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10:50 AM ET, December 18, 2006

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Gizmodo:
The iPhone Lives: But the Trademark Belongs to Cisco  —  It's not what any of us expected.  The iPhone is a voip phone made by Linksys.  Cisco, their parent company, has owned that trademark since 1996.  And they're announcing their product in a few hours.  —  All through this, I'm reminded of the Brucesploitation era.
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Linksys Announces iPhone Family Of Voice Over IP Solutions  —  Handheld Devices Offer Consumers More Than Talk  —  Linksys®, a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc., and the recognized leading global manufacturer of voice, wireless, and networking hardware for home, Small Office/Home Office …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone is out, just not THAT iPhone  —  A couple of days ago, Brain Lam of Gizmodo played a cruel joke on the world, promising details of an iPhone, which he hinted would be launched on Monday, December 18th.  —  We considered it for a few seconds, and decided that it was unlikely, and said so.
Gizmodo:
The iPhone is Dead: Long Live the Apple Cellphone Thingy-Ma-Bob  —  Apple doesn't own the iPhone trademark.  What does that mean?  This isn't a simple case of cybersquatting, as with the hijacked sex.com.  Nor is it an academic exercise, like when Josh Quittner bought McDonalds.com for a Wired story.
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Linksys Debuts iPhone VoIP Devices  —  So you might recall some mutterings last week that implied that an iPhone would be announced on Monday.  Well as I said the other day, there will be an iPhone announcement tomorrow, but it's not from Apple.  No, it's actually from someone completely different.
Discussion: Byte of the Apple, VoIP Blog and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Cisco — not apple — announces iPhone branded VoIP phones  —  We hate to break it to everybody who thought the inevitable Apple phone was going to be called the iPhone, but Cisco, which has apparently had the trademark on the name since the 90s, is launching a line of Linksys "iPhone" …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Skype team turns its attention to television  —  Now they are hoping to do the same for television.  —  "At the time we launched Skype, broadband capacity was extremely ripe for communication," Mr Friis recalls.  "Now, three years later, it's the same thing for video: you can do TV over the internet in a really good way.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: IBM's virtual pioneer  —  newsmaker Irving Wladawsky-Berger has overseen IBM's efforts to catch waves that have swept over the computing industry—e-commerce, Linux, open-source software, grid computing.  His new responsibility: guiding Big Blue into virtual-reality realms such as Second Life.
Discussion: Irving Wladawsky-Berger and digg
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
A Mouse on a Mission in the Document Maze  —  FIFTEEN dollars buys a respectable computer mouse these days, though game aficionados can pay far more for the sophisticated types that fight gun battles against monsters.  —  Now there's a high-end mouse designed not for those shooting games …
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Keith Schneider / New York Times:
Brands for the Chattering Masses  —  FOR many, many decades, successful branding — one of the corporate world's holy grails — involved a clear set of rules.  Produce quality goods at the right price.  Frame the value in memorable messages seen by millions on television and in print.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jajah brings free calls to Germany and Austria  —  We've called Jajah, the Mountain View Internet phone upstart both quirky and scrappy.  —  It remains so.  It has just cut some deals that will let people call for free to anyone with a landline, even if those people aren't registered with Jajah.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and 21talks
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
NewsGator, Edelman Build Ad Widgets  —  Public relations firm Edelman has enlisted RSS toolmaker NewsGator to build ad widgets that pull in feeds, ratings, and comments.  The joint product, called "Hosted Conversations," launches Monday.  —  The rather smart idea here is for brands to loosen …
International Herald Tribune:
YouTube brings out media giants' competitive claws  —  NEW YORK: When YouTube emerged as one of the Internet's most popular Web sites last year, many TV executives dismissed it as a flash in the pan — and a largely illegal one at that.  But after Google agreed to pay $1.65 billion for YouTube in October …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Agere's BluOnyx portable Bluetooth media streamer for your phone  —  So the portable media usage scenario we hear most about around these parts looks a little something like this: user has cellphone, user has portable media device, user wishes portable media device could be integrated …
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sony to enter video download market  —  Sony is to gatecrash the fledgling market in handheld devices to play downloaded video content early next year when it launches a service for the PlayStation Portable.  —  The decision, which could threaten Apple Computer's grip on the video download market …
Reuters:
Cingular to offer MySpace on cellphones  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular, the largest U.S. wireless phone carrier, will offer a version of popular Internet social network MySpace on its phones in an expansion of their partnership, the companies plan to announce on Monday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Wireless Blog
 
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