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5:20 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.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
FriendFeed Follower Patterns Exposed: How Jason, Mike, Loic & Robert Get So Many Followers So Quickly (video)  —  Over the past 24 hours, Jason Calacanis, Robert Scoble, Loic Lemeur and Michael Arrington have all asked essentially the same question.  They are all wondering how they got so many followers on FriendFeed so quickly.
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
The disruptive potential of GPS on the iPhone 3G  —  A recent survey showed nearly half of respondents rated GPS as a deciding factor in favoring an iPhone 3G, which should be good news for makers of GPS software and services.  Or not.  Forbes has an interesting article that suggests …
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: /Message and TeleRead
nbcumv.com:
NBC UNIVERSAL, BAIN CAPITAL AND THE BLACKSTONE GROUP SIGN AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE THE WEATHER CHANNEL PROPERTIES FROM LANDMARK COMMUNICATIONS  —  NBC Universal, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire The Weather Channel properties from Landmark Communications.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Europe drafts law to disconnect suspected filesharers  —  France has suggested an amendment to the pan-European Telecoms Package, which would bar broadband access to anyone who persists in illegally downloading music or films.  —  Last month, the government of Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on a similar …
Discussion: DSLreports and Mashable!
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 Beyond Search
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Google, the press, and tearing down your heroes
 
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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
File-Sharing Fetish
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Ben / microBlog:
Thank you, Adobe Reader 9!
Discussion: TeleRead and Digg
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Line Rider Goes Silverlight
Anastasia Ustinova / San Francisco Chronicle:
Big-name brands booking ads on Facebook
Bill O'Brien / InformationWeek:
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide
Guy Newey / Agence France Presse:
Apple's iPhone could find Asia tough to crack
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TinyURL Adds Custom URLs; Is This Exciting or What?
Discussion: louisgray.com and Marketing.fm
Fred / A VC:
Can You Build A Business On Browser Extensions?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Top Torrent Sites Ranked by Google
Discussion: DSLreports
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