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11:05 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 …
Discussion: I4U News, Infinite Loop and Gearlog
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.
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Introducing the iPhone—But Not from Apple
Discussion: MethodShop
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Cisco — not apple — announces iPhone branded VoIP phones
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.
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 …
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 …
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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