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4:40 PM ET, July 23, 2006

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Nick / Rough Type:
When "direct" becomes a disadvantage  —  Dell's latest and greatest earnings disappointment pretty much settles it: The company isn't just struggling to overcome a blip; its traditional strategy is no longer working, at least not the way it used to.  —  What went wrong?
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
"Where's Michael Dell?" BL Ochman asks
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Flemming Madsen / Onalytica Blog:
Who are the most influential authorities on "blog marketing"?  —  (A more comprehensive version of the report is available for download here (PDF, 10 Mb))  —  In a previous analysis we analysed who are influential authorities on "business blogging".  —  Since then there has been great interest …
Kevin O'Keefe / Real Lawyers:
Best blogs send audience away  —  Jeff Jarvis writes "The problem with portals is that they aren't portals at all. ...  They want to lure you in and then not let you leave." … Some of the best blogs are what Buzz Bruggeman describes as intelligence agents.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The problem with portals  —  The problem with portals is that they aren't portals at all.  The windows are nailed shut.  They're traps.  They want to lure you in and then not let you leave.  I said this in my Monday Guardian column (which I'll put up then): … Sure enough, Gawker just left its Yahoo deal.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Advanced Micro May Buy ATI for About $5.5 Billion, Person Says  —  July 21 (Bloomberg) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's second-biggest maker of microprocessors, plans to buy ATI Technologies Inc. for about $5.5 billion, according to a person involved in the negotiations.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Dating 2.0: Thirteen Sites To Find Love  —  Online dating is big business, drawing about 4 million U.S. Internet users daily in June 2006 (and 25 million monthly), and they spend a daily average of nearly 17 minutes each on these sites.  That adds up to a lot of page views - almost 4.5 billion per month (source: Comscore).
Discussion: Open Culture
Gizmodo:
Zune News Trifecta  —  Since Microsoft's official announcement in Billboard didn't tell us all that much new info, here's a little bit more on Zune's rumored capabilities from another tipster.  —  There's going to be an add-on game pad similar to the Sony Ericsson P800 Bluetooth game pad.
Discussion: Kotaku and Gadgets on the Go
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Dick / Identity 2.0:
Google's Identity Silo  —  Ben Laurie from Google responded to my post on Google Account Authentication: two steps forward, one step back.  A few comments that I'd like to respond to: … Uh, actually, yes.  That is the idea behind Identity 2.0, that I could use my Yahoo login to authenticate to Google and to access Google services.
Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extender discussion:
introUni-Directional WIFI Range Extender  —  Easily receive WIFI signals from far away using a standard USB WIFI adaptor and a bit of ingenuity.  This Simple idea requires no modifications to a USB WIFI adaptor or your computer.  A simple way to increase the signal strength and range of your WIFI.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
India Calls It a Technological Error, but Blog Blockade Continues  —  NEW DELHI, July 21 — After two days of angry inquiries and charges of government censorship, the Indian government took a step Thursday toward explaining a mysterious blockade on personal blogs, calling it "a technological error" that would be repaired soon.
Fred / A VC:
Scars From The Last Bubble  —  In general, I think entrepreneurs and VCs who lived through the last bubble and its burst are better off because of it.  We've seen what can go wrong and what happens when it does go wrong.  I think it has made us all better at what we do.
Bryan Betts / Techworld.com:
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."  —  TALK TO YOUR COMPUTER AND IT MIGHT JUST UNDERSTAND YOU.  —  Talking to your computer has been a staple of science fiction since at least the 1960s, but it looks as if it's finally coming within reach.  —  This week saw the release …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rocky Times For MVNOs?  —  Things are getting a bit dicey in the MVNO Land.  Helio is costing Earthlink some profits.  Amp'd is d'amp'd.  And now reports that Mobile ESPN is finding that attracting sports fans to use their service is not easy.  Walt Disney owned service will have 30,000 users …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Markets without Marketing  —  Next Tuesday at OSCON in Portland, I'll be giving a 3.5 hour tutorial titled Open Source Clue Training: How to Market to People Who Hate Marketing.  —  As I prepare for that, I thought I'd share some of the curriculum I've come up with.
Discussion: gapingvoid and People Over Process
Evan Blass / Engadget:
CableLabs approves Motorola's multi-stream CableCARD  —  It's not really clear why the old CableCARD hasn't taken off as expected — consumers blame their cable providers, who blame the card manufacturers, who blame device makers — but nonetheless, the technology is far from dead …
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Yahoo! Mail Mobile Gets Big UI Upgrade; a MobileCrunch Exclusive
Discussion: 21talks and MobileTracker
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Saving the World, One Video Game at a Time
Paul Stamatiou / PaulStamatiou.com:
Todos Displays Your OS X Apps
Discussion: The Apple Blog and digg
Longofest / MacRumors:
Merom/Core 2 Duo (Mobile) Now Shipping?
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Linda / The Omni Mouth:
Brand New Secret Product no longer a secret
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Skype applies for trademark that could mean worldwide free calling to any phone
Discussion: VoIP Watch and jkOnTheRun