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2:50 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.
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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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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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 …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
TechCrunch buys InviteShare for $25,000
Discussion: WinExtra
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP Shares Jump On Strong Earnings and Outlook  —  Shares of German enterprise software giant SAP (SAP) are poised for a big day, following a strong second quarter earnings report.  The company said total revenue in the quarter was up 10%, or 14% in constant currencies, to 2.42 billion.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and PC World
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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.
Discussion: Googlified
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Is YouTube Going Widescreen?  —  We found it a bit odd …
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:
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.
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
McClatchy, New York Times Hit as Housing Moves to Web  —  Richard A. Smith knows something anyone considering buying a newspaper company needs to know.  He's taking his advertising dollars somewhere else.  —  Smith, president of Realogy Corp., the largest residential real estate broker in the U.S. …
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 …
Associated Press:
Swedish woman gets superfast Internet  —  STOCKHOLM, Sweden - She is a latecomer to the information superhighway, but 75-year-old Sigbritt Lothberg is now cruising the Internet with a dizzying speed.  Lothberg's 40 gigabits-per-second fiber-optic connection in Karlstad is believed …
Discussion: 901am
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.
Discussion: CNET News.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
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google launches Custom Search Business Edition starting at $100/year
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Heavy to Launch 'Sequential Advertising'
Neteller-Group:
NETELLER Announces Settlement of US Situation
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Extra! Extra! Sproose spruces up - again!
Discussion: Mashable!
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Too Many Linux Distros Make For Open Source Mess
Christopher Megerian / Business Week:
Disney's Wish Upon a CD
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
UK iPhone reportedly functioning with Vodafone
Nick Carr / Guardian:
How corporations still control the marketing conversation
Discussion: ChasNote
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Reuters:
Toshiba Recalls More Sony PC Batteries
Discussion: PC World and Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Motorola's losses mount
Sunnet Beskerming / Sunnet Beskerming Security …:
LMH and InfoSec Sellout Unmasked?
DesignVitality:
The Open Source Web Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Resources, and Template Sources
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Stops "Related Links" Service
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Josh / Windows Connected:
No Public Windows Vista SP1 This Week
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Scripps Buys User-Gen Recipes Site Recipezaar; Reportedly Around $25 Million