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6:55 PM ET, April 23, 2007

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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
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Does London Have a Reason to Mesh?
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:   London wifi free for a month
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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Ross Rubin / Engadget:   Switched On: Windows Mobile success deserves a better successor
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mobile Minute news: Blackberry on Windows Mobile, free ZIP utility and more
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Honey, there's a guy in the yard using our Wi-Fi and he wants a decaf latte  —  While most Internet service providers don't allow users to share access on their wireless networks, Time Warner Cable, in cooperation with Spanish start-up Fon, is encouraging customers to set up their own residential hotspots.
Discussion: Martin Varsavsky
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:   FON Sharing Wi-Fi With Time Warner
Associated Press:
Time Warner, Fon in Wi-Fi joint deal
Discussion: dailywireless.org and IP Democracy
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.
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Valleywag:
GOOGLE: The world's most cost-effective brand  —  Last week's termination of Froogle, one of Google's most unfortunate brands, prompted cackles from marketing sophisticates.  The rubes at the Googleplex really ought to hire some professionals, wrote Owen Thomas of Business 2.0.
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: HipMojo.com and Futuristic Play
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Bring it on, iTunes: Amazon readying DRM-free music service  —  Amazon could be the next major name to dive into the world of unprotected music sales.  Various rumors have been picking up over the past couple of weeks that the online retailer was readying itself to launch an MP3 download store in May …
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Viacom Admits Error — Takes Steps to Protect Fair Use on YouTube  —  MoveOn.org, Brave New Films Dismiss Lawsuit Over Colbert Parody  —  Viacom Endorses Excerpting Video for "Creative, Newsworthy or Transformative Use"  —  San Francisco - Responding to Viacom's willingness to take steps …
Discussion: Epicenter
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Mike / Techdirt:   Viacom Promises To Be More Mindful Of Fair Use On YouTube
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Participation Ladder and Its Impact on Marketing and PR  —  I'm back from a brief blogging hiatus.  This was my first extended break since I started this blog (Micro Persuasion turned three years old on April 19).  I read a lot and thought about where I want to take this site in the next two years.
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Charlene Li / The Groundswell:
Forrester's new Social Technographics report
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google rises at Yahoo's expense  —  news analysis The contrast between the financial results announced last week for the two top search engine companies couldn't have been more stark.  —  Yahoo's first-quarter revenue was $1.67 billion, less than half Google's $3.66 billion.
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.
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
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:
Free Press:
U.S. Drops Further in World Broadband Rankings  —  America Needs a National Broadband Policy, Not More Excuses  —  WASHINGTON — New broadband data released today by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that the United States now ranks 15th out of the 30 member nations …
Associated Press:
Man Gets 5,000 Calls After YouTube Post  —  Need To Talk?  Mass. Man Offers His Sympathetic Ear In An Internet Video  —  (AP) Ryan Fitzgerald is unemployed, lives with his father and has a little bit of time on his hands.  —  So, he decided to offer his ear, to anyone who wants to call.
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
~stevenf:
Announcing Coda 1.0  —  Finally, after a year and half of wanting to tell you, I can now actually tell you...  Coda 1.0 is officially released today!  —  What is Coda?  —  The easiest way to sum it up is this: One Window Web Development.  —  There are a lot of great products out there already …
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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, Cathode Tan and digg
 
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