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10:05 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.
Discussion: Profy.Com
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The “Participation Premium”  —  Data: Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, said in an article yesterday that he has 10177 people subscribed to him on FriendFeed, about half of the number of followers he has on Twitter.  —  Data: Allen Stern, founder of Centernetworks …
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.
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 …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog and Digg
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 …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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
Discussion: Mashable! and Virginian-Pilot
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.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google, Zen Master of the Market  —  Bill Gates, who walked away from full-time work at Microsoft last month, was perhaps the foremost applied economist of the second half of the 20th century.  —  Mr. Gates and Microsoft fundamentally shaped how people think about the behavior of modern markets …
Thorn Stevens / Robot Stock News:
BREAKING: iRobot Robotic Lawnmower Patent Published w/Pictures!  —  Hot news, folks! iRobot, the company that brought you the Roomba, Scooba, Dirt Dog, PackBot, Looj (Gutter robot), Create and more, has designed a lawn mowing robot that bears striking similarities to the Roomba …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Apple MacBook: Change is in the Air  —  The Apple MacBook Air has been a ground-breaking, first-generation product.  So, what will Apple do to top it when an update comes later this year?  There are some telling indicators already.  This is what I expect—and hope for—as a user.  —  First, a disclaimer.
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 TeliaSonera rate plans, which started at 299 kr/month …
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