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11:55 AM 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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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
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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, All Facebook and MediaVidea
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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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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?
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Aggregation & Context in The Video World And Threat To Media Companies
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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
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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?
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Start Record Label with Jay-Z and Beyonce?
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
In Push for Local Readers, Post Unleashes LoudounExtra.com
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Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Review of Streamy, a News Networking Service
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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
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Net radio "compromise" hinged on DRM adoption
Jesse Farmer / Inside Facebook:
The Dangers of Building on the Facebook Platform
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
A Patent Is Worth Having, Right? Well, Maybe Not
 

 
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