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10:10 AM ET, July 6, 2006

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Amanda UnBoomed:
For the Record  —  I am disheartened by Andrew Baron's decision to spread misinformation.  He knows I cannot move to LA without a job...but insists on spinning things this way to shore up his assertion that I am "walking away" from Rocketboom.  I did not walk away.  I did not accept Andrew's idea of "partnership".
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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.
Heather Green / Business Week:
Splitsville at Rocketboom  —  The pioneering video blog's founders are going their separate ways, leaving the fate of the daily mock news show up in the air  —  Amanda Congdon's days with Rocketboom, the pioneering video blog, ended the way they began: in front of a world map.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Blogumentary
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Popular News Anchor Leaves Video Blog Site  —  She was no Tom Brokaw, and that was always the point of Rocketboom.com.  —  Internet star Amanda Congdon, known as the host of the popular video blogging Web site Rocketboom, announced yesterday that she is leaving the site immediately over differences with her business partner.
Discussion: BuzzMachine
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."
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Keeping talent happy... a primer.  —  Amanda has printed her back and forth with her former partner Andrew Baron—it's really sad.  This is a text-book example of how not to treat your talent (and frankly, how not to respond when you're treated bad).  The whole thing is a mess and everyone winds up losing.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Looking to Take On Apple's iPod, Microsoft Plans Its Own Hand-Held Player  —  Microsoft has been developing its own hand-held music and video player to challenge Apple Computer's iPod and expects to have it in stores in time for the holiday season, entertainment industry executives briefed on the company's plans said last night.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple filings reveal potential iPod redesigns  —  A recent series of design filings made by Apple Computer suggests the company may have intentions of abandoning its Click-Wheel interface in future versions of its iPod digital music players.  —  In January of 2006, Apple successfully registered …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Reuters:
AOL may offer free high-speed Internet  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc.'s <TWX.N> AOL unit may offer its full menu of services, including e-mail, free of charge to anyone with a high-speed Internet connection, The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: 21talks and broadband
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Mike / Techdirt:   Forget Walled Gardens, AOL May Go Completely Free For Broadband Users
Anders Bylund / Motley Fool:
To Google or Not to Google  —  It's official: Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) really is a verb now.  The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which bills itself as "The definitive record of the English language," added the company name as a verb in the latest round of updates, placing Google in such august company …
CNET News.com:
WiMax firm raises $900 million  —  Clearwire, which hopes to install WiMax networks that will cover continents, announced Wednesday that it has received $900 million in financing from Intel and Motorola and will work with the two giants to popularize the wireless broadband technology.
Discussion: Techdirt and ben barren
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Business Wire:
Clearwire Secures $900M in Financing Round Led by Intel Capital …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Document Interoperability  —  Company to sponsor open source project for Open XML-ODF file translation to deliver more choice for government customers and their constituents.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 5, 2006 — Expanding on its customer-focused commitment to interoperability …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
`Leopard' puts its prey on the spot  —  APPLE TAUNTS MICROSOFT WITH FASTER OS LAUNCHES  —  In 2004, when Apple Computer showed off its latest ``cat,'' Tiger, it couldn't help but taunt Microsoft.  —  The Redmond, Wash., software giant was working on its long-awaited next-generation Windows …
Erik / SEO Speedwagon:
A SERP of One's Own  —  With apologies to Virginia Woolf, a bit of SEO potpourri today, revisiting topics both old and recent.  —  Google Finally Knows Us.  One of Tom's pet peeves has always (and I mean always) been that a Google search for [seo speedwagon] brought up Google's famous "did you mean...?" line, suggesting a typo.
The Age:
Watchdog to vet internet content  —  Ben Doherty, Canberra, and Daniel Ziffer  —  ALL local internet content will come under Federal Government supervision after the Communications Minister revealed her response to the Big Brother sexual assault scandal.  —  The regulatory powers …
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent.org
 
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