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9:45 PM ET, February 11, 2007


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Fred / A VC:
That's Not How You Do It Obama  —  I had high hopes for Barack Obama's net savvy.  But today his campaign blew it.  I heard that he announced his candidacy for President today in Springfield, IL, where Lincoln did the same thing almost 150 years ago.  I decided to go see the video.
Mathew /
Nice try, Barack — but not quite there  —  Lots of chatter about Barack Obama's new MySpace-style social network, which he just launched in conjunction with the start of his official bid to become the next POTUS.  It's at, and it has all the requisite tools …
Discussion: Mashable! and Digital Markets
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny  —  IN our celebrity-studded world, where we make a cult of genius and individual achievement, the mind rebels at the notion that geography trumps personality.  Yet the inescapable lesson of the iPod, Google, eBay, Netflix and Silicon Valley …
Ted / Signal to Noise:
Why the "i" in iTunes should stand for "indy"  —  iTunes debuted several years ago, and I continue to be impressed with the simplicity and superiority of Apple's value chain for music-from the iPod to the Mac/PC all the way up to the store itself.  Not so much for video delivery, but that's a subject for another Sunday.
Jamie Stockwell / Washington Post:
WiFi Turns Internet Into Hideout for Criminals  —  Authorities Struggling With Anonymity Provided By Unsecured Networks  —  Detectives arrived last summer at a high-rise apartment building in Arlington County, warrant in hand, to nab a suspected pedophile who had traded child pornography online.
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Community Next  —  Yesterday I attended Community Next, a great online communities conference organized by Noah Kagan that took place at Stanford University.  There were some excellent speakers and panelists including founders Jake Nickell and Jeffrey Kalmikoff from skinnyCorp …
Steve Yegge / Stevey's Blog Rants:
The Next Big Language  —  There seems to be a long period of initial obscurity for any new language.  Then after that comes a long period of semi-obscurity, followed by total obscurity.  —Paul Bissex  —  People are always asking me to comment on their new programming language they're designing.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Future of Personal Computing ?  —  Every now and then its fun and interesting to try to theorize where personal computing is, and where its going.  Its also important strategically for anyone in the digital content business as I am.  —  I thought I would put some things out there and see what people think.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Social Network Fatigue and the Missing Web 2.0 Address Book  —  Jon Udell just wrote a thought-provoking piece about the difficulty of new social networks reaching critical mass, and the obvious fact that there already is an uber-social network at critical mass, if only we can make things interoperate:
Discussion: Vecosys
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Shots surface of ATI's R600 — and boy is she a big one  —  We already know that this little monster hums along at quite a clip, but how does it look?  Monstrous, of course.  Those of you hoping to get off easy with the case size and power supply requirements are going to have to think again …
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
10 reasons why VoIP has succeeded  —  It's not usual for me to compile this kind of lists, anyway here's a listing of the most important reasons I think influenced the wide diffusion of VoIP worldwide.  I've been part of this revolution, so I believe it can be wise and useful to stop for a while and think of why we've arrived here.
RON / Xooglers:
Long time no blog  —  Can you believe it's been over six months since the last post on Xooglers?  My, how the time flies.  —  I'm going to shamelessly usurp Doug's soap box to make a plug for free speech.  Reddit today led me to this video:  —  v=fRPVsamLaKk
Kdawson / Slashdot:   Two Ways Not To Handle Free Speech
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
WSJ story on buzz features a bunch of Netscape Navigators!  —  Great story in the WSJ about the buzz being generated by the top users at digg, Reddit, Newsvine, delicious, stumbleupon, and of course Netscape.  The article really shows how the top users in these systems have become more than just …
Comcast Customer Uses "Unlimited Service" Excessively, Gets Disconnected For A Year  —  Comcast asked Frank to cut back his unlimited internet usage.  Frank was confused.  He thought unlimited meant, well, unlimited.  Frank was wrong.  Very wrong.  —  Comcast replaced Frank's faulty cable modem in November.
Discussion: digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Walmart in bed with Microsoft?  Walmart says NO to Firefox  —  Last week, Walmart launched their online video download service.  Immediately there were posts that the service did not work with the Firefox or Safari browsers.  There was a collective, "WTF" when this happened as this is 2007, not 1997.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Google can I please pay you $20 a month for GMAIL!?  —  I've been using GMAIL for a couple of years now and for the past year I've been over 90% in my mailbox usage.  Every week or two it fills up and I go on a hunt to kill attachments, delete spam, etc.  —  Adam Curry is having …
Discussion: Rakesh Agrawal's Blog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Wikipedia's quote, from the person on stage  —  The thing I love about blogging is that everyone involved in a news story can give you their point of view.  Here's Laurent Haug, the founder of LIFT, who interviewed Florence Devouard, of Wikipedia, on stage, and what she said on stage has now been quoted and read around the world.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Rumor Dent: Apple Store Says Apple TV Shipping End of the Month
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Sam Coates / Times of London:
Fake bloggers soon to be 'named and shamed'
Roli O. / Siliconera:
Blue Dragon DS Planned?
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
RIM applies for triangular keyboard layout patent
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In India, the Golden Age of Television Is Now
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Mega hands-on: Virgin America's Airbus A320 with Red in-flight entertainment
Discussion: Mobility Site and digg
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Vista successor "Vienna" planned for late 2009