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4:20 AM ET, July 6, 2009


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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Details on Marc Andreessen's New Fund (Plus Five Other Interesting Things He Said)  —  Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz are launching their much-anticipated $300 million venture fund this evening, aptly called Andreessen Horowitz.  —  The fund will make investments of $50,000 to $50 million …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Web pioneer Andreessen raises $300M for new venture capital firm  —  Marc Andreessen, the entrepreneur who co-founded the first significant Web browser Netscape at 22, is moving on to his next profession: Venture Capitalism.  —  Andreessen (pictured left) with his long-time business partner …
Discussion: Financial Times and PE Hub Blog
Marc Andreessen /
Introducing our new venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz  —  My partner Ben Horowitz and I are delighted to announce the formation of our new venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, and our first fund — $300 million in size — aimed purely at investing in the best new entrepreneurs …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Since March, Internet Explorer Lost 11.4 Percent Share To Firefox, Safari, And Chrome  —  The new browser wars on on.  More than a decade after Microsoft killed off Netscape with Internet Explorer, competition in the browser market has never been stronger.  Just last week, Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Firefox, a Challenging Future Awaits  —  For much of this decade, Mozilla and its Firefox browser were the upstarts, out to beat the big, bad Microsoft and its Internet Explorer browser.  Firefox, the descendant of Netscape, the browser that helped jump-start the web revolution …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Fun with numbers (browser and search share) a boon for StatCounter
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Nokia turns to Android in phone wars  —  Finnish mobile phone giant changes strategy to increase share in the only growing market  —  Nokia is understood to be developing a mobile phone that runs on Google's Android software platform in a strategic U-turn for the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer.
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News:
4chan may be behind attack on Twitter  —  Update: Twitter has reacted to this raid by removing the term from its trending topics, but evidence can still be found on Twitter Search.  —  Twitter saw a huge influx of fake accounts on Sunday, pushing the NSFW trending topic, #gorillapenis, all the way to the top of the list.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Twitter Suspending Accounts in Droves  —  Twitter seems to be on a role lately.  It would seem, either by bug, or some new policy just implemented, Twitter has just suspended hundreds to thousands of Twitter accounts with little to no reason.  You can see all the action, semi-real-time here.
Discussion: Mashable!, paidContent and Twitter Status, Thanks:louisgray
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Decoding the HTML 5 video codec debate  —  The increasingly competitive browser market has at last created an environment in which emerging Web standards can flourish.  One of the harbingers of the open Web renaissance is HTML 5, the next major version of the W3C's ubiquitous HTML standard.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
When you succeed with Free, you are going to die by Free  —  The problem with companies who have built their business around free is that it is far from free to remain successful.  —  The more success you have in delivering free, the more expensive it is to stay at the top.
Discussion: paidContent, Feld Thoughts and Joe Duck
breaking news presents challenges and opportunities to improve  —  Thursday June 24th was a big news day: details about Governor Mark Sanford's confession on Wednesday about his liaison in Argentina continued to break, we learned of Farah Fawcett's death, and then later TMZ broke the news of Michael Jackson's death.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Cherry, The Mobile Operator That Doesn't Care Whether You're On Wi-Fi Or Not  —  The chances of me being genuinely amazed at something I see a Belgian tech company achieve are rather slim.  But occasionally, it happens.  Last week I went to local entrepreneur meetup BetaGroup …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
iPhone 3GS.  Jailbreak.  Mac.  —  Only a couple of days after George Hotz became the first hacker to release a jailbreak app for the iPhone 3GS on Windows, there's a Mac-compatible version out too.  This time, Hotz got some help from two fellow coders to be able to please the Mac folks …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Rise of Web Video, Beyond 2-Minute Clips
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC broadband roadmap aims to bring order to stimulus chaos
Discussion: Techgeist
Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
Samsung Says It Posted Second-Quarter Operating Profit; Shares Advance
Discussion: Reuters
Richard Wray / Guardian:
BT drops Phorm targeted ad service
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Just How Successful is the iPhone App Store?
Louis Gray:
TweetDeck Marks One Year Anniversary: The Journey and What's Next
Discussion: Twitterrati and TweetDeck's posterous, Thanks:jesse
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Dismissal In MySpace Suicide Case Could Spark New Cyberbullying Crackdown
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
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BrianB / PMP Today:
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Discussion: Liliputing
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
How I Tweet: Just the FAQs
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog
AMP / Gravitational Pull:
Amazon Kindle competitor EReader slashes ebook prices
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple blames hot iPhones on the weather, others find oleophobic screen …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
OpenBitTorrent Tracker Muscles In On The Old Pirate Bay
Discussion: Download Squad and
Toni Bowers / TechRepublic Blogs:
IT hiring and salaries are down  —  According to the latest …