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1:05 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.
Discussion: MediaShift and Internet Outsider
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Jeff Howe / Wired News:
Did Assignment Zero Fail?  A Look Back, and Lessons Learned  —  "What is it exactly that we're doing here?"  — Assignment Zero contributor Robert King  —  Ambitions ran high when Wired joined forces in January with new media incubator NewAssignment.net to try a novel experiment in pro-am journalism.
Discussion: Crowdsourcing
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:   Citizen Media: A Progress Report
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.
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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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   The Ghost Of Zuckerberg's Past May Haunt Facebook IPO
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 …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Rich Brown / CNET News.com:
Windows Home Server off to production, gets new partners  —  Right on schedule, Microsoft announced that its Windows Home Server software is off to the presses.  This clears the way for HP, Gateway, LaCie, Medion, and now Iomega and Fujitsu Siemens, (both also announced today …
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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
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Introducing Earth2Tech, our latest blog
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 …
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.
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
In Push for Local Readers, Post Unleashes LoudounExtra.com
Discussion: MiniMediaGuy
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
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Dell says sorry for charging for free software  —  Usillybuntu  —  BOX SHIFTER, Dell has admitted overcharging punters for installing Ubuntu on their machines.  —  Linux fans were incandescent with rage when they noticed that Dell was charging users $250 more than similar PCs equipped with Windows.
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
 
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Ron Paul: A Distributed Web 2.0 Campaign
Tim Donnelly Smith / Truphone press office:
Truphone wins court injunction against T-Mobile blocking tactics
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PS3 Unreal Tournament to feature unlimited map, mod, and skin …
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Remembering Broadcast.com  —  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
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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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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?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com: Today's Google Free Alternative
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Unlock the cell phone? It's a high-stakes debate
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