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9:45 PM ET, April 29, 2007


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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Vudu: Another set-top box offering movies on-demand  —  Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before: there's yet another startup venture offering a box that you connect to your TV so you can watch movies on-demand.  Vudu scored a breathless write-up in the New York Times today …
Discussion: Joe Duck and Zatz Not Funny!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey Vudu, CableCos slow, not stupid  —  Vudu, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based start-up is getting a lot of buzz this morning, thanks to a rather extensive article in the New York Times.  Their set-top box is supposed to make downloading and watching movies a pleasurable experience …
Vudu (aka Marquee, aka Vivond) Has Coming Out Party  —  Vudu Inc. has commenced a PR road show with good results for its forthcoming Net-connected video player.  We have covered the Santa Clara-based Vudu when it was known as Marquee and before that it was known as Vvond.
Discussion: and Gizmodo
TiVo Lovers:   Yet another box - VUDU
Paul Stamatiou:   Vudu Streams On-Demand Movies Instantly
Michael Gartenberg:   One More Think to Hook Up to My TV  —  NY Times reports on Vudu …
Jimmie Geddes / Gadgets on the Go:
Official T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade leaked  —  T-Mobile is expected to offer the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade to current Dash owners next week for download.  It has been leaked on the usual sites known for obtaining these upgrades (I'm not going to list the sites).
Michael Clemente / ABCNEWS:
A Guide to the New and Improved  —  "They tell us all the time that the future is out there on the Internet, right?"  — Peter Jennings  —  "World News Tonight", 1997  —  Welcome to the new  —  Our Web site turns 10 years old in May.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion: Relaunches with Citizen Journalism
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Startup Meme
Paul Colligan / Paul Colligan's Profitable Podcasting:
Podshow And Sirius Part - Satellite Radio Becomes Even Less Important  —  I'm surprised this hasn't made Techmeme yet.  —  Podshow and Sirius have parted ways.  Here are some thoughts on the divorce from P Dub and Chris.  Let's not forget American Cliche or Tartan Stories.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Tom Kuntz / New York Times:
Oh, for a Chance to Whitewash a Fence  —  Tom Sawyer, metaphor of the digital age?  Or cliché?  Whichever, Mark Twain's 19th-century sprite is being name-checked a lot lately as a handy way to describe the Internet vogue du jour: exploiting free labor and content online.
Discussion: TeleRead and larry borsato
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Climbing the social Web ladder  —  Forrester analysts Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff have published a report, "Social Technographics," ($279) that identifies six levels of participation in the realm of social media or the social Web in the U.S. based on a recent survey.
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog
Mark Evans:
Communications 101: How to Communicate Better  —  This post, which is about how and why we use different tools to communicate, has been gnawing at me for a few months.  In thinking of a title, I toyed with "Why E-Mail Sucks", "The Return of Voice" and "The Devil is the Digital" but, in the end …
Discussion: Skype Journal
Arn / MacRumors:
First Photos from Apple iPhone?  —  An unusual story has popped up on MobileGuerilla claiming to have found the first photos from an Apple iPhone on the web.  —  The search method seemed rather primitive... they simply searched for "taken with an Apple iPhone" on Google and found a set of Flickr images …
Discussion: Engadget, Apple Gazette and digg
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Paying by mobile, that'll do nicely  —  Mobile phones are replacing cash and cards as a method of paying for goods, writes Emma Smith  —  You know the scenario.  Fumbling through your pockets at the supermarket checkout, you realise you've left your wallet at home and all you have by way of payment …
Dpblogs / ADO.NET team blog:
ADO.NET Entity Framework Update  —  Microsoft is deepening its investment in the ADO.NET Entity Framework as a critical piece of Microsoft's Data Platform vision.  Based on the need to align with requirements from key internal partners that are building on the Entity Framework …
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems and Channel 9
Fred / A VC:
Why 15 Million Is A Big Number  —  I've been reading the chatter about the blog world capping out at 15 million active blogs.  It seems that the growth of blogging has stalled.  Well I am not sure that's true if you count twittering, facebooking, flickring, yelping, and the like as blogging.  I do.
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