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10:05 PM ET, July 5, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Think Before You Voicemail  —  Voicemail is dead.  Please tell everyone so they'll stop using it.  —  When I first started out in the real world in the mid-nineties voicemail was an important productivity tool.  I remember people talking about the pros and cons of various enterprise voicemail systems …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
On Day Care, Google Makes a Rare Fumble  —  Two months ago, Google held a series of secret focus groups with employees who have children in Google's day care facilities.  The purpose was to gauge their reaction to the company's plan to raise the amount it charged for in-house day care by 75 percent.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Kinderplex crisis reveals Google founder's fumbling and fibbing  —  Joe Nocera of the New York Times has taken note of Google's childcare crisis.  A brief recap: After taking its childcare programs in-house, at the behest of Google executive Susan Wojcicki, the sister-in-law of founder Sergey Brin, Google hiked its rates 70 percent.
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Google, the press, and tearing down your heroes  —  The press seems to have a pattern reporting on successful technology companies.  First, these companies can do no wrong, the heroes of our time, bringing us clever new ways of doing things that promise to dramatically change our lives.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Who would wait a week in line for an iPhone 3G? … Who's crazy enough to camp out for a week on the streets of New York City for a chance to be first to buy an iPhone 3G?  —  TheWhoFarm, that's who, a newly minted publicity-seeking environmental collective with an agrico-political mission …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Waiting in line for iPhones is glorious
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
YouTube Blog:
The Law and Your Privacy  —  As you may have seen in the news, YouTube received a court order to produce viewing data from our database, including usernames and IP addresses.  In order to protect our community's privacy, we strongly opposed this motion when Viacom and others filed it.
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
Facebook App for Windows Mobile (Finally!)  —  Head on over to to get yourself a copy of FriendMobilizer, a 3rd party app that finally brings Windows Mobile up to par with BlackBerry and (cough) the Palm Centro on the social network scene.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Finally, A Windows Mobile Facebook App!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Startup Meme
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Kid-Proof Your PC with SteadyState  —  When you've got your Windows XP or Vista setup running perfectly, you don't want to lose all your painstaking customizations to a reckless tot, an experiment-minded friend or spouse, or a rogue system-lousing program.  Windows SteadyState …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TinyURL Adds Custom URLs; Is This Exciting or What?  —  There's been a few exciting things I remember as a kid growing up including: when Hogan slammed Andre, getting my first GameBoy and working at the transit museum.  But those totally pale in comparison to the announcment made this morning that TinyURL now supports custom URLs.
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Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Google Sold Us Out: The Viacom Decision  —  I have read and re-read Judge Stanton's decision in the Google/Viacom suit more times than I really should have.  At first, I was as outraged as everyone else, assuming that Judge Stanton was one more government figure without a clue how the Internet even works.
Fred / A VC:
Can You Build A Business On Browser Extensions?  —  This is something I've been pondering a bit lately.  Certainly there are some notable successes with browser extensions:  — StumbleUpon - one of the most popular Firefox extensions was sold to eBay last year for a price in the neighborhood of $50mm
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ipoque Study: Middle East Doesn't Watch YouTube  —  Feeling a little bored during this long weekend?  Fireworks, barbecue and HD TV shopping trips haven't left you satisfied?  Then how about a few juicy statistics about file sharing, video streaming and one click hosters?  Sounds exciting?
Discussion: Mashable!
Brad Stone / New York Times:
As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Payne, a 24-year-old Internet engineer here, has devised a way to answer a commonly asked question of the digital age: Is my favorite Web site working today?  —  In March, Mr. Payne created, as in, “Down for everyone, or just me?”
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