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5:35 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  —  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.
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:
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
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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:
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.
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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
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  —  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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
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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 …
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Verizon Supports Some 'Open' Measures Of 700-MHz Auction  —  The company shifts its views as FCC commissioners prepare for a vote next week to set ground rules for the auction.  —  In an 11th hour shift, Verizon Wireless this week said it will back a measure that would earmark a portion …
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:   Is Google on Crack?  —  This week I was supposed to explain …
BenoitRen / mozillaZine:
Mozilla Thunderbird to Find New Home as Mozilla Foundation Focuses on Mozilla Firefox  —  On her weblog, Mozilla Corporation CEO Mitchell Baker has announced that Mozilla Thunderbird is to move to a "new, separate organizational setting" as the Mozilla Foundation continues to focus ever more closely on Mozilla Firefox.
Discussion: Inquirer, GigaOM, Compiler and Slashdot
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla to push Thunderbird out of the nest
Discussion: PC World and Download Squad
365 Main:
365 Main Responds to Questions about July 24th  —  San Francisco Power Incident  —  A complete investigation of the power incident continues with several specialists and 365 Main employees working around the clock to address the incident.  —  Generator/Electrical Design Overview
Discussion: Epicenter
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Valleywag:
Breakdowns: Drunk editor kills the gossip item you care about
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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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USA Today:
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
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
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Blu-ray v. HD DVD: Where do we stand?
Reuters:
EU issues antitrust charge sheet against Intel
Discussion: The Register, Inquirer 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 News.com
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 …
Matt Freestone / Windows Connected:
Why all the secrecy about Vista SP1?
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Video Podcasting Nearly Killed The Tech Blog Star
Discussion: GigaOM
Karl / Press Esc:
US Senators call for universal Internet filtering
 

 
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