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5:55 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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Business and a dot com
Discussion: WebProNews and The Key
Valleywag:   Search: The real value of Business.com
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?
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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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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.
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Nancy Weil / Computerworld:
Trade Commission supports Qualcomm ban
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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
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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 …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft puts end to independent Longhorn Reloaded project  —  Just a few weeks after the independent developers of Longhorn Reloaded hit milestone 1, Microsoft has effectively shut the project down with a cease and desist notice.  —  Longhorn reloaded is an operating system based …
Discussion: BetaNews
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Group Chat Feature Released  —  It's a small feature, but much requested, and with interesting implications for all Google Talk users: the browser-based Google Talk gadget now allows you to create multi-user chat rooms.  To open such a room, click on "Group Chat" …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk Gadget Adds Multi-User Chats
Discussion: Googlified
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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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.
Tom Merritt / CNET News.com:
Buzz Out Loud Show Notes - Big hands, small iPhone  —  Apple is being accused of using models with enormous hands to make the iPhone look smaller.  Gizmodo has a pretty good comparison of two photos that make it look as if large-handed people may be in the employ of Steve Jobs.
Bojan Zdrnja / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Fake Adobe Shockwave Player download page  —  Jason Frisvold wrote to us about a suspicious web page.  One of his users visited the web page he submitted and subsequently got infected with a Trojan horse.  —  When we get reports of web pages like this one, I typically first download the web page with wget …
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.
 
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Chris Williams / The Register:
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John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Coming this fall: Two new Tivoli Wi-Fi radios
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Brian McConnell / VentureBeat:
Sold to the highest bidder
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Apple: 20 Minute Museum Tour of the iPhone
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Chris Williams / The Register:
EU privacy watchdogs extend search engine probe
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
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