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6:00 PM ET, June 17, 2007

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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.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Tech vision blurs after 30- Dave Winer vs Fred Wilson  —  Ask any eye doctor and they will tell you people start to lose their vision in their late 30s and need reading glasses by 40.  It is true in technology too.  Dave Winer disagrees with Fred Wilson on this.
Discussion: Scripting News
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
The Future Belongs to Those Who Take The Present For Granted …
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 …
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Direct2Dell:
Dell's 23 Confessions  —  Now's not the time to mince words, so let me just say it... we blew it.  —  I'm referring to a recent blog post from an ex-Dell kiosk employee that received more attention after the Consumerist blogged about it, and even more still after we asked them to remove it.
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ning Rolls Out Facebook App Builder: Embed Your Social Network In a Social Network
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: dslreports.com
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: Blonde 2.0 and Scobleizer
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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David Cowan / Who Has Time For This?:   Bessemer Bamboozled?  —  Valleywag is delighting in a string …
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.
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: digg
San Francisco Chronicle:
Comcast wants Digital Phone users to switch  —  In November, I wrote that cable giant Comcast was steering customers to its new-and- improved Digital Voice phone service.  But for those who signed up in time for the company's older (and cheaper) Digital Phone service, there'd be no mandatory switch to the pricier program.
Discussion: dslreports.com
Julian Dibbell / New York Times:
The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer  —  It was an hour before midnight, three hours into the night shift with nine more to go.  At his workstation in a small, fluorescent-lighted office space in Nanjing, China, Li Qiwen sat shirtless and chain-smoking, gazing purposefully at the online computer game in front of him.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and FurdLog
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
Spencer Kelly / BBC:
Warnings of 'internet overload'  —  As the flood of data across the internet continues to increase, there are those that say sometime soon it is going to collapse under its own weight.  But that is what they said last year.  —  Back in the early 90s, those of us that were online …
 
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