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3:45 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 …
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
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Web Phone Called ooma
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.
Rush Opens Investigation of Privacy, Competition issues in Proposed Google/DoubleClick Merger  —  Letter to Federal Trade Commission  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), opened an investigation into the far-reaching privacy …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House, Senate to scrutinize Google/DoubleClick merger
Discussion: PC World
Scott Ferguson /
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
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft earnings today: Xbox 360, Windows Vista
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Bloomberg
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
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.
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.
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:
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 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 …
Azureus' Vuze Joins's Original Web Video Syndication Network  —  Azureus' Vuze is the latest distribution partner to join's Original Web Video Syndication Network and extends's reach for its library of 4,000 original, entertaining and informative video clips.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
What Google is, and isn't, doing in video games
Elinor Mills / CNET
Study: Botnets boosting click fraud rates on ads
Associated Press:
Swedish woman gets superfast Internet
Discussion: 901am
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google launches Custom Search Business Edition starting at $100/year
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
McClatchy, New York Times Hit as Housing Moves to Web
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Heavy to Launch 'Sequential Advertising'
NETELLER Announces Settlement of US Situation
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
UK iPhone reportedly functioning with Vodafone
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Carr / Guardian:
How corporations still control the marketing conversation
Discussion: ChasNote
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Toshiba Recalls More Sony PC Batteries
Discussion: PC World and Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Motorola's losses mount
Sunnet Beskerming / Sunnet Beskerming Security …:
LMH and InfoSec Sellout Unmasked?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP Shares Jump On Strong Earnings and Outlook
Discussion: and PC World
The Open Source Web Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Resources, and Template Sources
Rafat Ali /
Scripps Buys User-Gen Recipes Site Recipezaar; Reportedly Around $25 Million