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5:35 AM ET, July 7, 2008

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Fred / A VC:
Three Statistics That Lie  —  I love the line about lies; “there are lies, damned lies, and statistics”.  You can use numbers to tell any story you want.  —  In the realm of web statistics, there are three numbers that are great to use if you want to tell lies.  They are:  — RSS subscriber numbers
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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 …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Segway CTO Leaves for Apple as Product Design VP  —  Phil Torrone noticed today on the Segway Chat forums that “Doug Field, the chief technology officer at Segway who heads their entire engineering team (and has since Day 1), is leaving Segway to become a VP of product design at Apple.”
Discussion: Technovia
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Segway's top tech guy segues to Apple
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
Suzy Jagger / Times of London:
Yahoo! re-enters merger talks with Time Warner  —  Yahoo! spent the July 4 bank holiday weekend in discussions with its lead adviser, Goldman Sachs, and potential bid partners including Time Warner to defend itself from a break-up by Microsoft.  —  The online search engine is seeking …
Discussion: The Register
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Mobile ad company Admob is about to mint money  —  Advertising on mobile phones is a trying market.  Americans have been slow to surf the mobile web, in large part because dominant carriers have made browsing the web so painful.  —  But one young company, Admob, is showing impressive results despite …
Daniel Smith / Smithereens:
Apple Flips Rogers the Bird A Week Before Canadian iPhone Launch?  (Plausible Rumor)  —  No, you haven't stumbled across Engadget, Gizmodo or Boy Genius by some mistake, and no I'm not going to be taking this blog in a new gadgety direction.  But yes, I am going to post a very plausible rumour …
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Arn / MacRumors:   Customer Backlash on iPhone Rate Plans, Launch Approaches
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Facebooker Who Friended Obama  —  Last November, Mark Penn, then the chief strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton, derisively said Barack Obama's supporters “look like Facebook.”  —  Chris Hughes takes that as a compliment.  —  Mr. Hughes, 24, was one of four founders of Facebook.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
pioneer.jp:
Pioneer Succeeds in Developing World's First 16-Layer Optical Disc  —  July 7, 2008, Tokyo, Japan - Pioneer Corporation has succeeded in developing a 16-layer read-only optical disc with a capacity of 400 gigabytes for the first time in the world*1.  Its per-layer capacity is 25 gigabytes …
Discussion: I4U News and Engadget
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
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.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Poof!  You're Unpublished.  —  FOR generations, people and institutions have had second thoughts about decisions: stock exchanges delist companies; higher courts overrule lower ones; tennis players do over a disputed point; celebrities reinvent their personalities.
Michael Horowitz / Defensive Computing:
Still more reasons to avoid Internet Explorer  —  A few recent stories highlighted a bedrock of Defensive Computing - if you surf the web on a Windows computer, you are safer using Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer.  —  On June 26th at ZDNet Ryan Naraine wrote about a new bug in Internet Explorer …
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Dan Cox / Reuters:
Media moguls gather for summer camp  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho (Hollywood Reporter) - Major media executives packed their bathing suits, BlackBerrys and iPods this weekend and headed for their version of summer camp — the annual gathering put together by financier Herb Allen in this exclusive resort.
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.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Deal Done: Weather Channel Sold To NBCU and Bain/Blackstone Combo
Discussion: Virginian-Pilot and Mashable!
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fair Use of Online Video In This Mashed-Up World: What's Best; What Isn't
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Will We Ever Bury Voice Recognition?
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Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Send Messages That Self-Destruct With Privnote
Discussion: MakeUseOf.com
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
DRILLING DOWN; Phones' Texting Feature Often Unused
Discussion: ParisLemon
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Tracking the Olympics Audience Across the NBC Media Universe
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Huge German company makes the switch, goes from PC to Mac.
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Thorn Stevens / Robot Stock News:
BREAKING: iRobot Robotic Lawnmower Patent Published w/Pictures!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Flickr Find: Macintosh on Nintendo DS
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LG Chocolate 3 to be released July 14th
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Service and the Fifty Percent Rule
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
The disruptive potential of GPS on the iPhone 3G
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Lou Dolinar / LinuxInsider:
What's Holding OpenOffice Back?
Discussion: Lockergnome and Digg
 

 
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