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10:05 PM ET, June 17, 2007

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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Tech vision blurs after 30- Dave Winer vs Fred Wilson
Discussion: Scripting News
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
The Future Belongs to Those Who Take The Present For Granted …
Discussion: broadstuff and Groundhog Day
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 dslreports.com
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: rexblog.com and Joho the Blog
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: Paul Mooney and digg
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 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
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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
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 WarcraftRealms.com, a large fansite which tracks and analyzes population statistics and demographics for Warcraft.
Discussion: broadstuff, Scobleizer and Blonde 2.0
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 Neowin.net
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
David Rogers: A Bitter, Bitter Man  —  Over at Groundhog Day, David Rogers demonstrates that he is pretty bitter.  He lumps me together with Clay Shirky and Doc Searls (which I am ok with) as fringe lunatic types who seem to think that the Internet can do good things.  Yes, I think so.
Discussion: Groundhog Day and Newsome.Org
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.
Discussion: The Obvious?
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
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Covering All the Online Bases  —  The digital business of Major League Baseball started out as a mess.  Now it has $400 million in revenue and may revolutionize the economics of the sport.  —  It's the final inning and the marlins, who have been ahead since early in the game, have seen their lead slip to a single run.
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 …
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David Cowan / Who Has Time For This?:
Bessemer Bamboozled?  —  Valleywag is delighting in a string …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
6 Ways to Download Torrents with your Web-Browser  —  All the applications listed in this article were previously featured on TorrentFreak.  Our friend Niek from mininova wrote a great roundup post at the Mininova blog reviewing all of them, and pointing out some of the pros and cons.
Discussion: Office Tweaks and digg
Miriam Hill / philly.com:
Time for Wi-Fi to sink or sync  —  Is Philadelphia about to become a wireless heaven, filled with laptop-wielding residents connecting to the Internet on the cheap from home or around town?  —  Or is the dream announced almost three years ago by Mayor Street to make Philadelphia a "hot city" …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
 
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