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9:05 AM ET, July 6, 2006


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Amanda UnBoomed:
For the Record  —  I am disheartened by Andrew Baron's decision to spread misinformation.  He knows I cannot move to LA without a job...but insists on spinning things this way to shore up his assertion that I am "walking away" from Rocketboom.  I did not walk away.  I did not accept Andrew's idea of "partnership".
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Advice and an Offer for Amanda Congdon  —  Update: Funny... someone DUGG this story.  —  Update2: Yes, going indie is also a great choice for Amanda.  If she has the bank she could just hire a writer or two part time, as well as one or two tech people, and just rock this out on her own.
Heather Green / Business Week:
Splitsville at Rocketboom  —  The pioneering video blog's founders are going their separate ways, leaving the fate of the daily mock news show up in the air  —  Amanda Congdon's days with Rocketboom, the pioneering video blog, ended the way they began: in front of a world map.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Blogumentary
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What we know and don't know about Amanda, Andrew and Rocketboom  —  Nowhere in Amanda's video does she say she was fired.  —  Here's what she does say:  —  "I'm not on vacation."  —  "I have apparently been unboomed."  —  "Andrew Baron is no longer interested in being my partner."
Discussion: Scobleizer
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Popular News Anchor Leaves Video Blog Site  —  She was no Tom Brokaw, and that was always the point of  —  Internet star Amanda Congdon, known as the host of the popular video blogging Web site Rocketboom, announced yesterday that she is leaving the site immediately over differences with her business partner.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   Keeping talent happy... a primer.
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Looking to Take On Apple's iPod, Microsoft Plans Its Own Hand-Held Player  —  Microsoft has been developing its own hand-held music and video player to challenge Apple Computer's iPod and expects to have it in stores in time for the holiday season, entertainment industry executives briefed on the company's plans said last night.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple filings reveal potential iPod redesigns  —  A recent series of design filings made by Apple Computer suggests the company may have intentions of abandoning its Click-Wheel interface in future versions of its iPod digital music players.  —  In January of 2006, Apple successfully registered …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
WiMax firm raises $900 million  —  Clearwire, which hopes to install WiMax networks that will cover continents, announced Wednesday that it has received $900 million in financing from Intel and Motorola and will work with the two giants to popularize the wireless broadband technology.
Discussion: Techdirt and ben barren
Business Wire:
Clearwire Secures $900M in Financing Round Led by Intel Capital …
Microsoft Expands Document Interoperability  —  Company to sponsor open source project for Open XML-ODF file translation to deliver more choice for government customers and their constituents.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 5, 2006 — Expanding on its customer-focused commitment to interoperability …
Anders Bylund / Motley Fool:
To Google or Not to Google  —  It's official: Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) really is a verb now.  The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which bills itself as "The definitive record of the English language," added the company name as a verb in the latest round of updates, placing Google in such august company …
Discussion: Techdirt and Digital Inspiration
AOL may offer free high-speed Internet  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc.'s <TWX.N> AOL unit may offer its full menu of services, including e-mail, free of charge to anyone with a high-speed Internet connection, The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Techdirt, 21talks and broadband
Chris Morris /
Nintendo's Wii may get early launch  —  Industry observers expect company's new video game machine to launch before the PlayStation 3 - perhaps by a month or more.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK ( — Nintendo has stated numerous times …
The Age:
Watchdog to vet internet content  —  Ben Doherty, Canberra, and Daniel Ziffer  —  ALL local internet content will come under Federal Government supervision after the Communications Minister revealed her response to the Big Brother sexual assault scandal.  —  The regulatory powers …
Discussion: Techdirt and
Dennis Sellers / MacsimumNews:
Apple rolls out $899, 17-inch iMac education model  —  Apple has introduced a US$899 configuration of the 17-inch iMac designed specifically for education customers featuring a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor.  It's available immediately and will replace the eMac, Apple's last CRT based computer.
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Smiley Face Is Serious to Company  —  PARIS — In the battle of the smiley face, it's not just who smiled first that counts, but also where and how.  —  Frown-inducing accusations have been flying in a trademark dispute between Wal-Mart Stores and a company owned by a French family …
Discussion: The Trademark Blog, 21talks and B2Day
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Perspective: Congressional confusion on Internet privacy  —  When it comes to Internet privacy, Rep. Joe Barton embodies contradictions.  —  The Texas Republican, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, claims to be a steadfast supporter of online privacy.
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