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11:40 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: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and 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
Discussion: New York Times
Kyle / uncov:   Ooma: A-List Rub and Tug
Michael Arrington / TalkCrunch:   Interview With Ooma Execs Andrew Frame and Ashton Kutcher
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: MarketWatch and Between the Lines
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP Shares Jump On Strong Earnings and Outlook
Discussion: PC World
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 …
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
HP Is Tops in Worldwide PC Shipment—Again  —  For Hewlett-Packard, it's lonely at the top.  —  Once again, the Palo Alto, Calif., company ranked first in worldwide PC shipments, beating out Dell to control nearly 20 percent of the market, according to reports released July 18 by IDC and Gartner.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Sunnet Beskerming / Sunnet Beskerming Security …:
LMH and InfoSec Sellout Unmasked?  —  The equivalent of a virtual nuke has just been set off in the field of vulnerability research and disclosure.  The identities behind two of the noms de guerre that have elicited some of the most heated vitriol over the last 12 months appear to have been disclosed.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype  —  Talk about hype.  In the last six months, Apple's iPhone has been the subject of 11,000 print articles, and it turns up about 69 million hits on Google.  Cultists are camping out in front of Apple stores; bloggers call it the "Jesus phone."
Discussion: oreilly.com and Apple 2.0
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 and GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
 
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Jacqueline Trescott / Washington Post:
National Design Awards Presented At White House
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Bill Ray / The Register:
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Motorola Posts Quarterly Loss, Revenue Falls
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No Public Windows Vista SP1 This Week
Discussion: ZDNet and All about Microsoft
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Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
NHL to Add Webcasts in Bid to Broaden Reach
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Apple iPhone KO's Cisco network at Duke
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