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12:55 PM ET, July 21, 2006

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Business Week:
The Phone Companies Still Don't Get It  —  They block competition and charge too much.  You call this a communications revolution?  —  One day this spring in San Antonio, I sat on a couch to watch TV with two AT&T (T ) executives and three public-relations aides.
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
MetroFi Teams With AT&T for Muni WiFi  —  The Municipal Wireless market just got more interesting.  Sources close to MetroFi, a Sunnyvale, California-based start-up tell us that the company has teamed up with AT&T to design, build and operate free wireless networks in different cities.
Mike / Techdirt:   Why The Telcos Hate Innovation
Neo / macsimumnews.com:
Part 1: Apple files 'proximity detector in handheld device' patent application  —  On July 20, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled "Proximity detector in handheld device," originally filed in September 2005.  Apple's patent relates generally …
Discussion: The Apple Core, Infinite Loop and digg
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AppleInsider:
Inside Apple's latest iPod touch-screen patent filing  —  Another patent filing by Apple Computer that details a touch-screen interface for an iPod or handheld device has surface in the United States, AppleInsider has discovered.  —  The September 30, 2005 filing (published today) is titled "Proximity detector in handheld device."
Discussion: B2Day, Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Internet Stocks on SeekingAlpha:
Google Inc. Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (GOOG)  —  Executives  —  Eric Schmidt - Chairman of the Executive Committee, CEO  —  Larry Page - Co-Founder and President of Products  —  Sergey Brin - Co-Founder and President of Technology  —  Omid Kordestani - SVP of Global Sales and Business Development
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Alicetiara / tiara.org:
MySpace to Secondary Markets: Drop Dead  —  On Monday, MySpace started displaying the following message when you log in (this is kind of a crappy screenshot, but you can see it larger if you click on it): … What Tom doesn't mention is that Flash 9 has a a new attribute for the tag called allowNetworking.
Discussion: ReveNews
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MySpace security measure disables viral spread of widgets
Discussion: Mashable! and digg
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
October Debut for Microsoft 'iPod Killer'  —  EXCLUSIVE Microsoft's so-called "iPod killer" could be unveiled as early as late next month, with the company preparing to build momentum towards an October launch, sources close to the situation have told BetaNews.
Edward F. Moltzen / personaltechpipeline.com:
Dell Knew Of Dozen Burned Laptops Before Recall, Records Show  —  Dell grappled with apparently severe overheating problems in scores of notebooks for at least two years before it announced a recall of 22,000 notebooks last year, according to a source close to the company.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype intros new Wi-Fi phones  —  Internet phone provider Skype is expanding its Wi-Fi calling options with the launch of three new wireless phones that will have the Skype Internet calling software embedded.  —  On Thursday Skype announced it will sell new Wi-Fi phones from Belkin, EdgeCore and SMC on its Web site.
Discussion: ZefHemel.com, Webtown and digg
Tim Hornyak / Wired News:
Meet the Remote-Control Self  —  KYOTO, Japan — Hiroshi Ishiguro is a busy man.  Between his two jobs, countless meetings and presentations, his demanding schedule was eating up all his time.  So he built an android version of himself to pick up the slack.
Discussion: Engadget, SCI FI Tech and digg
Jessica Lee / Google Maps API Official Blog:
Speed improvements, custom cursors & geocoder updates  —  Revision 2.59 of the Maps API v2 includes four cool new features, brought to you by Bo Majewski, Rob Schonberger and Doug Ricket:  — Significant speed improvements in removeOverlay() and clearOverlays().  As promised, we've made removing overlays much faster.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T, start-up team in citywide Wi-Fi bid  —  AT&T has submitted a proposal with Wi-Fi start-up MetroFi to build a citywide network in Riverside, Calif.  —  The companies submitted a proposal to build and operate the wireless broadband network on Friday.  The proposed network …
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Bezos Expeditions invests in 37signals  —  Jason Jul 20  —  Today we have a very special announcement to make: Bezos Expeditions, a personal investment company of Jeff Bezos, has made a minority private equity investment in 37signals.  —  Here's some background on the decision.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Medion preps personalised portable PC  —  x3Ca class="TopTextLink" style="color: #F00;" href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ clk;39204998;13533154;m?http:// research.theregister.co.uk/">Securit y White Papers - Download them free from Reg Researchx3C/a>  —  Centrino notebook for a mere 400 quid, anyone?
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Party At August Capital  —  The next TechCrunch Party will be held on Friday, August 18, 2006, in Menlo Park, California.  —  Unlike previous parties, this one will not be at my house.  August Capital has graciously offered the use of their spacious outdoor deck for the party …
Scott Gatz / Scott Gatz's Blog:
Entrepreneur vs. Intrapreneur  —  I first heard the term Intrapreneur from Guy Kawasaki and its something that has stuck in my head ever since.  The term has been around for a very long time and simply represents: … Before I took my new job, I thought a lot about doing my own startup …
 
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