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Amanda UnBoomed:
Amanda UnBoomed  —  large .mov  —  small .mov  —  .mp4  —  iPod .m4v  —  Thanks to blip.tv for the gracious hosting!
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Advice and an Offer for Amanda Congdon  —  Update: Funny... someone DUGG this story.  —  Update2: Yes, going indie is also a great choice for Amanda.  If she has the bank she could just hire a writer or two part time, as well as one or two tech people, and just rock this out on her own.
Discussion: B2Day and Geek News Central …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What we know and don't know about Amanda, Andrew and Rocketboom  —  Nowhere in Amanda's video does she say she was fired.  —  Here's what she does say:  —  "I'm not on vacation."  —  "I have apparently been unboomed."  —  "Andrew Baron is no longer interested in being my partner."
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Amanda "unBoomed"?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Congdon Fired from RocketBoom
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Rocketboom Fires Amanda Congdon and Loses Its Voice
Discussion: New Media Sense
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Where will Amanda Go?  —  In Broadband Life + Web 2.0 + Online Video
Discussion: Valleywag
San Francisco Chronicle:
Click fraud a huge problem  —  Study finds practice widespread; many cut back online ads  —  Internet advertisers paid $800 million for bogus clicks on their marketing messages last year, shaking confidence in the industry and prompting many to reduce spending with Google, Yahoo and other Web sites …
BBC:
Web perils advise switch to Macs  —  Security threats to PCs with Microsoft Windows have increased so much that computer users should consider using a Mac, says a leading security firm.  —  Sophos security said that the 10 most commonly found pieces of malicious software all targeted Windows machines.
Roger O. Crockett / Business Week:
Senate Scorecard: AT&T 1, Google 0  —  Telecom providers gained ground on June 28 when a Senate committee paved the way for them to freely set fees for delivering Net content.  But they still must clear many hurdles on Capitol Hill before winning the "Net neutrality" battle
Discussion: GigaOM, Reuters and IP Democracy
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campaigns.wikia.com:
Mission Statement  —  Let's ramp up the intelligence of politics  —  An open letter to the political blogosphere  —  For more than 50 years now, we have been living in the era of television politics.  In the 1950s television first began to have a major impact on politics, and the results were overwhelming.
cbronline.com:
Open source urged to remain European  —  The organizer behind the Open Source Business Conference has called on European enterprise open source companies to retain their roots and avoid the urge to relocate to the US.  —  "One of the things Europe needs to do is reassert its ownership of open source …
Discussion: Open Sources
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:   Does it matter where open source firms are based?
Todd Wilder / Apple:
Apple Introduces $899 Education Configuration for 17-inch iMac  —  NECC, SAN DIEGO-July 5, 2006-Apple® today introduced a new $899 configuration of the 17-inch iMac® designed specifically for education customers featuring a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, a built-in iSight™ video camera …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Developer to raze Bell Labs Holmdel facility, birthplace of the cellphone  —  It's not very often that we here at Engadget adopt an issue and stand behind it; one of the only notable examples includes the Broadcast Flag, which in 2004 — very early on in its life — we made our feelings pretty well known.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Joseph Laszlo
Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Looking for More Elbow Room  —  In the midst of its biggest expansion in nearly a decade, the world's largest software company has suddenly found itself with a major setback: not enough room to grow.  —  Microsoft — in the midst of a bitter rivalry with Google and Yahoo …
Chris Morris / CNNMoney.com:
Nintendo's Wii may get early launch  —  Industry observers expect company's new video game machine to launch before the PlayStation 3 - perhaps by a month or more.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Nintendo has stated numerous times …
Discussion: Kotaku and DigitalBattle
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Record industry to sue Yahoo China over pirated tunes  —  Back in February, I posted an item on BoingBoing about the abundance of pirated tunes one can find by way of Chinese-language search engines Yahoo China and Baidu.  Not news for anyone who's spent time on those sites, but as a non-Chinese-speaker, it was news to me.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Seed (Venture Investing) Rules  —  The following figure self-summarizes venture guy Vinod Khosla's investment returns by amount invested, and then stratified by whether he had a board seat.  The upshot: His highest returns came disproportionately from investments where he put in less than $1m, and from where he had a board seat.
 
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Nintendo Gifts DS Lite to President Bush
Discussion: DS Fanboy
Aswath Weblog:
Comment on FCC Order regarding USF
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
TxtDrop offers SMS widget for MySpace
Discussion: MobileCrunch and 21talks
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Make powerful online forms easily with Wufoo
Discussion: PostBubble and Particletree
Dan Milmo / Guardian:
Universal prices CDs to match downloads
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Commentful Tracks Comments on Digg, YouTube, Blogs and More
Discussion: Performancing.com
Chris Lake / Internet Marketing News and Blog:
The 12 reasons why UK businesses don't blog
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Axes VP8360-B/100 PMP with 100 GB hard drive
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Nikon: Snappy success for digital SLRs
Discussion: PC World's Techlog
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
The Next Web Travel Sites
Discussion: PostBubble
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Use Red Swoosh to Serve Files For Free
Discussion: Scobleizer
Dallas Star-Telegram:
Losing their jobs and even their iPods
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Chinese mob shopping sites score big discounts
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Networked journalism
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube challenger offers to pay for video
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Internet Knows What You'll Do Next