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6:05 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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Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
London wifi free for a month  —  Last week I reported that The Cloud was about to turn the City of London in Europe's largest wifi hotspot and today that mesh network was turned on.  Even better news, for the first month The Cloud will provide free access in association with Nokia …
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?
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
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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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
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.
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
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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Bring it on, iTunes: Amazon readying DRM-free music service
Discussion: Engadget, Neowin.net and iLounge
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: Cathode Tan
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Erik Hanson / Engadget:
Blu-ray Disc: One million served
Discussion: digg
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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP Sapphire gets underway  —  This week I am in Atlanta for SAP's Sapphire conference, joined by a large international press contingent, the blogger corps and 15,000 partners and customers ready to hear the latest SAP revelations.  So far, not much news to report, but some details …
Discussion: Rough Type and People Over Process
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 …
 
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
HP sues Acer again over patents
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
MySpace: Friending Is the New Ad
Discussion: Mashable!
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Participation Ladder and Its Impact on Marketing and PR
Discussion: The Groundswell
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The how and when of Adobe and Microsoft's Rich Internet Application technologies
Discussion: Scobleizer
Darren Murph / Engadget:
USB BB gun sports barrel-mounted webcam, ensures home security
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
IAB Declares War On Web Measurement Firms
Matt / Tracy and Matt's Blog:
HTC Advantage (X7500) unboxed
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mobility Site
Mad4 Mobile Phones.com:
Mobile screens become solar cells