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4:10 PM ET, July 19, 2007

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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 …
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Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Ooma Inc. Offers Free Domestic Calls
Discussion: TechSpot News
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Web Phone Called ooma
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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house.gov:
Rush Opens Investigation of Privacy, Competition issues in Proposed Google/DoubleClick Merger  —  Letter to Federal Trade Commission  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), opened an investigation into the far-reaching privacy …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House, Senate to scrutinize Google/DoubleClick merger
Discussion: PC World
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft earnings today: Xbox 360, Windows Vista
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Bloomberg
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
HP Is Tops in Worldwide PC Shipment—Again
Discussion: WebProNews and PC World
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
It is time to stop the spread of Vista SP1 misinformation!  —  Microsoft wants you to be informed about the current state of the Windows Vista SP1 beta.  —  (Not really, but they are pretending they do....)  —  Here is the latest official missive on Vista SP1 from Microsoft headquarters:
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft, BetaNews and WinBeta
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Josh / Windows Connected:
No Public Windows Vista SP1 This Week
Discussion: ZDNet and Bink.nu
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple set to grow iPhone family pre-holidays  —  Apple Inc. this fall plans to accelerate its assault on the 1 billion unit worldwide cell phone market with a second incarnation of its iPhone handset that will likely appeal to an even larger audience, AppleInsider has learned.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Motorola's losses mount  —  Motorola reported a second-quarter loss when it announced earnings Thursday, as sales of wireless handsets dropped by about 40 percent.  —  The company has some new products in the pipeline that should boost sales in the next two quarters, but executives still …
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Stephen Lawson / PC World:   Motorola Announces Reorganization
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Blizzard Release Launches  —  Customized home page startup Pageflakes launched a slew of new features this morning under what it is calling its "Blizzard" release.  —  Among all of the new features, the two that are important to highlight are social networking and customizable themes on pages.
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 …
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 …
Nokia:
Nokia makes finding yourself faster with new A-GPS service  —  Technical framework allows service providers to provide their own regional A-GPS services  —  Espoo, Finland - This Assisted GPS (A-GPS) service helps Nokia Maps users find their current locations faster and get to their desired …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
LOOKS LIKE YOUTUBE IS GOING WIDESCREEN  —  While perusing YouTube last night, I noticed the thumbnails for all the YouTube videos had all of a sudden switched from the regular standard dimensions to more of a widescreen size.  You can see the change in the screenshot, something Gizmodo noticed, too.
Sprint:
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
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
UK iPhone reportedly functioning with Vodafone  —  Yesterday, TUAW posted about using iASign to activate iPhones on non-iPhone AT&T plans.  Today, TUAW reader AJ reports that he's used iASign to activate his iPhone with Vodafone.  —  He writes that at first he bought an AT&T prepaid card on ebay and used iASign to get it working.
PRWeb:
Azureus' Vuze Joins WatchMojo.com's Original Web Video Syndication Network  —  Azureus' Vuze is the latest distribution partner to join WatchMojo.com's Original Web Video Syndication Network and extends WatchMojo.com's reach for its library of 4,000 original, entertaining and informative video clips.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and HipMojo.com
Jacqueline Trescott / Washington Post:
National Design Awards Presented At White House  —  The National Design Awards were presented at the White House yesterday to 10 top designers and architects, including the company that developed Photoshop, and a man partly responsible for the iPod.  —  Laura Bush told the audience …
 
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
What Google is, and isn't, doing in video games
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Study: Botnets boosting click fraud rates on ads
Associated Press:
Swedish woman gets superfast Internet
Discussion: 901am
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
McClatchy, New York Times Hit as Housing Moves to Web
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Heavy to Launch 'Sequential Advertising'
Neteller-Group:
NETELLER Announces Settlement of US Situation
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Too Many Linux Distros Make For Open Source Mess
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Shanling's MC-3 iPod dock plays hits from the 80s, sounds so crazy
Discussion: Forever Geek
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Megerian / Business Week:
Disney's Wish Upon a CD
Nick Carr / Guardian:
How corporations still control the marketing conversation
Discussion: ChasNote
Alan Rabinowitz / Search Engine Journal:
Link Building Styles : Presell Pages, Articles, Resources & Press Releases
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Reuters:
Toshiba Recalls More Sony PC Batteries
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and Inquirer
Sunnet Beskerming / Sunnet Beskerming Security …:
LMH and InfoSec Sellout Unmasked?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP Shares Jump On Strong Earnings and Outlook
Discussion: eWEEK.com and PC World
DesignVitality:
The Open Source Web Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Resources, and Template Sources
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Scripps Buys User-Gen Recipes Site Recipezaar; Reportedly Around $25 Million