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11:00 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
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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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Tracking the Olympics Audience Across the NBC Media Universe  —  The exhaustive coverage of the Summer Olympics from Beijing next month — 3,600 hours on television and online — presents NBC Universal with a problem: how to give advertisers a portrait of viewership on seven networks …
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Huge German company makes the switch, goes from PC to Mac.  —  (Axel Springer CEO, Dr. Mathias Döpfner Talks about moving the company to Macintosh)  —  Axel Springer (no relation to Axel Rose) is doing what no company of its size has ever done.  It plans to move its 12,000 desktops to nearly 100% Mac.
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Deal Done: Weather Channel Sold To NBCU and Bain/Blackstone Combo
Discussion: Mashable! and Virginian-Pilot
 
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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:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Customer Backlash on iPhone Rate Plans, Launch Approaches
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Two Regressive Search Engine Advertising Rulings …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Adobe Goes After FreshAIRApps For “AIR” Usage
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Lou Dolinar / LinuxInsider:
What's Holding OpenOffice Back?
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Yahoo Circus Pulls Into Sun Valley Next Week
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Europe drafts law to disconnect suspected filesharers
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Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Line Rider Goes Silverlight
Anastasia Ustinova / San Francisco Chronicle:
Big-name brands booking ads on Facebook
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
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