip.
Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows ‘Mojave’ Video Posts  —  Last week we showed a video of the Mojave Experiment to a small group of folks here on campus.  Today we are excited to share the results with the public.  —  For those new to the Mojave Experiment, it's a focus group effort we initiated a few weeks ago.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Viral Vista: The ‘Mojave Experiment’
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft goes live with Mojave videos
Discussion: CNET News.com and ReadWriteWeb
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone apps: 1,001 and counting  —  The number of offerings on the App Store — the venue for independently produced programs that helps distinguish Apple's smartphone from all others — hit 1,001 on Monday night.  —  That's roughly double the number that were available when the store opened …
Discussion: Byte of the Apple and VentureBeat
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:   Free App CellSpin Brings Podcasting, Photo Blogging To iPhone
CNN:
Sprint Loses Early Termination Fee Case, May Pay $73 Million  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) was dealt a major blow in its early-termination-fee case when a California judge ruled it would have to pay $ 73 million.  —  The decision could bode poorly for the various trials …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP, Yahoo and Intel Create Compute Cloud  —  Updated at the bottom: At long last, Hewlett-Packard is stepping up with an answer to cloud computing by inking a partnership with two other big technology vendors and three universities to create a cloud computing testbed.
Chris / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Mac client now available for download - officially this time!  —  No announcement yet but Microsoft has now made the Live Mesh client for Mac available for download from mesh.com.  Check it out at at the  —  Mac download page and see for yourself.
Dell:
Look Beyond the Rack for Style this Fall - Dell's New Studio and Inspiron Systems Redefine PC Design  — Puts the PC back on the desktop, or the countertop, or the bookshelf, or the entertainment center  —  Dell's smallest, most personalized and most environmentally responsible consumer PC, the Studio Hybrid, launches today.
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Joel Santo Domingo / PC Magazine:
Dell Studio Hybrid
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pickens rips Yahoo management, says he dumped shares at a loss  —  Billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens excoriated Yahoo's management for failing to reach an agreement to sell all or part of the Web portal to Microsoft Corp.  —  Pickens, who bought 10 million Yahoo shares in May in hopes …
Remowned:
EA wants to sell you a PC  —  At Electronic Arts' Comic-Con booth today, an EA rep mentioned that the company plans to market pre-built PCs in conjunction with the release of Crytek's upcoming PC-exclusive shooter Crysis Warhead.  The idea seems to be to try and circumvent some of the intimidation …
Discussion: Destructoid and Kotaku
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Illegal filesharing: A suicide note from the music industry  —  The deal between record companies and ISPs will drive music-swapping underground and erode their profits still further  —  This month's announcement of a back-room deal between ISPs (internet service providers) …
Discussion: The Open Road
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT Buys Ribbit for $105 Million  —  Will BT Make Ribbit Work?  — Yes.  Better To Look For Help Outside  — Not a chance, $105 million wasted  — BT, Ribbit... what? who?  —  BT (British Telecom) has acquired Silicon Valley-based Ribbit for roughly $105 million, according to various news outlets.
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Cooler than Cuil, True Knowledge takes a sniper's approach to search  —  Amidst all the noise surrounding the new “Google Killer” search engine Cuil, a quiet United Kingdom startup called True Knowledge is today announcing a second funding round and further progress on its product.
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Pandora goes free (and ad-supported) on Logitech Squeezebox—with other devices likely to follow  —  Pandora's streaming music service is now free—albeit with ads—on the Logitech Squeezebox family of devices  —  Add Pandora to the list of free online music services you can access through the Logitech Squeezebox.
Tim Peek / MediaShift:
Penguin Story Goes from Web to ‘Nightly News’  —  Starting this week, MediaShift will be running reports from “embeds” at various media outlets and educational institutions.  The first report comes from Tim Peek, executive producer for new media at NBC's Peacock Productions.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mobile web standards announced today  —  No question the mobile web is booming no matter who you ask.  Consumers are accessing the web from phones in droves and the World Wide Web Consortium wants to make sure that everyone plays on the same 3-inch field.  Today the WWWC announced …
 
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PR Newswire:
Nokia E71 Makes Its US Debut at the Nokia Flagship Store in New York
Discussion: IntoMobile
Paul Miller / Engadget:
India developing $10 laptop, Gartner says $100 laptop “at least three years away.”
Discussion: DailyTech
Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware.com News:
VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
MSN Direct API “Send to GPS” released
Ledyard King Gannett / USA Today:
Bill would ban kids from Facebook, MySpace in libraries
Discussion: Techdirt, p2pnet and WebProNews
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Upcoming iPhone application MagicPad includes copy/paste
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Palm Almost Ready for High Fives?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download