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4:20 PM ET, April 23, 2007

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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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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mobile Minute news: Blackberry on Windows Mobile, free ZIP utility and more
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:   RIM Bringing BAS To Windows Mobile
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.
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John Blau / InfoWorld:
Wi-Fi cloaks the City of London  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - The City of London is home to a new Wi-Fi network that is not only one of Europe's largest but also among the first to give users mobile coverage similar to a cellular network.  —  The service, launched Monday by The Cloud Networks …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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 …
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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: HipMojo.com and Futuristic Play
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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
Podcasting News:
Portable Media Player Owners Listening To Less Radio  —  According to a new report by broadcasting research firm Arbritron, iPods and portable media players are one of the fastest-growing audio platforms, but the audience for traditional radio remains strong.
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Digital Subscribers Like Free Radio, Too
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: Valleywag
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ResourceShelf:
Lists and Rankings: Top 100 Most Powerful Brands: Brandz 2007
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
Ubergizmo:
Frucall Version 2: mobile price comparison  —  Frucall, a mobile price comparison service, has been in beta since October 2006 and is launching its (non-beta) Version 2 today.  Frucall Version 2 includes new access options: Frucall mWeb, search price using barcode on your mobile browser and …
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Direct the New Modest Mouse Video  —  Rather than paying for an editor, Modest Mouse' label Epic is tapping the power of a horde of internerd hipstards through a contest sponsored by Apple.  Download the provided footage of Modest Mouse rockin' out against a green screen backdrop, make movie magic, and upload it to Apple by May 22.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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:
Discussion: digg
Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
Blu-ray burning its high-def DVD rival  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Of the high-definition discs bought by consumers in the first quarter, 70% were in the Blu-ray Disc format and 30% were HD DVD, according to sales figures provided by trade publication Home Media Magazine.
Discussion: Engadget and Cathode Tan
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The how and when of Adobe and Microsoft's Rich Internet Application technologies  —  Now that Silverlight is being talked about, people seem to be comparing Apollo and Silverlight in the same posts.  I think this stems from the fact that both are still alpha/beta and that the two technologies …
Discussion: Scobleizer
 
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