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5:30 PM ET, June 24, 2007


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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 …
Discussion: Techscape
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
VC Perspectives on the Facebook Platform: Andrew Chen, MDV EIR  —  Our Sand Hill interview series continues this week with Andrew Chen, Entrepreneur in Residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures.  (Last week I spoke with Jeremy Liew, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, to get his perspective.)
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
CEO / This is going to be BIG.:
The Facebook Problem?  Huh?  (Scratches head) People, the same rules still apply!
Discussion: FaceWatch
Rafat Ali /
Yahoo Merges Ad Sales Units; Wenda Harris Millard Leaves To Join MSLO  —  Yahoo's chief sales officer Wenda Harris Millard is leaving the company. has learned that she is joining Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) as the [Chief Media Officer] President, Media.
Discussion: Valleywag and CostPerNews
PR Newswire:
Yahoo! to Combine Search and Display Advertising Sales Teams to Better Serve its Advertising Partners  —  Promotes David Karnstedt to Lead Unified Team as Head of US Sales  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company …
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?
John Battelle / FM Blog:
A Follow Up  —  Well, we certainly stepped in it, judging by the …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Why can Leo Laporte and Disney do it, but Mike Arrington and TechCrunch can't?
Dan Blank:
Are Bloggers and Marketers Really Evil?
Discussion: A VC
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks:
The increasingly tight limits of propriety for bloggers
Discussion: CNET
Eric Sylvers / International Herald Tribune:
Lower prices ahead for Wi-Fi access?  —  MILAN: With the proliferation of Wi-Fi hotspots, it has become possible to open a laptop and connect to the Internet in just about any major airport as well as thousands of hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars.  Yet logging on can sometimes be onerous …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boingo goes flat.  And that's good  —  Looks like common sense is finally prevailing in the for-fee Wi-Fi business.  —  Boingo Wireless, a Wi-Fi aggregator is launching a flat rate Wi-Fi plan for the entire planet, which seems like a first step in Wi-Fi price war, and that is just great, repeat great news for the consumer at large.
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.
Discussion: digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Revision3 raises $8M more for niche TV
Discussion: and Podcasting News
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!
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
LinkedIn Opening Platform  —  Last night I received a tip: LinkedIn is considering opening their platform to developers.  If true, this would be huge news.  While a bit skeptical, there are a few reasons that this could actually be taking place.  Since Facebook opened their platform almost a month ago …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek:
Free VoIP For Your Windows Mobile Smartphone  —  Fring, the free mobile VoIP service that works just like Skype, is now available for Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 smartphones.  Get ready for some free mobile phone calls.  —  Here is a look at Fring for WinMo smartphones:
Discussion: and VoIP Now
May Wong / Associated Press:
Industry awaits 'revolutionary' iPhone  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - There's hype.  There's hysteria.  And there's history.  The hype around Apple Inc.'s upcoming iPhone is abundantly clear.  So is the hysteria.  But how the iPhone will leave its historical mark after Friday's launch is to be seen.
Mac OS X Leopard internal roadmap revealed … I'd rather have polish than  —  On June 23rd, 2007 04:42:00 PM Neil Anderson says:  —  I'd rather have polish than new features at this point in Leopard's development.  —  Partners in Grime  — Login or register to post comments
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo, Slashdot and digg
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
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Jennifer Netherby / Video Business Online:
Xbox Live tries ads with McDonald's, New Line partnership
Discussion: Gizmodo, Kotaku and Joystiq
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Defamation lawsuit seeks to unmask anonymous cowards
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
New details about the iPhone  —  Remember the winning Engadget …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Real Evil: ISP Inserted Advertising