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1:05 PM 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.
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: Daily Feed, NewTeeVee, CrunchGear and p2pnet
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
Business Week:
Q&A with Google's VP of Marketing
Discussion: Valleywag
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE AND SKY JOIN FORCES TO DELIVER VIDEO ON DEMAND SERVICE TO PSP OWNERS  —  London, 27 July 2007.  SKY and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced the formation of a Joint Venture company to deliver on-demand entertainment content to owners of the PSP&trade …
Discussion: Joystiq and Gadget Lab
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Sony and Sky to deliver video-on-demand to PSP
Discussion: The Register
Robert Andrews /
Earnings: BSkyB Profit Drops Nine Percent On Broadband Costs …
Discussion: The Register
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
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware lands Cisco as investor  —  Cisco Systems said Friday it will invest $150 million in VMware, joining Intel as a strategic investor.  —  After the investment Cisco will own 1.6 percent of VMware's outstanding shares.  VMware will also consider appointing a Cisco executive to its board in the future.
Discussion: and Inquirer
Greg Eden / PR Newswire:
VMware and Cisco Announce Investment  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. and SAN JOSE, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — VMware, Inc. today announced that Cisco Systems will acquire an equity stake in the company.  —  Cisco will purchase $150 million of VMware Class A common shares currently held …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and BetaNews
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: Geek Speaker
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Cringely Calls Google 700MHz Bid A Feint
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft's forecast: cloudy  —  In a talk before Wall Street analysts yesterday, Microsoft's coder-in-chief, Ray Ozzie, described in broad strokes the software giant's plans to build its utility computing business as more and more computing functions and software applications turn …
Discussion: /Message and Tech Trader Daily
Ray Ozzie / Microsoft:
Financial Analyst Meeting 2007
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 …
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
TiVo's Catch-22  —  TiVo's survival depends on cable.  Cable has limited incentives to see it succeed.  Does TiVo have a way out?  —  This week, the company that has amassed such powerful brand equity that it has become a verb ("Did you TiVo The Sopranos finale?") announced that it is working hard …
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Really Going On With Podtech?  —  There have been a number of reports that silicon valley based Podtech is literally falling apart.  I spoke to Podtech CEO John Furrier and asked him how many of the rumors are true.  While he certainly fed me a certain amount of spin, the company has at least a few signs of life.
Discussion: Things That and John Furrier
David Lawsky / Reuters:
EU Says Intel Tried to Squeeze Out Advanced Micro  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters)—The European Union's top antitrust regulator has charged that Intel tried to use its huge market share to push smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices out of the central processing unit business.
Discussion: The Register and PC World
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 …
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Steve Mollman / Wired News:
Wii + Second Life = New Training Simulator
Discussion: CrunchGear and Kotaku
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal judge: AT&T U-Verse == cable TV
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
WHurley spins BMC into open source
Discussion: Computerworld
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
ESA signs up 100,000 "Video Game Voters"
Matt Asay / CNET
Advertising the open source way with OpenAds
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Multichannel News:
Cuban: The Internet Is Dead
Discussion: UMBC eBiquity
Alan Davidson / Google Public Policy Blog:
Eric Schmidt's summer of public policy
Discussion: CNET and WebProNews
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
DailyMotion video hub turning heads in Hollywood
 Earlier Items: 
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Intel hunts for graphics driver expert
Discussion: Gamasutra
Target to sell only Blu-ray DVD players
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Ad Quality And User Experience: Interview With Google's Nick Fox And Diane Chang
Discussion: Out of My Gord
Game worlds show their human side
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this the new iMac keyboard?
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Thaw in Investment Prospects for Sex-Related Businesses? Maybe
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
With Tools on Web, Amateurs Reshape Mapmaking

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Peter Sterne / Politico:
As Gawker traffic stalls, writers told to work faster

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
By end of 2015, McClatchy expected to scale back national coverage and close its five foreign bureaus in Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, Berlin, and Irbil, Iraq

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Somalia, Iraq, and Syria top CPJ's list of places where journalists are killed with impunity

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