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9:35 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 …
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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Anyone for a chorus of Kumbaya?  —  I'd like to echo my friend and fellow blog-conference organizer Mark Evans's post earlier today about conferences and un-conferences and camps and whatnot.  It seems some noses got out of joint over the whole MashupCamp versus BarCamp thing …
Mark Evans:   Can't We Just Love Each Other?  —  Nicholas Carr has a quasi-funny/sad …
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Doc Talks Smack About Barcamp
Discussion: down the avenue
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
How Much Profit Is Lurking in That Cellphone?  —  IN some ways, wireless is the new China.  Both are huge, largely untapped markets for news and entertainment media companies.  And media executives have made a lot of dreamy statements about both of these markets and funneled a lot of effort into them.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Is the Pen as Mighty as the Joystick?  —  WHEN the package showed up last November at his house outside of Portland, Ore., David Hodgson initially felt a wave of great excitement.  But that promptly gave way to foreboding.  —  As soon as he opened the bundle, he realized that a clock …
Discussion: Joystiq and Bleeding Edge
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.
Russell Beattie Notebook:
The Feed Icon!  —  I've been noticing the use of a standard new icon for feeds lately on a lot of newer sites, and I immediately recognized it because I use FireFox and that's what pops into the address bar if a web page has a feed associated with it.  My immediate reaction to seeing the icon …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
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
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.
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 …
 
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