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11:05 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.
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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.
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
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 …
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
This Just In will go offline at HBO
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BBC:
Google 'the most improved brand'  —  Google is the brand that has gained the most in value over the past year, according a survey of global brands.  —  The report from Interbrand found that Google's brand value had risen 44% in the past 12 months to $17.8bn (£8.8bn), which put it in 20th place.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
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Business Week:
Q&A with Google's VP of Marketing  —  David Lawee explains why using the customer as "true north" makes the Google brand one of the easiest in the business to manage  —  David Lawee , vice-president of marketing for Google (GOOG ), admits he has the easiest job in marketing.
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Online Publishers Need To Stop Selling Space
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and Geek Speaker
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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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AOL:
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, Compiler, TechBlog and WebProNews
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Now We're Not Talking: Telstra Bans Facebook  —  Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company, has banned its approximately 49,000 employees from using Facebook.  —  As Cameron Reilly at G'Day World puts it, "This would be a retarded move for ANY company, let alone a company …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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BBC:
BBC online player launches  —  The BBC's flagship online TV service is being launched, offering viewers the chance to download their favourite programmes from the last seven days.  —  For director general Mark Thompson, the launch of iPlayer is as big a milestone as the arrival of colour TV.
Discussion: CrunchGear and p2pnet
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.
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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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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Thaw in Investment Prospects for Sex-Related Businesses?  Maybe  —  Except for the sexual twist, Friendfinder Inc. sounds like the quintessential investment prospect for venture capitalists.  The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., operates social networking sites that boast 140,000 …
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Cuban: The Internet Is Dead
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Alan Davidson / Google Public Policy Blog:
Eric Schmidt's summer of public policy
Discussion: WebProNews
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
DailyMotion video hub turning heads in Hollywood
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Intel hunts for graphics driver expert
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Reuters:
Target to sell only Blu-ray DVD players
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Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Ad Quality And User Experience: Interview With Google's Nick Fox And Diane Chang
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BBC:
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