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10:20 AM ET, April 23, 2007


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
FON, Time Warner deal confirmed  —  It has been more than twenty days since we reported that FON, the share-your-Wi-Fi service company was in talks with Time Warner Cable.  Today, a news report from Associated Press confirms the deal and adds, that Time Warner Cable "will let its home broadband customers turn …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Associated Press:
Time Warner, Fon in Wi-Fi joint deal  —  Broadband customers will be allowed to host wireless hot spots.  —  In a big win for a little Wi-Fi start-up called Fon, Time Warner Cable Inc. will let its residential broadband customers turn their connections into public wireless hot spots …
Discussion: IP Democracy
RIM Announces New BlackBerry Application Suite for Windows Mobile-based Devices  —  New Software Will Deliver Virtual BlackBerry Solution  —  Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to expand its support for Windows Mobile®-based devices …
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Free World Dialup and Verizon's patent on "name translation"  —  I am at a loss to explain how the patent office granted Verizon a patent on "name translation" given the extensive coverage of Free World Dialup (FWD) as the first instance of Internet to PSTN calling in October 1995.
Robert Levine / New York Times:
New Model for Sharing: Free Music With Ads  —  For years, music labels have been trying to prevent fans from downloading their songs on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.  Now, some of them would like to encourage people to listen to music that way — provided they view some advertising first.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Move over MySpace, Gaia Online is here  —  By the middle of last year, it was attracting half a million unique visitors monthly; fast forward to last month, and that number is two million.  It's not a traditional MMO like World of Warcraft; it's not a social game like There …
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:   Kids and teens have pushed at least 6 immersive online worlds …
Chris Pirillo:
Google Calendar Security Notice  —  Uh, guys... y'all gotta tell your friends not to store usernames and passwords in public documents - at least, not without protecting them with passwords themselves.  More importantly, the last thing you want to do is set a reminder for yourself …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
As Environmentalism Grows, Online Publishers Go Green  —  ONLINE publishers are strapping on their Birkenstocks.  —  Buoyed by the breakaway success of "An Inconvenient Truth," the film documentary of Al Gore's environmental lecture, publishers like The Washington Post …
Discussion: Screenwerk and The Next Net
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Digital Subscribers Like Free Radio, Too  —  As a group, fans of digital radio do not listen to traditional radio less than everyone else.  In fact, they listen to slightly more, according to a study recently released by Arbitron and Edison Media Research.  —  The study was conducted through …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Podcasting News
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Switch on for Square Mile wi-fi  —  The City of London has fired up its first mesh wi-fi network, promising net access from just about anywhere in the Square Mile.  —  The area in London is not just Europe's leading financial centre - it is said to be the continent's most advanced wireless network too.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Alex Krupp / Sensemaking:
Is social networking dead?  Nope.  We've only just seen the beginning.  Here's why  —  Social networking lacks credibility.  —  And it's not hard to understand why.  Small VC firms receive two or three proposals for new social networking sites every single week.  Large VC firms are getting two or three every single day.
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Former Media Executives Give New Life to 'Blank Check' Corporations  —  Time was that former media executives were offered consulting contracts, partnerships at private equity firms or book deals.  Now, they are being offered a blank check.  —  Over the past several months …
Discussion: and
Darren Murph / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia installs clever touchscreen game to market N95  —  These days, it really takes something special to catch to eye of the desensitized market, and Nokia's shifting the focus back to the consumer with its lighthearted touchscreen game at a London bus stop.
Discussion: Mobility Site
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon/Statsaholic Dispute Just Got A Lot More Complicated  —  The Amazon/Statsaholic dispute went from a simple UDRP domain name dispute to a full blown lawsuit last week (pdf of lawsuit is here).  —  Statsaholic, formerly called Alexaholic, offered Alexa traffic data graphs to users …
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The move should save the city time and money, and reduce paperwork
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kyte Launches: More Rich Media Streaming Presence
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Using Adsense to Fight Malicious BitTorrent Clients
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Some very funny and totally wrong predictions of the past
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Michel Marriott / New York Times:
PC Games, Once Down, Show Signs of Rebound
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Leisa Reichelt / disambiguity:
Yes, you should be using personas
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
It Don't Mean a Thing if You Ain't Got That Ping
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Ripoff Commercials = Stupid TV Stations and Networks
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