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12:40 PM 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
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.
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Google Officials to Testify On DoubleClick Deal Impact
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 …
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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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 …
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
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.
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Is YouTube Going Widescreen?  —  We found it a bit odd …
Discussion: Daily Feed, JD on EP and Gadgetell
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
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
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
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 …
Alan Rabinowitz / Search Engine Journal:
Link Building Styles : Presell Pages, Articles, Resources & Press Releases  —  This is the third and final installment of the link building tutorial.  If I have left any types of links out, please add them to the comments and we can discuss them there.  I have been very opinionated throughout …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
DesignVitality:
The Open Source Web Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Resources, and Template Sources  —  The open source model has, over the last 20 years, proven that collaborative development is one of the best ways to incorporate the newest ideas and latest concepts into design.
 
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Reuters:
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Google Stops "Related Links" Service
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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