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8:20 AM ET, December 18, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone is out, just not THAT iPhone  —  A couple of days ago, Brain Lam of Gizmodo played a cruel joke on the world, promising details of an iPhone, which he hinted would be launched on Monday, December 18th.  —  We considered it for a few seconds, and decided that it was unlikely, and said so.
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Gizmodo:
The iPhone Lives: But the Trademark Belongs to Cisco  —  It's not what any of us expected.  The iPhone is a voip phone made by Linksys.  Cisco, their parent company, has owned that trademark since 1996.  And they're announcing their product in a few hours.  —  All through this, I'm reminded of the Brucesploitation era.
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Linksys Debuts iPhone VoIP Devices  —  So you might recall some mutterings last week that implied that an iPhone would be announced on Monday.  Well as I said the other day, there will be an iPhone announcement tomorrow, but it's not from Apple.  No, it's actually from someone completely different.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and digg
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Skype team turns its attention to television  —  Now they are hoping to do the same for television.  —  "At the time we launched Skype, broadband capacity was extremely ripe for communication," Mr Friis recalls.  "Now, three years later, it's the same thing for video: you can do TV over the internet in a really good way.
Discussion: Engadget, The Blog Herald and VoIP Blog
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Web Boom 2.0 - Is it different this time?  —  Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" is You, meaning the you in user generated content.  Translation?  YouTube.  The cover story, Web Boom 2.0 says there are five reasons it is different this time.  I agree the situation is different today, but the end result will be the same.
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Nick / Rough Type:
You da man!
Discussion: Between the Lines and i-boy
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jajah brings free calls to Germany and Austria  —  We've called Jajah, the Mountain View Internet phone upstart both quirky and scrappy.  —  It remains so.  It has just cut some deals that will let people call for free to anyone with a landline, even if those people aren't registered with Jajah.
Discussion: Mashable! and 21talks
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Erick Schonfeld / The Next Net:
Jajah Offers Free Regular Calls with Ads (Exclusive Video)  —  Skype might be trying to charge you for calls to regular phones these days, but startup Jajah is taking the opposite tack.  In partnership with three large media companies in Germany and Austria (the Axel Springer Group's Bild.T-Online …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and VoIP Blog
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sony to enter video download market  —  Sony is to gatecrash the fledgling market in handheld devices to play downloaded video content early next year when it launches a service for the PlayStation Portable.  —  The decision, which could threaten Apple Computer's grip on the video download market …
Keith Schneider / New York Times:
Brands for the Chattering Masses  —  FOR many, many decades, successful branding — one of the corporate world's holy grails — involved a clear set of rules.  Produce quality goods at the right price.  Frame the value in memorable messages seen by millions on television and in print.
International Herald Tribune:
YouTube brings out media giants' competitive claws  —  NEW YORK: When YouTube emerged as one of the Internet's most popular Web sites last year, many TV executives dismissed it as a flash in the pan — and a largely illegal one at that.  But after Google agreed to pay $1.65 billion for YouTube in October …
Discussion: Reel Pop, Mashable! and PaidContent
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
The end of blogger conferences  —  Dear Participants, Speakers and Partners  —  I would first like to thank all the participants who came from all around the world and invested their time and money to join LeWeb3.  —  Above all, I thank the speakers and moderators who accepted to share …
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON COMPUTER MOUSE INNOVATIONS  —  The New York Times has a review of new computer mouse from Logitech called the "MX Revolution" that got my attention.  Why?  Because it's, … Two other interesting features of the $99 list device: … And the last one was the clincher for me:
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft knocked out by mother Nature  —  Buzz Bruggeman just called from Seattle.  He says that Microsoft's main campus is without power and trees are down all over the place due to a major windstorm there.  Tons of trees down.  He says he's talked with several Microsoft employees …
Discussion: Things That
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PACKAGED GOODS MEDIA V. CONVERSATIONAL MEDIA: PART TWO  —  I started my last missive on Packaged Goods Media (PGM) v. Conversational Media (CM) with an overview of the tectonic changes in leadership at the digital units of major media companies.  One day later, Yahoo announced …
Discussion: Digital Markets and media blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Spent Sunday Evening Playing kdice  —  kdice is a free multiplayer online game that is similar to Risk, and I've just wasted an entire evening playing it (and mostly losing).  It was created by Ryan Dewsbury using the Google Web Toolkit and has a Flash interface.
 
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