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10:10 AM ET, June 27, 2006


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Brian Ward / The Tech Confidential Blog:
Leo Hindery's death sentence for the portals  —  Leo Hindery's Washington Insider Keynote at the Convergence 2.0 conference barely touched on Washington at all, but was filled with plenty of bold statements.  Hindery, managing partner at Intermedia Partners, first took all content and distribution …
Brian Ward / TechEffect:
Jeffrey Citron defends Vonage, announces new V-Phone USB device  —  Earlier today Leo Hindery basically said anyone who thinks VoIP service can be monetized is out of his mind.  Enter Vonage's chairman and chief strategist, Jeffrey A. Citron, who spent about a half hour using cute charts …
Mike / Techdirt:
Cable Guy Says Portals Are Toast  —  from the haven't-we-heard-that-before?  dept  —  Leo Hindery is a cable guy.  He's always been a cable guy.  He was the head of TCI which eventually got bought by AT&T and became AT&T Broadband.  Later he was head of GlobalCenter and was there as that telco bubble-era play popped.
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Google Gets Ready to Test GBuy, A New Online-Payment Option  —  For years, consumers who didn't want to give Web merchants their credit-card information faced limited options when it came to making purchases online.  This week, consumers could get access to another electronic-payment option …
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Discussion: New World Notes
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Jellyfish's Liquid E-Commerce Market  —  It's nothing new.  —  I get this comment all the time when I'm trying to describe what I think is a (r)evolutionary change.  It's human instinct to cleave to what we already know, to hope that we can continue to live comfortably in the world that we've already wrapped our minds around.
Mark McGuire / Jellyfish:
Unveiling and VPA Advertising
Discussion: and PostBubble
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Suit 2.0  —  Back in the nineties, Jason Calacanis was a Silicon Alley cowboy.  Now, at AOL, he's in full corporate harness.  Is that the only way for an entrepreneur to get to the top?  —  B  —  ack in the fall of 1998, on the night after AOL announced that it was undertaking …
Paul R. La Monica /
DVD or download?  —  Early adopters may think that movie downloads are cool but it's too soon to declare the death of the DVD.  —  NEW YORK ( — How are you going to watch movies at home in the future?  —  Are you going to download them on your computer and then watch them on your TV or an iPod?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Dabble DB Raises Cash  —  Dabble DB, a Vancouver-based online database / hosted application creation company has raised around $2 million dollars in Series A venture funding from Ventures West, a Canadian VC fund.  Paul Kedrosky, a venture partner with the fund, is leading the investment in the eighteen-month-old company.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft Unified Communications Plan  —  The NY Times says "Microsoft Plans to Blend Phones with Computers".  Great headline, but Microsoft had all the pieces (email, IM, Live Meeting, VoIP) for a long time.  Now the Unified Communications Product Roadmap ties them all together seamlessly.
Austin Vaughan /
mobiBLU US2 - The UltraSlim DAP  —  MobiBlu has a new flash-player in the works, the US2, which stands for "UltraSlim-2" (although there never was a US1, as far as we know).  And slim it is: this thing is less then 1cm thick, putting its waist-size very close to that of the iPod nano.
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Windows Live Spaces to Debut July 15  —  Microsoft said Friday that it was preparing to migrate its Spaces blogging service to its Windows Live brand, and with the change the company will add new features and tighter integration with other Windows Live services.
Discussion: LiveSide
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
MagSafe meltdown strikes again!  —  Back in March, we reported about a poor MacBook Pro user who posted photos on Flickr along with an account of having come home to find his MagSafe connector melted.  Thanking his cats for apparently disconnecting the MagSafe accidentally (see, I told you guys! …
Discussion: and Gizmodo
Adam / Emergent Chaos:
I'm Joining Microsoft  —  I'm very pleased to announce that I've accepted a position with Microsoft.  I'll talk in a bit about the work I'll be doing, but before I do, I'd like to talk a bit about the journey that's brought me here, and the change I've seen in Microsoft that makes me feel really good about this decision.
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
Chicago Tribune:
Hands off the Internet  —  There's a movement in Congress to make telephone and cable companies treat all the traffic on their high-speed networks the same.  That is, charge all content providers the same price.  This goes by the name "net neutrality."  It sounds vaguely appealing in a country that values equality for all.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Original Blog
Anne Broache / CNET
U.S. Supreme Court to weigh standards for patent "obviousness"  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a case involving one of the thornier questions in patent law: What makes an invention "obvious"—and therefore unworthy of a patent?  —  The case at issue involves patents covering …
Discussion: Techdirt
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
SPRITE BACKUP FREE OF CHARGE FOR PALM 700W  —  I found this when I went to look at the Sprite Backup site to check out what their latest version was and thought my fellow PalmAddicts would find it of interest, especially the 700W users.  I don't think it's been posted before, if it has, I missed it.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and MobileRead Networks
Linux hackers re-claim the Linksys WRT54G  —  As predicted, the open source community has come up with a way to convert VxWorks-based LinkSys wireless WRT54G routers to Linux.  The process does not require hardware hacking, and installs a recent version of "DD-WRT micro."
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Automattic now offers enterprise WordPress support  —  How do you make money by giving away free software?  Automattic, the company that's home to several key developers of the free open source blogging software WordPress (used by this blog and many more) has announced today a new service called the Automattic Support Network.
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