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8:20 PM ET, July 6, 2008


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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.
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.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Twitter's milkshake meet FriendFeed's straw  —  For the past two weeks or so I've focused the majority of my “short messaging/blogging” from Twitter to a new service called FriendFeed.  FriendFeed is very similar in relation to twitter in that both systems are designed to help you share quick messages.
Discussion: Robert Seidman and GottaBeMobile
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Rafat Ali /
Deal Done: Weather Channel Sold To NBCU and Bain/Blackstone Combo  —  The Weather Channel deal is finally done, and announced on a lazy, bright and clear July 4th weekend Sunday: Landmark Communications has agreed to sell The Weather Channel to a consortium of NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) …
Discussion: Mashable! and Virginian-Pilot
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 …
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Service and the Fifty Percent Rule  —  Next time you go into an Apple store, notice that 50% of the space is for retail sales and 50% for service and support.  I overheard this weekend that it is the most profitable arrangement in the history of retail.  —  True or not, it is curiously obvious …
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.
Discussion: Lockergnome
Phone Arena:
LG Chocolate 3 to be released July 14th  —  Beginning on July 14th, Verizon will introduce its new music-centric device, the Chocolate 3.  Unlike the first two LG Chocolate phones that were sliders (VX8500, VX8550), the new VX8560 model will be a clamshell avaliable initially in Black and Light Blue.
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Customer Backlash on iPhone Rate Plans, Launch Approaches  —  As international pricing for the iPhone has been trickling out, customers in some countries are particularly unhappy about their rate plans for the upcoming iPhone launch.  —  Sweden's Telia Sonera rate plans were which started at 299 kr/month …
Discussion: Smithereens and Boy Genius Report
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Flickr Find: Macintosh on Nintendo DS  —  While browsing Flickr this afternoon, we came across a shot of a Nintendo DS running Macintosh System 6 in emulation on reader Ken Fager's Flickr stream.  Of course, we contacted him to ask how he did it.  Here's what he had to say.
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
Discussion: VentureBeat and New York Times
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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
File-Sharing Fetish
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Adobe Goes After FreshAIRApps For “AIR” Usage
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Yahoo Circus Pulls Into Sun Valley Next Week
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Europe drafts law to disconnect suspected filesharers
Discussion: Mashable! and DSLreports
Ben / microBlog:
Thank you, Adobe Reader 9!
Discussion: TeleRead and Digg
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Line Rider Goes Silverlight
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Think Before You Voicemail