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7:50 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
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
 
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