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2:30 PM ET, July 19, 2007

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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.
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.
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Ooma Inc. Offers Free Domestic Calls
Discussion: TechSpot News
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House, Senate to scrutinize Google/DoubleClick merger
Discussion: PC World
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
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Clearwire Shares To Soar On WiMax Roaming Deal With Sprint
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 and PC World
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Josh / Windows Connected:
No Public Windows Vista SP1 This Week  —  If you were hoping to see a public beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 this week then this news won't make you too happy.  Microsoft has asked us to inform everyone the following: … Apperantly only a small "select" group of testers will be getting …
Discussion: Bink.nu and ZDNet
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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PC World
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:   Motorola Posts Quarterly Loss, Revenue Falls
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Shanling's MC-3 iPod dock plays hits from the 80s, sounds so crazy
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UK iPhone reportedly functioning with Vodafone
Nick Carr / Guardian:
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Reuters:
Toshiba Recalls More Sony PC Batteries
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Discussion: Between the Lines
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Tanya Keen / Google News Blog:
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Stops "Related Links" Service
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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