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7:05 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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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.
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.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Dell blogging job comes with Kevlar-Nomex logoware
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG
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.
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Continued CRM Momentum and Outlines Roadmap for New Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live Service  —  New software-as-a-service offering will further extend the power of choice for CRM customers and partners.  —  BOSTON — July 11, 2006 — Building on the market success …
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
Jessica Lee / Google Maps API Official Blog:
Zoooooooom!  —  Today we're enabling some new zoom features on Google Maps.  We're making these features available to API v2 users as well, so please test them out and send us your feedback!  — Double-click to zoom.  Instead of double-clicking to recenter the map …
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.
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 …
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: A VC and Digital Micro-Markets
 
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
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Jonathan Berr / TheStreet.com:
MySpace Grows Up  —  MySpace, the cyber home of countless teens …
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Anything But iPod:
The SanDisk Sansa e280 8GB Flash Player is "Official"
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
SageTV Brings PlaceShifting To Linux
Discussion: Engadget and PVR Wire
Read/WriteWeb:
PeopleAggregator and Open Social Network Systems
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gizmodo.com:
Microsoft Argo's Final Name: The Zune?
Discussion: Kotaku, The Browser and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Universal Service Tax On VoIP Will Actually Hold Back Universal Service
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Firefox Usage Passes 15 Percent in US