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7:45 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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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Switch on for Square Mile wi-fi
John Blau / InfoWorld:
Wi-Fi cloaks the City of London
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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  —  Last week's termination of Froogle, one of Google's most unfortunate brands, prompted cackles from marketing sophisticates.  The rubes at the Googleplex really ought to hire some professionals, wrote Owen Thomas of Business 2.0.
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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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Participation Ladder and Its Impact on Marketing and PR  —  I'm back from a brief blogging hiatus.  This was my first extended break since I started this blog (Micro Persuasion turned three years old on April 19).  I read a lot and thought about where I want to take this site in the next two years.
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Charlene Li / The Groundswell:
Forrester's new Social Technographics report
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.
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Josh / Redeye VC:
"Catch And Release" Business Models
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Futuristic Play
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 …
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
~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 …
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.
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:
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.
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 …
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."
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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