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8:45 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: LiewCF.com
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.
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: mocoNews.net and TorrentFreak
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
787 Dreamliner launch a big deal  —  EVERETT, Wash.—"This will make some rock concerts pale by comparison," Boeing spokesman Tim Bader told me with a smile as we rode a company-hired bus to the long-awaited 787 Dreamliner launch event.  —  I knew this was a big event since, after all …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Gesturesphere  —  A few weeks ago I wrote a post called iPhonomics.  A few days later I was chatting with Andrew Keen when he casually mentioned that would make a good title for a book.  Although I have no intention of writing a book (that's real work) I thought I'd check out the domain on Go Daddy.
Discussion: EirePreneur
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.
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 …
Niall Kennedy / Engadget:
Enwidget: Ten useful Apple Dashboard widgets  —  Niall Kennedy contributes Enwidget, where he explores the ins and outs of the rapidly expanding universe of glanceable information applications and devices.  —  Apple Dashboard widgets can be a quick way to reference your favorite data in a small heads-up-display.
Discussion: digg
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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Arne Hess / the::unwired:
CONFIRMED: T-Mobile Germany announces the HTC Kaiser as T-Mobile MDA Vario III
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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