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3:25 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.
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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
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Genuine Advantage: An Overview and Screenshot Gallery  —  I've found Microsoft's recent forays into customer relations with Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) to be somewhat amusing.  I mean, after all, Microsoft is a huge company just brimming with really smart people.  How could they do something so silly?
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Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft responds to Windows Genuine Advantage false positive accusations  —  Since its release, the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) has come under nothing but intense scrutiny, mainly because of questionable actions and misidentification of software pirates.
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.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:   Microsoft's Argo, Pyxis, Zune and Alexandria — confused yet?
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."
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why the Web 2.0 and media elite are so upset about paying amateurs (or "I'm sorry, does Mike Arrington work for free?")  —  While some folks have been shocked—SHOCKED!—that I offered to pay top bookmarkers, others have taken a day or two to think about the idea and realize …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Party At August Capital  —  UPDATE: The wiki is overwhelmed and is frustrating people because it is constantly locked.  I apologize.  I hate wasting people's time and I can imagine how frustrating it must be to sit there and hit "refresh".  All of those "refreshes" are also crushing our servers.
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, digg and Slashdot
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
IBM, AMD to deepen Opteron ties  —  IBM and Advanced Micro Devices are expected to announce an alliance that will lead to mainstream IBM servers based on the Opteron processor, CNET News.com has learned.  It's a further boost to chipmaker AMD and a new blow to rival Intel's server business.
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
Roland Piquepaille / Emerging Technology Trends:
Howard Rheingold about our mobile world  —  Howard Rheingold is the well-known author of Smart Mobs and many other books describing the evolution of our societies.  His last book predicted the transformation of our society into a mobile one.  Four years later, and with thousands of posts published …
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
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
Kate Kaye / ClickZ Internet Marketing Solutions …:
Ad Targeting on TV — What a Concept!  —  A new deal between TV ad targeting tech company Visible World and Cablevision will enable advertisers, reportedly including Chase Card Services, to test TV spot targeting on the household level.  According to a TV Week story (via PaidContent) …
Discussion: AdJab and Clickety Clack
Internet Stocks on SeekingAlpha:
Google's Earnings Results — A Yahoo Engineer's Perspective  —  Yahoo engineer Amr Awadallah submits: Google (GOOG) just reported its Q2-2006 earnings, and the company's sequential revenue growth is just 9%.  (The Wall Street whisper number was 10%.)  This confirms that the search slowdown is industry wide.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Screenwerk
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 …
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.
 
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