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4:50 PM ET, June 22, 2007

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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Business.com on the Auction Block?  —  This morning I woke up and got a bad feeling that we were back in crazy times.  The WSJ ran a story about how Business.com was about to get the last laugh in a sale of the company for $300-400M.  Insanity, I thought.  After all, insanity means doing …
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Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Business.com Could Hit Jackpot on Auction Block  —  Entrepreneurs Jake Winebaum and Sky Dayton were widely mocked for lavishing $7.5 million on a single Internet domain name — business.com — back in 1999.  It was the single highest price paid for a domain name at the time.
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Domain Madness: Business.com For $400 Million?  —  The wires are buzzing with talk that the Business.com domain currently up for sale could go for a historic price.  Even The Wall Street Journal has weighed in saying the domain could fetch $400 million.  The idea that the right dot com name …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Buy the business.com domain and we'll throw in this profitable company for free
Discussion: Digital Daily
Valleywag:   Search: The real value of Business.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Business and a dot com
Discussion: The Key and 901am
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Anyone want to buy "Anotherbubble.com?"
Discussion: The Key and Webomatica
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Gets Help From Its Friends  —  Music, Horoscopes Help Boost Site's User Base;  —  Will New Offerings Allow It to Catch MySpace?  —  No. 2 social-networking site Facebook Inc. has persuaded a 22-year-old college dropout, two Microsoft Corp. veterans and more than 800 others to help …
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Feld Thoughts:
The Facebook Problem  —  I've had an account on Facebook for a while.  Until a month ago - around the time of the F8 Platform launch - I checked it once a month.  —  In the last 30 days, I've been checking it once a day.  My friends list has exploded, I've added a bunch of apps …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
I have 400,000 users of my widget - Now what? Freemium potential?
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Yahoo/eBay Merger Case Strengthened By Semel Departure  —  Tim Poulus submits: I believe all the turmoil around Yahoo! (YHOO) following CEO Terry Semel's resignation fortifies the case for a merger with eBay (EBAY), which I defended before.  —  Keep in mind that Google (GOOG) is the perennial enemy to both.
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CNET News.com:
Will Yahoo's board also get a makeover?  —  news analysis After months of criticism, Terry Semel is gone from the corner office at Yahoo, and Jerry Yang is finally back to running the company he co-founded.  —  But in the aftermath of the executive shakeup at the Internet's No. 2 search site …
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Yahoo!/eBay Actually Makes Sense, but Won't Happen
Discussion: TechBizMedia and Skype Journal
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Trade commission denies stay on Qualcomm chip ban  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission has denied Qualcomm's request for a stay on the ban imposed earlier this month on new 3G handset models that use Qualcomm chips, Broadcom announced Friday.  —  Qualcomm has been found to be infringing on several patents of rival Broadcom.
Discussion: Techdirt and jkOnTheRun
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   ITC reaffirms ban on Qualcomm 3G chips, new handsets
Nancy Weil / Computerworld:
Trade Commission supports Qualcomm ban
Discussion: Reuters
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Flaw counting comparisons useful but fall short of true picture  —  The Windows vs Linux security report card that I wrote about from TechEd two weeks ago is officially out and Microsoft has stepped up its PR campaign to argue that Windows Vista has a "lower vulnerability fix and disclosure rate" than competitive Linux distributions.
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Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
MS: Vista More Secure than Linux, Mac OS X
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Mandriva latest to reject Microsoft
Discussion: Epicenter and Techdirt
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Canceling iPhone service early will cost $175  —  AT&T: Fee covers more than just the new device  —  AT&T Inc. has spent $50 million to beef up its relatively slow wireless network in anticipation of the heightened activity expected to follow the iPhone's debut next week …
David Bercovich / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Sells Hardware?  —  The first time people learn about the Google Search Appliance, they often remark, 'I didn't know Google makes hardware.' Actually, to power the millions of searches and other products, Google builds and deploys LOTS of servers in datacenters all over the world.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Turns Its Hardware Manufacturing Over To Dell
Discussion: WebProNews
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk Gadget Adds Multi-User Chats  —  Google Talk Gadget added support group chat.  Just click on the "Group Chat" button when you are in a conversation, and you can invite other people to join your discussion.  Unfortunately, this feature is not available in any other client …
Discussion: Googlified
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Group Chat Feature Released
Discussion: Mashable!
joejoe.org:
!!very important announcement regarding Longhorn reloaded!!, Return to the forum  —  It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cesit and decist letter we recived from microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to longhorn reloaded.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:   Microsoft puts end to independent Longhorn Reloaded project
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple iPhone Displays at Apple Stores (and AT&T Stores) [Updatedx3]  —  It appears that Apple iPhone displays are going up at Apple Stores.  TUAW noted that a "large, covered rectangular display" appeared at the 5th Avenue Apple Store last night.  They've also posted a small gallery of images of the shrouded display.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mono Silverlight implementation emerges after epic hackathon  —  After 20 days of "intense" programming, Novell's Mono development team has successfully produced a functioning prototype of Moonlight, an open-source Mono-based implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight rich-media application development framework.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Who Will Be The YouTube Of Live Video?  —  The growth of Youtube and it's subsequent $1.65 billion buyout left behind a bevy of competing video sites.  Since then competitors have been seeking to differentiate themselves by focusing on longer videos, higher (bitrate) quality videos, professional content, and paying their users.
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Coming this fall: Two new Tivoli Wi-Fi radios  —  Tivoli Audio is well known for its tabletop radios, but the company has always remained somewhat on the conservative side when it comes to features: AM, FM, and CD, plus the occasional iPod dock and satellite radio.
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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Phil Bradley / Search Engine Land:
Ask Advertising Campaign Slammed
Discussion: WebProNews
Brian McConnell / VentureBeat:
Sold to the highest bidder
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple: 20 Minute Museum Tour of the iPhone
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Truveo Hits (Almost) 40 Million Visitors
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PC World:
Creative Launches Zen Stone Plus
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Chris Williams / The Register:
EU privacy watchdogs extend search engine probe
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Future of PR is Participation, Not Pitching
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DailyTech:
"Manhunt 2" Temporarily Suspended From Release
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Talks on global broadcast treaty fail
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Google's Udi Manber - Search is a Hard Problem
Andrew Lim / CNET News.com:
Swap my mobile phone for a million pounds? No way!
Discussion: Gadget Lab
 

 
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