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4:45 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 …
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 and BuzzMachine
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.
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.
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Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
33 Places to Hangout in the Social Networking Era  —  Update: Someone dugg this list (thanks krazydog!)  Click here to digg it if you find it useful.  —  Social networks have had giant growth spurts over the past couple of years, and it seems there's one for everyone: from dogs to moms to book-worms to shoppers.
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 and Ubergizmo
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ZDNet:
End to Win98 support may boost desktop Linux
Valleywag:
Rocketboom dies on the launchpad  —  Stop toying with us, Rocketboom!  Days after host Amanda Congdon left, the video blog was still a no-show on Monday.  This morning the front page promised "Rocketboom 2.0." Now the 'Boom taunts viewers with a fake-out shot and a message from producer Andrew Baron:
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 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
BPI: We should be able to cut off your Internet  —  The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has written to two broadband ISPs, asking them to terminate the DSL connections of customers whom the BPI claims are engaged in infringing file-sharing.  The BPI is basically asking to replace the …
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Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
MySpace Moves Into #1 Position for all Internet Sites  —  Today Hitwise issued a press release reporting that for the first time, www.myspace.com has surpassed Yahoo! Mail as the most visited domain on the Internet for US Internet users.  To put MySpace's growth in perspective …
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:
My First Gartner Cease And Desist: the missing link  —  James Governor's MonkChips: On Sample Sizes for Magic Quadrants  —  Its about time, I guess.  Last Thursday I received an email, strangely enough from Gartner's Vendor Relations department, asking me to remove a link from monkchips …
Associated Press:
Gates: Vista likely to be ready in January  —  Microsoft chief says 80 percent chance new OS software will be available  —  CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, would be ready in January.
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Rise of the Socially-Integrated Media Empire  —  Rupert Murdoch built his media empire, News Corp, the old-fashioned way... by vertically and horizontally integrating deep and wide into the layers of the media industry (e.g. from production to distribution).
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets and A VC
Anything But iPod:
The SanDisk Sansa e280 8GB Flash Player is "Official"  —  A week or so ago we reported on the launch of an 8GB Sansa e200.  This info was backed by leaked photos and IP address records in our forums.  Even though SanDisk has not announced the e280 yet, they now have a photo of it on their website in an interactive 360 degree demo.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and dapreview.net
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.
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.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Jessica Lee / Google Maps API Official Blog:
Zoooooooom!  —  Today we're enabling some new zoom features on Google Maps.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
TheWeblogWire Launches, Makes PRWeb Redundant?
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Jonathan Berr / TheStreet.com:
MySpace Grows Up  —  MySpace, the cyber home of countless teens …
Read/WriteWeb:
New Netscape = New Coke?  —  Over the past couple of days I'v …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SageTV Brings PlaceShifting To Linux
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PeopleAggregator and Open Social Network Systems
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Shawn Andrich / Gamers With Jobs Press Pass:
Hellgate: London Source Code Stolen?
New York Times:
Google to Put a Research Center in Michigan
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Citibank Phish Spoofs 2-Factor Authentication
about.skype.com:
Skype Announces Free International Calls with 'Skype Days of Summer' Offer
CNET News.com:
The 10 worst technologies in Q2 2006
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