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10:55 PM ET, July 16, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Odeo Releases Twttr  —  Odeo released a new service today called Twttr, which is a sort of "group send" SMS application.  Each person controls their own network of friends.  When any of them send a text message to "40404," all of his or her friends see the message via sms.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Silicon Valley's All Twttr  —  Dodgeball is so New York!  In Silicon Valley, its all Twttr!  —  Twttr is a new mobile social networking application written by Noah Glass (and team), an Odeo-guy, a long time compadre of Blogger founder Ev Williams.  (Twttr is a side project.)
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
340,282,366,920,938,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000 new web addresses created by internet chiefs . . . so we won't run out of space soon, then  —  TO THE lay observer it seems like an infinite network of computers, servers and cables stretching around the globe.  —  But the worldwide web is filling up.
Discussion: IP Democracy, digg and Slashdot
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Wii Controllers: Unlocking the Secrets  —  Battery and power specifics, SYNCHRO functionality, rumble motor details, LED secondary purpose and... a camera?  —  July 14, 2006 - edThe Big N has been relatively hush-hush about the details of its innovative new Wii console and controller …
Discussion: Kotaku, The Tao of Mac and Slashdot
Andrew / Traffick:
Don't Swallow That  —  It's pretty funny that Adam Lasnik of Google seems to have sent some acetaminophen to a poor soul suffering from Adwords Quality Score woes.  —  As Googler Nick Fox explained to me last week, a recent upgrade to the QS algorithm has now gone live …
Kristopher Tate / Official Zooomr Blog:
EVEN STRONGER THAN EVER  —  Hey Everyone, we're going to be back soon and even stronger than ever.  —  After a tremendous amount of research in the last 30-or-so hours, I have not only located and locked-down the problem, but looked at some of the more lower-level aspects of Zooomr's infrastructure …
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Slashboinged!  —  Last week, I wrote a story that in 24 hours hit the frontpages of both Digg and Slashdot, with Blog related firepower provided by the mighty Boingboing.net (ranked number 1 in Technorati, when not knocked off the top by Spamblogs).  —  What would the overall effect be of such a concentrated assault of traffic?
Edward N. Albro / Today @ PC World:
Geeks for a Good Cause  —  Does helping to create a Wi-Fi antenna from a water bottle, wire mesh and a motorcycle tire valve stem sound like a great way to spend a few months away from work?  How about working on a Linux-based PC that runs off a car battery and solar power?
Discussion: Wi-Fi and digg
Google Blogoscoped:
Browse Sites to Target in Google AdWords  —  When you create a Google AdWords campaign, you can decide to advertise on specific domains only (if the domain owner allows this via their AdSense settings).  Now, you can also browse sites by category, as the Google AdWords blog announces.
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Inside AdWords crew / Inside AdWords:
Browse sites by category in the site tool
Zephoria / apophenia:
from architecture to urban planning: technology development in a networked age  —  Last week, i had drinks with Ian Rogers and Kareem Mayan and we were talking about shifts in the development of technology.  Although all of us have made these arguments before in different forms …
Stacy Collett / Computerworld:
What's Hot, What's Not: IT Skills You'll Need in 2010  —  The IT worker of 2010 won't be a technology guru but rather a 'versatilist.'  —  July 17, 2006 (Computerworld) — The most sought-after corporate IT workers in 2010 may be those with no deep-seated technical skills at all.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru, JD on EP and Slashdot
BBC:
Call for 'illegal' MP3 site talks  —  The UK recording industry is urging the foreign secretary to raise the issue of Russian bargain music download website allofmp3.com at the G8 summit.  —  The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade group wants Margaret Beckett to discuss the site …
Discussion: Mark Evans, Techdirt and Slashdot
eurekalert.org:
Mercury atomic clock keeps time with record accuracy  —  An experimental atomic clock based on a single mercury atom is now at least five times more precise than the national standard clock based on a "fountain" of cesium atoms, according to a paper by physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute …
Denise / Bag and Baggage:
Have Aeron, Will Travel … A year ago at just about this time, I was having a conversation with Steve Gillmor.  Steve asked me — in so many words, and in his hallmark I-will-brook-no-nonsense-so-don't- even-think-about-it manner — what I was going to do when I grew up.
Discussion: ALLIED, Between Lawyers and Listics
Gizmodo, The Gadget Guide:
Micro-T M689 Retro Brick Cellphone  —  Eat your heart out Zach Morris.  The retro brick phone is making a triumphant return thanks to Hong Kong manufacturer, Micro-T. It's big, it's ugly, it's gaudy and it will likely make the ladies weak at the knees.  This retro brick phone has gotten …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Paul Allen's Wireless Dreams  —  Gabelli isn't the only one looking for licenses in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is also looking to bid.  According to FCC records, a company called Bend Cable Communications, backed by Paul Allen and his firms …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Conversations with Dina:
Blogspot blogs blocked by some Indian ISPs  —  This is so utterly weird.  Since yesterday afternoon, I haven't been able to load any Blogspot blogs - they seem to be blocked somewhere.  I can get into my Blogger dashboard and post to blogs though.  Neha and Mridula have been sleuthing …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
5 Reasons the Skype crack is Good For Skype  —  READ MORE:  —  Five Reasons the team making a Skype-compatible Windows client is Good For Skype:  — Proof Skype is worth the effort.  You rob banks because they keep the money there.  You get around Club Skypenet's bouncers for the juicy social network inside.
Discussion: Voidstar, Webtown, VoIP Watch and digg
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Preloadr - Free Photo Editing for Flickr  —  Preloadr is a neat little tool that offers free photo editing for Flickr.  You just log in to Flickr and give Preloadr permission to access your account - you can then choose an image to crop, rotate or flip.  You can also adjust the zoom level, scale your image and add text.
Discussion: netomer.de and Open Culture
Tim / Hawk Wings:
Ten Mac tools for Getting Things Done  —  Tools to help Mac users with Getting Things Done (or "GTD"), David Allen's work-smart philosophy, fall into three camps:  — Email clients, where most of the stuff that needs to get done arrives in the first place, tweaked to do the job.
 
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