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1:00 AM ET, February 18, 2008

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Fred / A VC:
Journabloggers Should Do Their Work Too  —  When I started blogging four and a half years ago, there was a clear delineation between bloggers and journalists.  But that's all changed and now we have this new category, the journablogger.  —  The journablogger has his or her own blog or works …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fred Wilson - Confused, Wrong and Conflicted  —  Fred Wilson lit a fire today suggesting that certain bloggers need to step it up a notch to improve quality and be more like mainstream journalists.  —  A fair point if spoken generally, although I'd argue that the quality of reporting done …
Discussion: A VC
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
On Media Literacy, “Email Apnea”, and Wonderfully Large Leaps Of Logic.
Discussion: Download Squad and WinExtra
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
A Golden Opportunity for Bloggers
Discussion: The Last Podcast and HipMojo.com
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Bloggers need to try even harder
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Verizon adding $99 unlimited voice  —  Verizon is setting to offer an all-you-can-talk voice plan for $99.  Word is it's to launch on Tuesday, with ads popping up randomly on USA Today's website, among others.  This is hardly surprising as unlimited plans are the next logical step for carriers if they want to stay competitive.
Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
Sprint announces world-roaming Samsung Ace  —  Good news for Sprint business customers who want a world-roaming smartphone but don't want the RIM BlackBerry 8830 World Edition.  Today, the carrier introduced the Samsung Ace, a Samsung BlackJack lookalike, that offers dual-mode CDMA/GSM functionality …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung ACE global smartphone, M520 go live on Sprint
Discussion: PhoneNews.com and Electronista
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Filings Watch: Google's 10-K: Headcount; Acquisition Spend  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) filed its annual 10-K report with SEC this Friday, and not much in it that we don't know already, but good to get a yearly perspective on umbers, rather than the quarter-to-quarter we all chase.  —  Some points that caught my eye:
Discussion: Lost Remote and ben barren
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail's Humble Beginning  —  Paul Buchheit, Gmail's first engineer, writes about the first steps in the evolution of Gmail. … And even when it was released, Gmail stayed in a closed beta for more than a year.  After almost four years since the release, Gmail constantly adds new features …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitxr - Like Twitter, With Pictures.  Yeah, It's Photoblogging.  —  FON (better known for building a WiFi community) launched Twitxr today through their FON Labs group.  Basically, it's Twitter but allows picture uploads when sending a message (which makes it particularly useful for camera phones).
Discussion: Scripting News
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Martin Varsavsky:
Fon Labs launches Twitxr for the iPhone and all computers
Discussion: FON Blog and Mashable!
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
ICANN panel questions Network Solutions on frontrunning  —  ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) was unable to find a single shred of evidence on domain name frontrunning as a result of the organization's call for community feedback last October.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Official HD DVD obituary a matter of days, not weeks  —  On Friday rumor spread fast that Toshiba was about to bail on HD DVD, following a string of unhappy news for the HD DVD camp, beginning with Netflix and Best Buy's decisions to throw their weight behind Blu-ray earlier in the week.
New York Times:
Of All the Hurdles to a Merger, View on Technology Is the Highest  —  SAN FRANCISCO — If Microsoft succeeds in its conquest of Yahoo, what then?  —  Microsoft would face the task of integrating the culture of Yahoo into its own.  Merging corporate cultures is generally a major undertaking in any acquisition.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Smugglers Return iPhones to China  —  SHANGHAI — Factories here churn out iPhones that are exported to the United States and Europe.  Then thousands of them are smuggled right back into China.  —  The strange journey of Apple's popular iPhone, to nearly every corner of the world …
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The Problem with Social Media Marketing  —  I was reading a blog today and found this recommendation:  —  “leverage social tools to create buzz and demand for your product”.  —  I don't know exactly what was meant by this, but it sounds like causation: that if you use social tools to talk …
Discussion: MediaVidea
 
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David Cohn / DigiDave:
Social Bookmarking For Journalists: 101
Discussion: WinExtra
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Exploiting QuickTime flaws in ‘Second Life’
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Jibi / The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 to introduce OS 4.6.0?
Theo Valich / TG Daily:
Exclusive: Dell set to introduce AMD Tri-Core Phenom
Discussion: Engadget
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Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Amazon Software Download Store to include video games soon
Discussion: Mashable! and Joystiq
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Runs Windows Mobile 6.1
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Kathy Sierra: Creating Passionate Users at TOC
Ina Steiner / AuctionBytes Blog:
Is eBay Boycott for Real?