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8:05 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
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 …
Drew Cullen / The Register:
O2 starts 3G iPhone stampede - and runs away  —  O2 today started taking pre-orders on its website for Apple's iPhone 3G - and stopped taking them again within minutes of opening the doors.  —  Customers were told by text message that new iPhones were available to existing customers who upgrade.
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
The disruptive potential of GPS on the iPhone 3G
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog and Digg
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: Guardian Unlimited and Technovia
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Segway's top tech guy segues to Apple
Discussion: Inquirer, 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
ISPs prepare for video revolution  —  Video may have killed the radio star, but it doesn't have to kill the Internet.  —  That is if Internet service providers can figure out how to keep up with the video-driven bandwidth demand on their networks.  Peer-to-peer technology provider BitTorrent says it can help.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Google defends Street View tool  —  Google has defended its controversial Street View photo-mapping tool, saying it will meet local privacy laws in European countries at launch.  —  The tool, which matches real world photos to mapped locations, has drawn fire from some privacy campaigners.
Discussion: BBC NEWS, PDA and WebProNews
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
COBOL: Don't Call it a Comeback  —  While COBOL is solidly into middle age - and many COBOL developers are well beyond that — companies such as Micro Focus, Microsoft and Veryant are moving to help enterprises take legacy COBOL applications to more modern architectures.  —  “Don't call it a comeback!
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
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 …
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 …
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: The Blog Herald and WebMetricsGuru
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.
Discussion: and /Message
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Will We Ever Bury Voice Recognition?
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Apple Flips Rogers the Bird A Week Before Canadian iPhone Launch?
Michael Horowitz / Defensive Computing:
Still more reasons to avoid Internet Explorer
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
DRILLING DOWN; Phones' Texting Feature Often Unused
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Huge German company makes the switch, goes from PC to Mac.
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac and Digg
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Apple MacBook: Change is in the Air
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
Phone Arena:
LG Chocolate 3 to be released July 14th
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Service and the Fifty Percent Rule
Discussion: Venture Chronicles