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3:25 PM ET, April 23, 2007

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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mobile Minute news: Blackberry on Windows Mobile, free ZIP utility and more  —  In today's mobile Minute, we'll take a look at some of the latest news and software related to Windows Mobile devices.  —  RIM announces BlackBerry software for Windows Mobile  —  BlackBerry makers Research …
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:   RIM Bringing BAS To Windows Mobile
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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Associated Press:
Time Warner, Fon in Wi-Fi joint deal  —  Broadband customers will be allowed to host wireless hot spots.  —  In a big win for a little Wi-Fi start-up called Fon, Time Warner Cable Inc. will let its residential broadband customers turn their connections into public wireless hot spots …
Alex Krupp / Sensemaking:
Is social networking dead?  Nope.  We've only just seen the beginning.  Here's why  —  Social networking lacks credibility.  —  And it's not hard to understand why.  Small VC firms receive two or three proposals for new social networking sites every single week.  Large VC firms are getting two or three every single day.
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Josh / Redeye VC:
"Catch And Release" Business Models
Discussion: Futuristic Play
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
Gizmodo:
Comparison Shop from the Store with Frucall  —  It always sucks to buy something in a store, come home, and realize that it was available online or at another store for $50 less.  You bonehead.  Way to do your research.  —  Well, a service called Frucall will allow you to be impulsive yet still protect yourself from overpaying.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Matt / Tracy and Matt's Blog:
HTC Advantage (X7500) unboxed  —  It's been a long time coming but finally the HTC Advantage is available to buy!  Our friends at Clove Technology kindly let us have a look at the device so, following on from our popular Samsung i600 unboxed video, I am pleased to bring you our HTC Advantage unboxing video!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mobility Site
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
ResourceShelf:
Lists and Rankings: Top 100 Most Powerful Brands: Brandz 2007 … News Release |||  Tables |||  Report (All PDF)  —  Top 5  —  1) Google  —  2) GE  —  3) Microsoft  —  4) Coca-Cola  —  5) China Mobile  —  Others worth noting:  —  + IBM #9  —  + Yahoo #42  —  + eBay #43
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
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Barry Schwartz / SearchCap:
Google Ranked "Most Powerful Brand" By BRANDZ
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The how and when of Adobe and Microsoft's Rich Internet Application technologies  —  Now that Silverlight is being talked about, people seem to be comparing Apollo and Silverlight in the same posts.  I think this stems from the fact that both are still alpha/beta and that the two technologies …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Chris Pirillo:
Google Calendar Security Notice  —  Uh, guys... y'all gotta tell your friends not to store usernames and passwords in public documents - at least, not without protecting them with passwords themselves.  More importantly, the last thing you want to do is set a reminder for yourself …
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Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Google Calendar Nightmare Release
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and WebProNews
 
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Another mobile VoIP softphone for WinMobile
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Going Green: Utilizing S3 Standby Mode Without Losing Functionality.
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