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9:55 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
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog and Profy.Com
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 …
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone 3G in Canada: Apple Doing to Rogers What Rogers Did to Consumers?
Discussion: blogs
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Apple not happy with Rogers over iPhone plan pricing?
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 …
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
National T-mobile 3G launch on October 1st?  —  Once and a while we will ask our users to take an article with a grain of salt.  We're going to up the ante here, and tell you to take this one with a whole damn bucket of salt.  That said, we have some exciting T-mobile news to bring you don't we?
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 …
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.”
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Segway's top tech guy segues to Apple
Discussion: Inquirer and Engadget
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!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Next (Real) Challenge: July 22 Q2 Earnings Report  —  While a lot of focus has been put on Yahoo's potentially ugly proxy fight with activist investor Carl Icahn-which could come to a head at its August 1 annual meeting unless both sides figure out a truce before then-more attention …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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
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Discussion: TechCrunch
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Still more reasons to avoid Internet Explorer
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
DRILLING DOWN; Phones' Texting Feature Often Unused
Discussion: ParisLemon
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Huge German company makes the switch, goes from PC to Mac.
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac and Digg
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google, Zen Master of the Market
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Facebooker Who Friended Obama
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Apple MacBook: Change is in the Air
Thorn Stevens / Robot Stock News:
BREAKING: iRobot Robotic Lawnmower Patent Published w/Pictures!
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Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Service and the Fifty Percent Rule
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