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4:55 AM ET, June 18, 2007

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and Multimedia Platform Debuts at NXTcomm  —  Latest update to award-winning IPTV platform includes exciting connected entertainment features; new ingredient brand to support service provider marketing activities.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Renames IPTV Platform 'Mediaroom'; Adds PC-TV Media Sharing; Opens Platform  —  Microsoft TV IPTV Edition makes way for Microsoft Mediaroom.  With the name change comes a bigger emphasis on multimedia, including in-home sharing of music and photos between PCs and TVs.
Discussion: Multichannel News
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Sprint Mogul: Like the Wing for the Sprint Kids  —  Sprint just announced ad CDMA/EV-DO version of T-Mobile's Wing, the HTC Mogul AKA "Da Mogul."  This slide-out smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6 and includes a 512MB memory card, a 2-megapixel camera with flash, and supports full EV-DO Rev. 0 data speeds.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
jkOTR Mobile Media Edition 34: First look at Sprint HTC Mogul
Discussion: Engadget and Mobility Site
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Steve Jobs in a Box  —  It's a stunning box, a wizard object with a passel of amazing features (It's a phone!  An iPod!  A Web browser!).  But for all its marvels, the iPhone inaugurates a dangerous new era for Jobs.  Has he peaked?  —  H  —  e saunters out onstage, and the first thing you think is, man, Steve Jobs looks old.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Nokia:
Nokia introduces three versatile mobile phones targeted to mid-range market  —  Nokia 6267, Nokia 3500 classic and Nokia 6121 classic make advanced technology brilliantly simple  —  Singapore - Today, during its annual Nokia Connection event in Singapore, Nokia expanded its portfolio of affordable …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
SlingLink Powerline Solutions: SlingBox Over Electrical Lines  —  SlingBox just launched the SlingLink TURBO 1 ($99.99) and SlingLink TURBO 4 ($149.99) for home users.  These powerline routers allow you to connect to your SlingBox over your home's powerlines and not wirelessly or through a wireless or wired bridge.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and Gizmodo
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
Microsoft launches new-look MSN for mobile phones  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. launched a redesigned MSN portal optimized for mobile phones on Sunday, stepping up its offering at a time when more powerful devices increase the demand for richer content on handsets.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Another Attempt to Match Readers and Relevant News  —  Ian Clarke was a 23-year-old computer scientist living in Scotland in 2000 when he started a global controversy by deploying an online system called Freenet.  The system was intended to make it possible to share information anonymously …
Jon Udell:
How do I know this person?  Through the Web!  —  Like other social applications, Facebook wants to know how you're connected to people.  So it asks: "How do you know this person?" and presents these choices:  —  The choice I usually want — "Through the Web" — isn't available.
Discussion: ALLIED, The Obvious? and Gadgetopia
Adam / Google Public Policy Blog:
Taking the Wraps Off Google's Public Policy Blog  —  Posted by Andrew McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs  —  At the beginning of 2005, I was Google's lone public policy guy.  Today, there's a bigger - and growing - team of us scattered around the world …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and The 463
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's time to open up networking, again  —  Last week I had a meeting with a serial entrepreneur who's working on a new company whose product is a calendar for social networks, or a social network of calendars, depending on which thread you pick up.  It's basically a good idea, a no-brainer …
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget Mobile:
Dell selling unlocked high-end Nokia phones online  —  In a welcome, yet odd, development, Dell has started selling several high-end Nokia phones in an unlocked state via its online store.  So far searches reveal that Dell is selling the Nokia N80, E61i, and E61 for around $400, and the N95 for $732.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
A review of wearable video displays for the iPod  —  Watch where you're going  —  As people travel more with their iPods, they continue to look for new ways to consume their iPods' contents.  It's not unheard of these days to catch someone on a planes, trains, or automobiles (on the passenger side …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
WeFi: An Easier Way Of Finding WiFi  —  WeFi is aiming to deliver a better outside internet experience by making WiFi as easy to use as a cell phone.  —  WeFi was founded 18 months ago by Yossi Vardi, (formerly with ICQ), Arnon Kohavi and Shimon Scherzer.  The company is headquartered …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
EBay Moves to Recharge Its Auctions  —  BOSTON — In 1998, eBay's chief executive, Meg Whitman, changed the background color of the site's home page from gray to white.  Rather than simply switching colors overnight, though, Ms. Whitman directed eBay's engineers to bleach the gray over the course of 30 days.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Computer Cookies and How They Crumble  —  Tiny files called "cookies" are the lifeblood of online advertising.  When a computer visits a site or sees an ad for the first time, the site's server slips a cookie onto the visitor's hard drive, identifying the computer in future dealings with that site or ad network.
Mark Shuttleworth:
No negotiations with Microsoft in progress  —  There's a rumour circulating that Ubuntu is in discussions with Microsoft aimed at an agreement along the lines they have concluded recently with Linspire, Xandros, Novell etc.  Unfortunately, some speculation in the media (thoroughly …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Glam surges to No. 1 women's property, overtakes iVillage  —  Glam Media, the Brisbane, Calif. network of women's online lifestyle, fashion and other blogs, said it has overtaken iVillage to become the number one women's Web property.  —  It is also the fastest growing of the top 100 U.S. Web sites …
Discussion: Mashable! and Susan Mernit's Blog
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Has World of Warcraft (Finally) Hit a Plateau?  —  After 32 months of continual growth, the largest MMO in the world may, at long last, be peaking.  —  That's my conclusion, at least, looking at the latest stats from WarcraftRealms.com, a large fansite which tracks and analyzes population statistics and demographics for Warcraft.
Discussion: broadstuff, Scobleizer and Blonde 2.0
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