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8:25 AM ET, July 27, 2007


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Jack / Twitter Blog:
Taking a bite out of the big apple  —  First, Twitter was a fun side project, then it was cared for lovingly at Obvious until it was time to form Twitter, Inc. Today, we're excited to announce an important moment for Twitter.  We've raised funding from our friends in New York City at Union Square Ventures.
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Twitter  —  The Internet is largely a communications medium.  It's also used for content distribution, commerce, and a number of other things.  But the thing I do most on the Internet is communicate.  Via email, Skype, instant messaging, blogging, commenting, and twittering.  It makes sense.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Twitter Lesson: No Business Plans Please  —  Seeing that Twitter closed a funding round, and spotting the associated incredulity about Evan's company not having a business plan, reminded me of something: Whatever your feelings about Twitter, business plans are overrated, and profits perhaps even more so.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Twitter Gets Their Venture Round
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers a Web-Based Strategy  —  Microsoft executives said Thursday that they intend to respond to the growing threat to its software posed by new rivals like Google that offer Web-based versions of its applications.  —  The executives said Microsoft would add similar Internet services …
Discussion: TechBizMedia and TechFold
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Another new Window Live buzzword is born
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Announcing the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 RC  —  I am pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 RC.  —  You can download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 from here.
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released
Charles / Channel 9:
S. Somasegar (Soma) and Scott Guthrie on Orcas Beta 2: What's in it?
Discussion: bharry's WebLog and Mix Online
Microsoft to Acquire AdECN, Inc.  —  Deal furthers Microsoft commitment to provide advertisers and publishers with a comprehensive search and display advertising platform.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has agreed to acquire AdECN, Inc., an advertising exchange platform company based …
Marc Gunther / Fortune:
Washington Post's survival fight  —  Newspapers are dying.  At the Washington Post Co., CEO Donald Graham is banking on the Internet to save serious journalism.  If he can't figure this out, nobody can.  Fortune's Marc Gunther reports.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Barry Svrluga …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Online Publishers Need To Stop Selling Space  —  I wrote a long post trying to explain why the page view/CPM model for valuing online media is so problematic, particularly for traditional media companies like newspapers that are trying to transition their business models online.
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
HBO comedy site shut down  —  This Just In offered celebrity riffs, comic videos  —  This Just In, the comedy site HBO envisioned as both a brand extension and a potential development pipeline, is being shut down just six months after launching.  —  Time Warner will unwind the venture …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
This Just In will go offline at HBO
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
With Tools on Web, Amateurs Reshape Mapmaking  —  On the Web, anyone can be a mapmaker.  —  With the help of simple tools introduced by Internet companies recently, millions of people are trying their hand at cartography, drawing on digital maps and annotating them with text, images, sound and videos.
Discussion: Social Media
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Is Google on Crack?  —  This week I was supposed to explain why U.S. broadband prices are so much higher and U.S. broadband speeds are so much lower than in most other developed countries, but then Google made an unexpected reckless move in the wireless bandwidth market and here I am trying to explain it.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this the new iMac keyboard?  —  See that?  That's the rumored, "super slim," brushed aluminum keyboard said to be accompanying Apple's new iMac computer.  It certainly appears to share the key design of the MacBook like we heard but seeing "Photoshop" in the exif data doesn't give us a high degree of confidence here.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and digg
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Top 5 Viral Facebook Techniques  —  The dynamic of Facebook application marketing is rapidly changing.  What once was an environment in which your application was practically guaranteed to go viral has shifted to one in which you need to come up with creative ways of marketing your application.
Discussion: Tech IT Easy
Think You Might Be Addicted to Email?  You're Not Alone  —  New AOL Survey Reveals that More Americans are Using Portable Devices to Email Around the Clock from Virtually Anywhere - in the Bathroom, While Driving and Even in Church  —  83% of Email Users Checking on Vacation; Many Plan Getaways Around Access
Discussion: GigaOM and WebProNews
Search Engine Marketing News Articles & Events:
Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners Lead Investment in Digital Marketing Leader iCrossing  —  $62 Million Invested to Fuel Growth Strategy  —  iCrossing a global digital marketing company, announced today it has received an investment from Goldman, Sachs & Co., with additional investments …
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Chris Liddell / Microsoft:
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Ballmer: 1 Billion Windows Served
BenoitRen / mozillaZine:
Mozilla Thunderbird to Find New Home as Mozilla Foundation Focuses …
USA Today:
Retired AT&T CEO dug in and kept going
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Lookery, the Facebook advertising network...with lots of data
Discussion: TechCrunch
Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
Desktop RSS Readers are actually alive and thriving
Discussion: Nick Bradbury
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Thaw in Investment Prospects for Sex-Related Businesses? Maybe
365 Main:
365 Main Responds to Questions about July 24th
Cisco kills Linksys brand, plans agressive move into consumer markets (video)
Discussion: Inquirer, Gizmodo and Slashdot
EU issues antitrust charge sheet against Intel
Discussion: Inquirer, The Register and Engadget
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Time to hit the beaches  —  I visited the Search blog …
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Moves to $179, Adds Five Free HD DVDs
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Microsoft to Submit Licenses for OSI Approval
Matt Freestone / Windows Connected:
Why all the secrecy about Vista SP1?