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7:25 PM ET, March 5, 2006

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att.sbc.com:
AT&T, BellSouth to Merge  —  Combination Will Speed Innovation, Competition and Convergence  — Natural combination of two leading wireline providers and joint owners of Cingular speeds progress in integrated wireless/wireline services  — Substantial financial benefits for stockholders …
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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 …
WSJ.com - U.S. Home:
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  —  Update: AT&T, BellSouth confirm the merger.  "This merger is a logical next step that creates substantial value for customers and stockholders of both AT&T and BellSouth," said AT&T Chairman and CEO Edward E. Whitacre Jr in a statement.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Clickety Clack
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The John Dvorakification of the blogosphere (I'm signing off of Memeorandum)  —  I'm unsubscribing from Memeorandum.  —  Reading Dave Winer this morning made me realize I'm just falling down a dark hole.  It's the same hole I was in in the 1990s when I posted about 100,000 items on various newsgroups …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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...
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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
Discussion: down the avenue
Evan Blass / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile offers customers free weekend WiFi  —  We've taken a shot or two at T-Mobile in our day (thoughonly takes on the "conventional wisdom," we assure you), but we're always ones to give credit where credit isdue, so we have to tip our hats to the 'Mob for rolling out a new feature that is actually beneficial to existingcustomers.
ABCNEWS:
And the Swag Goes To...  Even if they don't win, no one, and we mean no one, leaves the Oscars ceremony empty-handed.  —  Laarni Almendrala Ragaza - PC Magazine  —  In the days preceding the annual Academy Awards, much will be made about who has the best chances at an Oscar win, or who will pull a "Bjork" on the red carpet this year.
Discussion: Engadget
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The role of anti-marketing design  —  At the Northern Voice conference I met Markus Frind, founder of Plentyoffish.com.  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.
Keith Teare / edgeio corporation:
edgeio product plans discussed  —  edgeio has a number of product releases due to happen over the next 2 weeks or so.  As we discussed in a couple of places, edgeio was launched with a set of features specifically designed for bloggers who are familiar with tagging, and with ping servers.
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 …
maxxuss.com:
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
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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