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9:15 AM ET, July 19, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooma Launches Free Consumer Phone Service  —  An ambitious and long awaited new consumer VOIP startup - Ooma - launches on Thursday morning.  Much like Vonage and the ill-fated SunRocket, Ooma allows consumers to use their normal phones to make and receive telephone calls, but at drastically reduced prices.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ooma wants voice to be free  —  Voice over the Internet, so far, has been a game of cheap minutes, shoddy quality, and unreliable connections.  It's also been a money-losing proposition.  The promise of voice being free has remained just that - a promise.  Palo Alto-based startup Ooma promises …
Discussion: Mark Evans and VoIP Watch
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Ooma Puts Out a Call to Ditch Landlines for Web-Based Service  —  It has been possible for several years now for Americans to dump their landline phone companies and pay much less with services that route calls over the Internet instead of over the regular phone network.
Discussion: Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
VoIP goes Hollywood  —  What do Ashton Kutcher and voice over IP technology have in common?  —  Kutcher, best known for his role on That '70s Show and MTV's reality show Punk'd, is "creative director" for a Silicon Valley start-up called Ooma, which has developed a device that will allow users …
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Arrington / TalkCrunch:   Interview With Ooma Execs Andrew Frame and Ashton Kutcher
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype losing its voice?  —  eBay just reported its second quarter (Q2) 2007 earnings, and we are going to get to the details later, but lets just focus on Skype, that strangely seems to be making money even as it usage is flattening.  — New Registered Users, an ambiguous number at best …
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Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:   eBay Q2 2007 Earnings Call Transcript
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
eBay: An Unwanted Bargain
Discussion: Business Week
CNNMoney.com:
Senate looking at Google-DoubleClick  —  Executives from search engine firm, its target DoubleClick, and competitors expected to appear at antitrust hearing.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Lawmakers in Congress plan to hold hearings to air concerns about Google Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Web advertising supplier DoubleClick Inc.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Congress to Examine Google-DoubleClick Deal  —  Google executives are expected to be called to testify before House and Senate subcommittees about the company's planned $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, a deal that is already facing close scrutiny from federal antitrust regulators.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ParisLemon
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Google Officials to Testify On DoubleClick Deal Impact  —  WASHINGTON — Executives of Google Inc., already facing a federal review of the company's proposed $3.1 billion buyout of DoubleClick Inc., are being called to testify before the House and Senate to address questions about the deal's impact …
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
When You Play With Fake, Expect To Be Found  —  Let's put aside for a second that Fake Steve Jobs is neither funny nor witty, and ask ourselves why we should believe the shrill outrage of the author of a blog that is *purported* to be funny and witty.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
WiMax goes mainstream: Sprint, Clearwire to build national network  —  Sprint and Clearwire are pooling resources in a venture that could take WiMax nationwide.  —  The two companies said Thursday that they plan to build a national WiMax (4G) network.  The partnership, which is a 20-year agreement …
Discussion: Computerworld
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Scripps Buys User-Gen Recipes Site Recipezaar; Reportedly Around $25 Million  —  Scripps Networks, which has been looking at bulking up its online effort with acquisitions, has made one: it has bought Recipezaar, a Seattle-area based online recipe site.  It was started in 1999 under …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scholastic Loses It Over Harry Potter/BitTorent Story  —  It didn't take long for Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books, to send us a takedown notice for our post "The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits BitTorrent."  —  In an email yesterday, Mark S. Seidenfeld …
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Apple iPhone KO's Cisco network at Duke  —  Earlier this year, Cisco and Apple ended a legal spat when Cisco allowed Apple to use its "iPhone" trademark (though there was some debate whether Cisco really owned it).  In return, Apple agreed to "explore opportunities for interoperability …
Discussion: DailyTech and techno.blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Acquires InviteShare  —  Getting invitations to private betas can be a frustrating experience for early adopters.  If you don't know someone who's already in the beta it could end up being a very long wait.  Over the last few years invitations for some betas were so hard …
Discussion: Download Squad
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone + Disposable Cellphone + Prepaid Cards + New Activation Tool = Holy Cow  —  Holy cow.  Those guys at fusion.osx86.hu/#iphone are geniuses.  Late yesterday, I downloaded a copy of iASign, their new iPhone activation tool.  Right now, at this second, my iPhone just made its first call using …
 
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