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6:20 AM ET, March 6, 2006

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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Huge Phone Deal Seeks to Thwart Smaller Rivals  —  The AT&T Corporation, in announcing plans yesterday to buy BellSouth Corporation for $67 billion after months of speculation, took the offensive against low-cost rivals in the free-for-all for phone, wireless and television customers.
Discussion: IP Democracy and PaidContent.org
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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 …
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
AT& T in $67 Billion Deal to Buy BellSouth  —  Purchase Involves Local Lines, Cingular  —  AT&T Inc. announced plans yesterday to buy BellSouth Corp. for about $67 billion in stock in a deal that would reassemble large swaths of the old "Ma Bell" local-telephone monopoly but is likely …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
WSJ: AT&T to Buy Bell South for $65 Billion  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&T is going to buy BellSouth for $65 billion, a mega-merger that would radically change the nature of communications competition in the U.S. The deal, purportedly slated for announcement as early as Monday …
Gretchen Cuda / Wired News:
Working Toward Computer Roll-ups  —  One day you may roll up your computer and toss it in your bag — no more rugged titanium cases.  Today's visionaries are planning a world of flexible electronics that will make even your svelte new laptop look clunky.  —  The secret is in the silicon: the stuff electronic components are made of.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
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 …
Discussion: Bleeding Edge, Joystiq and GameSetWatch
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 …
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.
Discussion: Larry Borsato and VCball
newswire.co.nz:
Trade Me Sells To Fairfax For NZ$700 Million  —  Fairfax Holdings Limited has reached agreement to acquire Trade Me Limited for NZ$700 million.  —  Trade Me accounts for over 60 percent of New Zealand's web traffic.  —  The purchase price is NZ$700 million cash (A$625 million), or approximately 15.6 times expected 2007 EBITDA.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and ben barren
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
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 …
 
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