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8:35 AM ET, July 13, 2006


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10 Questions for Amanda Congdon  —  Amanda Congdon, the former co-producer and host of Rocketboom, a popular video blog, left the site this week after a dispute with producer-director Andrew Baron.  The news of Congdon's departure — which she announced, in Star Jones-like fashion, in her own vlog — has set the Blogosphere abuzz.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Guest post: Advice for Rocketboom from a pro  —  I'm not one to run guest posts at Buzzmachine.  I have an overdose of blather all by myself.  But when I can get someone who wrote for two of my all-time favorite shows, Letterman and Cheers, to write for me, well, I couldn't pass that up.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Newsmaker: Behind Rocketboom's breakup fireworks  —  The news broke last week that Amanda Congdon, the face of the popular New York-based video blog Rocketboom, would no longer be the face.  —  What was not clear were the circumstances behind Congdon's departure.
Yahoo! and Microsoft Bridge Global Instant Messaging Communities  —  Beta testing of unprecedented interoperability between Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice lets users communicate across IM services.  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — July 12, 2006 — Yahoo! …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Microsoft, Yahoo connect IM services  —  Nine months after announcing they would make their instant messaging services interoperate, Yahoo and Microsoft have done it.  —  The companies are set to release on Thursday a limited beta test of a service that will enable users of Windows Live Messenger …
Jlewin / Podcasting News:
Nielsen: Podcasts More Popular than Blogging  —  Nielsen//NetRatings announced today that 6.6 percent of the U.S. adult online population, or 9.2 million Web users, have recently downloaded an audio podcast.  4.0 percent, or 5.6 million Web users, have recently downloaded a video podcast.
Jon Watson / BizPodcasting:
Neilsen Survey Nonsense
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Geek Entertainment TV Sells Out To PodTech  —  Breaking news!  PodTech has just acquired video blogging snarksters Geek Entertainment TV.  —  GETV co-founders Eddie Codel and Irina Slutsky will be working full-time for PodTech, reporting to Robert Scoble, the former Microsoft blogger …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   PodTech Snags Geek TV
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Internet is old news and boring.. Deal with it  —  The Internet is Boring.  Its old news.  —  THe biggest compliment I can pay to the net and to all those pioneers who got it to this point is that its boring.  It works.  It's not perfect, but it works and has absolutely become a utility.
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Big Media Just Wants to Relate  —  Social-networking sites are so popular that advertising companies are spending big bucks to buy their way into the business  —  Last month, advertising giant Interpublic Group caused a stir when it agreed to spend at least $10 million on advertising at Facebook …
Discussion: Adverblog, InterMedia and Techdirt
Official Lamborghini Mouse Pad  —  Even though mouse pads are no longer necessary due to optical mice they are still widely used and many varieties are being made.  We have seen a F1 carbon fiber mouse pad in the past but this one is made by Lamborghini and is an official Lamborghini product.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
EU knocks Microsoft with $357 million fine  —  update European regulators hit Microsoft with a $357.3 million fine Wednesday, citing the software giant's continued noncompliance with its landmark 2004 antitrust ruling.  —  The European Commission issued the 280.5 million euro fine for the period between Dec. 16 and June 20.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Colin Campbell /
Rein Pours Scorn on Episodic  —  Epic Games VP Mark Rein called episodic gaming a "broken business," triggering outrage among some delegates during the Develop Conference in Brighton, England today.  Lots of good stuff inside...  During his keynote, Rein also talked about the economics …
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
SIRIUS Sportster 4 Universal Boombox Found  —  The first universal Sirius boombox has been spotted by the eagle-eyes over at Sirius Backstage.  Remember, this is the first glimpse of the upcoming Sirius' Universal Plug and Play Boomboxes which will have support for not only the Sportster 4 …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 2 Beta 1 milestone released  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 2 Beta 1 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 2 Beta 1 is now available for download.
Warner Crocker /
Is Your Horizon Cloudy or Is The Vista Clear?  —  Last night I was chatting with a friend who I haven't heard from in awhile, prompted by my upcoming birthday.  He had been following my blog and the work I do here at GBM and is very intrigued by Tablet PCs.  He's thinking of joining the ranks of Tableteers.
Discussion: Things That and Ars Technica
ASUS' Blistering Multimedia Gaming Monitor  —  ASUSTeK Computer (ASUS) today announced the PG191 LCD monitor, which sports an innovative Super Bass System and speedy 2ms response time to deliver the audio and video performance demanded by hardcore gamers.  —  Gaming in the 21st is more than just entertainment.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Projection Screen / Speaker  —  The speakers built into most video projectors aren't exactly movie theater quality but are usually sufficient enough for the occasional PowerPoint sound effect or poorly mixed corporate video.  The Kojima Corp. based in Japan is now selling a projector screen designed …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Missing the Tower for the Trees  —  Cellular Firms Want Strong Signals but Not Eyesores  —  It's tough to spot, but there is a pine tree in Great Falls Park that's a little taller and fatter than most of the others in the dense forest.  —  The tree — with a steel trunk …
Jon Fine / Fine On Media:
Steve Newhouse on Wired and Wired News  —  Just had a chance to chat with Steve Newhouse, who as chairman of heads up all internet operations for Conde Nast and Advance Newspapers, and who sounds legitimately excited about his company's purchase of Wired News from Lycos for $25 million.
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