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4:35 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.
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 …
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:
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
Martin LaMonica / CNET
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:
Another new Window Live buzzword is born
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Scobleizer
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.
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.
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
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.
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
365 Main:
365 Main Responds to Questions about July 24th
Discussion: Epicenter
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey Mom... I am on GigaOM TV
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 …
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 …
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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Retired AT&T CEO dug in and kept going
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Lookery, the Facebook advertising network...with lots of data
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
Desktop RSS Readers are actually alive and thriving
Discussion: Nick Bradbury and Blogging Pro
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 Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
Erica Ogg / CNET
Blu-ray v. HD DVD: Where do we stand?
EU issues antitrust charge sheet against Intel
Discussion: Inquirer, The Register and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Jonrosenberg / Port 25:
Intelligent Design, the OSI and Microsoft
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
AMD Demonstrates 3.0 GHz Quad-core
Discussion: CNET
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla to push Thunderbird out of the nest
Matt Freestone / Windows Connected:
Why all the secrecy about Vista SP1?
Karl / Press Esc:
US Senators call for universal Internet filtering