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5:55 PM ET, July 8, 2007

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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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista SP1 beta 1 to launch in mid-July  —  It's official: We are now in the under-promise and over-deliver era at Microsoft.  —  Just when Microsoft had customers, partners and competitors all believing that it was going to delay the first service pack for Vista — not releasing a first beta …
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 mocoNews.net
Michael Parsons / Times of London:
Bloggers want my steak baguette  —  There's so much silliness in the blogosphere that it's easy for old media to dismiss it.  Just don't forget that there are wolves amongst the sheep  —  Successful blogging is hard, dirty work: it's the hand-to-hand combat of the writing world.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Competition For Scribd  —  Scribd, dubbed "YouTube for documents" didn't have the the traditional dip in traffic after its launch, and has continued to grow rapidly after raising nearly $4 million in two rounds of venture capital.  —  I looks like they already have competition, though.
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Facebook: Add Zoho to your profile  —  Add Zoho to your profile  —  Online office suite Zoho is now available for integration with Facebook: … For anyone who is looking for more ways to make Facebook more productive, this definitely is a step in the right direction.  —  Facebook|
Discussion: Liberate Media and rexblog.com
Sûnnet Beskerming / The Register:
Time to blacklist blacklists  —  Plenty of way to overcome 'minor inconvenience'  —  Blacklists have their place for detecting and identifying malicious content and activity, with the whole signature-based malware detection industry effectively being built around the concept that blacklists are reliable mechanisms.
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.
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 …
Paul Taylor / Yahoo! News:
AT&T sets up 'Muni' WiFi in California  —  AT&T, the largest US telecommunications group, is launching its first WiFi wireless broadband internet service on Monday in Riverside, California.  —  The deployment highlights AT&T's decision to embrace public WiFi technology as a complementary …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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  —  www.chinaview.cn 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.
 
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The Jeff Pulver Blog:
I am no longer an iPhone Refusnik...but rather an iPhone Confusnik.
Discussion: A VC
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
CONFIRMED: T-Mobile Germany announces the HTC Kaiser as T-Mobile MDA Vario III
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gizmoz To Get Mainstream Attention At MTV Music Awards
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Lost Remote
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steorn Now Being Openly Mocked
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Funny "no Flash" on iPhone video
Phone Scoop:
BlackBerry With Wi-Fi Approved By the FCC
Kara Jesella / New York Times:
A Hipper Crowd of Shushers
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Microsoft outplays Apple long term
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
So, where are the iPhone games?  —  It's got a large screen …
Discussion: Industry Girl and Technovia
The Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Z9 unveiled! Can ya feel it? Huh, huh?
Discussion: Engadget and Mobility Site
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
YAY! Twitter Blabber Can Now be Phoned In
Daniel Escapa / Daniel Escapa's OneNote Blog:
OneNote Web Exporter - Dave Tse's cool powertoy
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
Microholography milks 500GB out of DVD-sized discs
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Colourlover / COLOURlovers:
For the Record: Adobe Kuler vs COLOURlovers
Discussion: JD on EP and digg
 

 
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