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8:15 AM ET, June 19, 2006


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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Telecom Giants in Europe Plan $30 Billion Deal  —  Nokia of Finland and Siemens of Germany are expected to announce on Monday that they will merge their telecommunication network equipment businesses in a deal valued at more than $30 billion, people involved in the transaction said tonight.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia, Siemens and Juniper's Future  —  This news about Nokia and Siemens merging their telecom carrier equipment businesses to form a new $30 billion joint venture company, made me think about two things: the low cost competition from China has everyone spooked, and more importantly …
Redbarren / ben barren:
"Instant Value to customers - solve a problem or create value with the first use"  —  The Double D Dodge, who may be the last 2.0 Product Planning Celebrity left @ 1 Microsoft Way, summarises a Kleiner Perkins' partners perspective at a 'Future of Software' conference on the characteristics of …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Kleiner Perkins 7 rules for software start-ups  —  Ajit Nazare at Kleiner Perkins has 7 rules for software start-ups they consider funding.  I was on a "future of software" panel at TiECon East yesterday with Ajit Nazre, partner at Kleiner Perkins.  Several interesting trends emerged …
Francis / Francis' Weblog:
How not to fix an iPod shuffle  —  A friend of mine has an iPod shuffle ... or should I say, DID.  Mentioning no names, he decided to hunt out a site to see if he could fix it himself as it was out of warranty.  He dived onto Google and found a site all about opening up his ipod.
Discussion: MethodShop
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Helplessness vs. Helpfulness  —  Think about what happens when most of us get pissed off at a big retailer, a big airline, a big restaurant chain.  We can complain.  We can start websites like or  But... what else can we do?  Why even bother?
Jeremy Pepper / POP! PR Jots:
Trademark Issues in Second Life  —  A couple week's ago, Scoble came to the office and we were talking post-speech about some issues, the Bay Area and the fun of all that could be.  Yes, this was prior to the big Vloggercon news.  We also talked about Second Life (SL) …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Make's coverage of RoboGames 2006  —  Having already blown our entire travel budget attending CES, E3, and various other important events in sunny locations, we weren't able to scrape together the funds to hit up this year's annual RoboGames festival in San Francisco, but luckily Make magazine/blog …
William C. Taylor / New York Times:
To Charge Up Customers, Put Customers in Charge  —  FOR more than three decades, the designer John Fluevog has been selling colorful and distinctive shoes that win raves among rock stars and fashion models, have adorned an Absolut Vodka ad and attract legions of loyal customers that his company calls "Fluevogers."
Discussion: Rex Hammock's Weblog
Broadband / DX Gaming:
Game Console Energy Consumption  —  Modern gaming consoles consume more and more power, dissipate more and more heat and cause a lot more noise with their cooling systems compared to their brethren a decade ago.  —  While it's obvious that an Xbox 360 would have higher energy demands than a Playstation 1 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Murdoch: an emperor leading a revolution  —  As Rupert Murdoch's News Corp dynasty looks to a future no one can predict, his top lieutenants will gather next month for a council of war.  James Robinson and Paul Harris report  —  California's Pebble Beach, the quiet resort where Rupert Murdoch's …
Marshall Sponder / WebMetricsGuru:
Get BILLIONS of Pages Indexed by Google  —  Instructions on how to get billions of pages indexed in major search engines, including Google.  —  Before I go into the method I had personal experience with trying to do just that (get millions of pages of a client's website indexed by Google and then Yahoo/MSN).
Hugh / gapingvoid:
HOW MICROSOFT LOST THEIR CANARY  —  As any reader of Techmeme will know, the big story in the bloggersphere this week is Bill Gates leaving Microsoft.  —  And Techmeme readers will also know that the second biggest story was Robert Scoble also leaving Microsoft.
Coolest Gadgets:
Electronic Finger Drums  —  June 18th, 2006 by Al in Miscellaneous Gadgets, Audio/Video Gadgets  —  I used to play drums when I was younger, I wasn't particularly good so made up for my lack of musical ability by purchasing an ever growing kit.  So even if I sounded crap at least I had about 18 drums to hide behind.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and OhGizmo!
Google Blogoscoped:
"Unlisted" Picasa Albums Listed on Google  —  So, the first "unlisted" albums of Picasa Web are listed - where else - on a Google web search.  (Remember, Google allows you to switch between "public" or "unlisted," but unlisted doesn't mean "private.")  Even though Picasa Web disallows indexing …
Discussion: Googling Google
Brian M. Carney / Wall Street Journal:
Zen and the Art of Classified Advertising  —  SAN FRANCISCO — By almost any measure, Craigslist is a phenomenal success.  It is the seventh-most-popular Web site in the world, according to the people who measure these things.  The free online-classifieds site has become the nightmare …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Standards for Users  —  When I think of standards I think of the Stephenson gauge.  Two pieces of steel laid at 4' 8.5" apart carries rail traffic for 60% of the world's railroads.  The standard has been around for centuries, allowing easy interoperability between rail lines from different companies …
Discussion: Marc's Voice and Scripting News
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Nick / Rough Type:
Why do you think they call it "lock-in"?  —  Dave Winer writes …
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Messenger launches tomorrow
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
TiVo Applies For Content-On-Demand Download Service
Discussion: iBloggedThis and Engadget
Gabrielle Taylor / Hippyshopper:
Shumidor biodegradable shoe freshener
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Shiny Shiny
Robert Sinke /
Odd-i N700D: 7-inch monster DMB-thing
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Interoperable Satellite Radios Becoming a Reality
Discussion: Digital Music News
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Bill Gates: What the columnists are saying
Discussion: Glass House
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Non Touch iPod Coming?
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Users-Know-More-than-We-Do Journalism: My Session at BloggerCon IV, June 23
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Censorship Word List
Stan Horaczek / Engadget:
USB teddy bear holds data, scares children
Times of London:
No sex please, robot, just clean the floor
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hack Day: Pure Innovation
Warren St. John / New York Times:
And You're So Funny? Write My Script