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8:05 AM ET, June 26, 2006


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Carol J. Loomis /
A conversation with Warren Buffett  —  FORTUNE EXCLUSIVE: Editor-at-large Carol Loomis speaks with Buffett on why he sped up his plan to give away his money and why he chose the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE Magazine) - Coming from you, this plan is pretty startling.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Warren Buffet to give his fortune to Gates Foundation  —  Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, announced he is giving the vast majority of his $44 Billion dollar fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  I said in an earlier post that "Bill Gates legacy will be humanitarian philanthropy".
Carol J. Loomis /
Warren Buffett gives away his fortune  —  FORTUNE EXCLUSIVE: The world's second richest man - who's now worth $44 billion - tells editor-at-large Carol Loomis he will start giving away 85% of his wealth in July - most of it to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
What if They Built an Urban Wireless Network and Hardly Anyone Used It?  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — Peter Shyu, an engineer, spends most of his day out of the office, and when he needs an Internet connection he often pops into one of the many coffee shops in this city that offer free wireless access.
Discussion: Techdirt
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Wireless crusader FON in $5 Wi-Fi router giveaway  —  LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - FON, a Spanish start-up on an ambitious crusade to turn home Wi-Fi connections into wireless "hotspots" for nearby users, is set to unveil on Monday a plan to hand out 1 million wireless routers for just $5 apiece.
Discussion: 21talks and Wi-Fi Networking News
Rafat /
The Next Big Step: Announcing Our Funding, from Patricof's Greycroft Partners [by Rafat]  —  The biggest step till now was me deciding to go full time with the blog, back in early 2003.  This tops that:  —  The news: ContentNext Media, the parent company of our three sites - …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rafat Ali's ContentNext Raises VC Dollars
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Microsoft Unveils Unified Communications Product Road Map and Partner Ecosystem  —  New 2007 Office system products to deliver enterprise communications solution that unifies voice, conferencing, IM and collaboration.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — June 25, 2006 — Jeff Raikes, president …
Discussion: 21talks and
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Plans to Blend Phones With Computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 — Microsoft plans to offer a strategy on Monday describing how it intends to transform the telecommunications world in much the same way it changed the computing world in the 1980's.  —  Its new approach centers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ningbar Launches, Plus Ning Stats  —  Palo Alto based Ning made a significant change to their application interface on Friday, removing the mandatory sidebar on applications and replacing it with a fully customizable javascript bar across the top of the page.  —  I met with CEO Gina Bianchini a week ago to see the changes.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Somewhat Frank
Brian W. McCallister / Brian McCallister:
Ningbar Baby!  —  Last night (well, in the wee hours of this morning …
Discussion: d2r: diego's weblog
Gina Bianchini / Ning | Blog:   Introducing the Ningbar
Chris Barylick / Washington Post:
Amateur Hour On Video  —  When television came on the scene midway through the last century, it appeared to be simply a video version of radio, an established and popular medium that delivered news and entertainment.  —  This time around, in the fast-moving Internet age …
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Super Talent MP3 Player review: nano or no-no?  —  To call the iPod the "market leader" is an understatement.  Ars Technica recently reported the iPod is so popular that beer sales on college campuses are decreasing as a result!  Personally, I've never owned one (although I had a free …
Discussion: and Ubergizmo
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON WAITING FOR MORE THAN DOUGH ON THE WEB  —  The New York Times has a timely article this weekend in their "Money" section, titled "Waiting for the Dough on the Web".  —  The piece mainly looks at all the internet initiatives and acquisitions by media incumbents of late, and asking the implied question, "Where is the BIG money?"
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Advertisers: You're next  —  I'm seeing a lot of avoidance of the elephant that isn't quite in the room yet but is banging at the door:  —  Advertising is the next big industry to suffer huge upheaval thanks to the internet.  They may think they're already there, but they're not, not by a long shot.
Discussion: ben barren
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google's new mission: Organize the world's products and make them universally accessible  —  This could be a watershed week in the Google era.  The June 28 rumored launch of a Google online payment system, last known as GBuy (see my Google GBuy specifics: 'Could be a game-changer' ) …
Beth / Beth's Blog:
Nonprofits in Second Life: Avatar Marketing, Fundraising, and TechSoup's Plans  —  It's Friday, it's summer, it's raining - okay that's my set of excuses for spending a little bit of time in Second Life today.  I attended a meeting at the SLTechSoup Office, a discussion forum on Avatar Marketing hosted …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Has Microsoft changed?  WinFS post getting questioned internally  —  Interesting threads on an internal Microsoft alias today.  Employees are questioning why we (Microsoft employees) can't just own up to the truth and stop spinning when we have bad news to report.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Egokast Video Belt Buckle  —  Bah.  Who needs a LED belt-buckle when you can go balls to the wall with a full color LCD belt buckle like this one from Egokast?  The idea behind this is pretty simple, it is a 3-inch screen mounted on a stainless steel case that can attach to any standard belt.
Stuart / Popgadget:   Egokast video belt buckle
Andy Abramson / Working Anywhere:
Boeing May Toss Off Connexion  —  I'm one of the happy users who has been on a series of intercontinental flights on both Lufthansa and SAS who has used the Boeing In Flight Internet Service and it has worked as advertised.  Hopefully Boeing won't mothball it.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Cisco leads $15.5 million investment in IPTV start-up, Akimbo  —  Cisco Systems, perceived by some as a faceless, somewhat boring Internet router company, wants to get more personal.  —  There's nothing it would rather do than enter your living room, plop itself down on your couch …
Discussion: GigaOM
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