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8:35 PM ET, April 23, 2007

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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Does London Have a Reason to Mesh?  —  London is officially jumping on the mesh Wi-Fi bandwagon today with operator The Cloud switching on the 127-node network built with BelAir Networks gear.  With some of the large-scale Wi-Fi networks like Taipei's slow to bring in a significant amount of users …
Discussion: broadstuff
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John Blau / InfoWorld:
Wi-Fi cloaks the City of London
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Switch on for Square Mile wi-fi
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:   London wifi free for a month
rim.com:
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 …
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Ross Rubin / Engadget:   Switched On: Windows Mobile success deserves a better successor
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mobile Minute news: Blackberry on Windows Mobile, free ZIP utility and more
Gemma Simpson / CNET News.com:
Google beats Microsoft, Coke in brand stakes  —  Google has knocked Microsoft off the top spot and been named the most powerful global brand of 2007 in a recently published ranking.  —  It's the second year in a row a tech brand has beaten household names such as Coca-Cola, Marlboro and Toyota.
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Valleywag:   GOOGLE: The world's most cost-effective brand
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Honey, there's a guy in the yard using our Wi-Fi and he wants a decaf latte  —  While most Internet service providers don't allow users to share access on their wireless networks, Time Warner Cable, in cooperation with Spanish start-up Fon, is encouraging customers to set up their own residential hotspots.
Discussion: Fractals of Change
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Fon Loops in Time-Warner in First US Deal
Discussion: Tech Beat, VoIP Watch and CrunchGear
Free Press:
U.S. Drops Further in World Broadband Rankings  —  America Needs a National Broadband Policy, Not More Excuses  —  WASHINGTON — New broadband data released today by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that the United States now ranks 15th out of the 30 member nations …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
TV news of the future?  —  Here's a mockup of how TV news may work in the future.  —  How I came up with this view...  I was drinking coffee, watching the morning news when a story about Virginia Tech came on MSNBC.  I really wanted to begin this week without more stories about how they're coping.
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Dojo Toolkit Now Works Offline … Less than a month ago Adobe launched Apollo, enabling developers to create web applications that work seamlessly irrespective of whether a user is connected to Internet or not.  Apollo was soon challenged by Dekoh, which was pretty much offering …
Monique Garcia / Chicago Tribune:
Cell-phone lemon law sought by legislator  —  SPRINGFIELD — The first time her new Motorola Q phone went on the fritz, she thought it was a fluke.  When her phone had to be replaced a second time, she got frustrated.  —  When it malfunctioned a third time, Rep. Susana Mendoza was fed up.
Discussion: Gizmodo and broadbandreports.com
Kotaku:
NiGHTS: A Journey Into Thank You  —  In an interview with NGamer, NiGHTS: Journey Into Dreams producer Takeshi Iizuka revealed that the sequel's level design is more user friendly and that the soundtrack is being done by the game's original composer.  What's more, while the game is designed …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google rises at Yahoo's expense  —  news analysis The contrast between the financial results announced last week for the two top search engine companies couldn't have been more stark.  —  Yahoo's first-quarter revenue was $1.67 billion, less than half Google's $3.66 billion.
~stevenf:
Announcing Coda 1.0  —  Finally, after a year and half of wanting to tell you, I can now actually tell you...  Coda 1.0 is officially released today!  —  What is Coda?  —  The easiest way to sum it up is this: One Window Web Development.  —  There are a lot of great products out there already …
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
Some handy Mail.app Smart Mailboxes  —  It took me a while, but ever since I've gotten my head around Smart Folders (and Smart Playlists and Smart Groups, etc.), I've started to think about the way I use my Mac a bit differently.  —  Clearly iTunes is the winner in this regard …
Consumerist:
LEAKS: Comcast Slideshow Details Plan To Charge For Previously Free Tech Calls  —  1,121 Views  —  According to an internal Comcast Powerpoint we received, starting this month, the cable provider gives even less of a damn about residential customers.  Highlights include:
Paul Gillin / AdAge:
Feeling Anti-Social Media?  Relax!  It's Really Nothing New  —  Paul Gillin Says Marketers Shouldn't Fear Bottom-up Publicity  —  For marketers panicked by the prospect of managing social media, here are two words: calm down.  —  Social media are expanding the universe of people …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Millions of MySpacers Rejoice: Photobucket Videos are Back  —  Aww, ain't that sweet - Photobucket and MySpace have gotten together and sorted out their problems.  Video embeds are working once more on MySpace pages, and I'm sure Photobucket will be much more careful in future when it comes to rolling out sponsored content.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Viacom Admits Error — Takes Steps to Protect Fair Use on YouTube  —  MoveOn.org, Brave New Films Dismiss Lawsuit Over Colbert Parody  —  Viacom Endorses Excerpting Video for "Creative, Newsworthy or Transformative Use"  —  San Francisco - Responding to Viacom's willingness to take steps …
Discussion: Techdirt and Epicenter
Debbie Block-Schwenk / Center for Citizen Media:
The Not-Yet-Former Audience?  —  Citmedia friend and contributor J.D. Lasica reported earlier this week from the Web 2.0 Expo .  Bill Tancer, general manager of research at HitWise and Dave Sifry, founder and CEO of Technorati paired up for a keynote on the state of the "Participatory Web" or "Live Web."
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
MySpace: Friending Is the New Ad  —  MySpace, hoping to prove it is a new type of marketing platform, commissioned research firms to look at its user habits and responses to marketing campaigns.  The results, released today, were unsurprisingly positive — but they're also interesting.
Discussion: Mashable!
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Bring it on, iTunes: Amazon readying DRM-free music service  —  Amazon could be the next major name to dive into the world of unprotected music sales.  Various rumors have been picking up over the past couple of weeks that the online retailer was readying itself to launch an MP3 download store in May …
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
HP sues Acer again over patents
Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
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Hacked DX10 for Windows appears
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Participation Ladder and Its Impact on Marketing and PR
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Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
Blu-ray burning its high-def DVD rival
Discussion: Engadget, Cathode Tan and digg
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The how and when of Adobe and Microsoft's Rich Internet Application technologies
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Portable Media Player Owners Listening To Less Radio
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Josh / Redeye VC:
"Catch And Release" Business Models
Mad4 Mobile Phones.com:
Mobile screens become solar cells