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2:55 PM ET, July 8, 2007


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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
When three ex-MSFTies partner: They're Beautiful!  —  Three months ago almost everyone wondered (or at least one nosy blogger did) what happens when three amazingly talented Microsoft employees leave to form their own startup company would do and could achieve.
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
SPRINT TAKES LEAD AS 1ST SPONSOR OF FILE-SHARE SONG  —  Sprint has signed on as the first company to underwrite a song to be distributed on file-sharing networks, agreeing to embed its logo on copies of tracks from Atlantic Records hip-hop artist Plies, sources told The Post.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Extravagant World of Warcraft setup includes 47 PCs, seven monitors  —  And you thought adding a trio of displays to your mobile gaming rig was hardcore.  To be frank, calling this setup "extravagant" could be the understatement of the month (or year), but it's a tad hard to articulate …
Barbara Whitaker / New York Times:
Technology's Untanglers: They Make It Really Work  —  SOMETIMES there is a huge disconnect between the people who make a product and the people who use it.  The creator of a Web site may assume too much knowledge on the part of users, leading to confusion.  Software designers …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
THE IMPORTANT LESSONS OF BACKFENCE'S CLOSING  —  The announced closing of Backfence has brought about some refreshing and much-needed discussion on the subject of hyperlocal news and the web.  This is an important discussion, because a lot of companies are looking to hyperlocal as the salvation of their business model.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StartupWeekend: 70 Founders Create Company In One Weekend  —  StartupWeekend is occurring right now in Colorado.  The goal - create a startup in one weekend, which will be called vosnap.  Everyone who attends is a founder, with equal equity.  Ideas for what the company will be have been gathered since June.
Xinhua News Agency:
$19 mln price tag for space station toilet  — 2007-07-06 18:01:47  —  Paying 19 million U.S.dollars for a Russian-built international space station toilet system is a bargain compared to building one from scratch, a NASA spokewoman said Thursday.
Cerulean Studios' Blog:
One More Thing...  This week was pretty slow at Cerulean Island.  July 4th came mid-week, and we decided to put out a quick build on Monday to address some important bugs that would have negatively impacted some of the new alpha testing team's first impressions.
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
CONFIRMED: T-Mobile Germany announces the HTC Kaiser as T-Mobile MDA Vario III  —  Here we go - I was right when I said that T-Mobile's previously unveiled MDA Vario III will be most likely the HTC Kaiser.  Today, T-Mobile Germany confirmed the launch of the MDA Vario III during the IFA late next month …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Engadget Mobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gizmoz To Get Mainstream Attention At MTV Music Awards  —  Gizmoz, an Israeli startup that allows people to create realistic 3D cartoon avatars of themselves and embed them on other websites, will be getting a little mainstream attention at the upcoming MTV Music Awards in September.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Lost Remote
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Microsoft outplays Apple long term  —  OK, let me set the scene here.  Three weeks ago this event didn't exist.  300 developers are here in San Francisco.  All voluntarily.  All organized themselves.  —  I've already met a Microsoft employee.  A Yahoo employee.  A Verisign employee.
Discussion: Global Nerdy, Backup Brain and JD on EP
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Funny "no Flash" on iPhone video  —  This has gotten shown to me a few times already cause developers here know I am a Flash on iPhone advocate.
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
YAY!  Twitter Blabber Can Now be Phoned In  —  Michael Arrington gives Dave Winer a big 'ol pat on the TwitterGram back while wondering what the "media hacker" will "blend up next."  —  No need to wonder about what Winer was blending yesterday, thanks to the mighty Twitter itself: "Fresh cherries"!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steorn Now Being Openly Mocked  —  Irish startup Steorn blew the hugely hyped demo of their new perpetual energy machine when "excessive heat from the lighting in the main display area" led them to abort the affair.  However, the guys at LouderVoice somehow got access to Steorn's "CEO" and "Machine" for this exclusive demo.
Discussion: Damien Mulley, EirePreneur and Techdirt
Kara Jesella / New York Times:
A Hipper Crowd of Shushers  —  ON a Sunday night last month at Daddy's, a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, more than a dozen people in their 20s and 30s gathered at a professional soiree, drinking frozen margaritas and nibbling store-bought cookies.  With their thrift-store inspired clothes …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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The Jeff Pulver Blog:
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
So, where are the iPhone games?  —  It's got a large screen …
Discussion: Industry Girl and Technovia
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Motorola Z9 unveiled! Can ya feel it? Huh, huh?
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Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
Microholography milks 500GB out of DVD-sized discs
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