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2:10 PM ET, June 24, 2007


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John Battelle / FM Blog:
A Follow Up  —  Well, we certainly stepped in it, judging by the "blogstorm" over Nick's post this past Friday.  Over the past 24 hours scores of highly respected voices have chimed in on Microsoft's campaign, and I wanted to take the time to read as much of it as I could, really listen, and figure out where I came down in all of this.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Hah.  Battelle Says His Authors Should Have Disclosed  —  More happenings on the sponsored text debate: John Battelle, CEO of FM Publishing, the ad network behind the ads, throw his authors, including us, under a bus today when he writes: … hmm.  Disclose?  Disclose what?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why can Leo Laporte and Disney do it, but Mike Arrington and TechCrunch can't?  —  Tonight I was driving home from a family party with Patrick.  We were listening to KGO Radio.  AM-810.  It's the best rated talk station in the San Francisco area (and is among the best rated station in the world).
Dan Blank:
Are Bloggers and Marketers Really Evil?
Discussion: A VC
Mark Evans:
Five Things That Could Kill Facebook  —  For all the excitement about Facebook's explosive growth, it somehow feels like a huge fad that could disappear or, at least, dissipate, if something cooler comes rumbling over the horizon.  When parents and businesses start embracing Facebook …
Richard Stelmach / Creative Snippets:
What will Facebook look like in 40 years?  —  At the moment the generational difference means that the vast majority of users on sites like Facebook are the younger generation.  But the other day, it crossed my mind that in the future, 40 or so years, Facebook will look somewhat different when we've all got a touch older.
Discussion: FaceWatch, Digital Inspiration and digg
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
The role of humans in Google search  —  Randy Stross wrote an interesting article for the New York Times about search with a human touch, and I wanted to talk about the role of people in Google search.  —  On this post, you get not one but *two* disclaimers.  It's all part of my read-one-disclaimer, get-a-free-disclaimer program!
Discussion: Insider Chatter and WebMetricsGuru
Randall Stross / New York Times:
The Human Touch That May Loosen Google's Grip  —  ONCE upon a time, the most valuable secret formula in American business was Coca-Cola's.  Today, it's Google's master algorithm.  —  In the search business, however, there's no rival to play the role of Pepsi.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Revision3 Raises $8 million From Greylock  —  Online video site Revision3 has raised an $8 million second round of financing, according to a source close to the deal, bringing the total capital raised to $9 million.  Our understanding is that Greylock led the round.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Revision3 raises $8M more for niche TV  —  Revision3, a San Francisco company creating high-quality video shows on niche topics, has raised $8 million more from investors.  —  Like several other companies, including Podtech (see our coverage) and Next New Networks (our coverage) …
Cory Sorice / CrunchGear:
PatentMonkey: NEC Gets Cell Phone Smart File Downloading Patent  —  Apple notes it is [the only player] one of two players in WiFi enabled smart phones offering expanded reach when cell coverage is, well, not so good.  This week, NEC was issued a related patent on wirelessly downloading files …
Discussion: and IMT Blog
Kevin Fayle / The Register:
Defamation lawsuit seeks to unmask anonymous cowards  —  Server logs? what server logs?  —  They should've known better than to flame law students.  —  Two female law students at Yale University have filed a lawsuit in a federal district court in Connecticut against an operator …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
New details about the iPhone  —  Remember the winning Engadget commercial, "The Long Arm of Steve Jobs"?  We posted it after the break, but finding someone who's spent some serious time with a pre-launch iPhone and getting them to talk is basically a lot like that.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and The iPhone Ranch
Jennifer Netherby / Video Business Online:
Xbox Live tries ads with McDonald's, New Line partnership  —  Free sponsored content aimed at attracting new download customers  —  Microsoft Xbox Live is partnering with McDonald's and New Line Home Entertainment to offer its first advertiser-sponsored movie, which will be available free …
Discussion: Kotaku, Gizmodo and Joystiq
John Schwartz / New York Times:
When Computers Attack  —  ANYONE who follows technology or military affairs has heard the predictions for more than a decade.  Cyberwar is coming.  Although the long-announced, long-awaited computer-based conflict has yet to occur, the forecast grows more ominous with every telling …
Discussion: Danger Room and Slashdot
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Threatens to Close German Gmail Due to Local Law  —  According to information from Heise, Google warned that they might disable Gmail in Germany as last fallback should the German government maintain its position in regards to a newly passed law on record-keeping and supervision of internet traffic.
Discussion: Googling Google and TechCrunch
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Gmail Suffers German Travails
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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