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11:25 AM ET, July 16, 2007


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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.
Michelle Thatcher / CNET
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel's 2.6GHz X7800 gaming laptop CPU already overclocked to 3GHz
Discussion: TG Daily
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Register and Deal Journal
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Wired News
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Unlock the cell phone?  It's a high-stakes debate  —  news analysis Imagine a day when you can buy the newest, coolest phone you can get your hands on—and use it on any wireless carrier's network.  —  Right now that's almost impossible in the U.S. But if the rules for the upcoming Federal …
Paper gives away Prince CDs  —  Around three million copies of Prince's new album, Planet Earth, have been given away with the Mail On Sunday.  —  The promotion is believed to be worth about £250,000 to the musician, whose hits include Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret and Money Don't Matter 2Night.
Discussion: Gear Live
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Today's Google Free Alternative  —  Today's the day we're encouraging people to try as part of our Google Free Fridays in July.  But why is it happening on a Monday?  Because I'm a day behind, as I explained last Friday.  Shush, you!  What's that?
Jon Collins / The Register:
Mobile roaming.  Do you care?  —  Or is it just a big business concern?  —  If there is one topic that is guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of the average corporate telecoms manager, it's mobile roaming charges.  The level of fees imposed by mobile operators on customers making …
Discussion: blognation UK mobile
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.
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 that also wanted to connect students and alumni.  —  Zuckerberg later left that project, and showed up with Facebook.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaVidea
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Antony Savvas / CNET
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
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Start Record Label with Jay-Z and Beyonce?
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Review of Streamy, a News Networking Service
Discussion: AccMan
Steve / How To Split An Atom:
How To Define Web 3.0  —  Over the last few months I have written …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and digg
Hindustan Times:
Google, Yahoo may be eyeing Rediff
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Net radio "compromise" hinged on DRM adoption
Jesse Farmer / Inside Facebook:
The Dangers of Building on the Facebook Platform
Tom Yager US / Computerworld:
The line between hacking and reverse engineering is thin
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
A Patent Is Worth Having, Right? Well, Maybe Not
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Facebook to supplant email?