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3:05 PM ET, July 27, 2007

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What Twitter is  —  Congrats to the lead investors, Union Square Ventures and the angels, and the entrepreneurs.  —  I've been reading various posts and comments, and see a thread that's still out there.  People doubt that there's a way to make money with Twitter.  To that I say, they haven't been reading this blog.
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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.
Jack / Twitter Blog:
Taking a bite out of the big apple
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
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Might as well face it, you're addicted to e-mail
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 …
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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: eWEEK.com, Inquirer and Epicenter
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Cisco buys a hunk of VMware
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: Daily Feed, CrunchGear, NewTeeVee and p2pnet
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach  —  The much talked about, Windows XP-only, Internet Explorer 6 or later, BBC iPlayer finally launched today.  —  The iPlayer gives viewers the chance to download the last seven days of BBC television programmes.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Intel responds to EU's anti-trust statement
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
scee.presscentre.com:
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: Gadget Lab and Joystiq
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Sony and Sky to deliver video-on-demand to PSP
Discussion: The Register
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
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Cringely Calls Google 700MHz Bid A Feint
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Key Bancroft Family Trust to Vote Against News Corp. Bid for Dow Jones  —  The Denver branch of the Bancroft family, Dow Jones & Co.'s controlling shareholder, is to vote against accepting News Corp.'s $60-a-share offer, putting pressure on News Corp. to raise its offer, according to a person familiar with the situation.
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.
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: Joe Duck, Things That and John Furrier
Steve Mollman / Wired News:
Wii + Second Life = New Training Simulator  —  Nintendo games have made the Wii controller a satisfyingly realistic controller for pretend tennis, golf and baseball.  But how about using it to practice doing surgery, applying pesticides or operating a nuclear power plant?
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 …
Dan Crow / Official Google Blog:
Robots Exclusion Protocol: now with even more flexibility  —  This is the third and last in my series of blog posts about the Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP).  In the first post, I introduced robots.txt and the robots META tags, giving an overview of when to use them.
Discussion: WebProNews and Googlified
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
 
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