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2:20 PM ET, March 5, 2006


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Ken Belson / New York Times:
AT&T Is Said to Be Near Deal for BellSouth  —  AT&T Corp. is planning to acquire BellSouth Corp., according to several people familiar with the negotiations who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the talks.  —  A merger of two of the four remaining Bell phone companies …
AT&T Nears Deal for BellSouth  —  AT&T IS NEAR a deal to acquire BellSouth for roughly $65 billion, in an agreement that would give AT&T sole control over Cingular, the nation's largest wireless operator.  A deal could be announced as early as Monday.  —  9:49 a.m.  —  • Tale of the Tape: How the companies compare
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T To Buy BellSouth  —  Holy smokes... King Ed (Whitacre) is really going to be the king of telecom.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&T is in talks to buy BellSouth for about $65 billion.  The news should not surprise anyone, since it was a foregone conclusion that BellSouth …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Ryan / the ryan king:
Live by the Snark, die by the Snark  —  I wrote about how I thought MashupCamp was kinda lame and exploited the meme of 'the Camps' awhile ago, but its recently gotten some push-back from Doc Searls which I'd like to rebut by quoting liberally and interspersing my comments...
Discussion: Things That
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Jumping the snark  —  Ryan King, one of the organizers of BarCamp, has posted MashupCamp jumped the shark — a slam on David Berlind and Mashup Camp that I can't let slide.  —  Ryan: … Ryan then proceeds to knock David for not following or crediting the successful BarCamp forumula.
Mark Evans:
Can't We Just Love Each Other?  —  Nicholas Carr has a quasi-funny/sad about a spat between the organizers of BarCamp and MashupCamp.  As someone in the midst of organizing a Web 2.0/blog conference on May 8/9 in Toronto - along with Mathew Ingram, Rob Hyndman, Michael Mcderment and Stuart Macdonald …
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Doc Talks Smack About Barcamp  —  ...brace yourself for the community backlash...  Why?  — Because Barcamp is not, never was and never will be an "equivalent of a kegger", whatever the hell that means.  — Because there were more people at the original Barcamp (Palo Alto) …
Discussion: down the avenue
Hamid Shojaee:
How Axosoft Sold $1.3 Million Worth of Software in 3 Days  —  This is a story about understandings and ideas.  Sometimes, when they collide great things can happen.  —  Recently, I had a little idea, and once it was set into motion a big drama began to unfold.  Over the next three days, amazing things were going to happen.
Discussion: Damien Mulley and Conversion Rater
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Bloglogic and the Litmus Test for Link Love  —  Doc Searls adds his perspective to Dave Wallace's post about second opinion, affirmative traction, connections and flow.  —  Dave did a little analysis of his traffic after being mentioned in one of Mathew Ingram's second opinion posts …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The role of anti-marketing design  —  At the Northern Voice conference I met Markus Frind, founder of  He's Google's #1 Adsense user in Canada.  His site is pulling in more than $10,000 per day from Google, he told me, and has millions of passionate users.  Tens of millions of page views EVERY DAY.
Unleashing 10-User Conferencing in Skype 2.0 for Windows  —  Recently, Skype and Intel have announced a deal that would limit Skype's functionality on all but specific Intel processors.  Currently, Skype 2.0 offers 10-way conference calls only on Intel's latest dual-core CPUs, while other chips …
Discussion: MAKE: Blog
Douglass C. Perry / IGN:
The Outfit Demo Coming  —  THQ says the demo is ready to go, but...  March 3, 2006 - Following the pre-game releases of Fight Night Round 3 and Full Auto, THQ is prepping to release a playable demo of its upcoming military combat game, The Outfit.  —  The fully downloadable demo …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Settlement Reached in BlackBerry Dispute  —  NEW YORK - The maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device said Friday it settled its long-running patent dispute with a small Virginia-based firm, averting a possible court-ordered shutdown of the BlackBerry system and a disruption of wireless service for millions of users.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The award for highest snark-to-information ratio goes to Nicholas Carr, who constantly sets the bar for would-be snarkmasters.  These days you could rename Memeorandum to Snarksforall, with one blogger trying to top another for the most vacuous post.  The latest controversy is whether Scoble knows his ass from his elbow.
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