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1:20 AM ET, June 18, 2007


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Mark Shuttleworth:
No negotiations with Microsoft in progress  —  There's a rumour circulating that Ubuntu is in discussions with Microsoft aimed at an agreement along the lines they have concluded recently with Linspire, Xandros, Novell etc.  Unfortunately, some speculation in the media (thoroughly …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Paul Mooney and digg
Jon Udell:
How do I know this person?  Through the Web!  —  Like other social applications, Facebook wants to know how you're connected to people.  So it asks: "How do you know this person?" and presents these choices:  —  The choice I usually want — "Through the Web" — isn't available.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's time to open up networking, again  —  Last week I had a meeting with a serial entrepreneur who's working on a new company whose product is a calendar for social networks, or a social network of calendars, depending on which thread you pick up.  It's basically a good idea, a no-brainer …
Discussion: Joho the Blog
John Markoff / New York Times:
Another Attempt to Match Readers and Relevant News  —  Ian Clarke was a 23-year-old computer scientist living in Scotland in 2000 when he started a global controversy by deploying an online system called Freenet.  The system was intended to make it possible to share information anonymously …
Christian / Foursprung:
Apple: Building GPS navigation for Mercedes!  —  According to German magazine "Focus" Apple is working on a navigation system for cars.  At the start in 2009, it will be exclusively available from Mercedes, but 6 months later the other vendors are allowed to follow.
The Age:
Tech capitals of the world  —  Want ultra-fast broadband, free internet 'hotspots' across town and all the latest gadgets?  You won't get it in Sydney, but Arjun Ramachandran finds the cities with all the right connections.  —  In April, about the time Sydney newspapers …
Discussion: GigaOM and
Associated Press:
Blockbuster to favor Blu-ray high-definition discs over rival HD DVD format  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blockbuster Inc. will rent high-definition DVDs only in the Blu-ray format in 1,450 stores when it expands its high-def offerings next month, dealing a major blow to the rival HD DVD format.
Discussion: Engadget and
iPhone Developers Camp  —  Making the web a better place for iPhone.  —  The start time for the event is still in flux.  Please check back prior to the event.  —  Location  —  Venue in the Bay Area (Cailfornia) TBD (help us find a venue!)  —  Cost  —  Always free!  Sign up below.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Macsimum News and digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
WeFi: An Easier Way Of Finding WiFi  —  WeFi is aiming to deliver a better outside internet experience by making WiFi as easy to use as a cell phone.  —  WeFi was founded 18 months ago by Yossi Vardi, (formerly with ICQ), Arnon Kohavi and Shimon Scherzer.  The company is headquartered …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Glam surges to No. 1 women's property, overtakes iVillage  —  Glam Media, the Brisbane, Calif. network of women's online lifestyle, fashion and other blogs, said it has overtaken iVillage to become the number one women's Web property.  —  It is also the fastest growing of the top 100 U.S. Web sites …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Dell apologizes for overreaction to sensitive sales tips  —  Few lessons in life are as obvious as the one which follows after placing your hand on a burning stove.  If you're lucky, you learned this lesson watching someone else get burned.  As Warren Buffett says, it's better to learn …
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Federico Rojas: The father of the father of Engadget  —  I've never written much about my personal life in the three years, three months, and two weeks since I started Engadget, but for this Father's Day I wanted to talk about the person who inspired my love of technology: my father Federico Rojas …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Has World of Warcraft (Finally) Hit a Plateau?  —  After 32 months of continual growth, the largest MMO in the world may, at long last, be peaking.  —  That's my conclusion, at least, looking at the latest stats from, a large fansite which tracks and analyzes population statistics and demographics for Warcraft.
Discussion: broadstuff, Scobleizer and Blonde 2.0
Fred / A VC:
The Age Question (final post)  —  So yesterday I pissed off Dave Winer, Scott Karp, Steven Hodson, and a host of others who have weighed in heavily in the comments.  —  I guess I knew it was gonna happen because I was uneasy about writing the post in the first place.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Tech vision blurs after 30- Dave Winer vs Fred Wilson
Discussion: Scripting News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Very Organized Hit Job On LifeLock  —  Last month I received an anonymous email from a tipster warning me that there was "a scandal about to pop" about an Arizona credit protection startup called LifeLock.  The email made a number of serious allegations around CEO Todd Davis …
David Cowan / Who Has Time For This?:
Bessemer Bamboozled?  —  Valleywag is delighting in a string …
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Dude, would you like a Nokia with that Dell?