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1:55 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.
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.
Jeff Howe / Wired News:
Did Assignment Zero Fail? A Look Back, and Lessons Learned
Discussion: Crowdsourcing
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 …
Vodafone denies Verizon bid talk
Discussion: Reuters
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Blog:
Ship it!  —  Woo-hoo!  We did it.  Today we are announcing that Windows Home Server has been released to manufacturing (RTM).  We have finalized the software and now handing it off to our OEM partners.  The evaluation version (with 120 day evaluation period) and the system builder version …
Rich Brown / CNET   Windows Home Server off to production, gets new partners
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Sony's Grouper becomes Crackle, a "pathway to Hollywood"
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Ghost Of Zuckerberg's Past May Haunt Facebook IPO  —  A long-standing dispute over the origin of Facebook looks set to haunt the growingly popular social networking service as it heads towards an IPO.  —  A lawsuit due to come before the US Federal Court later this month alleges …
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.
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 and John Furrier
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Introducing Earth2Tech, our latest blog
Louise Story / New York Times:
The Washington Post to Trade in Hyperlocal News on the Web  —  The Washington Post, well known for its detailed coverage of the White House and global affairs, will introduce a Web site today with news and other information for a rarefied group: people who live in Loudoun County, Va., population 272,000.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
In Push for Local Readers, Post Unleashes
Discussion: MiniMediaGuy
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.
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
Antony Savvas / CNET
London gets free Wi-Fi  —  A free metropolitan Wi-Fi network has been launched in London, continuing the gradual trend toward free public wireless Internet access in Europe and the United States.  —  The group behind, which serves as a resource for those looking for Wi-Fi hot spots …
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 …
Tim Donnelly Smith / Truphone press office:
Truphone wins court injunction against T-Mobile blocking tactics  —  Judge instructs mobile operator to stop blocking calls to Truphone  —  Competition in the mobile telephony sector intensified today when a judge granted a mandatory injunction forcing T-Mobile (UK) Ltd to interconnect with Truphone …
Discussion: The Mobile Gadgeteer and Roam4free
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.
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
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Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
When the Trill of a Cellphone Brings the Clang of Prison Doors
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Italy arrests 26 for phishing operation
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Dell says sorry for charging for free software
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Ron Paul: A Distributed Web 2.0 Campaign
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Remembering  —  It was 8 years ago we went public …
Adamson Rust / Inquirer:
Samsung may be eyeing up AMD
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Silverlight Release Candidate due before end of July
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
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Robert / AppleHound:
iPhone v1.0 Bugs
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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
The iPhone's camera is an unexpected plus
Jon Collins / The Register:
Mobile roaming. Do you care?
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Discussion: Gear Live