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3:50 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  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - The City of London is home to a new Wi-Fi network that is not only one of Europe's largest but also among the first to give users mobile coverage similar to a cellular network.  —  The service, launched Monday by The Cloud Networks …
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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Associated Press:
Time Warner, Fon in Wi-Fi joint deal
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
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
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
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ResourceShelf:
Lists and Rankings: Top 100 Most Powerful Brands: Brandz 2007
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner: Wake up IT managers, you're mediocre (at best)  —  Technology managers are mired in mediocrity, wait for technology vendors to innovate and fear being a first mover.  The result: The U.S. doesn't innovate and CIOs risk becoming extinct.  —  That sobering message was delivered by Gartner analyst Steve Prentice.
 
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