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2:55 PM ET, July 6, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Friendfeed v. Twitter: Half The Followers In Five Months  —  Twitter is still far larger than its much younger competitor Friendfeed in aggregate terms.  But an interesting trend is developing - many longtime Twitter users are noticing that the number of followers they have on Friendfeed is growing far more rapidly than on Twitter.
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 …
Lou Dolinar / LinuxInsider:
What's Holding OpenOffice Back?  —  Why doesn't free trump expensive?  Every Microsoft product has a free, open source counterpart created by dedicated programmers who loathe everything the company stands for.  The free stuff is darn good.  Yet companies and individuals continue to buy billions of dollars worth of Microsoft products.
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Novelties: Electronic Papyrus: The Digital Book, Unfurled  —  New technologies are developing that make displays flexible, foldable or even as rollable as papyrus, so that large screens can be unfurled from small containers.
Discussion: TeleRead
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Yahoo Circus Pulls Into Sun Valley Next Week  —  Starting Tuesday this week, all the major players in the Yahoo-Microsoft-Everyone-And-Their- Mother circus will line their private jets up in Sun Valley for the high-powered 26th annual Allen & Co. confab of tech and media moguls.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Adobe Goes After FreshAIRApps For “AIR” Usage  —  Adobe AIR is a platform that can be utilized to create rich desktop applications.  Twhirl and AlertThingy are two recent examples of applications built on AIR.  —  freshAIRApps is a community resource that offers a directory of AIR applications …
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
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 downforeveryoneorjustme.com, as in, “Down for everyone, or just me?”
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Two Regressive Search Engine Advertising Rulings—Standard Process v. Total Health and Finance Express v. Nowcom  —  It's not uncommon for courts to make judgments based on outdated understandings of precedent and technology, especially when dealing with dynamically evolving areas like Internet trademark law.
Ben / microBlog:
Thank you, Adobe Reader 9!  —  Recently I wrote a blog entry about bloated software, and how much better Foxit PDF reader was than Adobe Reader.  But I was using Adobe Reader 8.  Little did I know how much superior version 9 would be.  —  For starters, version 8 was a 22 MB download.
Discussion: TeleRead and Digg
Anastasia Ustinova / San Francisco Chronicle:
Big-name brands booking ads on Facebook  —  (07-04) 18:37 PDT — Throw a stapler at a Facebook friend, courtesy of Microsoft Office.  Become a fan of Victoria's Secret Pink to discuss favorite bra colors.  Show off your love for Slim Jim snacks with a virtual poke.
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Line Rider Goes Silverlight  —  Have you heard of Line Rider?  This game, or “toy” as it's often called, was originally created back in 2006 as a fun little time-waster that simulated physics through the simple act of of drawing a line with your mouse on the screen.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Bill O'Brien / InformationWeek:
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide  —  We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.  —  Pity the ultra mobile personal computer.  It's barely a few years old and it's already suffering from multiple personality disorder.
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.
Discussion: Lockergnome and TECH.BLORGE.com
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TinyURL Adds Custom URLs; Is This Exciting or What?
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Can You Build A Business On Browser Extensions?
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