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4:55 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
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft earnings today: Xbox 360, Windows Vista  —  Microsoft's recently announced $1 billion charge for Xbox 360 malfunctions is expected to take its toll when the company reports financial results for its fourth quarter and 2007 fiscal year after the stock market closes today.
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
HP Is Tops in Worldwide PC Shipment—Again
Discussion: WebProNews and PC World
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.
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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.
Reuters:
Vodafone "looks forward" to 3G iPhone version
Discussion: Engadget
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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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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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.
Reuters:
Toshiba recalls more Sony PC batteries  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp. said on Thursday it has recalled more Sony Corp. laptop computer batteries due to fire risk, rekindling concerns over the safety of Sony-made batteries.  —  Toshiba is replacing a total 10,000 battery packs after three …
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:
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 …
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.
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 …
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
The Impact of Facebook's Platform  —  It has been just under 2 months since Facebook launched their platform initiative, but this self-opening move has already had an extremely positive impact on the company.  The changes are not limited to the company itself, however.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Charting the $480 billion US spectrum giveaway
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Irina Slutsky Leaves PodTech
Discussion: WebProNews
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
What Google is, and isn't, doing in video games
Associated Press:
Swedish woman gets superfast Internet
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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
Nick Carr / Guardian:
How corporations still control the marketing conversation
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Azureus' Vuze Joins WatchMojo.com's Original Web Video Syndication Network
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Motorola's losses mount
Jacqueline Trescott / Washington Post:
National Design Awards Presented At White House
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LMH and InfoSec Sellout Unmasked?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP Shares Jump On Strong Earnings and Outlook
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The Open Source Web Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Resources, and Template Sources
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Scripps Buys User-Gen Recipes Site Recipezaar; Reportedly Around $25 Million
 

 
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