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10:45 AM ET, July 19, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooma Launches Free Consumer Phone Service  —  An ambitious and long awaited new consumer VOIP startup - Ooma - launches on Thursday morning.  Much like Vonage and the ill-fated SunRocket, Ooma allows consumers to use their normal phones to make and receive telephone calls, but at drastically reduced prices.
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Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Ooma Puts Out a Call to Ditch Landlines for Web-Based Service  —  It has been possible for several years now for Americans to dump their landline phone companies and pay much less with services that route calls over the Internet instead of over the regular phone network.
Discussion: Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ooma wants voice to be free  —  Voice over the Internet, so far, has been a game of cheap minutes, shoddy quality, and unreliable connections.  It's also been a money-losing proposition.  The promise of voice being free has remained just that - a promise.  Palo Alto-based startup Ooma promises …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
VoIP goes Hollywood  —  What do Ashton Kutcher and voice over IP technology have in common?  —  Kutcher, best known for his role on That '70s Show and MTV's reality show Punk'd, is "creative director" for a Silicon Valley start-up called Ooma, which has developed a device that will allow users …
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Arrington / TalkCrunch:   Interview With Ooma Execs Andrew Frame and Ashton Kutcher
Kyle / uncov:   Ooma: A-List Rub and Tug
CNNMoney.com:
Senate looking at Google-DoubleClick  —  Executives from search engine firm, its target DoubleClick, and competitors expected to appear at antitrust hearing.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Lawmakers in Congress plan to hold hearings to air concerns about Google Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Web advertising supplier DoubleClick Inc.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Congress to Examine Google-DoubleClick Deal  —  Google executives are expected to be called to testify before House and Senate subcommittees about the company's planned $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, a deal that is already facing close scrutiny from federal antitrust regulators.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ParisLemon
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel and Clearwire to Partner to Accelerate and Expand the Deployment of the First Nationwide Mobile Broadband Network Using WiMAX Technology  —  Consumers, Businesses and Public Safety Agencies to Benefit from More Coverage Sooner and Enhanced Network Capabilities
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
WiMax goes mainstream: Sprint, Clearwire to build national network  —  Sprint and Clearwire are pooling resources in a venture that could take WiMax nationwide.  —  The two companies said Thursday that they plan to build a national WiMax (4G) network.  The partnership, which is a 20-year agreement …
Discussion: dslreports.com and Computerworld
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype losing its voice?  —  eBay just reported its second quarter (Q2) 2007 earnings, and we are going to get to the details later, but lets just focus on Skype, that strangely seems to be making money even as it usage is flattening.  — New Registered Users, an ambiguous number at best …
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Tony Smith / The Register:
The IBM ThinkPad: 15 years old today  —  Receive the day's biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Forgotten Tech The ThinkPad is 15 today.  Sort of.  Launched by IBM and now made by Lenovo, the black-clad laptop family quickly established itself as an icon, in many ways re-establishing …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Acquires InviteShare  —  Getting invitations to private betas can be a frustrating experience for early adopters.  If you don't know someone who's already in the beta it could end up being a very long wait.  Over the last few years invitations for some betas were so hard …
Discussion: Download Squad and AppScout
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Scripps Buys User-Gen Recipes Site Recipezaar; Reportedly Around $25 Million  —  Scripps Networks, which has been looking at bulking up its online effort with acquisitions, has made one: it has bought Recipezaar, a Seattle-area based online recipe site.  It was started in 1999 under …
Techdirt:
MPAA Math: 40% Plus 70% Equals?  —  Ah, the MPAA and its ability to simply make up numbers continues.  Last week, we noted that the MPAA was claiming that New York City was where 40% of camcorded movies came from, following earlier claims that 50% came from Canada.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
PR Newswire:
SAP Announces Preliminary 2007 Second Quarter and Six Months Results  —  Company Reports Strong Growth in Revenues from Software and Software Related Services  —  WALLDORF, Germany, July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP - News) today announced its preliminary financial results …
 
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