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6:30 AM ET, July 30, 2006

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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
The Wi-Fi in Your Handset  —  What if, instead of burning up minutes on your cellphone plan, you could make free or cheap calls over the wireless networks that allow Internet access in many coffee shops, airports and homes?  —  New phones coming on the market will allow just that.
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
WiFi Phones Coming Into Vogue  —  The New York Times has an extensive article about WiFi phones going head to head with the cellular carriers coming into vogue, quoting among others pal Steve Howe who was one of the featured speakers on my panel at the MuniWireless conference this past June on this very subject.
Discussion: Skype Journal
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
VoIP Over WiFi WILL Disrupt the Cellular Industry  —  It's official.  You can read all about it in The New York Times today.  —  "What if, instead of burning up minutes on your cellphone plan, you could make free or cheap calls over the wireless networks that allow Internet access in many coffee shops …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
WiFi On Mobiles: Fact or Fiction?  —  The New York Times takes a look at the emerging trend of mobile phones with built in Wi-Fi connectivity and concludes that the barbarians are at the gates.  Their conclusion is that WiFi could pose challenges to the traditional cell phone carriers.  Maybe, maybe not!
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Is Voice-Over-Wi-Fi a Mobile Carrier Killer?  —  The New York Times' Matt Richtel today has a top-notch summary of the emerging voice-over-Wi-Fi business.  Skype, EarthLink, Cisco are among the major communications companies and suppliers that are pushing this new technology …
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Microsoft to charge for Office 2007 beta downloads  —  In what I can only imagine is a stimulus response experiment worthy of Pavlov, someone at Microsoft has decided t ocharge $1.50 for the privilege of downloading the public beta of 2007 Microsoft Office system (small "s").
Robert Elder / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin to test broadband over power lines  —  City wants to find out whether electrical grid can carry information.  —  The Austin City Council on Thursday approved spending up to $317,500 to test an emerging technology that delivers broadband Internet service over conventional power lines.
Discussion: GigaOM
John Leyden / The Register:
Developers cry foul over Windows kernel security  —  Recently introduced security measures by Microsoft will make it more difficult to integrate third-party security tools with Windows, according to a rival personal firewall firm.  —  Agnitum reckons that the introduction of Kernel Patch Protection …
Discussion: digg
John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
Moguls of New Media  —  The MySpace member with a million 'friends.' The receptionist with a production deal.  Some of the Web's amateur entertainers are becoming powerful players.  —  On the popular Web site MySpace.com, members set up profiles with information about their interests …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
David Morgenstern / eWEEK.com:
Is a 'Perfect Storm' of Mac Sales on the Horizon?  —  Opinion: With all the buzz around thin clients, Microsoft execs are trying to find targets for thicker installations of Windows Vista.  Maybe they should take a look at how Apple has executed on its thick computing strategy, and the resulting bonanza of upgrade sales.
Ray Ozzie / Microsoft:
Financial Analyst Meeting 2006  —  RAY OZZIE: Good afternoon.  Thanks for the opportunity to speak with you today.  I—you know, part of my role as CSA is to have a visceral understanding of technology trends, and to understand the relevance of those trends from a market as well as from a business perspective.
MSNBC:
EU antitrust probe of rival DVD creators  —  Probing licensing strategies for next-generation HD DVD, Blu-ray discs  —  BRUSSELS - European Commission antitrust officials are probing the licensing strategies of two rival new generation DVD developers, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the EU executive said on Thursday.
David Herron / Market Wire:
Fujitsu Line of High-Performance and Reliable Notebooks to Be Powered by New Intel Core 2 Duo Next-Generation Mobile Processor  —  Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced that its LifeBook® N6400 Series desktop replacement notebook, the flagship of its consumer line …
Discussion: Shop Talk
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:   Intel aims to ship 1 million Core 2 Duo processor within seven weeks
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Dude, your Dell just freakin' blew up.  —  Xeni Jardin:  —  Following up on a string of recent reports that Dell laptop batteries may sometimes self-immolate without warning, BoingBoing reader Humphrey Cheung says, "One of our forum posters has a story and pictures of a burnt Dell laptop.
Discussion: Things That and TechBlog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm's license to next-gen ALP to expire this December!  —  Trouble is a-brewing in Palm land.  According to their most recent annual report, Palm is pulling out of a co-development agreement they had with PalmSource (now Access) in regards to the next-generation of Palm OS.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Wild speculation: iPhone to launch in August?  —  Alright, dear readers, you know the drill: proceed with caution.  We have no confirmation here, but sometimes a tip is too juicy not to share, no matter how suspect it might be.  A reader is reporting to us that a coworker's tech-unsavvy friend …
 
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