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11:00 AM ET, July 16, 2007

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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:
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 …
Discussion: dslreports.com
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.
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"  —  The online video site formerly known as Grouper — the one purchased by Sony for $65 million last August — has a new name and a new direction.  —  Now Crackle, it will be a Sony Pictures-backed online talent studio (our previous coverage here).
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
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
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 …
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
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?
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
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
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.
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 …
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Kevin Ho / CNET News.com:
The iPhone's camera is an unexpected plus
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Citizen Media: A Progress Report
Discussion: Wired News
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Start Record Label with Jay-Z and Beyonce?
New York Times:
The Wealthiest Americans Ever
Discussion: Neatorama and digg
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
In Push for Local Readers, Post Unleashes LoudounExtra.com
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Inside Facebook, NFO (News Feed Optimization) is the new SEO
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Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Review of Streamy, a News Networking Service
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
International Reporter:
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Facebook to supplant email?
 

 
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