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9:40 AM ET, March 5, 2006


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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 …
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.
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Hey Neighbor, Stop Piggybacking on My Wireless  —  For a while, the wireless Internet connection Christine and Randy Brodeur installed last year seemed perfect.  They were able to sit in their sunny Los Angeles backyard working on their laptop computers.  —  But they soon began noticing …
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 …
Discussion: Steve Newson DOT net
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
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
The Normalization of Blogging  —  Robert and I were the wrap-up speakers yesterday at the New Communications Forum.  We did pretty well, but one point I tried to make had not fully formed in my head and I didn't articulate it as well as I would have liked.  I've had a day to think about it.
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.
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.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google GDrive is not a rumor  —  An interesting article by Greg Lindon points to some slide comments from Google's Analyst Day Power Point presentation last week.  The presentation was removed from Google's website but the text is still available in Greg's post.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Suddenly, an Industry Is All Ears  —  AUSTIN, Tex., March 3 — Brendan McGahan, 26, rips off his headset and darts from his cubicle looking for a supervisor.  "I'm getting close to an escalation," he says over the drone of other cubicle dwellers.  —  Just out of the Air Force …
Business Week:
Sony's iPod Assault Is No Threat To Apple  —  The new digital Walkman is a step in the right direction, but its features fall short  —  It might have been a coincidence, but it still must have hurt.  Sony Corp. (SNE ) last fall booked a Tokyo nightclub for the unveiling of its latest Walkman music players.
Jim / Jim Boykin's Internet Marketing Blog:
SES NYC Crazy Pictures - SESNYC2006  —  Sunday Night:  —  Kim Krause of Cre8pc and Cre8asite forums  —  Rand Fishkin (SEO Moz)  —  DaveN & Matt Cutts...Darth Vadar and Obi-Wan?  —  Monday Morning  —  Barry Diller of IAC and Danny  —  Me and Barry Diller  —  Monday Night Party
Discussion: SEOmoz and Online Marketing Blog
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