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7:50 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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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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ooma wants voice to be free
Discussion: Mark Evans
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  Reports Record Q2 Net Revenues of $1.83 Billion  —  Delivers Q2 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.27 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.34  —  Company Repurchases $344 Million of Common Stock in Q2  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE) …
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Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
eBay Q2 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good day, everyone and welcome to eBay's second quarter 2007 earnings results conference call.  This call is being recorded.  With us today from the company are the President …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype losing its voice?
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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: ParisLemon
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Fake Steve Jobs lashes out against 'invasions of privacy'  —  The writer of The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs appeared to break character Wednesday in decrying "invasions of privacy" that have the anonymous author rattled.  —  Fake Steve Jobs, as he or she has come to be known …
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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 …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
HP remains No. 1 in PCs  —  Hewlett-Packard continued its sprint ahead of the competition in the second quarter of 2007, remaining the No. 1 PC vendor in the world.  While Dell continued to decline in units shipped, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba each outpaced the worldwide PC market growth rate of 12.5 percent, according to IDC.
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:   Dell Continues to Sink
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 …
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Google: Newspaper Ads More Trustworthy Than AdWords  —  Google's big, bad coopetitiion problem is rearing its ugly head once again.  —  CEO Eric Schmidt rises to the defense of "planning and buying traditional newspaper media in both national and local newspapers":
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hey, Yahoo: Lloyd Braun Will Eat Lunch in This Town Again  —  Former Yahoo executive Lloyd Braun and his partner Gail Berman, a former Paramount executive, have struck an online deal with Pepsi, under which the entertainment and marketing arm of the beverage giant will be a "first-look" …
Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
NHL to Add Webcasts in Bid to Broaden Reach  —  The National Hockey League, which has been aggressively using Internet video to try to make up for the sport's dwindling U.S. television audience, cut a deal with technology start-up NeuLion Inc. to make live games available on the Web starting next season.
Discussion: paidContent.org and 24/7 Wall St.
Microsoft:
Sit, Stay, Chat!  Explore a Virtual World, Make New Friends and Play Games With GoPets on Windows Live Messenger  —  Microsoft Casual Games and GoPets bring people, pets and games together in a global social networking experience.  —  Whether they're having another day at the office …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
$298 Wal-Mart PC features OpenOffice.org, no crapware  —  Looking to get a jump on the lucrative back-to-school shopping season, Wal-Mart has begun selling a sub-$300 PC.  The Everex IMPACT GC3502 comes with Windows Vista Home Basic and OpenOffice.org 2.2 installed on a system that includes …
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: techno.blog and Network World
 
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Outting the InfoSecSellout?  —  Today I was minding my own business …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Novell Hack Week: an experiment in innovation
Geek Entertainment TV:
Dontcha Wish Your Cell Phone Was Hot Like Me?
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Can Fans Save Business 2.0?
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Spaces Gets A Slight Update
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
 Earlier Items: 
Farhad Manjoo / Salon: Machinist:
Peter Moore leaves Microsoft. (Long live Peter Moore.)
Discussion: PC World
Reuters:
IBM results shine
Discussion: Techdirt
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Dell buys SilverBack on road to recovery
Discussion: TechSpot News
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Could Be the Open Facebook
Discussion: Scripting News
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Google to charge for mobile content
Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Message Center: Let us communicate with you about your site
Joe Hutsko / MSNBC:
Can the iPhone do double duty as a laptop?
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Unofficial Gmail Apps and Add-ons