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12:05 AM ET, February 18, 2008


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Fred / A VC:
Journabloggers Should Do Their Work Too  —  When I started blogging four and a half years ago, there was a clear delineation between bloggers and journalists.  But that's all changed and now we have this new category, the journablogger.  —  The journablogger has his or her own blog or works …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
On Media Literacy, “Email Apnea”, and Wonderfully Large Leaps Of Logic.
Discussion: Download Squad and WinExtra
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
A Golden Opportunity for Bloggers
Discussion: The Last Podcast and
Mathew /
Bloggers need to try even harder
Discussion: A VC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitxr - Like Twitter, With Pictures.  Yeah, It's Photoblogging.  —  FON (better known for building a WiFi community) launched Twitxr today through their FON Labs group.  Basically, it's Twitter but allows picture uploads when sending a message (which makes it particularly useful for camera phones).
Discussion: Scripting News
Martin Varsavsky:
Fon Labs launches Twitxr for the iPhone and all computers  —  We keep coming up with useful tools at Fon Labs.  Today it's Twitxr.  But before explaining Twitxr let me share with you what we do at Fon Labs.  —  By now all the different Fon Labs experimental products have been used …
Discussion: FON Blog and Mashable!
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Verizon adding $99 unlimited voice  —  Verizon is setting to offer an all-you-can-talk voice plan for $99.  Word is it's to launch on Tuesday, with ads popping up randomly on USA Today's website, among others.  This is hardly surprising as unlimited plans are the next logical step for carriers if they want to stay competitive.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail's Humble Beginning  —  Paul Buchheit, Gmail's first engineer, writes about the first steps in the evolution of Gmail. … And even when it was released, Gmail stayed in a closed beta for more than a year.  After almost four years since the release, Gmail constantly adds new features …
Rafat Ali /
Filings Watch: Google's 10-K: Headcount; Acquisition Spend  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) filed its annual 10-K report with SEC this Friday, and not much in it that we don't know already, but good to get a yearly perspective on umbers, rather than the quarter-to-quarter we all chase.  —  Some points that caught my eye:
Discussion: Lost Remote and ben barren
New York Times:
Of All the Hurdles to a Merger, View on Technology Is the Highest  —  SAN FRANCISCO — If Microsoft succeeds in its conquest of Yahoo, what then?  —  Microsoft would face the task of integrating the culture of Yahoo into its own.  Merging corporate cultures is generally a major undertaking in any acquisition.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Official HD DVD obituary a matter of days, not weeks  —  On Friday rumor spread fast that Toshiba was about to bail on HD DVD, following a string of unhappy news for the HD DVD camp, beginning with Netflix and Best Buy's decisions to throw their weight behind Blu-ray earlier in the week.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Smugglers Return iPhones to China  —  SHANGHAI — Factories here churn out iPhones that are exported to the United States and Europe.  Then thousands of them are smuggled right back into China.  —  The strange journey of Apple's popular iPhone, to nearly every corner of the world …
Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Why scientists love games consoles  —  Leading scientists are turning to the extraordinary power of games consoles to do their sums and simulate everything from colliding black holes to the effects of drugs.  —  Reprogram a PlayStation and it will perform feats that would be unthinkable …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Digg
Jibi / The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 to introduce OS 4.6.0?  —  If the evidence we're seeing now is correct, the upcoming BlackBerry 9000 will launch with OS 4.6.0.  This was previously hinted to be launching with OS 4.3.2, however that version will suffer the similar fate of rebranding like its predecessor, which was recently changed to version 4.5.0.
Discussion: blogs
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Runs Windows Mobile 6.1  —  The chaps over at have just managed to get hold of some exclusive Xperia X1 images.  The new pictures show the device will be running the yet-to-be-announced Windows Mobile 6.1 OS, and that explains why we weren't allowed a thorough hands-on at Mobile World Congress 2008.
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Theo Valich / TG Daily:
Exclusive: Dell set to introduce AMD Tri-Core Phenom
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Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Amazon Software Download Store to include video games soon
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