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4:35 PM ET, April 23, 2007

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rim.com:
RIM Announces New BlackBerry Application Suite for Windows Mobile-based Devices  —  New Software Will Deliver Virtual BlackBerry Solution  —  Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to expand its support for Windows Mobile®-based devices …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mobile Minute news: Blackberry on Windows Mobile, free ZIP utility and more
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:   RIM Bringing BAS To Windows Mobile
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Switch on for Square Mile wi-fi  —  The City of London has fired up its first mesh wi-fi network, promising net access from just about anywhere in the Square Mile.  —  The area in London is not just Europe's leading financial centre - it is said to be the continent's most advanced wireless network too.
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John Blau / InfoWorld:
Wi-Fi cloaks the City of London
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
FON, Time Warner deal confirmed  —  It has been more than twenty days since we reported that FON, the share-your-Wi-Fi service company was in talks with Time Warner Cable.  Today, a news report from Associated Press confirms the deal and adds, that Time Warner Cable "will let its home broadband customers turn …
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Josh / Redeye VC:
"Catch And Release" Business Models  —  As the success of sites such as MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Classmates, and Geni have demonstrated, viral marketing can be a very effective tool to help build social networks that appeal to a wide range of people for a number of different reasons.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Futuristic Play
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Monique Garcia / Chicago Tribune:
Cell-phone lemon law sought by legislator  —  SPRINGFIELD — The first time her new Motorola Q phone went on the fritz, she thought it was a fluke.  When her phone had to be replaced a second time, she got frustrated.  —  When it malfunctioned a third time, Rep. Susana Mendoza was fed up.
Discussion: Gizmodo and broadbandreports.com
Podcasting News:
Portable Media Player Owners Listening To Less Radio  —  According to a new report by broadcasting research firm Arbritron, iPods and portable media players are one of the fastest-growing audio platforms, but the audience for traditional radio remains strong.
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Digital Subscribers Like Free Radio, Too
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gemma Simpson / CNET News.com:
Google beats Microsoft, Coke in brand stakes  —  Google has knocked Microsoft off the top spot and been named the most powerful global brand of 2007 in a recently published ranking.  —  It's the second year in a row a tech brand has beaten household names such as Coca-Cola, Marlboro and Toyota.
Discussion: Valleywag and point being
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
TV news of the future?  —  Here's a mockup of how TV news may work in the future.  —  How I came up with this view...  I was drinking coffee, watching the morning news when a story about Virginia Tech came on MSNBC.  I really wanted to begin this week without more stories about how they're coping.
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Hacked DX10 for Windows appears  —  Gaming revolution or a hoax?  —  MICROSOFT HAS BEEN talking about DirectX 10 being an integral part of Vista, saying that DirectX 10 could not be implemented onto any other operating systems.  The reason for this is the approach of DirectX 10 inside the Vista kernel …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
DirectX 10 for Windows XP?
Discussion: Neowin.net
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Direct the New Modest Mouse Video  —  Rather than paying for an editor, Modest Mouse' label Epic is tapping the power of a horde of internerd hipstards through a contest sponsored by Apple.  Download the provided footage of Modest Mouse rockin' out against a green screen backdrop, make movie magic, and upload it to Apple by May 22.
Ubergizmo:
Frucall Version 2: mobile price comparison  —  Frucall, a mobile price comparison service, has been in beta since October 2006 and is launching its (non-beta) Version 2 today.  Frucall Version 2 includes new access options: Frucall mWeb, search price using barcode on your mobile browser and …
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Free World Dialup and Verizon's patent on "name translation"  —  I am at a loss to explain how the patent office granted Verizon a patent on "name translation" given the extensive coverage of Free World Dialup (FWD) as the first instance of Internet to PSTN calling in October 1995.
Paul Gillin / AdAge:
Feeling Anti-Social Media?  Relax!  It's Really Nothing New  —  Paul Gillin Says Marketers Shouldn't Fear Bottom-up Publicity  —  For marketers panicked by the prospect of managing social media, here are two words: calm down.  —  Social media are expanding the universe of people …
Consumerist:
LEAKS: Comcast Slideshow Details Plan To Charge For Previously Free Tech Calls  —  1,121 Views  —  According to an internal Comcast Powerpoint we received, starting this month, the cable provider gives even less of a damn about residential customers.  Highlights include:
Discussion: digg
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
As Environmentalism Grows, Online Publishers Go Green  —  ONLINE publishers are strapping on their Birkenstocks.  —  Buoyed by the breakaway success of "An Inconvenient Truth," the film documentary of Al Gore's environmental lecture, publishers like The Washington Post …
Robert Levine / New York Times:
New Model for Sharing: Free Music With Ads  —  For years, music labels have been trying to prevent fans from downloading their songs on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.  Now, some of them would like to encourage people to listen to music that way — provided they view some advertising first.
Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
Blu-ray burning its high-def DVD rival  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Of the high-definition discs bought by consumers in the first quarter, 70% were in the Blu-ray Disc format and 30% were HD DVD, according to sales figures provided by trade publication Home Media Magazine.
Discussion: Engadget and Cathode Tan
Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Show Update : Tags, public pages & more  —  Zoho Show underwent an update over the weekend and we added Web 2.0 related social goodness like tag clouds, tag search, listing of public presentations etc.  —  Previously, presentations declared public in Zoho Show were used mainly for embedding …
Discussion: Download Squad
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget Mobile:
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