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7:45 PM ET, August 4, 2007

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Tim Wilson / PC World:
Public Wi-Fi: Past its Prime?  —  For the average Internet user, wireless means Wi-Fi.  Most routers used in offices and at hot-spots in local cafes and-libraries use Wi-Fi technology.  However, the increasing development and use of the fledgling WiMAX technology has some questioning whether cities should invest in the older standard.
Discussion: the Constant Observer and BBC
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Toronto Hydro Says Wi-Fi Works Great.  What about Subscribers?  —  Network World Canada provides a little back and forth between telco Rogers Communications and Toronto Hydro: The former backs WiMax as the coming thing, so why bother with Wi-Fi.  The latter once had plans …
Discussion: PC World
Gary Rivlin / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Millionaires Who Don't Feel Rich  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — By almost any definition — except his own and perhaps those of his neighbors here in Silicon Valley — Hal Steger has made it.  —  Mr. Steger, 51, a self-described geek, has banked more than $2 million.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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Spencer Kelly / BBC:
The new wave of Silicon Valley start-ups
Discussion: EarlyStageVC
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
A Graphic View of Apple iPhone's Impact  —  The ChangeWave survey of the Apple (AAPL) iPhone's impact on the broader cell phone market is getting a lot of press (see here, here and here)  — perhaps more than it deserves, given the demographic it sampled (more on that later).
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PC World:
Surveys Say iPhone Demand Continues  —  Apple's iPhone seems set to disrupt the mobile phone industry, with ChangeWave claiming up to 16 percent of those planning to buy a mobile in the next six months will buy an iPhone.  —  The latest Changewave consumer mobile phone survey …
Discussion: The Utility Belt
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Should Yahoo Buy Facebook?  The Non-Glib Answer.  —  So, Bear Stearns, the investment banking and hedge goliath who can't seem to get sub-prime mortgages right - whose two hedge funds declared bankruptcy in the midst of some of the steepest drops in the stock market memory — is now declaring itself a guru in social marketing.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Lenovo plans $199 PC aimed at Chinese market  —  PC manufacturer Lenovo announced on Friday that it intends to begin offering a $199 system aimed at China's vast rural population.  At $199, the desktop unit would include a PC, mouse, keyboard, and operating system, but would use the owner's television for a monitor.
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Secret New iPhone Features  —  One of the nice things about the iPhone is that, like the iPod, it can be easily updated by Apple with new features and bug fixes.  When such new software is available, you are notified the next time you plug your iPhone into your computer and the new stuff is downloaded into the phone automatically.
Angel Jennings / New York Times:
What's Good for a Business Can Be Hard on Friends  —  A month ago, Brandy McDowell sat down with her longtime friend, Kezia Chandler, and told her she had switched cellphone carriers.  Their relationship has not been the same since.  —  Now, they barely speak.
Discussion: Gizmodo and VoIP Watch
TechCrunch 20 Blog:
Getting closer to 20, but you sure don't make it easy  —  This afternoon, we sent out our initial indications of interest to all TechCrunch20 applicants*.  In total, there were close to 700 submissions from 26 different countries.  —  We're down to approximately 100 finalist candidates, but it wasn't an easy task.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Lanner rolls out four-bay NS04-3100 NAS server  —  While there's not a great deal to distinguish it from the multitude of other NAS servers out there, Lanner's new NS04-3100 looks like it should easily satisfy those with hefty storage appetites, offering four bays for some SATA drives of your choosing.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
SF Mayor Puts Free Wi-Fi on Ballot, Lamely  —  Gavin Newsom and the president of the city's board of supervisors stuck a free wireless resolution on the ballot five minutes before the deadline: The measure is nonbinding, but asks voters whether they support the notion of free wireless throughout the city.
Discussion: dslreports.com
Xbox-Scene News:
Raid casualty comes forward to tell his story  —  >> HSD - Hours before the raids were news and broadcast across the net and the mass media, an XS member (FallsInc) tried to warn those of us in the inner circle that the noose was about to tighten around US Modchip shops.
Discussion: Engadget, GamePolitics.com and digg
Andrew McAfee:
And Now for Something Completely Different  —  Wikipedia's article on Enterprise 2.0 has been heavily edited by the administrator Jreferee since July 26.  I just read through the most recent version, which consists largely of a history of the term.  According to this version,
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Between the Lines
 
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Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Hackers: Social networking sites flawed
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New bill calls for all-knowing, all-seeing, cross-platform V-chip
nasa.gov:
Phoenix Heads for Mars, Spacecraft Healthy
Discussion: Gizmodo, eWEEK.com and Slashdot
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
Google Phone Talk Is Back - Do you want an ad-supported mobile web?
Hugo Ortega / GottaBeMobile.com:
Fujitsu U1010 in the house
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Mozilla Says "Ten F**king Days"
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Community Broadband Act would overturn bans on municipal broadband
Discussion: Slashdot
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
What could you do with fat fiber?