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3:30 AM ET, July 27, 2007

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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.
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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.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   The Twitter Lesson: No Business Plans Please
Microsoft:
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 …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buying AdECN online ad exchange (Updated)  —  Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division, just told financial analysts here in Redmond that the company is acquiring AdECN, an online ad exchange.  There's no official word yet.  Here's what he said:
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft FAM: Kevin Johnson On Online Advertising; Buying AdECN Ad Exchange
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 …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: We are 'hell-bent' on succeeding in ads  —  Hefty investments in online services and consumer electronics will let Microsoft maintain its historically rapid growth rate, CEO Steve Ballmer told financial analysts on Thursday.  —  The largest software company is hosting its Financial Analysts …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Expect Windows installed base to hit 1 billion by mid-2008  —  The Windows installed base will hit the 1 billion mark by the end of Microsoft's fiscal 2008 (which ends on June 30), according to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO.  —  "There will be more PCs running Windows than automobiles …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Another new Window Live buzzword is born
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Scobleizer
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:   Microsoft CEO defends move beyond desktop
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.
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Charles / Channel 9:
S. Somasegar (Soma) and Scott Guthrie on Orcas Beta 2: What's in it?  —  Visual Studio 2008 Code Name "Orcas" Beta 2 has just hit the wire and, since it's Beta 2, this means VS2008 is feature complete (oh, and it's GoLive! as well)!!!  —  "Orcas" represents a major evolution for Visual Studio and our suite of .NET languages.
Discussion: Mix Online
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released  —  I'm very pleased to announce that the Beta 2 release of VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta2 is now available for download.  You can download the Visual Studio 2008 product here.  You can alternatively download the smaller VS 2008 Express Editions here.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla to push Thunderbird out of the nest  —  In a blog entry written yesterday, Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker discusses plans to create a new organizational structure for Thunderbird so that Mozilla can focus exclusively on the Firefox web browser.  —  Mozilla's CEO is concerned …
Discussion: PC World and Download Squad
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Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Email Call to Action
Reuters:
EU issues antitrust charge sheet against Intel  —  The European Commission issued formal charges against Intel on Thursday for allegedly using illegal tactics against smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices, a European Commission spokesman said.  —  The commission, the European Union's top antitrust regulator …
Discussion: Engadget
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Austin Modine / The Register:
EU files anti-trust charges against Intel
Discussion: TechSpot News
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Video Podcasting Nearly Killed The Tech Blog Star  —  Anyone can read between the lines of my many Revision3 posts and tell I'm a big fan of the network.  I've also been a fan of Om Malik's tech writing.  That's why I've been struggling since yesterday trying to decide whether or not to post a review of the new Om Malik show.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey Mom... I am on GigaOM TV
Noah Doyle / Google LatLong:
The newest Google Earth Enterprise  —  Today, we're pleased to announce the newest version of Google Earth Enterprise.  The enterprise solution brings us into close contact with some of the most advanced users of geospatial tools, and by meeting their needs, it helps make the product better for everyone.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:   With Tools on Web, Amateurs Reshape Mapmaking
Valleywag:
Breakdowns: Drunk editor kills the gossip item you care about  —  I'm a dunce.  I was wrong.  There, I said it.  In running a tip on Tuesday that a drunk employee brought down 365 Main, the San Francisco datacenter which hosts servers running some of the Web's most important sites, I trusted a source I shouldn't have.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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365 Main:
365 Main Responds to Questions about July 24th
Discussion: Epicenter
Jonrosenberg / Port 25:
Intelligent Design, the OSI and Microsoft  —  This is my first blog post on Port 25, and timely as my team and I are attending OSCON with the folks from Bill Hilf's team.  —  I have some thoughts regarding the future of open source and how an organization matures along with the movement it helped to create.
Discussion: Matusow's Blog and Just code
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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 …
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Me and My Mac  —  That's right.  I'm using a Mac, and, surprise, I like it.  Deal.  —  Not too long ago, while beginning work on some projects for a company, I was asked whether I wanted a PC or a Mac—laptop or desktop—to use while in the office.  Since the place was essentially a Macintosh shop …
Matt Freestone / Windows Connected:
Why all the secrecy about Vista SP1?  —  One thing I have always loved about the computer industry is that if you're the big kid on the block, you're always wrong.  No matter what you do, you're wrong.  No matter how you approach things you're wrong.  And, most specifically …
 
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Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
Desktop RSS Readers are actually alive and thriving
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Thaw in Investment Prospects for Sex-Related Businesses? Maybe
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Top 5 Viral Facebook Techniques
Comcast:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Verizon Supports Some 'Open' Measures Of 700-MHz Auction
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Blu-ray v. HD DVD: Where do we stand?
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Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
AMD Demonstrates 3.0 GHz Quad-core
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Time to hit the beaches  —  I visited the Search blog …
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
Bulldozing the Competition in 2009  —  AMD talks details of …
Karl / Press Esc:
US Senators call for universal Internet filtering
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Microsoft Cuts Price of HD DVD Player, Offers Free Movies
 

 
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