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3:50 PM ET, July 11, 2006

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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Well, well, Dell  —  So Dell is starting a blog.  —  Ha.  Heh.  Ho ho ho.  —  It's a blog in content management system name only.  —  The subtitle is "direct conversations with Dell" but this is as much a conversation as yelling at a brick wall.  There is not one link there.
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Andrew Lark:
Dell Launches Blog  —  Dell is out of the gate with a corporate blog... Like every corporate blog it is looking for a voice and will probably take time to find one.  It's a little corporatey - but then its a corporate blog.  The bloggerati just need to get over every blog coming …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dell joins the bloggy Web  —  Oh, oh, this is becoming a trend.  A human being on Dell's Web site?  Calling Jeff Jarvis, calling Jeff Jarvis!  Oh, he already chimed in.  Steve Rubel did too and says the same thing.  —  What did I tell Nestle when someone asked "how do you start?"  —  Listen.
Nick / Rough Type:
Dell's unorthodox blog  —  A few days ago, Dell quietly launched a corporate blog, called one2one.  Mixing words and video, it's designed to let various Dell employees talk about Dell products and services - and to share their enthusiasm for the company with customers.
Discussion: Between the Lines
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Dell blogging job comes with Kevlar-Nomex logoware
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bebo Shuns $550 Million Acquisition Offer  —  San Francisco based social network Bebo, which recently raised $15 million from Benchmark Capital, rejected a £300 million ($552 million) acquisition offer from British Telecom Group "a few weeks ago", according to an insider on the transaction.
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Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
33 Places to Hangout in the Social Networking Era  —  Update: Someone dugg this list (thanks krazydog!)  Click here to digg it if you find it useful.  —  Social networks have had giant growth spurts over the past couple of years, and it seems there's one for everyone: from dogs to moms to book-worms to shoppers.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Bebo Turns Down £300M  —  Bebo, the popular social network …
Discussion: Social Degree
CNET News.com:
BitTorrent inks licensing deal with studios  —  BitTorrent is lining up entertainment companies as it prepares to sell downloads of feature films, TV shows and other video entertainment.  —  The San Francisco-based file-sharing company announced on Monday that it has signed licensing deals …
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Microsoft shuts down Windows 98  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Microsoft is urging an estimated 70 million users of Windows 98 to upgrade as it ends support for the software.  —  From 11 July, Microsoft will no longer help users over the phone with any problems they have with the ageing operating system.
Discussion: M-Dollar and Ubergizmo
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ZDNet:
End to Win98 support may boost desktop Linux
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Firefox Usage Passes 15 Percent in US  —  Mozilla's Firefox browser continues to post gains in market share, according to Web analytics firm OneStat.com, while usage of Internet Explorer has fallen more than 2 percent since May.  Opera, meanwhile, has surpassed 1 percent market share worldwide.
Associated Press:
Gates: Vista likely to be ready in January  —  Microsoft chief says 80 percent chance new OS software will be available  —  CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, would be ready in January.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
MySpace Moves Into #1 Position for all Internet Sites  —  Today Hitwise issued a press release reporting that for the first time, www.myspace.com has surpassed Yahoo! Mail as the most visited domain on the Internet for US Internet users.  To put MySpace's growth in perspective …
Anything But iPod:
The SanDisk Sansa e280 8GB Flash Player is "Official"  —  A week or so ago we reported on the launch of an 8GB Sansa e200.  This info was backed by leaked photos and IP address records in our forums.  Even though SanDisk has not announced the e280 yet, they now have a photo of it on their website in an interactive 360 degree demo.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and dapreview.net
New York Times:
Google to Put a Research Center in Michigan  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 10 — Google plans to build an office and research center here that will have up to 1,000 employees, people who had been briefed on the plan said Monday night.  —  The announcement is set to be made Tuesday morning …
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Discussion: Download Squad and Like It Matters
bLaugh:
Friend or Foe?  —  Millions of fans poured into the streets in celebration late last week, when the social networking megasite Friendster.com was awarded a patent on managing real-life relationships.  Until now, relationships have been difficult to maintain - with no effective friendship tool firmly in place.
Discussion: Chris Pirillo
 
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