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12:15 PM ET, July 16, 2007

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Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Backfence: Lessons Learned  —  There has been a lot of speculation about what went wrong at Backfence.  To date, the company's investors and I have tried to stay out of the second-guessing in the blogosphere and the trade press, largely because there are private business matters involved that we've chosen not to discuss.
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Jeff Howe / Wired News:
Did Assignment Zero Fail?  A Look Back, and Lessons Learned  —  "What is it exactly that we're doing here?"  — Assignment Zero contributor Robert King  —  Ambitions ran high when Wired joined forces in January with new media incubator NewAssignment.net to try a novel experiment in pro-am journalism.
Discussion: Crowdsourcing
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Citizen Media: A Progress Report  —  In my keynote at last month's OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters' Forum in Seoul, I was asked to offer a year-on-year progress report on the state of citizen journalism.  To sum up:  —  We've come a long way.  There's a growing recognition and appreciation of why citizen journalism matters.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The Facebook lawsuit that hasn't gone away  —  Before he launched Facebook at Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg worked for two brothers on a project called HarvardConnect.com that also wanted to connect students and alumni.  —  Zuckerberg later left that project, and showed up with Facebook.
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The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Goodbye LinkedIn.  Hello Facebook.  —  This morning I made the decision to focus all of my professional business social networking contacts to be on Facebook.  That means that I am no longer going to accept new LinkedIn requests.  After spending the past few months using Facebook, I no longer see the value of LinkedIn.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   The Ghost Of Zuckerberg's Past May Haunt Facebook IPO
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
A Sony Web Site to Offer Videos by Aspiring Filmmakers  —  Sony is trying to edge into Internet videos with a Web site to be introduced today called Crackle that will feature short segments by aspiring filmmakers, many of whom Sony paid for their productions.
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Katie Fehrenbacher / Earth2Tech:
Hello from Earth2Tech  —  So we're all aware that green-focused web sites are getting about as trendy as celebutante DUIs.  There's been more than enough great new reads launched in the last few months, most of them focused on helping consumers live more ecofriendly lives - something we could all do a little better.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Introducing Earth2Tech, our latest blog  —  Apparently like everyone else, we are going green!  —  We are launching our latest blog - Earth2Tech, a site devoted to the business of clean technologies, its innovations and everything else.  While there are many sites that help consumers live …
Michelle Thatcher / CNET News.com:
Intel announces Extreme mobile CPU  —  Mobile gaming just got sweeter: Today Intel announced the Core 2 Extreme X7800, its first laptop CPU under the Extreme Edition brand.  The 2.6GHz dual-core processor features 4MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz front-side bus, making it the highest-end chip in Intel's mobile lineup.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel's 2.6GHz X7800 gaming laptop CPU already overclocked to 3GHz
Discussion: TG Daily
FT Alphaville:
Vodafone's extraordinary $160bn Verizon plan  —  Mobile phone group Vodafone has been considering a $160bn takeover bid for its American peer and partner, Verizon Communications — a deal that, if consummated, would rival AOL's takeover of Time Warner and Vodafone's earlier acquisition …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Inside Facebook, NFO (News Feed Optimization) is the new SEO  —  Everybody with a website knows that Google owns two of their most important marketing channels: organic search (SEO) and paid search (SEM).  In fact, entire cottage industries have developed around them:
Discussion: WebProNews
New York Times:
The Hand That Controls the Sock Puppet Could Get Slapped  —  On the Internet nobody knows you're a dog — or the chief executive of a Fortune 500 company.  —  Or so thought John Mackey, the chief executive of Whole Foods Market, who used a fictional identity on the Yahoo message boards …
Robert / AppleHound:
iPhone v1.0 Bugs  —  We have spent more than 40 hours tapping around the iPhone screens in an effort to find issues with the applications.  This was not an easy task.  The OS X graphical interface and applications are extremely solid!  —  The bugs range from minor display issues to application crashes.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Age of Conversation:
Age of Conversation Launches  —  Sydney, Australia; Des Moines, Iowa, USA, July 16, 2007 — In what may be a first-of-its-kind collaboration via the internet, more than 100 marketing professionals have joined together online to write The Age of Conversation, a book that will be published July 16.
adCenter Blog:
adCenter feature review: Get negative!  It could have a positive impact on your campaigns.  —  As part of the adCenter upgrade on Saturday, we added the ability to work with negative keywords at the campaign level so they apply to all the ad groups in the campaign.  Previously, this was only possible at the ad group level.
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Silverlight Release Candidate due before end of July
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Online Video Ads: Just Wait
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Aggregation & Context in The Video World And Threat To Media Companies
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Antony Savvas / CNET News.com:
London gets free Wi-Fi
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge deals another blow to RIAA's war against on-campus filesharing
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
NewsGroper: Real Celebrities, Fake Blogs
Kevin Ho / CNET News.com:
The iPhone's camera is an unexpected plus
Jon Collins / The Register:
Mobile roaming. Do you care?
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Ask.com: Today's Google Free Alternative
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Start Record Label with Jay-Z and Beyonce?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Unlock the cell phone? It's a high-stakes debate
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
In Push for Local Readers, Post Unleashes LoudounExtra.com
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BBC:
Paper gives away Prince CDs
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Doug Mohney / Inquirer:
High speed granny has $250,000 of kit
Steve / How To Split An Atom:
How To Define Web 3.0  —  Over the last few months I have written …
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Hindustan Times:
Google, Yahoo may be eyeing Rediff
 

 
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