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11:50 AM ET, July 11, 2006

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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Well, well, Dell  —  So Dell is starting a blog.  —  Ha.  Heh.  Ho ho ho.  —  It's a blog in content management system name only.  —  The subtitle is "direct conversations with Dell" but this is as much a conversation as yelling at a brick wall.  There is not one link there.
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Andrew Lark:
Dell Launches Blog  —  Dell is out of the gate with a corporate blog... Like every corporate blog it is looking for a voice and will probably take time to find one.  It's a little corporatey - but then its a corporate blog.  The bloggerati just need to get over every blog coming …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Dell Starts Corporate Blog, But Fails to Address Critical Issues  —  Dell, yes, as in Dell Hell, has launched a corporate weblog called one2one.  According to PR Week, the Dell blog will be authored by multiple employees.  It includes video and text, del.icio.us and digg seeding tools but no full-text feeds.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dell joins the bloggy Web
Discussion: one2one
Nick / Rough Type:   Dell's unorthodox blog
CNET News.com:
Guba inks film deal with Sony Pictures  —  Video-sharing site Guba has signed its second distribution deal with a major studio in less than a month, another sign the little-known company is quickly becoming a hot property in Hollywood.  —  Sony Pictures has agreed to offer 100 …
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Sulake Corp Oy Nets EUR 6 Million to Mobilize Habbo Hotel for Japanese Teens  —  Venture Wire is reporting that Helsinki based Sulake Corp. Oy has received a third round of funding this one totalling 6 million Euro ($7.6 million USD) to mobiliize Habbo Hotel, a game famously popular with Japanese teens.
New York Times:
Google to Put a Research Center in Michigan  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 10 — Google plans to build an office and research center here that will have up to 1,000 employees, people who had been briefed on the plan said Monday night.  —  The announcement is set to be made Tuesday morning …
Mike / Techdirt:
Universal Service Tax On VoIP Will Actually Hold Back Universal Service  —  from the nice-work-FCC dept  —  Daniel Berninger continues to write some of the sharpest pieces on what's going on with the telco industry these days.  In the past, he'd written up great pieces explaining …
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Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Guest Blogger: Daniel Berninger - "Universal Service Fund generated …
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Firefox Usage Passes 15 Percent in US  —  Mozilla's Firefox browser continues to post gains in market share, according to Web analytics firm OneStat.com, while usage of Internet Explorer has fallen more than 2 percent since May.  Opera, meanwhile, has surpassed 1 percent market share worldwide.
Discussion: Mark Evans, The Browser and Tech_Space
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bebo Shuns $550 Million Acquisition Offer  —  San Francisco based social network Bebo, which recently raised $15 million from Benchmark Capital, rejected a £300 million ($552 million) acquisition offer from British Telecom Group "a few weeks ago", according to an insider on the transaction.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The next Web is the human Web  —  I just did a speaking gig at Microsoft.  Spoke to Nestle executives from around the world.  Nice group of folks.  Asked some interesting questions.  Couldn't believe that they could actually watch what everyone around the world would say about Nestle.
gizmodo.com:
Microsoft Argo's Final Name: The Zune?  —  Our inboxes are on fire with brand new information about the new Microsoft MP3 player.  We thought the player was code-named "Argo", but we now got word that the final product name that's been flying around is the "Zune"!
Discussion: digg
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Shawn Andrich / Gamers With Jobs Press Pass:
Hellgate: London Source Code Stolen?  —  Reliable sources have indicated that the Flagship Studios network has been hacked and the source code for Hellgate: London has been stolen.  I contacted the Flagship head cheese Bill Roper directly for comment and he has indicated that while they have heard …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Kotaku, Joystiq and Blue's News
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Hilary Rosen: Singing a New Song?  —  For many, the name Hilary Rosen recalls a Recording Industry Association of America bogeywoman who brought the law down on Napster, the Diamond Rio, small-time internet radio and other fan favorites.  Music and tech enthusiasts seemed to hold …
BBC:
Industry to stop 'music cheats'  —  The recorded music industry's trade group has asked internet service providers (ISPs) to freeze the accounts of customers who illegally fileshare.  —  The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has written to Tiscali and Cable & Wireless asking them to suspend 59 accounts for "illegal filesharing".
CNET News.com:
The 10 worst technologies in Q2 2006  —  We love seeing great new tech, but there's also a side of us that takes delight in seeing the other end of the technological spectrum.  Like with a bad movie that achieves cult status because it's just that bad, we love to hate something …
Discussion: Gizmodo, digg and Slashdot
ZDNet:
End to Win98 support may boost desktop Linux  —  From today, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates or provide support for Windows 98 and Windows ME, which could lead users to trying alternative operating systems such as Linux.  —  Eight years after launching Windows 98 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Citibank Phish Spoofs 2-Factor Authentication  —  Security experts have long touted the need for financial Web sites to move beyond mere passwords and implement so-called "two-factor authentication" — the second factor being something the user has in their physical possession like an access card …
about.skype.com:
Skype Announces Free International Calls with 'Skype Days of Summer' Offer  —  U.S. and Canadian Skype Users Can Make Free International SkypeOut Calls to the United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan for Three July Weekends  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—July 10, 2006—Skype®, the global Internet communications company …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com, digg and The Test Bed
 
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Declan Kennedy / apcstart.com:
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Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
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Nick / Rough Type:
Emergent bureaucracy
Discussion: OpenBusiness and Slashdot
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
What a Waste  —  I've been through a whole bunch of meetings …
Discussion: Tom Hume
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Coke Trying to Get New Media: Like a Middle-Aged Guy Trying to Look Young and Hip
Discussion: Logic+Emotion and Adrants
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Coke.com Finds Its Inner YouTube
Denise / Official Google Base Blog:
New for bulk uploaders: Google Checkout
Discussion: The 360 and Google Watch
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
What should Digg do?  —  I've been thinking a lot about Digg …
Los Angeles Times:
We aren't all pirates  —  Anti-piracy proposals before Congress …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's new iPod nano may sport metal jacket
Jim Rapoza / eWEEK.com:
eWEEK Labs Bakeoff: Open Source Versus .Net Stacks
Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer - Major update