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2:10 PM ET, April 23, 2007


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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mobile Minute news: Blackberry on Windows Mobile, free ZIP utility and more  —  In today's mobile Minute, we'll take a look at some of the latest news and software related to Windows Mobile devices.  —  RIM announces BlackBerry software for Windows Mobile  —  BlackBerry makers Research …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another mobile VoIP softphone for WinMobile
Discussion: VoIP Watch and jkOnTheRun
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 …
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.
Josh / Redeye VC:
"Catch And Release" Business Models  —  As the success of sites such as MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Classmates, and Geni have demonstrated, viral marketing can be a very effective tool to help build social networks that appeal to a wide range of people for a number of different reasons.
Discussion: Futuristic Play
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 …
Google's Earth Day Logo Makes a Splash
Discussion: JD on EP
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.
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.
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Google Calendar Nightmare Release … In a bid to enhance the collaboration and socialization aspects of Google Calendar, the Google Calendar team recently added the functionality to "Search and Add Events from the Web".  According to the official site:
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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.
Matt / Tracy and Matt's Blog:
HTC Advantage (X7500) unboxed  —  It's been a long time coming but finally the HTC Advantage is available to buy!  Our friends at Clove Technology kindly let us have a look at the device so, following on from our popular Samsung i600 unboxed video, I am pleased to bring you our HTC Advantage unboxing video!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mobility Site
Lists and Rankings: Top 100 Most Powerful Brands: Brandz 2007 … News Release |||  Tables |||  Report (All PDF)  —  Top 5  —  1) Google  —  2) GE  —  3) Microsoft  —  4) Coca-Cola  —  5) China Mobile  —  Others worth noting:  —  + IBM #9  —  + Yahoo #42  —  + eBay #43
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
Barry Schwartz / SearchCap:
Google Ranked "Most Powerful Brand" By BRANDZ
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Mad4 Mobile
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, and CrunchGear
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: CrunchGear and Mobility Site
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
IAB Declares War On Web Measurement Firms  —  DISCONTENT OVER THE STATE OF Web traffic metrics is coming to a head.  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau late last week issued an open letter to comScore and Nielsen//NetRatings requesting they submit to a third-party audit of their measurement processes.
Wall Street Journal:
Policing Web Video With 'Fingerprints'  —  Sharing Sites Say Technology  —  Could Help Them Identify,  —  Remove Unauthorized Clips  —  Can "fingerprinting" bring a truce to the Web's video-copyright wars?  —  The technology is based on the premise that any video content has unique attributes …
Discussion: Google Watch and
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Discussion: PC World: Techlog
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Going Green: Utilizing S3 Standby Mode Without Losing Functionality.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kyte Launches: More Rich Media Streaming Presence
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Using Adsense to Fight Malicious BitTorrent Clients
Discussion: digg
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Digital Subscribers Like Free Radio, Too
Discussion: Podcasting News and Gizmodo
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Former Media Executives Give New Life to 'Blank Check' Corporations
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Kids and teens have pushed at least 6 immersive online worlds …
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