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7:15 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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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 and /Message
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 …
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.
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.
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
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Google, the press, and tearing down your heroes
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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
File-Sharing Fetish
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Adobe Goes After FreshAIRApps For “AIR” Usage
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Europe drafts law to disconnect suspected filesharers
Discussion: DSLreports and Mashable!
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
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Google Sold Us Out: The Viacom Decision