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9:20 PM ET, June 27, 2007


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Pownce Is Alive!  —  Today we're turning on the splash page of Pownce, a side project that I've been working on with some friends over weekends for the last few months.  The site isn't quite open to the public yet, but if you want to try it out, enter your email and we'll get an invite out to you shortly.
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First look at Pownce  —  Kevin Rose, of Digg and Revision 3 fame, just launched an invite-only alpha of his latest project, Pownce.  Pownce lets you share files, links, and other info with your friends.  It's not an original concept.  Yet Pownce makes an extremely good first impression.
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose's New Startup: Pownce
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace, Chasing YouTube, Upgrades Its Offerings  —  Two years ago, millions of MySpace users began adding video clips to their profile pages, helping to give rise to YouTube, which Google bought last October for $1.65 billion.  —  This week, MySpace, a division of the News Corporation …
Caroline McCarthy /
MYSPACE'S VIDEO CZAR GIVES DETAILS ON NEW 'TV' ENDEAVOR  —  On Wednesday, CNET checked in with Jeff Berman,'s general manager of video operations, to hear more about the gargantuan social network's latest project: MySpace TV.  The New York Times reported Tuesday that MySpace …
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   MySpace to Launch YouTube Killer Tomorrow
Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace TV, and the Salary Story
Discussion: WebProNews
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Issues Staff Report on Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy  —  Report Urges Caution on Network Neutrality Regulation  —  The Federal Trade Commission's Internet Access Task Force today issued a report, "Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy," which summarizes the Task Force's findings …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
FTC shoots down Net Neutrality, says it is not needed  —  The Federal Trade Commission today dealt a serious blow to "Net Neutrality" proponents as it issued a reporting dismissive of claims that the government needs to get involved in preserving the fairness of networks in the United States.
Windows Live Moves Into Next Phase with Renewed Focus on Software + Services  —  Q&A: Chris Jones, corporate vice president, Windows Live Experience Program Management, discusses how a new Windows Live product suite planned for release in the coming months will help customers more easily and safely communicate and share online.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
A few more details on Windows Live Photo Gallery  —  Brandon LeBlanc over at the Windows Vista Blog has been playing with Windows Live Photo Gallery, and has a nice post up on it.  He describes some of the new features, extensions to the Photo Gallery in Vista:
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
YouTube: 50% More Traffic than Other Video Sites Combined  —  YouTube's growth has not begun to slow yet this year.  Hitwise traffic data shows that the market share of US visits to YouTube has increased by 70% when comparing January 2007 to May 2007 (this only includes site visits …
Critical Consensus: The iPhone scorecard  —  The iPhone scorecard  —  The first four hands-on reviews of Apple's new wonderphone came out yesterday.  The critical consensus?  Buy the amazing device, if you can afford it.  We gave scores out of ten — in ten categories.
Discussion: the Onda and i-boy
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft entering the low-cost PC sales biz; first stop India  —  Microsoft will begin selling PCs in India next month as part of its "Unlimited Potential" program, an event that will mark the software giant's first entry into the PC sales business.  Dubbed the IQ PC, the machines will cost RS21,000 …
Ina Fried / CNET   Microsoft launches new low-cost PC effort in India
Woman: I'm no music pirate  —  Suit - A Beaverton mom says the record industry terrorized her with bogus claims  —  ASHBEL S. GREEN  —  A disabled single mother from Beaverton has filed a federal lawsuit against the Recording Industry Association of America, claiming that she is the victim …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
RIAA tried to shake down 10-year-old daughter, suit claims
Discussion: Connected Internet
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
When You've Got To Go, Go To  —  MizPee is a new service focused on delivering pertinent information regarding the location of nearby restrooms.  —  Using MizPee is as simple as surfing to via a mobile device browser.  Users simply enter their location and MizPee delivers …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Blockbuster Seeks Looser Credit Terms; Hints At Price Rise For Total Access Program; Netflix Rises  —  Blockbuster (BBI) is feeling squeezed where it hurts - in the pocketbook.  —  In an 8-K filing with the SEC today, Blockbuster disclosed that it plans to seek an amendment of its credit agreement …
Discussion: Reuters
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster and Netflix settle patent battle
Discussion: bizjournals and
Arn / MacRumors:
iTunes 7.3 with Custom Ringtones?  [Updatedx2]  —  While not mentioned in any of the reviews, we've received word that custom Ringtone support is in fact a feature of iTunes 7.3.  —  A "Ringtone" tab was shown during the original iPhone announcement at Macworld San Francisco, as shown in this photo from Engadget:
Discussion: CNET, MacNN, TechBlog and digg
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook Acquisitions: Fad or Proof of Platform Success?  —  On Monday the blog Inside Facebook broke the story that the Facebook-only application Favorite Peeps had been acquired by slideshow creator Slide (and Slide confirmed to me yesterday that they had reached an agreement with the creator of Favorite Peeps).
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