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2:55 AM ET, March 6, 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 Announces BellSouth Deal  —  AT&T UNVEILED a deal to acquire BellSouth for about $67 billion in stock, in an agreement that would create a telecom giant and give AT&T sole control over Cingular, the nation's largest wireless operator.  (Companies' statement) 9:09 p.m.  —  • AT&T's Plan Represents Big Bet
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 …
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.
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Cisco Unified Communications Changes Everything?  —  Cisco at 12am March 6th will launch their new Unified Communications System (www.cisco.com/go/unified) aimed at streamlining business processes, and helping to drive productivity.  Unified Communications (UC) will feature new presence …
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready for PodServe (and more)  —  Brian Oberkirch from Weblogswork gave me a demo of PodServe today.  If you are a podcaster, or want to be, there are some features that you are going to be really interested in trying out.  —  As I see it there are three important features of note.
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Google's Secrets Exposed  —  Here's a very good use of 48 minutes.  —  Seth Godin spoke to Google and, in 48 minutes, pretty much gave the talk every company of any size offering any product or service should watch.  —  There is a pretty interesting moment that struck a cord with me.
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
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 …
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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.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Bloggers on the Reasons Behind Their Daily Words  —  Last week, I asked: "Why do you blog?"  —  Blogs, short for "Web logs," have boomed in popularity over the past decade as folks have become more comfortable living online.  They are created by individuals, companies, advocacy groups and so forth …
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.
 
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