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10:05 AM ET, July 16, 2007

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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.
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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
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
The high-stakes debate over open access  —  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 Communications …
Discussion: dslreports.com
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  —  The QX6850 is just one of six new Core 2 Duo-ish procs introduced by Intel today.  The other most notable addition is the 2.6GHz Core 2 Extreme X7800 with an 800MHz dynamic FSB and 4MB L2 cache — Intel's first "Extreme" …
Discussion: TG Daily
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Sony's Grouper becomes Crackle, a "pathway to Hollywood"
Discussion: The Register, NewTeeVee and TechCrunch
Steve / How To Split An Atom:
How To Define Web 3.0  —  Over the last few months I have written a weekly piece on how the Web is evolving.  Taking into account the current trends in technology, and the direction in which the web is developing I have tried to define Web 3.0.  At the end of volume one of this discussion piece, I think we have come a long way.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and digg
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.
Discussion: MediaShift and Editors Weblog
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaVidea
Hindustan Times:
Google, Yahoo may be eyeing Rediff  —  US-based Internet giants such as Google and Yahoo are eyeing Rediff.com India Ltd, which runs one of India's most popular consumer Internet portals, for a possible acquisition.  Investment banking sources told Hindustan Times that the management …
BBC:
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
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com: Today's Google Free Alternative  —  Today's the day we're encouraging people to try Ask.com 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?
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
In Push for Local Readers, Post Unleashes LoudounExtra.com  —  The Washington Post Co. today is launching LoudounExtra.com, an aggressive online push into hyperlocal journalism, combining traditional reporters and photographers with bloggers, videographers and extensive databases on schools, businesses and churches.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Will Someone Who Actually Cares About Blogging Please Write the History Of it?  —  I'm just an observer in this particular battle, but it appears that the WSJ sort of flubbed it today with a hastily written article on the history of blogging.  Duncan Riley writes a response and points …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Start Record Label with Jay-Z and Beyonce?
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New York Times:
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Inside Facebook, NFO (News Feed Optimization) is the new SEO
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
TWO WEEKS: EB Games Australia Issues Total 360 Recall
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Aidan / Mapping The Web:
My 11 Blog Lessons  —  A few days ago, Mark Evans wrote …
Yahoo! News:
Canon to build $451 mln factory for key camera part
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Review of Streamy, a News Networking Service
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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
International Reporter:
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Roughly Drafted:
Those OS X iPods? They're Already Here! Pixo, ARM, and the Mac OS
Discussion: CrunchGear and Technovia
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Facebook to supplant email?
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Microsoft's Windows Media DRM cracked (again)
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