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9:35 PM ET, July 23, 2006


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Nick / Rough Type:
When "direct" becomes a disadvantage  —  Dell's latest and greatest earnings disappointment pretty much settles it: The company isn't just struggling to overcome a blip; its traditional strategy is no longer working, at least not the way it used to.  —  What went wrong?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
"Where's Michael Dell?" BL Ochman asks
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Damien Mulley:
How to use Google to get a girl and get laid  —  Please note that this is both a humourous and cynical piece on dating using Google.  Try not to take this seriously.  —  This article is about using the many Google sites and applications to get yourself a girl and get yourself laid.
Flemming Madsen / Onalytica Blog:
Who are the most influential authorities on "blog marketing"?  —  (A more comprehensive version of the report is available for download here (PDF, 10 Mb))  —  In a previous analysis we analysed who are influential authorities on "business blogging".  —  Since then there has been great interest …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Dating 2.0: Thirteen Sites To Find Love  —  Online dating is big business, drawing about 4 million U.S. Internet users daily in June 2006 (and 25 million monthly), and they spend a daily average of nearly 17 minutes each on these sites.  That adds up to a lot of page views - almost 4.5 billion per month (source: Comscore).
Discussion: Open Culture
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Advanced Micro May Buy ATI for About $5.5 Billion, Person Says  —  July 21 (Bloomberg) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's second-biggest maker of microprocessors, plans to buy ATI Technologies Inc. for about $5.5 billion, according to a person involved in the negotiations.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Kevin O'Keefe / Real Lawyers:
Best blogs send audience away  —  Jeff Jarvis writes "The problem with portals is that they aren't portals at all. ...  They want to lure you in and then not let you leave." … Some of the best blogs are what Buzz Bruggeman describes as intelligence agents.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The problem with portals
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
John Clark / New York Times:
Hollywood Clicks on the Work of Web Auteurs  —  Scenes from "MySpace: The Movie," created by David Lehre.  The 11-minute parody of the Web site MySpace and its users has had millions of hits since it first appeared on the site YouTube on Jan. 31.  —  EVEN as David Lehre's "MySpace: The Movie …
Discussion: BuzzMachine and IP Democracy
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Gizmo to give users free VoIP calls... sort of  —  The Gizmo Project, a multi-platform VoIP service developed by SIPphone, now claims that users can make outgoing calls to landlines and mobile phones for free.  The fine print tells a slightly different story, however.
Dick / Identity 2.0:
Google's Identity Silo  —  Ben Laurie from Google responded to my post on Google Account Authentication: two steps forward, one step back.  A few comments that I'd like to respond to: … Uh, actually, yes.  That is the idea behind Identity 2.0, that I could use my Yahoo login to authenticate to Google and to access Google services.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rocky Times For MVNOs?  —  Things are getting a bit dicey in the MVNO Land.  Helio is costing Earthlink some profits.  Amp'd is d'amp'd.  And now reports are trickling in about Mobile ESPN having some difficulties in that attracting sports fans to their service.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
India Calls It a Technological Error, but Blog Blockade Continues  —  NEW DELHI, July 21 — After two days of angry inquiries and charges of government censorship, the Indian government took a step Thursday toward explaining a mysterious blockade on personal blogs, calling it "a technological error" that would be repaired soon.
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Markets without Marketing  —  Next Tuesday at OSCON in Portland, I'll be giving a 3.5 hour tutorial titled Open Source Clue Training: How to Market to People Who Hate Marketing.  —  As I prepare for that, I thought I'd share some of the curriculum I've come up with.
Bryan Betts /
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."  —  TALK TO YOUR COMPUTER AND IT MIGHT JUST UNDERSTAND YOU.  —  Talking to your computer has been a staple of science fiction since at least the 1960s, but it looks as if it's finally coming within reach.  —  This week saw the release …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and digg
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
The venture capitalist's Web 2.0 list  —  Venture capitalists are going nutty over Web 2.0 companies, pouring $870 million into these companies during the first three months of the year, up from $786 million the quarter before, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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