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3:10 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 …
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.
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
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.
Shel / a shel of my former self:   Dell launches a blog
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
Discussion: TechCrunch and Download Squad
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Bebo Turns Down £300M  —  Bebo, the popular social network …
Discussion: i-boy and Social Degree
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 and Ubergizmo
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ZDNet:
End to Win98 support may boost desktop Linux
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.
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.
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 …
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Discussion: Download Squad and Like It Matters
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
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 …
Anil Dash:
A Review: Long Tail in the House!  —  I'd started reading The Long Tail (You've read the blog, now buy the book!) by surprising myself with how excited I was to read the book; After all, I'd read the original article in Wired when it came out, and have been following Chris' blog since it started.
Jonathan Berr / TheStreet.com:
MySpace Grows Up  —  MySpace, the cyber home of countless teens and 20-somethings, is attracting more interest from an older crowd.  —  In fact, the News Corp. (NWS - commentary - Cramer's Take) site has recently experienced declines in its audience aged 12 to 17, 12 to 24 and 12 to 34 …
 
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