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12:45 PM 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  —  Oh, oh, this is becoming a trend.  A human being on Dell's Web site?  Calling Jeff Jarvis, calling Jeff Jarvis!  Oh, he already chimed in.  Steve Rubel did too and says the same thing.  —  What did I tell Nestle when someone asked "how do you start?"  —  Listen.
Discussion: one2one
Nick / Rough Type:
Dell's unorthodox blog  —  A few days ago, Dell quietly launched a corporate blog, called one2one.  Mixing words and video, it's designed to let various Dell employees talk about Dell products and services - and to share their enthusiasm for the company with customers.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Shel / a shel of my former self:   Dell launches a blog
CNET News.com:
BitTorrent inks licensing deal with studios  —  BitTorrent is lining up entertainment companies as it prepares to sell downloads of feature films, TV shows and other video entertainment.  —  The San Francisco-based file-sharing company announced on Monday that it has signed licensing deals …
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Microsoft shuts down Windows 98  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Microsoft is urging an estimated 70 million users of Windows 98 to upgrade as it ends support for the software.  —  From 11 July, Microsoft will no longer help users over the phone with any problems they have with the ageing operating system.
Discussion: M-Dollar
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ZDNet:
End to Win98 support may boost desktop Linux
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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, Joystiq, Kotaku and Blue's News
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.
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".
 
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Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
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