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2:15 PM ET, July 27, 2007


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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  —  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.
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
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:   BBC iPlayer launches, but with limited viewer reach
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BBC iPlayer beta arrives; 10,000 people complain to Gordon Brown
Discussion: Guardian and Contentinople
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Might as well face it, you're addicted to e-mail
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:, Inquirer and Epicenter
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Cisco buys a hunk of VMware
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
Robert Andrews /
Earnings: BSkyB Profit Drops Nine Percent On Broadband Costs …
Discussion: The Register
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Sony and Sky to deliver video-on-demand to PSP
Discussion: The Register
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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
Lisa LaMotta / Forbes:
The Single Greatest Marketing Tool  —  Any entrepreneur can run a snazzy advertising campaign, if he or she is willing to pay for it.  The trick is to get that kind of exposure without breaking the bank.  —  Such is the allure of "public relations"—the discipline of shedding a benevolent light …
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Lewis Page / The Register:
EU and US agree on high-end sat nav standard
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Steve Mollman / Wired News:
Wii + Second Life = New Training Simulator
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal judge: AT&T U-Verse == cable TV
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WHurley spins BMC into open source
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
ESA signs up 100,000 "Video Game Voters"
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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
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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Now We're Not Talking: Telstra Bans Facebook
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this the new iMac keyboard?