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11:55 AM ET, July 30, 2008

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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tests Player to Renew iPod Battle  —  Music Device Is Key To Broader Strategy  —  Dell Inc. failed once to move into Apple Inc.'s digital-music turf.  Now, it is plotting another foray.  —  In recent months, Dell has been testing a digital music player that could go on sale as early as September, said several Dell officials.
Tim Wu / New York Times:
OPEC 2.0  —  AMERICANS today spend almost as much on bandwidth — the capacity to move information — as we do on energy.  A family of four likely spends several hundred dollars a month on cellphones, cable television and Internet connections, which is about what we spend on gas and heating oil.
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Wall Street Journal:
FCC.politics.gov  —  Bad personnel decisions have haunted the Bush Administration, and one of the bigger disappointments is Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin.  In his last months as Master of the Media Universe, he seems poised to expand government regulation of the Internet.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web File-Sharing Traffic, FCC Says
Discussion: CrunchGear
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
FCC set to slap Comcast's wrist
Discussion: Tech Ticker
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon aims to make Mechanical Turk more business friendly  —  Amazon on Wednesday rolled out new features to its Mechanical Turk web service designed to expand its appeal to a broader set of businesses.  Mechanical Turk is a work marketplace that can be used to outsource software development.
Discussion: Business Wire and Quintura blog
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Offers Other Sites Use of Its Payment Service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon wants its customers to take their wallets with them when they leave the giant Web store.  —  The Seattle-based online retailer unveiled on Tuesday a new payment service that it will offer other online retailers to use on their Web sites.
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
Amazon Payment Services Debut
Discussion: WebProNews and CNET News.com
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Embedding Infringement?  MPAA Sues Two Sites  —  While we still need to wait for the end result of the YouTube/Viacom case to learn whether hosting infringing videos is infringement itself, there's another open question about whether or not linking to or embedding infringing videos is also infringing.
Discussion: WebProNews
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Seeks Internet Removal of Two ‘Infringing’ Sites
Discussion: TechSpot
Operating / PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results  —  Consolidated Revenue Increased 11%; Pro Forma Growth of 8%  —  Consolidated Operating Cash Flow Increased 11%; Pro Forma Growth of 8%  —  Consolidated Operating Income Increased 19%  —  EPS Increased 11% to $0.21  —  Free Cash Flow Increased 216% to $1.2 Billion
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The World According to Cuil  —  The following snippets with accompanying thumbnails were taken from search engine Cuil.com (they are not a representative sampling of all thumbnails - Cuil gets it right sometimes - but it also doesn't take long to compile these errors, as they're not too rare either).
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Associated Press:
‘Pentagon hacker’ loses extradition appeal  —  LONDON, England (AP) — Britain's top court refused Wednesday to stop the extradition to the U.S. of a British hacker accused of breaking into Pentagon and NASA computers — something he claims to have done while hunting for information on UFOs.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Says It Will Cut Off P2P Wireless Users; But What About Pandora Users?  —  from the be-careful-on-that-iPhone dept  —  While those who like to claim that the US broadband market is more competitive than it really is like to point to the rise of 3G wireless networks as proof …
Discussion: Voices
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India's ‘$10 Laptop’ to Cost US$100 After All  —  A low-cost laptop being developed by the Indian government in tandem with two leading Indian education and research institutions will cost US$100 when available, and not $10 as was earlier stated by the government.
Discussion: TeleRead and Inquirer
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pib.nic.in:
A NEW SCHEME NAMELY ' NATIONAL MISSION IN EDUCATION THROUGH ICT …
Discussion: Gearlog
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
String for new iPod touch model appears in beta firmware  —  As you probably know, each successive iPhone and iPod touch firmware release is immediately pounced upon by curious folks who scour it for changes and hints.  The beta release of the iPhone 2.1 firmware turned up GPS and push e-mail hints …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How To Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch  —  The hype cycle now lasts less than a day.  Take yesterday's over-hyped launch of stealth search startup Cuil, which was quickly followed by a backlash when everyone realized that it was selling a bill of goods.  This was entirely the company's own fault.
Pierre / things of sorts:
Chatting with a Google Street View Driver  —  Note: some details in this post have been skipped or generalized to be a bit vague to protect the identity of the Google Streeview driver.  —  Sometime in the past few weeks, I was walking with a friend when we spotted a very funny looking car.
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano 4G: a Zune-alike?  —  It may be hard to believe, but from what we've now heard from multiple sources, it's true: the fourth-generation iPod nano will look like... a Microsoft Zune.  Well, sort of.  —  Contradicting speculation that Apple was planning to transform the new nano …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Announces Five New Senior Execs (Four Of Them Have MySpace Pages)  —  MySpace COO Amit Kapur apparently meant it when he told me earlier today that MySpace is continuing to hire despite letting 5% or so of staff go in the coming days.  He introduced five new senior executives …
Chiara Remondini / Bloomberg:
Mediaset Sues Google, YouTube, Seeking EU500 Million  —  Mediaset SpA, the television company controlled by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, sued the YouTube video-sharing Web site and its owner Google Inc., seeking “at least” 500 million euros ($779 million).
 
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IDG News Service:
DNS Attack Writer a Victim of His Own Creation
Discussion: Zero Day and Metasploit
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Designing Business through Interactions
Kristin Shoemaker / Download Squad:
With KDE 4.1, KDE4 starts to show its colors
Discussion: Inquirer
IDG News Service:
Intel Working on Third Generation of Classmate PCs
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Moblyng Launches Mobile Destination Site for Access to MySpace …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asus Sells out of Eee Box in Taiwan Debut
Discussion: TG Daily
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast Caves To Cuomo
Discussion: DSLreports and Reuters
Tim Bradshaw / Tech Blog:
Silicon Roundabout: Is this the heart of the UK's new dotcom boom?
Discussion: MOO, broadstuff and cubicgarden.com
 Earlier Items: 
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Sony's Renaissance Geek
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The great firewall of China causes Olympic problems
Discussion: The Register
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Apple's cult of secrecy begins to bug its developers
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Women Outnumber Men on Most Social Networks
Discussion: Profy.Com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NFL gives Internet a butt-pat, offers live streaming games
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Teen social network myYearbook is growing fast and it just raised $13M …
David Worthington / SD Times On The Web:
Microsoft's plans for post-Windows OS revealed