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11:35 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
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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
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.
Discussion: Startup Meme
BBC:
TV's Dirty Secrets  —  Callers to premium-rate phone competitions on the GMTV breakfast show have been defrauded out of millions of pounds, a BBC investigation has found.  —  Panorama found a company working for GMTV had been finalising shortlists of potential winners "long before" phone lines closed, for the past four years.
Discussion: SMS Text News and mocoNews.net
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
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Kids and teens have pushed at least 6 immersive online worlds to over 2m UU/mth in the US  —  Wagner James Au has a great post on GigaOm about Gaia.  Gaia is a casual immersive MMORPG that describes itself as: … In an interview with Gaia's CEO, Craig Sherman, he quotes that Gaia has gone …
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Move over MySpace, Gaia Online is here
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
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 …
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
Mad4 Mobile Phones.com:
Mobile screens become solar cells  —  A new patent has been granted to Motorola covering the use of a mobile phone LCD screen as a solar cell.  —  The Display and Solar Cell Device patent would allow mobile phones and other devices to be fitted with a solar cell screen that would power …
Discussion: IMT Blog, textually.org and CrunchGear
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: paidContent.org and HipMojo.com
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:
Kyte Launches: More Rich Media Streaming Presence  —  Keeping everyone aware of what you are up to every fleeting, uninteresting moment of your life is a hot area for startups right now.  Newly launched Kyte seems to fall somewhere between Twitter and Ustream, two services that let users send …
Discussion: VentureBeat and rexduffdixon.com
 
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Carnival of the Mobilists #70: Is RIM stupid or lying?
Bill Bishop / billsdue:
Reports Of The Death of China's Web 2.0 Gold Rush May Be Premature: Tudou.com (.)
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Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
CNN: Cell Cam Video got 2 million views
Discussion: Beet.TV and rexduffdixon.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Iriver's tiny B20 DMB TV gets stuffed
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another mobile VoIP softphone for WinMobile
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and VoIP Watch
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu
Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
New Media Meets Old Media - Blogger & Podcaster Magazine Debuts
Discussion: 901am and The Blog Herald
Cbutters / eXoid.com:
Going Green: Utilizing S3 Standby Mode Without Losing Functionality.
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Kyle Odegard / Corvallis Gazette-Times:
The move should save the city time and money, and reduce paperwork
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Using Adsense to Fight Malicious BitTorrent Clients
Discussion: digg
Barry / Thought Mechanics:
Some very funny and totally wrong predictions of the past
Discussion: HipMojo.com and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WashingtonWatch Now A Wiki. This Should Be Good.
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
PC Games, Once Down, Show Signs of Rebound
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon/Statsaholic Dispute Just Got A Lot More Complicated
Discussion: Startup Meme, 901am and Zoli's Blog
louisgray.com:
Google's Earth Day Logo Makes a Splash
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
It Don't Mean a Thing if You Ain't Got That Ping
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