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It's Crowded 'Under the Bus' Did President


By David Knowles (Political
Machine)
Bush Get Into
Submitted at 7/11/2008 2:18:00 AM

Filed under: Barack Obama, John


the Sake?
McCain, Featured Stories, 2008 President By Christopher Weber (Political
Greetings from our nation's capital! Here, a Machine)
robust public transportation system helps Submitted at 7/10/2008 10:23:00 AM
shield the local populace from the pain of
high gasoline prices. But that's not to say Filed under: President Bush,
there aren't mobility problems. In fact, this Environment, Gaffes Is there anyone worse
year, DC has witnessed a sharp increase in than that guy at the party who thinks he's
high-profile political figures who have HILARIOUS but is really just obnoxious
been tossed "under the bus." Really, it's a and dumb? What if the party was the
wonder that they run at all anymore. annual G8 summit and that annoying guy
The single-most overused cliché among was President of the United States? Well
pundits and journalists these days, "under then something like this might happen:
the bus" connotes a public cutting-of-ties George Bush surprised world leaders with
with a former ally. The action, like a a joke about his poor record on the
sucker-punch on its hapless victim, often, environment as he left the G8 summit in
but not always, comes as a surprise. Those Japan.
who are tossed under that large, moving The American leader, who has been
vehicle usually express outrage, or shame, condemned throughout his presidency for
or both. Those who toss run the risk of failing to tackle climate change, ended a
charges of hypocrisy. The timing of the private meeting with the words:"Goodbye
tossing is always seen as suspect, a serious consideration for ambassador to Administration if you toss, damned if you don't toss" from the world's biggest polluter." Yes that
symptom of political convenience rather Belarus, although I'm not sure the citizens If you've got a whole group of people world, some have criticized Obama for did actually happen. And it gets even better
than of true moral fiber. of Minsk would welcome that." you'd like to stuff under a bus, a tell-all breaking with Trinity, and disavowing its (ie. worse). The president drove home his
Here's a highlight reel of the dizzying Belarus, under the bus with you, too. memoir is the way to go. Scott's fiery former pastor. Among the latter was witticism thusly: He then punched the air
number of U.T.B. moments from our Jesse Jackson tosses Barack Obama blockbuster, What Happened, paints a dim Wright himself, who, like a woman while grinning widely, as the rest of those
current presidential campaign, in no This is the strangest UTB television portrait of way our government trumped up scorned, unleashed his bizarre fury on present including Gordon Brown and
particular order. spectacular this season. A live mic the case for war in Iraq and systematically Obama in a series of painfully entertaining Nicolas Sarkozy looked on in shock.
John McCain tosses Phil Gramm catching Jackson threatening to castrate stifled dissent. Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, public appearances. Punched the air? What, he didn't have the
In perhaps the single-most tone-deaf Obama for having the audacity to hope that Donald Rumsfeld, and, yes, Scott's former These are but a few of the instances of presidential snare and cymbal handy?
utterance of the campaign season so far, black fathers will take more responsibility boss, President Bush can now all be found UTB. Feel free to leave your own favorites If I ever finish this damn time machine
McCain economic adviser Phil Gramm for their own lives. Come on, Jesse, tell us under one very powerful bus. A great in the comment section. Let's get them all I'm going to set it for January 20, 2009.
diagnosed our economic woes as being a how you really feel! The subsequent beach read! out, and then maybe we can be done with Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
figment of our whiny imaginations. apology tour has dragged on for two days, Barack Obama tosses Jeremiah Wright the term for a while. I, for one, am ready to Comments
McCain's response to his old friend was giving Jackson more airtime than he'd seen and Wright tosses back. throw "Under the Bus" under the Metro
anything but kind. Asked if Gramm would since Bill Clinton threw him under the bus File this one under, "What took you so train.
still hold a place in his hypothetical in South Carolina. As I wrote yesterday, long?" Obama's critics say that Wright's Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
administration (Treasury?), McCain sometimes being thrown under the bus is a inflamatory preaching style qualified him Comments
quipped: gift. for under-bus placement long ago. About
"I think Senator Gramm would be in Scott McClellan tosses the entire Bush twenty years, in fact. But in this "damned
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Closing bell: markets
Obama on Women, Dr. Phil, Gilligan flip-flop and
By Tommy Christopher (Political Impact Report" on the Senator's proposals,
Machine) available here. The plan addresses income
inequity, and a variety of life/work balance
financials dive again
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:18:00 AM
issues. By Douglas McIntyre
Filed under: Democrats, Barack Obama, Senator McCain, meanwhile, as David (BloggingStocks)
Economy, Abortion Democratic Knowles reports, was unable to muster any Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:36:00 AM
Presidential candidate Barack Obama answer at all to a question about his
delivered a speech today at the Women's support for women's access to birth Filed under: After the bell, Dell (DELL),
Economic Security Town Hall, in Fairfax, control. That question was a result of his General Electric (GE), Wal-Mart (WMT),
VA, and his campaign held a conference finance co-chair's observation that ""There Intel (INTC), Federal Natl Mtge (FNM),
call to discuss the policies. are many health insurance plans that will Wachovia Corp (WB), Lehman Br
The address comes on the heels of cover Viagra but won't cover birth-control Holdings (LEH)
Senator Hillary Clinton's reintroduction to medication. Those women would like a At the close, most of the indexes had
the Obama campaign, as the two former choice," done OK
rivals appeared at fundraisers together this McCain couldn't remember his previous DJIA: 11,229.58 up .75%
week. vote on the subject, and apparently could S&P 500 : 1,253.52 up .71%
Obama rolled out a laundry list of not remember his current position, either. NASDAQ: 2,257.85 up 1..03%
policies in his speech, mostly having to do In fairness, most candidates only memorize And, of course, the 52-Week Low Club
with economic issues, but he also took a their positions on issues they care about. Most of the market did relatively well,
swipe at John McCain: (via email) Senator The Obama speech provided a stark but shares in big financials could not be
McCain, however, has said that we've contrast for women voters, many of whom saved, even by reassurances from the
made "great progress" on the economy. have expressed concern over Senator Treasury Secretary himself. Comments
And Senator Phil Gramm, a top economic Obama's commitment to abortion rights from the former president of the New York
advisor to Senator McCain, just recently and reproductive choice. Senator McCain Fed to the affect that Fannie Mae(NYSE:
said that this is merely "a mental feel?" Mrs. Howell fit in there, and she FNM) and Freddie Mac(NYSE: FRE) sent
On the Obama campaign conference call, responded, "Well, Mrs. Howell is among has pledged to overturn Roe v. Wade, and
recession." Senator Gramm then deemed doesn't even know his own position on the stocks down with Freddie Mac down,
the United States - and I quote - "a nation Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the group whose tax cuts we'd like to scale at one point, over 25%.
compared McCain's agenda for women to back." access to birth control.
of whiners." This comes after Senator CT. Senator and McCain butler Joseph Continue reading Closing bell: markets
McCain recently admitted that his energy a classic sitcom: When I see (McCain's The call ended before I could ask if any flip-flop and financials dive again
policies), it reminds me of TV Land of them knew the full name of The Lieberman has made clear his opposition
proposals will have mainly to making emergency contraception Permalink| Email this| Comments
"psychological" benefits. rerunning, over and over again, episodes of Professor's character.
"Gilligan's Island, and Ginger and Heidi Hartmann, President of the available to rape survivors, so perhaps he
Well, you know, America already has can whisper that into McCain's ear.
one Dr. Phil. When it comes to the MaryAnn are never getting off the island. Institute for Women's Policy Research,
This is in keeping with the rest of urged any women thinking of voting for Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
economy, we don't need another. The Comments
McCain campaign has not responded to McCain's policies, which are modeled after John McCain to "take another look."
queries of, "How does that make you the show, "Lost." I asked Klobuchar where The campaign released a "50 State

Obama Channels James Dobson?


By Greg McNeilly (Political Machine) Some observations... their Faith, his religion will dictate public failing schools.) Obama's party want major or minor
Submitted at 7/10/2008 11:54:00 AM
-- Offering a prayer for those afflicted policy? After all, if he doesn't, he says he -- What part of the scripture justifies changes to our Founding document. 23%
from flooding...had a Republican done won't be doing the "Lord's will." Obama's class-warfare? Generally, it's of Republicans want a change but 76% of
Filed under: Barack Obama, Religion, this, how would media elites react? -- Obama adds our faith - the Lord's will - been a common belief that jealousy and GOPers see no change needed.
2008 President In an under-reported -- He calls for a celebration of the must be expressed in our public envy are not virtues but vice. So maybe...because we still dont' know,
sermon campaign speech, Barack Obama promise of America...does this preclude policy...had a Republican said this, would -- Does Obama's belief in an eternal and we're left guessing...the change that is
gave a pitch to people of faith. This celebrating its current nature? it have been extreme and radical? afterlife qualify him as an anti-science Obama's mindless mantra means rewriting
political pitch was a homily this past -- When he says "I won't be fulfilling the -- Obama says our values must be neanderthal? the U.S. Consitituion and adding God to it.
weekend, in St. Louis, to the African Lord's will unless I am doing the Lord's expressed in our government and then -- Does this speech in anyway violate the Maybe! Or maybe something else...who
Methodist Episcopal Church General work" do we think he means something notes government needs to support faith- host church's nonprofit tax-status? knows!
Conference. different than if a Republican were to say based organizations. Does that apply to After listening to Obama it makes since Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
One wonders if the repetitive mentioning the same? those organziations that compete with why Democrats - more so than Comments
of "Jesus" and reciting Christian scriptures -- Does the above quote mean Obama unionized failing government Republcians - want to rewrite the U.S.
suggest he'd be comfortable with Mike believes he transcends the "Wall of bureacracies? (Example, school vouchers Consitution to their own personal agenda.
Huckabee as his running mate? Separation" and like those certain about to empower parents with children stuck in Rassmussen reports that 51% of Barack
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By Tommy Christopher (Political ad does have some kind words for
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Submitted at 7/11/2008 3:09:00 AM
see this as a grab for the latino vote. If it is,
it seems to be a pretty tone-deaf one. Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:25:00 AM
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"God's Children." The ad features John the next time you're down in Washington, willing to risk their lives in its service in animals? God's Adults? Cleverly disguised Specialist Paul Foster of
McCain's remarks at a June 2007 debate in D.C., to go to the Vietnam War Memorial order to accelerate their path to citizenship androids? theflyonthewall.com Permalink| Email this|
New Hampshire honoring the service and and look at the names engraved in black and enjoy the bountiful, blessed nation. This ad is clumsy, at best, and offensive Comments
sacrifice of Hispanics in our Armed granite. You'll find a whole lot of Hispanic So let's from time to time remember that at worst. This is a shame, because McCain
Forces. The ad will air in Colorado, names. these are God's children. They must come really does deserve credit for having a
Nevada and New Mexico. The McCain When you go to Iraq or Afghanistan into country legally, but they have reasonable immigration plan. Which he
campaign has also scheduled a conference today, you're going to see a whole lot of enriched our culture and our nation as now does not support.
call to discuss the ad. I'll have more on that people who are of Hispanic background. every generation of immigrants before Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
later. You're even going to meet some of the few them. Comments
Here's the ad, followed by the transcript. thousand that are still green card holders Thank you. JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John
Ask yourself, "Who is this ad aimed at?" who are not even citizens of this country, McCain and I approve this message. The
Script For "God's Children" (TV 1:00)

Petraeus Confirmed as CENTCOM Commander


By Mark Impomeni (Political Robert Gates. But Gates' promotion of opposition to the promotion of Petraeus's with countering the growing threat from
Machine) Petraeus for the job was probably a mere deputy, Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, to be the Iran in the region. Petraeus has won praise
Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:15:00 PM
formality, given the fact that Petraeus has new Iraq Commander. Odierno will from Republicans and Democrats alike for
been the general in charge of the troop receive a fourth star as a result of his his candor, his calm and confident
Filed under: Bush Administration, Senate, surge strategy that has been so remarkably confirmation and take over responsibility leadership, and his tactical brilliance. He
Breaking News, Iraq, Foreign Policy Iraq successful at reducing the level of violence for operations in Iraq. seems destined for much greater things and
Commander Gen. David Petraeus was in Iraq and helping to boost the confidence Petraeus's tenure as the top commander a higher profile role in the Pentagon in the
confirmed by the Senate today to be the and competency of the Iraqi government. in Iraq has been nothing short of years ahead. He is a once-in-a-generation
new chief of U.S. Central Command The Senate vote was 95-2. Only Senators remarkable. He successfully developed and military leader and is rapidly approaching
(CENTCOM). In his new position, Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Robert Byrd (D- implemented the troop surge strategy, the exalted status of a MacArthur, Bradley,
Petraeus will give up day-to-day control of WV) voted against Petraeus's changing U.S. tactics in fighting the Pershing, and Eisenhower.
events in Iraq and take charge of all U.S. confirmation. Byrd said that his vote was stubborn insurgency in Iraq and rescuing Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
military activities in the Middle East and based on his belief that Petraeus has been the war effort there. He has also seen first Comments
central Asia. President Bush nominated successful in Iraq, and should remain there. that have been thus far achieved," he said. hand the daily meddling of Iran in Iraq,
Petraeus for the post back in April on the "[I]t does not seem prudent to remove the The reason for Harkin's no vote are and will no doubt take that knowledge to
recommendation of Defense Secretary mastermind behind the fragile successes unclear, but he also cast the lone vote in his new post, where he will be charged
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EPA: No New Regs for Greenhouse Dems Getting Nervous


Gases About Drilling Bans
By Mark Impomeni (Political warming to be harmful to human health By Dave (Political Machine)
Machine) and welfare. Making such a declaration Submitted at 7/10/2008 1:09:00 PM
Submitted at 7/11/2008 3:30:00 AM
would require the EPA to regulate carbon
dioxide, potentially adding billions of Filed under: Democrats, 2008 Senate,
Filed under: Bush Administration, dollars in regulatory costs for auto makers, 2008 House, Energy
Environment The Environmental utilities, and industrial producers. That Some Democrats may be just now
Protection Agency is expected to announce drew criticism from Rep. Ed Markey (D- waking up to the fact that there is huge
today that it will not issue new regulations MA), Chairman of the House Select frustration over high energy prices and
for greenhouse gas em missions this year, Committee on Energy Independence and they see danger in allowing too much time
delaying action on the issue until the next Global Warming. without addressing this issue. Specifically,
Administration takes office. Last year, the "If this administration spent the same Harry Reid and Dick Durbin:
Supreme Court ruled that the EPA must effort fighting global warming as they do "I'm open to drilling and responsible
regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean editing and censoring global warming production," Senate Majority Whip
Air Act, or provide a good reason for not documents, the planet might not be in such Richard Durbin told The Wall Street
regulating it. The EPA argued that it did dire straits." Journal, adding that Senate Majority
not have the authority under the act to But it is far from certain that U.S. action Leader Harry Reid could also support the
regulate carbon dioxide partly because the alone would do anything to significantly move.
gas is a ubiquitous substance, and not impact global warming, if it is indeed However, Durbin said his support for
simply a product of emissions from caused by human activities. And the sheer opening new areas to drilling was
factories and power plants. magnitude of the changes required in the contingent on setting requirements that oil
The EPA denied that it is dragging its U.S. economy to fight greenhouse gases and gas companies begin production
feet on the regulations, saying that argue for a slower approach to developing within a specified time frame on acreage
regulating is, "a long process." regulations meant to control em missions they have leased from the government.
"You don't just wake up one day and say, of carbon dioxide. The delays inherent in Steny Hoyer in the house is trying as
'Here's the decision.' It's a long process be drilling like there is no tomorrow. So it
government rule-making, the timing of the well: sounds to me as if the Steny Hoyer is all in
with lots of thought, lots of analysis and changing official agency policy, and Court's decision so late in the Bush Following weeks of bashing by
lots of research that gets you to that favor of drilling where there's no oil and
burying reports from career professionals Administration's term, as well as the Republicans who criticize Democrats for not drilling where the oil is. (ANWR, Oil
decision point. We're going to be more in the agency. In effect, putting a complexity of the task, have all combined opposing an expansion of offshore oil
transparent than we've been, laying it all Shale, and offshore). They may be able to
bureaucratic lockdown on the process. to slow the process. Ultimately, that may drilling and opening part of an Alaskan hang on with rhetorical flourishes like this,
out and saying, 'How should we do this?'" "They argued that this increase in be a good thing. wildlife reserve to production, House
But some inside the agency tell the but it's clear that the Republicans think
regulation should be on the next president's Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tried to put they've found an issue they will ride to
Washington Post a story of a series of record," an unnamed official told the Post. Comments Democrats squarely on the side of more
moves by the Administration to November on.
Part of the debate revolves around domestic oil production. And as the weather gets colder and the
deliberately delay new regulations, whether the agency should declare global Speaking to reporters, Hoyer said, "Let's
including editing congressional testimony, first fillups for fuel oil tanks happen in the
be clear: Democrats support increasing the northern states, the GOP could well be
domestic production of petroleum and right. The Democrats are at least now
Steve and Barry's files for bankruptcy other energy resources."
...
Democratic leaders also hammered away
signalling that they recognize this as an
issue, but they'd rather not give any ground
just yet and have to choose between the
By Zac Bissonnette it continues its search for a buyer. rumored to be interested in acquiring some at the U.S. oil industry, saying it is doing
(BloggingStocks) But according to The New York Times, of the company's brands. environment and keeping their seats.
little with the leases it already holds to drill UPDATE
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:12:00 AM
"If a deal is not reached with another But if the 126 comments left on one of on 68 million acres in the lower 48 states.
retailer or investor, the company will most my recent posts on Steve and Barry's Put Jim Webb in the category of Drilling
Under the Democratic bill, such lease Dems.
Filed under: Bad news It's a dark day for likely begin to close some stores, and it problems are any indication, whoever holders would have to "use it or lose it,"
bargain-savvy college students across the still faces the possibility of a total decides to buy them will have a lot of work Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
Hoyer said. Comments
country. liquidation." I still think there are a number to do in the employee morale department. I don't know, the oil industry has been
Steve and Barry's -- whose low price and of companies that should consider making People identifying themselves as laughing off the use it or lose it line, saying
rapid expansion made it a poster child for a bid for the company, including Wal-Mart employees were upset with the lack of if there was oil on those properties, they'd
success in innovative retailing just a few Stores, Inc.(NYSE: WMT), which could communication in recent weeks and the
weeks ago -- has filed for bankruptcy. The use it as an entry into the wallets of cost- company is also accused of stiffing many
company is eliminating 172 corporate jobs, conscious college kids, and Sears Holdings of its vendors. Read| Permalink| Email this|
but plans to keep its 276 stores open while Corporation(NYSE: SHLD), which is Comments
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Man Retires Rather Than McCain Has Cash Overstock and


By Dave (Political Machine) Gradient trade
Lower Flag for Helms Submitted at 7/11/2008 1:00:00 AM

Filed under: John McCain, 2008


barbs in the media
By Denise Williams (Political By Zac Bissonnette
Machine) President, Fundraising
Insert Dr. Evil pinky finger to end of (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:35:00 PM mouth: $95 Meelyun Dollars! CBS News: Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:51:00 AM
Filed under: Senate, Featured Stories, Davis said that the McCain campaign
and Republican National Committee had Filed under: Law, Scandals Normally
Media, Obits when a public company is involved in
"Monday was sunny. And Eason was out $95 million cash on hand at the end of July
- $26.7 million for the McCain campaign litigation, it discloses what it must to
of a job." shareholders via press releases and 8-Ks,
L.F. Eason III, a 29-year veteran of the and $67.8 million for the RNC. (McCain's
figure is down from the $31.5 million he and then only material developments. In
state Department of Agriculture and life- light of its inability to turn a profit,
long Democrat, had no issues asking his had on hand at the end of May.)
He said McCain raised "just over $22 Overstock.com, Inc.(NASDAQ: OSTK)
staff at the North Carolina Standards budge: has taken to issuing press releases
Laboratory to lower the facility's flags to Eason and a previous boss had sketched million" in the month of June- more than
the candidate has raised in any previous announcing the back and forth in its
half-staff for former senator Ted Sanford out the building's rough design on a napkin lawsuit against Gradient Analytics, an
or Ronald Reagan. He didn't need to act on at the Atlanta airport in 1984 after month.
Davis also said that " the McCain independent research outfit Overstock
it though - it rained on both days. The attending a national conference on weights CEO Patrick Byrne claims was involved in
News & Observer reported yesterday that and measures. campaign spends about $10 million a
month less to run their campaign" than a campaign to beat down the company's
Eason retired rather than order his staff to He then worked to get funding for it in stock.
lower the flag for the recently deceased the state budget, and he recently helped Obama, which he suggested has helped the
campaign of the presumptive GOP Interestingly, Overstock has not been
former North Carolina Senator Jesse snag state money to study building another filing 8-Ks about these developments,
Helms. lab. nominee close the cash-on-hand gap on his that I bolded above. As I recall Kerry ran a
rival. very efficient campaign and even had indicating that they really aren't material --
But this time Eason didn't believe this "I designed and built that lab," he said. just chest-pounding press releases designed
politician deserved the respect afforded by "Even though technically the bricks and As the article states at the end, the last money left over. But he lost. I'm hoping
time we heard from Obama he had raised McCain remembers that and remember to hype the stock.
lowering the flag in his honor. In an email mortar belong to the state of North Yesterday Overstock put out a press
to his staff the night before this chore was Carolina, I feel very strongly that $23 million in May and had $43 million that the election is not won by the
cash in hand. candidate that most efficiently manages release: Overstock.com Announces
to be performed, Eason informed everything that comes out of there is my Favorable Court Ruling in
employees, "Regardless of any executive responsibility." Two points here obviously. One is that money.
those that were impressed by Obama's But still, it appears that McCain's moves Rocker/Gradient Case, announcing that a
proclamation, I do not want the flags at the The flags were lowered by a co-worker court "ruled favorably on a demurrer
North Carolina Standards Laboratory that day as Eason's superiors drove by to fundraising numbers and were looking at dating back to a year ago, when his
that as a reason to choose him over Hillary campaign was on the ropes and he was brought by Overstock Chairman & CEO
flown at half staff to honor Jesse Helms make sure the deed was done. Patrick Byrne, dismissing on statute of
any time this week". Good on you, Mr. Eason. Godspeed. are probably getting a queasy feeling in bleeding money are still paying off. He has
their stomachs. Unless Obama can pull a a tight disciplined campaign, that's not a limitations grounds three causes of action,
After an employee called Eason's You may never know what results come which Gradient had asserted as
superior in another location in Raleigh, Mr. of your action, but if you do nothing there rabbit out of a hat, his numbers will not bad thing.
look that impressive next to McCain here. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| counterclaims against Byrne personally."
Eason was given an ultimatum - order the will be no result. - Mahatma Gandhi Continue reading Overstock and
lowering of the flags or retire. Eason's wife Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| My own queasy feeling relates to the part Comments
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state of North Carolina. but he wouldn't

Marriott International F2Q08 earnings transcript


By earningstranscripts July 10, 2008 10:00 AM ET Financial Officer, and President of the President, Investor Relations; Carl laws. These statements are subject to
(BloggingStocks) Management Summary Continental European Lodging, Mr. Arne Berquist, Executive Vice President, numerous risks and uncertainties as
Submitted at 7/10/2008 10:04:00 AM
Operator Sorenson. Please go ahead, sir. Financial Information and Enterprise Risk described in our SEC filings which could
(Operator Instructions) Good day and Arne M. Sorenson, Chief Financial Management; and Betsy Daum, Senior cause future results to differ materially
Filed under: Conventions and welcome to this Marriott International Officer, Executive Vice President, Director, Investor Relations. from those expressed in or implied by our
conferences, Marriott Intl'A' (MAR), second quarter 2008 earnings conference President - Continental European Lodging Before I get into the discussion of our comments.
Earnings transcripts call. Today's call is being recorded. At this Thank you, Kat. Good morning, results, let me first remind everyone that Continue reading Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc.(NYSE: time for opening remarks and everyone. Welcome to our second quarter many of our comments today are not F2Q08 earnings transcript Permalink|
MAR) introductions, I would like to turn the call 2008 earnings conference call. Joining me historical facts and are considered forward- Email this| Comments
F2Q08 Earnings Conference Call over to Executive Vice President, Chief today are Laura Paugh, Senior Vice looking statements under federal securities
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Solvency connotes the ability to be a Get thee to the computer screen bright
Filed under: Small business Filed under: Money and Finance Today, continuous, sustainable institution because and early tomorrow for we will have a live
Let's say you want to sell or buy a Economic data, Headline news, Recession there are positive margins in production. unboxing and review on CG at 7am EST.
business. Or, suppose you want to gift a Minyanville's Mr. Practical dares to At current borrowing costs, the GSEs are Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
piece of your business to your family. share the kind of keen insight and not making money. Unless margins widen, the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
Maybe you want to raise capital? actionable information you won't find in they will not be able to pay back debt, save
Well, you'll need to determine the value any prospectus. For more original thought, for the government stepping in and
of your business. visit www.minyanville.com. indemnifying that debt.
So, to get some perspective on the topic, There's lot of speculation today So while the GSEs may continue to exist,
I spoke to Scott Gabehart. He has valued following former Fed official Poole's because the business model does not work,
over 700 businesses since 1991 and has comments on what exactly constitutes they're likely to exist in a different form.
written several books on the topic, such as solvency for Fannie Mae( NYSE: FNM) Namely a government entity using
The Business Valuation Book (with CD- and Freddie Mac( NYSE: FRE). The taxpayer money to pay back debt and issue
ROM). definition of solvent is the ability to pay mortgages. Read| Permalink| Email this|
According to him, there are several back debt. Lenders may be willing to lend Comments
approaches to getting a valuation: money to the government-sponsored
Do-It-Yourself: Yes, the valuation enterprises (GSEs), thus keeping them
process can be extremely complex. But
+ Interest expense
Gabehart has an easy system that will
provide a rough estimate.
First, you will need to calculate your
After all, it's common for owners to use
their business to pay for personal expenses. Bringing new life to GE stock
company's adjusted cash flow (ACF). This Thus, it's important to factor our certain By Peter Cohan (BloggingStocks) canceled. If I had appeared, I would have
is: items (for example, depreciation is a non- discussed the benefits of focusing GE on
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:02:00 AM
Net income cash expense). businesses with high profit potential in
+ Your salary Continue reading Entrepreneur's Journal: Filed under: General Electric (GE) which GE has a competitive advantage.
+ Your perks (personal travel, So, what is your business worth? General Electric Company(NYSE: GE) GE's best business in that regard is its
discretionary expenses) Permalink| Email this| Comments used to have a great advertising slogan: booming Infrastructure Unit which had
+ Depreciation "GE: We Bring Good Things to Life." I $58 billion in sales and $11 billion in profit
don't know when GE dropped that slogan -- up 23% and 22% respectively in 2007.
but since its stock has dropped 32% under
Martha Stewart goes to Wal-Mart its current CEO, I was wondering how it
could bring new life to its stock.
Infrastructure sells power plants, aircraft
engines, and locomotives to growing
economies like the Middle East, China and
By Zac Bissonnette announcement. uninspiring developments for the company When GE announced this morning that it India. Unfortunately, GE has many other
(BloggingStocks) The company needs to replace the in recent months: first the company paid would try to spin off its Industrial unit, I business units which do not perform as
Submitted at 7/10/2008 10:20:00 AM
guaranteed licensing fees from K-Mart that $45 million for the Emeril empire, what realized that GE would like to bring new well.
are in the process of phasing out, and was supposed to be company transforming life to its stock. And I was invited to GE's Continue reading Bringing new life to
Filed under: Wal-Mart (WMT) Martha revenue from that business is likely to acquisition. Then a few months later, CEO CNBC Power Lunch this afternoon to GE stock Permalink| Email this| Comments
Stewart Living Omnimedia's(NYSE: plummet when the guarantee declines from Susan Lyne resigned abruptly -- which discuss this before my segment was
MSO) recent announcement that its crafts $65 million this year to around $20 million doesn't speak well for the new strategy.
line would be debuting in Wal-Mart next year. Maybe the Wal-Mart deal will work out
Stores, Inc.(NYSE: WMT) stores But Wal-Mart? Haven't their been entire splendidly -- but the company appears to
nationally sent MSO up more than 5% at books written on how tough it is to make be all over the place. Read| Permalink|
first, but the stock has since given all that money selling to Wal-Mart? It's easy for Email this| Comments
back and then some: the stock is down me to understand Wall Street's skepticism
nearly 10% from where it was before the about this deal, and there have been a lot of

ACLU Sues Over New Surveillance Act


By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) demanded, it probably comes as no does that -- though there's plenty that does against unreasonable search and seizure are probably long shots, but it means this
Submitted at 7/10/2008 12:53:04 PM
surprise that he's signed the bill into law -- the opposite. Almost immediately, the without probable cause. Meanwhile, the isn't over yet.
claiming (laughably) that the bill was ACLU has sued to challenge the EFF is also preparing to sue over both the Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
Following Congress granting President designed to "protect the liberties of our constitutionality of the bill, saying that it telco immunity issue and the expanded
Bush the "get out of jail free" card he citizens." It's unclear what in the new bill appears to violate the 4th Amendment surveillance powers. All of these efforts
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UBS exec and McCain advisor Phil When Everything On The Internet Is
Gramm: U.S. is 'nation of whiners'
By Peter Cohan (BloggingStocks) Encrypted...
Submitted at 7/10/2008 12:21:00 PM By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) encrypting their internet activity. While it's that it's only going to become more
Filed under: Presidential elections Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:49:00 PM
unclear if it will go anywhere (and some popular. And, at that point, it only makes
The Washington Times reports that Phil argue it's guaranteed to fail), the folks the efforts by the entertainment industry,
Gramm, UBS AG(NYSE: UBS) vice For years, we've been pointing out that as behind the Pirate Bay are the latest to jump the broadband providers and the
chairman and senior economic advisor to the entertainment industry, telcos and the into the game, promising a system that will government that much more useless --
John McCain (R.-AZ), thinks we're a whining." UBS probably pays Gramm well government increase efforts to spy on the "encrypt the entire internet." because all that monitoring they've pushed
nation of whiners. Gramm's UBS is a for his services so I can see where he's activities of users (for various reasons, Whether accomplished by The Pirate to do will not only be nearly impossible,
leader on three important fronts in the coming from. He is making money and good or bad), all it's going to do is speed Bay or others, this is the near inevitable but they've also lost the trust and respect of
effort to destroy the U.S. economy: the he's the only one who matters. But if you the adoption of encryption technologies. end result of this cat and mouse game. all those users/customers/constituents. It's
$1.3 trillion subprime mortgage think he is helping McCain, think about Well, that appears to be happening. Thanks Even if you believe the entertainment a true lesson in the unintended
catastrophe, the $330 billion Auction Rate these things: to governments increasing the ability to industry, broadband providers and the consequences of getting what you wished
Securities (ARS) freeze, and a tax evasion Continue reading UBS exec and McCain spy on citizens combined with ISPs government have both the best of for.
scheme of unknown magnitude. advisor Phil Gramm: U.S. is 'nation of capitulating to entertainment industry and intentions and the absolute right to do Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
The Washington Times quotes Gramm as whiners' Permalink| Email this| Comments government demands to start acting as these kinds of monitoring activity, the fact
saying: "We have sort of become a nation copyright cops, monitoring usage, more that encryption will make it so those who
of whiners. You just hear this constant and more people are getting interested in don't want to monitored can hide means

Rescue Memo: Jerry Yang


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) minor miracle. Even if the rest of the scrambling. And all fingers are pointing at that you can successfully rebuild value at a If Ballmer demurs or hedges,
Submitted at 7/9/2008 11:00:00 AM
world—particularly Mountain you, not Bostock, Decker, or even Semel. pace that will be the slightest bit satisfying immediately issue a short statement
View—stood still for three years, you You should understand that Microsoft is to your shareholders. summarizing your offer. That will give
To: Jerry Yang, C.E.O., Yahoo wouldn't stand much of a chance. Yahoo no longer trying to destabilize Yahoo; it is As you answer those questions, you shareholders a meaningful reason to vote
From: Jack Flack had been languishing for years, and the trying to destabilize Jerry Yang. must... for you. In effect, you will make yourself
Subject: Becoming the $33 Candidate trauma of the past few months has been Dangerous Assumption No. 4: Your 2. Get very objective. I know it's hard. the "$33 Candidate" and relegate Icahn to
I know you didn't get much of a chance devastating. The lawsuits will pile up, and happiness matters. Actually, you are But to avoid going down in history as the being the "Beggar's-Price Candidate."
to consider the Rescue Memo I sent you demands that you sell the company will widely perceived as having acted out of most tragically self-destructive titan of the If Ballmer agrees, insist on jointly
just before Microsoft first withdrew. The continue, if not escalate. You'll be faced emotion instead of rationality. Thus, your tech era, you must become completely issuing a short statement within 24 hours.
sudden Icahn intervention and the with trying to lead a slim-chance personal feelings are probably not the clinical in your decision-making. 4. Move on to the next thing. Expedite
oscillations in Redmond radically changed turnaround while operating as a marked biggest concern of your shareholders at Otherwise, you will act out of pique, the deal with graciousness, and then start
the situation. man. this point. instead of doing what's actually best for clean by focusing on an idea that truly stirs
But I knew it was time for some new Dangerous Assumption No. 2: You still U nless you change the state of play you and your reputation. your passions. Make that idea work, and
advice when I read your cringe-inducing hold the cards. The day your stock dropped quickly, things will get worse, not better. Try this exercise. First, think how the world will once again start thinking of
quote in today's Wall Street Journal story: back into the teens, it revealed what life Here's what you must do: personal this has become for you. Now, try you as a gifted innovator.
"I think that I can bring stability back to will be like for Yahoo if the company is 1. Respect the future. Get over the past, to imagine that it's become just as personal And oh, no matter how this thing plays
Yahoo, and I want to get on with building not acquired in full by Microsoft. That and quit making decisions based on for Ballmer. After all, the press has out, do not even think of taking your old
[the] company," Mr. Yang said. "I think specter puts you in a position of extreme expired realities. You rejected $40 because skinned him about this deal almost as title of "Chief Yahoo." Somehow, it's just
that the destabilizing by Microsoft has weakness. you remembered the glory days. You much as they have you. The big difference not as cute as it used to be.
become more and more intentional. I am Dangerous Assumption No. 3: You are rejected $33 because you remembered $40. is that he's the one who now holds the Related Links
not happy about it." uniquely suited to stabilize Yahoo. Meanwhile, you accelerated the decline in cards. Yahoo: UPPER-CASE Icahn v. lower-
Those words reveal four dangerous Unfortunately, at this point, you are value of your enterprise by installing 3. Explicitly offer $33. It's not enough to case yang
assumptions: personally toting the symbolic baggage prohibitively expensive defense sit on the porch and say that you'll Icahn wants to fire Yang? SHOCKING!
Dangerous Assumption No. 1: All of this that most destabilizes your company. mechanisms. entertain a return visit from a suitor who is The Takeaway: Microsoft-Yahoo Fallout
will blow over. Ballmer and Icahn will go Your shareholders don't trust that you Now, you must instead make decisions tired of being scorned. Stop fanning
away. Your shareholders will forget they have their best interests at heart. A big based on the current realities, with a full yourself like Scarlett, and take the action
could have had $33, if not $40. You'll pick percentage of your key leaders have appreciation for the future implications. required to reframe the game: Grab
up the pieces, and get the old magic back. bolted. Most of your remaining Yahoos Ask yourself, how the vote will go? If you Ballmer in Sun Valley and tell him you'll
Unfortunately, that would qualify as a question the latest round of internal egg- survive that, ask yourself what the odds are do the deal for $33.
The Most Unproductive "Productivity" iPhone App [Iphone 2.0]
By Gina Trapani (Lifehacker) Has to be Hold On!, a button which times "improve your concentration skills."
how long you can, um, hold it down, to Screenshot, App Store link. [ via]
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Don't Blame Canada


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) homes to buy S.U.V.'s and big-screen where it belongs—on the guilty. were in bed together. countries that produce as good a product
Submitted at 7/9/2008 10:00:00 AM
HDTVs. --by Diogenes --by stang (sometimes better) for 10 percent of the
3. Expecting a bailout when the I think that a lot of people are to blame. You forgot the media. They created a cost. They are trying to kick our collective
T wo weeks ago, Portfolio.com posed a foolishness of their behavior catches up We can start at the bottom of the list with relentless drumbeat of negative stories on arses while we change the channel. Turn
simple question with a not-so-simple with them. all the individuals out there brokering the evening news and in the print media. It off the TV, get off the couch, and start
answer: Who killed the economy? We --by Koozarian2000 mortgages who have no business almost seemed like they wanted a producing equal to your standard of living.
suggested a few possible culprits and I blame it entirely on the loose monetary education, no ethical standards, no recession because of their partisan political What a concept. Go figure.
introduced an interactive bracket in which policy that Greenspan championed, from certification, and fat commissions as beliefs. --by fugawee60 (via Yahoo)
Ben Bernanke faced off against OPEC and bailing out L.T.C.M. in 1998 to the bailout incentive to broker deals between lenders --by Red Before my comment, a small bit of truth:
Hank Paulson took on President Bush. And of Bear Stearns. If there is one thing that and people who can't afford a flat-rate, I blame Hollywood. When I was a child, The economy is not dead. We indebted our
then we opened the floor to readers, many he set the tone for, it is making the Fed fixed-term mortgage. the popular television shows did not show economy to its present sick state. I am so
of whom said we had left off some other clean up the mess of the investment banks. Then I blame lending institutions who working-class people owning a large sick of Americans who call themselves
probable suspects, including Congress, the Greenspan has been more fond of Wall come up with these mortgage plans that no home, two cars, TVs in every room, and hapless victims. If we don't believe that we
American people—even Texas. Of the Street than Main Street. person in their right mind would ever every gadget that money could buy. The are the ones who most should have known,
more than 130 comments on Portfolio.com --by Austin consider agreeing to in the first place, so only "homeowners" in television shows then we insult ourselves. Did Alan
and over 4,000 on Yahoo, many took on Consumers are to blame. They overspent that people could "get in and get out" in a when I was a kid were professional people. Greenspan get a commission on your
the legislature for failing to push for (credit-card debt); they took out hefty short period when the market was hot so And the families stress the importance of mortgage refinance?
alternative energy technologies and higher mortgages, but with a little math they would accumulate enough cash on the saving money, being thrifty, and going to --by arctific (via Yahoo)
gas-mileage standards that would reduce calculation these consumers would have sale to use as a down payment on the home school. Why would anyone think that war
costs. Others thought we had met the realized that a $350,000 first mortgage they really wanted to buy with a flat-rate, Now Hollywood depicts lower and spending is an economy killer? The
enemy and it was us. We overspent, built with a monthly payment of $500 did not fixed-term loan. Entirely too many people working class families as having all the defense industry is probably the least
up personal debt, abdicated personal wash. They also bought S.U.V.'s without signed on to these kinds of mortgages "toys" of life—which they can't possibly 'offshored' of U.S. industries at this time.
responsibility, and now we are paying the thinking about (1) the turmoil in the without realizing that these notes were afford. They grow up thinking that is what Of the billions spent each month on the
price, end of story. Additional candidates Middle East, (2) more people driving, and NEVER meant to be long-term loans—and they are entitled to have. And they war, much of it is pumped right back into
included the media, U.S. monetary policy (3) the fact that with limited oil shame on the brokers who did NOT tell browbeat their parents into buying them the U.S. economy. I'm not saying this is
over the past century, and Big Oil—but the exploration, the price of gasoline would them this. things they can't afford just so they will morally correct, merely that the money
"whodunit" remains unsolved. explode upward. Then I blame investment houses with shut up. spent is an economic stimulus.
Below, an edited sampling of some of --by AlanLester fund managers who bought all this bad --by BlameGreed --by Yahoo! Finance User (via Yahoo)
the most insightful and provocative The real culprits are: F.D.R. and Nixon, paper, bundled it up, and sold it to both The economy was killed by deregulation It's all fine to make a few dollars more
comments on the Portfolio.com and Yahoo who serially eliminated the gold standard. foreign investment houses and foreign of the banks together with the economic and to bring up the lifestyle of those in
websites. This economic mess (which is just starting, banks—realizing a nice profit for their policies of this regime. Restrictions in other countries. However, when you take a
Whose responsibility is it to ensure that BTW) was 80 years in the making. The fund and for their investors (and pocketing place since the Great Depression were huge number of jobs and move them
people don't borrow more than they can abandonment of gold-backed currency their fat commissions, of course), all the eliminated, allowing the Wall Street elsewhere, you severely damage the
afford? The government's, the bank's, or allowed the Vietnam War, the Great while knowing that eventually this paper wonders to slice and dice mortgages and American consumer. The American
the borrower's? Unless we want a Society welfare spending (and the federal was going to "go bad" and negatively sell the results. That created the housing consumer was the factor that drove the
controlling-nanny state, it's clearly the debt in general), the exponentially grown impact economies around the world. If crisis. On top of that, most of the jobs majority of purchases up until recently.
borrower's responsibility. The government trade deficits with the Middle East and people think that America isn't liked created in this country over the past seven Now they can no longer continue to do that
has a duty to ensure that the lender China, and even personal (credit-card and because of the war, they should read what years require only that you can say, with cheap wages, and worse yet, NO jobs
provides clear and full disclosure of the mortgage) indebtedness. And now...we people around the world think of our "Would you like fries with that?" or decent wages. We cannot afford to
transaction, including risk, but it ends will pay the piper. investment companies bringing down their --by alan_gesler (via Yahoo) continue shipping work overseas. These
there. --by dr.shannon economies and collapsing their banks. Bush& Greenspan—a weaker dollar and countries do not pay enough for their
--by Yahoo Texas killed our economy. It is the greed Funny how the American media isn't a weaker country. employees to buy cars or anything else of
There are a number of people to blame and arrogance of the Big Oil executives touching that story. I blame the American --by Ichenraksha (via Yahoo) any significance. If they cannot afford to
but I think Congress tops the list...and they that have kept our country "addicted to media. You guys don't get it, do you? Bush, buy products, they should not be trying to
are not even on your list. Think about why oil." The U.S.A. should have led the world I don't blame Alan Greenspan or Ben Bernanke, Congress, big corporations, etc. manufacture. Secondly, Alan Greenspan
we do not provide more of our own oil or to a renewable-energy-powered economy Bernanke. Their job at the Fed was/is to aren't that important. It's human nature. should have stuck to his guns initially
gas, why we do not have more nuclear 30 years ago. Had we done that, we would keep money flowing in a way that We've been on top of the world and are fat when he told Bush no tax cuts, but he
power, why our cars do not get better not be fighting energy resource wars or stimulates business growth in America and and lazy. We don't want to work hard, save capitulated to Republican politics as usual.
mileage, and why the price of food has paying for gas at all. The technology has keeps the U.S. growing and competitive in more than we earn, or make our kids bust --by Yahoo! Finance User (via Yahoo)
gone up so much. They are a major cause been here for years. It has been the will to the world marketplace. They have done their butts in school, etc. Let me see, we Anyone who has taken an entry-level
of all of that. move forward and the leadership that has that. save $0, we spend double-digit percentage financial-markets class knows that the
--by mike been lacking. I blame Congress for passing bad points more than we earn, we let our kids good times cannot always last. The current
The Sheeple who live where the United --by BaronVonRichter banking laws. For eliminating the usury watch 10 times the amount of TV as downslide of the economy was brought
States used to be: Where is the block for all the dumb-ass laws and letting the credit industry in compared to reading, worship pop stars as about by financial innovations but not one
1. Trying to borrow themselves into people who were too stupid to do basic general write their own ticket. idols, and expect the government single person can be to blame. The
prosperity. math and consumed their way into --by OaklandWoman (somebody) to save us. Compare that to
2. Sucking all possible equity out of their oblivion? Time to put the blame back Bush and OPEC. Didn't help that they China, India, and other third-world
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The Rot in C.D.O.'s Heavy Medal


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) destroyers. Not that they are acting with managers. Yet, as he points out, his list is (Portfolio.com: News and Markets) Bravo, and Telemundo.
Submitted at 7/10/2008 3:00:00 AM
any sense of shame. As a Bloomberg News dominated by the biggest and most well- Submitted at 7/9/2008 4:00:00 PM
This year, the broadcast rights for the
article last week pointed out, many of these regarded names in the industry. Olympics cost a record $894 million, not
H edge fund manager Simon same managers are seeking to raise money The C.D.O. crash hit the best and the Keeping up with the Olympics this counting a reported $125 million extra for
Mikhailovich is naming and shaming his to buy some of this supposedly distressed brightest, who were grabbing the most fees summer promises to be an effort of, well, production expenses. And in exchange for
colleagues. Good for him. paper. and now are reaching for more investor Olympian proportions. that huge outlay of capital, NBC has found
Mikhailovich runs Eidesis, a hedge fund The pitch? They aim to follow in the money. That’s because NBC, which is itself embroiled in an international hubbub
that invests in distressed structured credit. footsteps of Drexel Burnham Lambert Here's his list: broadcasting the summer sporting event about China’s human rights record, as well
He has been in the market since the 1990s, bankers. Drexel, you will recall, blew the C.D.O. Manager # of C.D.O.'s in Default for the sixth consecutive time is as protests against and attacks on Olympic
the Paleozoic Era of collateralized debt world up in junk bonds. Then its former Expected Losses (in millions) threatening to unleash 3,600 hours of sponsors.
obligations. Yet he was also one of the first employees—famously Leon Black of the • Strategos Capital Management 11 coverage on viewers. To make it all worthwhile, the network is
to raise flags about the toxicity of the private equity firm Apollo $10,946 "It’s more live coverage from a single no doubt banking on a huge payoff in the
structured-finance business, turning Management—formed investment • GSC Partners 10 $7,440 Olympics than the total of all previous form of ratings numbers, and is luring
bearish in 2005. partnerships to buy beaten-up junk bonds, • Blackrock 6 $6,358 Summer Olympics combined," Dick viewers with promises of unparalleled
C.D.O. management was a big business ultimately making a killing. • Harding Advisory 8 $6,212 Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Universal choice and live coverage. In addition to
in those days. But Mikhailovich was That's brazen, even by Wall Street • ACA Management 6 $6,033 Sports & Olympics, said in a press release 225 hours of coverage on NBC itself,
proved right last year, when C.D.O.'s, in standards. As Mikhailovich writes in his • Credit Suisse 7 $5,574 issued by the company. "The enormity of viewers this year will be able to tune in
particular those tied to subprime recent letter to his investors: "Drexel • Tricadia (Mariner Group) 5 $5,561 what we’re doing just blows me away." live to the heretofore ignored triumphs of
mortgages, turned disastrous. bankers sold the overpriced bonds to the • Bear Stearns 4 $4,853 Self-congratulation aside, the Olympic canoeing, archery, and judo
Fortunately for the underwriters and the gullible investors at par and then raised • Vertical Capital 5 $4,702 coverage—which will be broadcast across competitions via NBCOlympics.com.
C.D.O. managers—the firms that create money to buy the same bonds back for • Vanderbilt Capital Advisors 4 $4,401 eight NBCU platforms, including the NBC Seventy-five percent of the broadcasts
and manage the securities that cents on the dollar. Those bankers may not • 250 Capital Advisors 3 $4,071 network itself, plus cable properties from across every NBC platform will be live.
Mikhailovich invests in—they took down have been terribly ethical but incompetent • Declaration Management & Research 5 MSNBC to Telemundo, and on the web at Coverage from every Olympic sport will
huge fees. At the peak, they were they were not! Managers of the busted $3,994 NBCOlympics.com—represents a bid by be included, and barn-burner sports like
generating $800 million a year from C.D.O.'s, on the other hand, paid full • Ellington Capital Management 3 $3,818 chief executive Jeff Zucker to drum up gymnastics and swimming will receive
creating asset-backed C.D.O.'s. prices to buy the bonds that subsequently • TCW 6 $3,778 interest after disappointing ratings during especially comprehensive coverage.
Now there have been $217 billion worth became deeply distressed. Now they are • State Street 3 $3,231 several previous summer Olympic games. Also in NBC’s favor: "The time
of structured-finance C.D.O.'s that have raising money to invest in the very same • Delaware Asset Management 3 $2,662 In 2000, the network coughed up $705 difference works well this year," says Brad
triggered default since October. And it's bonds they failed to properly analyze the • Terwin Money Management 4 $2,620 million—not including production Adgate, senior vice president at media-
going to get worse. first time around." • NIB Capital 2 $2,467 costs—to broadcast the Summer Olympics planning and -buying agency Horizon
So far, less than half of C.D.O.'s in the People have frequently noted that this • Maxim Advisory 2 $2,269 in Sydney, Australia. The overall ratings Media. "If an event starts in the morning in
class of 2006 and 2007 have gone bad. has been the "smart money" bear market, • Seneca Capital 3 $2,110 for those games, for which viewership China, that’s prime time on the East Coast"
Given the rot in those vintages, that figure with investment banks, big commercial Related Links totaled about 200 million, were the lowest of the U.S.
will likely rise. So, Mikhailovich was banks, and other sophisticates bearing the Wall Street Requiem for any Olympics ever broadcast by NBC, Adgate forecasts an audience of
compelled to do a bit of research: Who brunt of the credit crisis and market The New Committee to Save the World for a variety of reasons. Interest is lower "upwards of 200 million" for the Games
created these horrors and how much have downturn. The C.D.O. market isn't much Bad News for Bear Shareholders is Good for Olympics outside of the U.S., the this summer, but points to other, intangible
they lost? different. A couple of years ago, skeptics News for the Markets Games took place in late September, when benefits of broadcasting the Games, such
The fund manager did an analysis, like Mikhailovich were warning of a huge school and work obligations competed as promoting its fall lineup.
compiling a list of the top wealth influx of new, inexperienced C.D.O. with viewing, and the time difference And besides, NBC doesn’t have a ton of
meant a lag during which Americans could competition in the form of quality
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get the results of Olympic competitions programming from the other networks,
online or from the newspaper. most of which are sticking with a tried-and
economy will go up and then later go saw good maintenance and pride of nothing. Why should they be rescued with In 2004, the story was slightly sunnier. -true slate of reality shows this summer.
down. Most of us have lived in a period ownership. The idea that every American taxpayers' money? This is only good for After spending $793 million to broadcast Still, digesting 3,600 hours of Olympic
that has seen record levels of growth, and should own his or her own home is politicians who are grubbing for votes. the Summer Games from Athens, Greece, coverage? Now that’s gold-medal worthy.
now the economy has to slide down a bit to madness. Not every American should own --by msb1929 (via Yahoo) NBC garnered household ratings for the Related Links
readjust. Politicians can't fix it; the Fed his or her own business. Home loans have Related Links event that were 245 percent higher than Strong Interest in Summer Olympics
can't fix it; only time can fix it. Blaming recently been treated the same way as auto Why the Fed Won't Raise Rates to Prick those from the previous month. That year Spurs Vibrant Ad Sales
people gets us nowhere. loans. No one has voiced concerns about Bubbles also marked the first enormous increase in Are the Olympics Worth It?
--by rickjamesb05 (via Yahoo) the high rate of auto repossessions we have The Blame Game coverage—the company aired a then- Music + Sports + Technology = Telecom
Bankers and savings-and-loan executives witnessed for many years. I have little Fed: Wall Street Needs More Time record 1,210 hours, thanks to the recent Trifecta?
knew many years ago that a home loan's sympathy for a foreclosed homeowner who acquisition of three cable networks: USA,
value was based upon the homeowner paid no down payment, has no equity, then
having equity in the home. With that we quit making the payments. They have lost
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Rush to Judgment Fannie and Freddie Need a


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) peg it at closer to 14 million), and he's and can be expected to build a more solid
Submitted at 7/9/2008 9:00:00 PM

R ush Limbaugh's reported mammoth,


available on the AM dial, readily
accessible to anyone with a bare-bones
radio and a tolerance for ads, no
audience given time now that Sirius has
merged with rival XM.
Amid the fuss, it's worth remembering
Sibling
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) overhaul the way Fannie and Freddie are
eight-year, $38 million-per contract with subscription necessary. His bombastic that the contract's financial details were regulated. But the debate may have to turn
Submitted at 7/10/2008 5:00:00 AM
Clear Channel has quickly sparked two personality and conservative views have revealed by Limbaugh himself, hardly an sharply radical as the housing slump
very different reactions: It's given hope to paved the way for the likes of Sean impartial source, in a profile in the New Fears about the two mortgage giants, deepens.
a bloodied radio industry and Hannity and Glenn Beck. And the new York Times Magazine. The deal is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have Nationalization of the two is an idea, but
simultaneously angered legions of talk- contract marks him as central to the reported to be worth $400 million over dragged down the stock market into a bear Benner says it is unlikely in an election
show hosts who aren't making enough to success of Premiere's business plan. eight years, not including a nine-figure market and prompted doomsday year and with a lame-duck administration.
buy entire emerging-market nations. Despite that, the contract may serve as a signing bonus. But none of this has been discussions in Washington. What Congress should do is show the
But news of the contract "is a great mixed blessing to the rank and file of the confirmed by Premiere. And, like any The worry is that the two will not able to same initiative it did during the dark days
affirmation by Premiere"—Premiere Radio radio industry as a whole. Sure, it’s a vote contract, Limbaugh's is no doubt peppered weather the housing slump, as foreclosures of the Depression when Fannie and
Networks syndicates The Rush Limbaugh of confidence for the viability of radio as a with protective clauses and contingency surge (up 53 percent in June), and that the Freddie were born: Create a new
Show—"and by the advertisers that there's successful medium for ads. Sure, it offers plans to shelter the company signing the government will be forced to bail them out. government-sponsored enterprise to
great reach still in radio," argues Jeff some glimmer of hope to aspiring talk- checks. A bailout of the two government-created, compete with the two and buy mortgages
Haley, chief executive of the Radio radio hosts. The host is "going to have to continue to but investor-owned, companies would in the secondary market.
Advertising Bureau. More immediately however, it is causing do a heck of a job for that figure to come make the rescue of Bear Stearns look like a In other words, backstop the market,
That "great affirmation" comes as ad untold frustration among other up-and- to fruition," says Harrison, in terms of petty cash transaction. Fannie and Freddie, don't backstop Fannie and Freddie.
revenue evaporates and audiences vanish. coming hosts. Michael Harrison, editor of ratings, revenue, and other performance the two largest buyers of American Bailing out Fannie and Freddie would
Annual revenue for radio has been radio industry trade publication Talkers metrics. Premiere will likely expect mortgages, have some $5 trillion in reward years of aggressive use of
spiraling. In 2007, overall revenue for the magazine, says many have called him in revenue growth to at least keep pace with mortgage-related debt—about half of the derivatives, accounting shenanigans, and
U.S. radio industry declined 2 percent, to frustration to complain that they aren't the cost of living, say 3 percent a mortgage debt market. wasteful spending on top executives and
$21.3 million, from the year before, wiping making enough. year—and ratings goals will reflect "If Fannie or Freddie failed, it would be lobbying. And both companies failed their
out meager 1 percent gains in 2006. Another high-profile radio personality, similarly high expectations. far worse than the fall of Bear Stearns," public mission of making housing
Haley says (surely with fingers and toes Howard Stern, made headlines four years Still, if the contract numbers are real, Sean Egan, head of credit-rating firm Egan affordable.
crossed, and eyes fixated on heaven) that ago after signing a reported $100-million-a they may be justified. In radio, "there's a Jones, told Katie Benner of Fortune. "It A new housing G.S.E. would of course
podcasts and streaming internet broadcasts -year contract with the subscription-only powerful personal connection that could throw the economy into depression be a costly undertaking and thus, probably
will likely be incorporated into Limbaugh's Sirius Satellite Radio. That arrangement, happens. That's what drives Rush's reach or something close to it." politically impossible. But in the end a
new contract, as Clear Channel and its ilk too, was based on capitalizing on emerging and the valuation of his programming," The former president of the Federal government-owned corporation would
struggle to capture and retain tech-savvy technology to garner new listeners, but has says Haley. "The new contract will Reserve Bank of St. Louis, William Poole, arguably benefit homeowning taxpayers,
listeners, bored with the standard radio had mixed results so far: Stern has failed to absolutely pay off." tells Bloomberg News that under fair whereas a bailout of Fannie and Freddie
box. And as that evolution takes place and drum up an audience bigger than Related Links accounting rules, both Fannie and Freddie elevates the problem of moral hazard to a
the medium modernizes, "it's only natural somewhere in the estimated "single-digit All Talk? are technically insolvent. whole new level.
that these strong franchises," like millions" for his channel, according to Pump Up the Deal Volume "Congress ought to recognize that these And the creation of a rival has been
Limbaugh's, "will expand," he says. Harrison. Music Wars firms are insolvent, that it is allowing these proposed before, although by conservative
Limbaugh himself is a complete stranger Still, Sirius's investment in Stern was a firms to continue to exist as bastions of Congressional critics of Fannie and
to audience woes. He claims to have 20 wise one, he says. The star brought the privilege, financed by the taxpayer,'' Poole Freddie when times were good.
million listeners (other industry analysts fledgling company significant notoriety said in the interview with Bloomberg. In 2001, the director of the
In early May, Charles Duhigg of the Congressional Budget Office said that "if
Connecticut Still Wants To Try Julie Amero New York Times had a remarkably
prescient report about the fears in
Washington over the two companies.
the number of companies granted a G.S.E
charter was increased, the secondary
market would become more competitive,
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) malware, which tossed up porn pop-up ads. and appears to want a new trial. No one
Following up on that, James Hagerty, resulting in a larger portion of the subsidy
It wasn't that she was surfing porn, but that involved in the case will explain why they
Submitted at 7/10/2008 6:24:03 AM
the computer had malware. As news of this won't drop it. In fact, they won't even Deborah Solomon, and Damian Paletta of being passed through to borrowers."
You may recall the case of Julie Amero, a wrongful conviction got out, more and apologize for what was clearly a wrongful the Wall Street Journal report today that These are desperate times that call for
substitute teacher in Connecticut who was more security experts tried to explain to prosecution in the first place. The such discussions within the Bush radical measures. Fiona Mo anyone?
found guilty of charges that she had everyone involved why Amero was not the prosecutors, the police and the school administration have stepped up in recent Frankie Morg?
showed pornography to children in her guilty party. Eventually, the judge agreed, Amero worked for haven't said a word. weeks. Related Links
classroom, and who faced 40 years in jail. and struck down the guilty verdict. The fact that they're planning to go through The focus in Washington has been on Fed: Keep Rates Low for Now
The problem was that the police and the However, the state still has not dropped another trial over this matter suggests they now seemingly stalled housing legislation The Fed's 125bp Two-Step
prosecutors seemed unable to understand the case. still don't even realize what they did. that would increase the might of the Fed Leaves Door Ajar
what had actually happened. The computer In fact, as reader Phil K lets us know, the Permalink| Comments| Email This Story Federal Housing Administration and
in the classroom had been infected by state has no intention of dropping the case,
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The Art of Making Money IPhone 3G: The Story So


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) all, the first half of 2007 was a great time predict secondary buyouts will continue to
Submitted at 7/9/2008 4:00:00 AM

A dearth of new buyouts? Check. Deal


to exit a portfolio investment made, on
average, three and a half years earlier. But
the study doesn't differentiate the results
increase, and sovereign wealth funds will
become a stronger presence as exit
sources.
Far
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) are easily visible, and look like #00
implosions? Yep. Tight credit? from the first half of the year to the second Instead of exiting investments this year, Philips. We're #4 in line, so we'll have our
Submitted at 7/10/2008 7:30:00 AM
Unfortunately so. half. the industry seems to be focused on raising own soon enough.
Ergo, a private-equity slump, right? Not Here's what did happen, according to the more money. According to data tracked by Let's face it. Today and tomorrow will be As of this writing, the iPhone has just
so fast. study: P.E. exits in Germany showed more Dow Jones' Private Equity Analyst, buyout about one thing. The iPhone. And not just gone on sale in New Zealand, where some
It turns out the buyout kings don't have growth in value than any other firms and their funds raised $132.7 billion in the tech blogs. As we saw earlier, the enterprising (or just plain crazy)
reason to hang their crowns up just yet. geographical area; deals under $1 billion during the first half of this year, down just mainstream press has got iPhone Fever, Americans have flown to join the queue.
According to a pair of studies this week, outperformed their public counterparts 3 percent from the same period last year. too, although US stalwarts Mossberg, Luke Soules, one of Wiens' colleagues, at
money is still flowing into private-equity better than those over $1 billion; and Fundraising in Europe outpaced that in the Pogue and Baig didn't fall over themselves iFixit, is in line and will be pulling the
funds at a healthy clip, and their managers private-equity firms had better luck buying U.S. with gushing praise like they did last year. phone apart as soon as he has one.
continue to make windfalls from exiting private companies than taking publicly They may as well get it while the So, ahead of tomorrow's Second Computer World New Zealand:
their investments. traded companies private. getting's still good. Pension funds and Coming, what do we know? Here's a Soules flew in from California on
Or they did in 2007, anyway. Ernst & In fact, a big exit strategy for private- endowments are still eager for places to roundup of the latest leaks and Wednesday afternoon and quickly grabbed
Young's annual study of private-equity equity-backed companies in 2007 was to park their cash. Besides, fund managers announcements. a spot in line [...] "hopefully, at 12.30am, I
value creation was released this morning, sell them to other private-equity firms. In can use 2007's glowing figures to make First, we know that the handset is already will be pulling [the device] apart.
and the takeaway for 2007 seems to be North America, 47 percent of the biggest their sales pitches. in the wild. Gadget Lab's all-action UPDATE: The iFixit site shows that the
much the same as it was in the 2006 and exits came from secondary buyouts, versus As for where all that money will end up playboy, Danny Dumas, showed us the boys have the iPhone, but have yet to take
2005 studies: Private-equity owners create 27 percent in 2006. invested, it's anyone's guess at this point. World's first unboxing, and the Boy a hammer to it.
more value than their public counterparts. One man's trash is another man's But these are financiers who can make 2 Genius Report went one better with a This mania will doubtless continue until
Hear that, potential E&Y private-equity treasure, or so they say. percent fees without even investing that video of an iPhone sneaked to them by an the weekend. Lines are already forming in
clients? It's clear that the 2008 E&Y study will money for years if they want. Apple insider. the US, and Gear Diary has a blog
The report looked at the 100 biggest paint an entirely different picture (but rest What's not to love about that? Software, too, has started to trickle out. covering the goings on outside Apple's
global private-equity exits in 2007. Three assured it will still conclude that private Related Links ITunes 7.7 is already available from both flagship glass cube in New York.
were in Asia and Australia, 53 were in equity creates value). The M&A market Private Equity: Breaking Up Is Not That the Apple website and via Software To many, it might seem rather pointless,
Europe, and 44 were in North America. has slowed to a crawl, and the I.P.O. Hard to Do Update, and some of the new features are especially after the launch of the original
The objective was to measure how much market is nearly nonexistent. WaMu Gets Its Deal live (App Store: Yes. iPhone 2.0 OS: No). iPhone: When the queues dispersed,
value the portfolio managers created in the The report's authors suggest that the Split Decision in Europe And Mobile Me, the replacement for the customers were able to walk in and just
companies they bought, including metrics industry spread its wings a bit to take on withering dotmac service, is already buy one, no waiting required. What these
such as earnings growth and productivity. more opportunities in sectors like mining, available for download(for Mac users, at naysayers miss, though, is the camaraderie
The results aren't really surprising. After energy, and financial services. They least), and, for some, already live. and carnival atmosphere amongst the
One of our own contacts, Kyle Wiens Apple fans. As Gear Diary's Wayne Schulz

Oil on the Trigger Finger from iFixit, had a 3G iPhone flashed at


him in the queue outside a New Zealand
store, doubtless accompanied by the words
says:
It seems more likely that this line is some
type of odd family picnic.
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) attacks, the danger of military strikes is the decline was not as keenly felt by global "na-na na na-na". Kyle mailed me from the Related Links
Submitted at 7/9/2008 4:30:00 AM
real and Iran might halt its oil exports,'' consumers and investors. line last night, where he's waiting to get a iMania
Gerrit Zambo, a trader at BayernLB in And oil has a geopolitical element that phone to tear apart and photograph for our What's Good for Apple is Better for
What does it take to reignite a rally in oil? Munich, told Bloomberg News. "This is has little to do with the market dynamics of pleasure: Everyone Else
Nine missiles. driving the oil price up and the situation supply and demand. Someone came by the line in NZ with a The $199 iPhone Challenge
Crude oil futures surged on world remains tense.'' Higher oil is in the political interests of 3G iPhone to show off. I'm guessing it's
markets after Iran announced that it had Crude oil futures slid 6 percent on Iran, which produces more than 4 million one of the demo units... I'm told the screws
test fired nine long- and medium-range Monday and Tuesday on expectations that barrels per day, nearly 5 percent of the
missiles. Among them was a Shahab-3, the global economy will slow and world's oil supply. The Economist recently It's the Little Things [Iphone 2.0]
which is said to have a range of 1,250 ultimately cut back on demand. The retreat noted, "The tightness of the oil market has
miles and is capable of hitting Israel. gave rise to the view that oil's climb may become, in effect, a line of defense for By Gina Trapani (Lifehacker) software has a screen capture utility built
The tests came just a day after the have peaked. Americans have cut back on Iran, letting its radical leadership hint, Submitted at 7/10/2008 5:10:01 AM
right in—and that "Hurrah!" you just heard
Iranian president appeared to play down their driving and air travel, and India and truthfully, that any hostile act that may comes from tech writers across the
the threats to Israel and the United States Two tiny but handy features of note: internet.
China have reduced government subsidies impede the flow of Iranian oil would risk a iTunes 7.7 can sync your Google Contacts
over the stanadoff on Iran's nuclear on oil imports. global economic decline."
program and oil prices fell in dollar terms Yet such optimism may be misplaced. Related Links to your iPhone, and the iPhone 2.0
by the biggest amount since 1991. For one, the decline in oil came after the The Coming Oil Crash
But the saber-rattling today revived dollar gained in value, which has more to Oil Prices Climb
worries about a disruption to Mideast oil. do with European interest rates than Oil Strikes Out
"While we're still in a phase of verbal anything else. Oil is priced in dollars, so
12 Biz Buzz Tech* Tech Tips* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Chemistry in Chemicals PR Guy Says Bloggers Should Shut Up


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) "We only ever had two or three
Submitted at 7/10/2008 6:30:00 AM

What does it take to do a $19 billion deal


companies in our vista that made sense for
us,'' Liveris said in an interview with
Bloomberg Television, "and our patience
And Take Press Releases
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) press release? If you've got 2,000 readers, not saying that you have an obligation to
at a 75 percent premium in this dismal and our discipline, the wait for the right you're like a small newspaper. Newspapers actually write about what's in press
Submitted at 7/10/2008 7:47:05 AM
market? moment and the right time for the right don't complain when we send them press releases. The world will go on whether you
Cold, hard cash from Omaha and the property. When it becomes available you When we first started Techdirt, one of the releases. They may throw the release away, tell your readers about XYZ Widgets or
Middle East, that's what. Or convertible make the deal happen.'' things I said clearly on the site was not to but they don't write articles ridiculing the not. But understand that you have an
preferred securities will do. Besides being a multibillion-dollar send us press releases, as we had no person who had the audacity to send it, as audience and people are going to want
Dow Chemical announced this morning transaction in an otherwise quiet M&A interest in writing about them. Yet, so some bloggers do when they get an your ear. Accept that as a compliment, and
that it is acquiring Rohm & Haas for $18.8 market, this deal is notable for the absence many PR people clearly chose not to read unwanted release. Well, we've got a lot don't be indignant when it happens. No.
billion, or $78 per share. The price of any private-equity money. Debt the site and they send them anyway. They more than 2,000 readers, and if we have You've got it wrong. We know that we
represents a 74 percent premium to financing was committed by Citigroup, don't read the fact that we don't want press any sort of de facto "public trust" with our have an audience and people are going to
Wednesday's share price. Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley, who releases -- and in most cases they clearly readers, it's to write about what we think want our ear. And that's why we make it
Dow is getting some help financing the were also advisers on the deal. don't read the site because the press they'll find interesting -- and they've made clear how to get our ear. You're the one
deal from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Buffett didn't let his dealmaking keep releases obviously are about stuff we never it clear they don't care about press release choosing to ignore the very clear terms of
Hathaway, which is contributing $3 him from attending the Allen & Co. write about. And it just gets worse and "fake news." And if we ridicule PR people engagement that we've laid out -- and thus,
billion, and the Kuwait Investment conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. worse. These days, my inbox is filled with -- it's not simply for sending us a press you shouldn't get upset when we point out
Authority, with a $1 billion stake. Last DealBook noticed yesterday that Buffett more press releases than regular email -- release. It's for clearly not reading the site that you weren't paying attention. Since
December, Dow Chemical entered a joint seemed preoccupied with work while and I don't post any of them. You would where we ask them not to send us press you seem to think our "ear" is so valuable,
venture with Petrochemical Industries fellow attendees enjoyed golfing and other think that PR people would eventually releases and for not understanding what we isn't it up to you to at least understand how
Company of the State of Kuwait. activities. No word yet on whether or not recognize how inefficient it is to send these want to write about. to get that ear to pay attention? If you want
Andrew Liveris, chief executive of Dow he participated in the bridge tournament. press releases -- but since it's so easy to We do want story ideas. We have always to be lazy and not understand, that's not
Chemical, said the company had been Related Links just cc every email address in a press list, asked our readers for story ideas. But press our fault.
looking for an acquisition to help it Kuwait's Chemical Reaction they never even think about it. This leads releases aren't story ideas. They're attempts Finally, the biggest problem with press
diversify its business from petroleum- A Dimon in the Rough me to write posts trashing PR people. But, to spin a story in a positive manner with a releases is simple: they're not actually
based commodity chemicals. Rohm & Mark-to-Model on Wall Street: The of course, that does no good, because (as bunch of unwanted and useless about getting the ear of the blogger.
Haas makes chemicals for acrylic paints, Numbers already established) the PR people who information that actually makes our job They're about using the blogger as a one-
adhesives, and personal-care products. send us press releases obviously don't harder. The fact is, in a very short time, way path to that blogger's audience. It's
actually read the site. you've become a key cog in our society's missing the point of why many (though
iPhone 2.0 Software Update Unofficially While there are some PR people who communication machine. You're part of certainly not all) bloggers do what they do.
understand this, and with whom I have a something that's destroying the old model; They blog to be a part of the conversation -
Available [Iphone 2.0] good relationship, the vast majority don't at the same time, you're being given the - which is more than a one-way path. It's a
seem to care at all. And, now, some seem opportunity to help create something multi-directional conversation where
By Gina Trapani (Lifehacker) Update" button inside iTunes and choose
to be going in the opposite direction. worthwhile to take its place. Yes, and part everyone gets something out of it. If you
the file you downloaded. The update takes Romenesko points us to a marketing/PR
Submitted at 7/10/2008 1:29:03 AM
several minutes and will wipe your device of that "something worthwhile" is getting stop looking at the blogger as a one-way
MacRumors unearthed a link to the guy who claims that bloggers with large rid of simply parroting spin from a road to an audience, and realize that the
and re-sync it. From our tests it only audiences have a responsibility to just
iPhone 2.0 Software Update which we've worked on iPhones, not the iPod touch. company PR person. It's about having a blogger, the readers and the company you
confirmed does indeed work, if you can't Here's the direct link to download the accept these press releases-- even if they real conversation. Spamming people with represent should all be part of a larger
wait for Apple's official push. Download iPhone 2.0 software update. Thanks, have no intention of writing about them: In press releases is part of that "old model" conversation, you might realize just how
the update, sync your device, then hold jarhead! my view, a popular, well-read blog de that isn't working. Why do you think it's ineffective press releases are for that
down Option on the Mac (Shift on facto takes on some of the public trust that okay that journalism is changing, but it's purpose.
Windows) when you hit the "Check for the mainstream media have always just hunky dory that PR people do the Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
assumed.... Why shouldn't I send you a same old thing? Don't get me wrong: I'm

WordPress and TypePad Spawn Mobile Blogging


By Mark Hendrickson (TechCrunch) 2.5.1 and newer. Its announcement comes native apps have the potential to make the Qik and Flixwagon. The ability to insert and prepare yourself for an even greater
Submitted at 7/10/2008 8:07:03 PM
just over a month after competitor whole ordeal much more manageable, and photos into posts directly from phone- frequency of spelling errors in the posts we
TypePad showcased its iPhone app onstage they could spawn a new trend of bloggers based cameras will also come in handy. churn out.
Forgive us while we navel-gaze for a at the WWDC keynote(you can download who post while on the road. Perhaps the greatest effect of these apps Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
minute, but we were particularly pleased to it here). Publishers will now have the option to will be to encourage spontaneous Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
learn that a mobile app for WordPress will Blogging through Safari is practically expound on their thoughts while on scene. coverage, since most bloggers equip Daily.
debut in the iPhone store soon. The app impossible on the iPhone due to the Before they often resorted to summarizing themselves with laptops and EVDO cards
will work with both Wordpress.com blogs excessive real estate taken up by the them in 140-character tweets, or when attending planned events. In any
and on-premise installations of version keyboard. As the demo below shows, broadcasting them through services like case, check out the WordPress demo above
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech* 13

iPhone Application Overview And Demo Videos


By Jason Kincaid (TechCrunch) and will have more news on them later updates, depending on the site involved. accelerometers inside the phone will Users can upload the images they take
Submitted at 7/10/2008 8:59:13 AM
today. For now, download the free You can download the app here for free. measure the movement). The dials will from their iPhones directy to Kyte
application here. Utilities and Reference: spin around a few times, and you’ll be Channels that they’ve embedded in their
It’s not official quite yet, but the iPhone Limbo The introduction of the iPhone app store presented with a suggested restaurant (you blogs or onto their Facebook profile
App Store is live and you can download Limbo- Limbo is another geo-aware has effectively made the iPhone the can shake again if you’re not satisfied). through Kyte’s facebook app. Users can
version 2.0 of the iPhone software - which social network that behaves like a mashup ultimate utility belt. We’re seeing no You can download the app here for free. also compile their images into slideshows,
is all you need to run the 552 applications of Twitter, Loopt, and Whrrl. One of the shortage of apps that aim to make life Cocktails complete with captions and polls, which
currently available. app’s most compelling features is its grid- easier for users, and while many of them Cocktails- Cocktails is a well designed can also be played through the their Kyte
We’ve been gathering videos and like diagram that visually groups your are a little too simplistic (how many tip reference for “potent potables” that will Channels online. You can download the
overviews of many of the applications and friends according to what they’re doing calculators do we really need?), others will put traditional bar-tending guides to app here for free.
have held them until now. We received (for example, all of your friends that are be godsends for some people, serving up shame. Users can browse through a large mdialog
demo vidoes for dozens of applications, Out Drinking will be lumped together, the latest sports news, on-demand drink index of drinks, search by ingredient or mdialog- mdialog’s iPhone app allows
ranging from basic games to complex GPS even if they aren’t necessarily drinking in recipes, and restaurant recommendations. drink name, and label drinks as favorites users to browse through content that have
-enabled social networking applications. the same place). The app accomplishes this Save Benjis for future reference. The app also includes been uploaded to the video site. The app is
Below are some of our favorites. feat by forcing users to select from a Save Benjis- Save Benjis is a shopping information about the type of serving glass reminiscent of YouTube, allowing users to
Among the apps that we didn’t include predefined hierarchal list of activities tool that will look up a product’s price to use, as well as the date that each recipe share and bookmark their favorite
below (primarily because of their (while this might sound restrictive, the list according to its model number. Using was created (there are often multiple channels, leave comments, and browse
simplicity) are Recorder(a voice recorder), is pretty comprehensive). This model numbers instead of product names recipes available for each drink). You can through a “What’s New Section”. Users
Movies(movie showtimes), and iMaze(a categorization allows users to see what helps take the guesswork out of pricing download the app here for $9.99. can also attach polls to their videos. You
basic maze game). they’re friends are up to without having to comparisons (for example, it would be ForeFlight can download the app here for free.
Social Networking On The iPhone: sift through each of their messages. much easier to compare two computers ForeFlight- ForeFlight is an iPhone app Pandora Radio
The iPhone, with cult-like users and l On the geo-positioning front, Limbo with their model numbers versus a name that is aimed towards pilots (both Pandora Radio, our flat out favorite
ocation aware technology, is the perfect allows users to interact users who are like “MacBook Pro”). The app integrates recreational and professional) rather than application so far, is an audio app that
social networking device. Earlier this year within a close radius (about a quarter the Safari web browser, so users can your average consumer. The app allows streams music to the iPhone over Wi-Fi,
we speculated that someone would emerge mile), in a manner that is similar to Loopt. browse and purchase goods on a website users to find nearby airports, maps, 3G, or Edge. Pandora is a popular music
with a killer social networking app for the You can download the app here for free. from their phone if they find a better price. diagrams of airports, and lookup of plane service that creates a “Music Genome” to
iPhone. It turns out that there are lots of MySpace You can download the app here for free. information by tail number. The app also analyze music a user likes and then
contenders. MySpace- The MySpace iPhone app is Pocket Express includes the A/FD, the Airport and recommend new artists. Users can enter
Loopt everything you’d expect from a multi- Pocket Express- Pocket Express is a Facilities Directory, which includes the name of an artist or song they like, and
Loopt- We’ve been tracking Loopt’s billion dollar company: the app integrates news and information service that is location data like field and approach Pandora will generate a streaming playlist,
efforts around their iPhone application for seamlessly with the massive social available for a number of smart phones. information and location data on hotels. even if they haven’t created a profile. You
months now. In April we posted early network, allowing users to add friends, The app allows users to browse through You can download the app here for a can try out the app here for free.
screen shots of the app without saying who exchange messages, upload photos, and do news articles written by the Associated whopping $69.99 (the highest price in the Update: Here is a late addition:
had built it. Think of Loopt as a simple just about anything else they could do from Press on topics that include politics, store). Jott
social network to find local businesses, their computers at home. They aren’t yet science, and world news. Users can also Audio and Video Jott- Self-dubbed “the notepad you’ve
message friends and send status updates integrating with the location features, but browse through sports scores, weather App providers will make use of the 3G always dreamed of,” the Jott iPhone app
with where you are (using the iPhones expect that in the near future. If you are a reports, and movie information. You can iPhone’s speedy network with streaming records your voice and turns it into text.
location technology). And a key difference MySpace user, you’ll be using this download the app here for free. audio and video apps that will allow users You can add items to specific lists and
with Loopt and many of the other networks constantly. You can download the app here Urbanspoon to consume a near-limitless amount of cross them off once you don’t need to
below: you can meet new people who are for free. Urbanspoon- Urbanspoon brings a fun content without having to sync up with worry about them any longer.
nearby, if they choose to share that Shozu (and gimmicky) solution to choosing a their computers. Unfortunately, the iPhone Additionally, all of your notes are backed
information. If everyone used this, you ShoZu- The ShoZu iPhone app allows restaurant for dinner. After using the is still unable to record video, so all media up online. You can try out the app here for
could see who’s single in a bar before you users to interact with a number of social phone’s GPS to detect restaurants in the uploading will be limited to photos for free.
approach them (and flirt with them by websites, including YouTube, Facebook, area, Urbanspoon presents you with a slot now. Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
phone first), and know the first name and Flickr, and a number of others. Users can machine-like listing of cuisine types and Kyte Mobile Producer the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
job of everyone at that cocktail hour at the upload photos to these services, comment price. To activate the slot machine, you Kyte Mobile Producer- Kyte’s Mobile
tech conference. We’re big fans of Loopt, on other users’ profiles, and send status give the phone a hard shake (the Producer is a mobile image uploading app.

Nobel Prize Winners Continue To Explain How IP Hurts Innovation


By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) Stiglitz's latest speech, where he teamed up noticing as well). While Stiglitz has harm in many cases, often locking up
Submitted at 7/10/2008 3:10:00 AM
with John Sulston, a 2002 Nobel Laureate normally focused on pharmaceutical innovation and costing society a lot more
in Physiology/Medicine, to point out how patents, in this speech he also touched on than they benefit it.
We've discussed multiple times in the the patent system is stifling innovation. It's software patents. While Stiglitz hasn't yet Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
past about how economics Nobel laureate great to see Stiglitz continue to point out come around to believing that patents
Joseph Stiglitz believes that patents hurt the problems caused by the patent system should be abandoned, he is quite
innovation. Michael Geist points us to (and great to see other Nobel winners convinced that they're doing plenty of
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Facebook’s iPhone App (Almost) Replaces My Japanese Gov't


Says No (Again)
Contacts List To An iPod Tax
By Mark Hendrickson (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 3:40:36 PM By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 4:49:01 AM
All of us iPhone fanatics are just getting
our hands on the new apps, but I’ve Back in 2005, the recording industry in
already found one that I’m sure to consider Japan urged the government to create an
indispensable within the next few months: iPod tax, adding a tax to every iPod (or
Facebook’s new app. other digital music player) sold. The idea
Why is it so compelling? Because it was that the recording industry wanted to
almost eliminates the need to maintain a assume that every iPod owner was
separate contacts list on my phone. While obviously "stealing" music, and this tax
Facebook’s web app for the iPhone was would help pay for the supposedly "lost"
cool enough, the native app basically revenue. Of course, as we all know, that's a
transforms Facebook into a mobile very questionable assumption. An iPod can
directory with rich information about your often make people buy more music, but the
friends. recording industry has never been willing
If you’re even semi-serious about using to even consider that idea. Luckily, a few
Facebook to keep track of your friends, months later, the Japanese government
you may never have to click the “Phone” rejected the idea.
icon to dial them up. Just hit the Facebook However, with the recording industry,
icon and move over to the “Friends” tab. these things always seem to have a way of
You’ll see all of your Facebook friends popping back up again. And, indeed,
laid out, and when you click on their there's been another big push this year for
names, their contact info appears in the Japan to add an iPod tax. Luckily,
iPhone’s customary user interface. however, the consumer electronics lobby
Tap a friend’s phone number to call them in - I’ll be one step closer to saving that The first version of Facebook for iPhone Learn how to install the new iPhone in Japan is a lot more powerful than the
(or hit their email address to write). The extra $10 per month I pay AT&T to let me is just a glimpse of the future. For instance, software (which works on both the old and recording industry lobby, and it appears
only time this method falls through is send ludicrously overpriced text messages. the iPhone has the ability to find where new models) here. Cross your fingers that that the iPod tax proposal is dead once
when a friend has decided not to enter the Facebook should be working on a Chat-to- you are located, and we are looking for you won’t lose any data during the update again. Of course, it will likely be suggested
requisite contact info into their profile SMS (or Message-to-SMS) conversion ways to let you opt-in to share your (I had no problems, however). Also check again next year, but as we start to see more
(something unnecessarily cautious, in my feature that can be used to message with location and discover nearby friends. out the new MySpace iPhone app which, and more business models built on a base
opinion, if you’ve set up your privacy my friends who don’t own iPhones, or any We’re developing this and several other while quite functional, doesn’t replace the of free music, perhaps more people will
settings correctly). other email-equipped smartphone. exciting new features that we’ll release in contacts list or provide chat. recognize how unfair (and damaging to the
This application has the potential to As for email, Facebook’s messaging the coming months. Update: If you want to take a screenshot market) an iPod tax would be. It would
eliminate the need for two other native system is also built right into the app Looks like Loopt and all of the other of an iPhone app, follow the instructions lower the incentives for people to buy
iPhone features as well: SMS and Email. making it unnecessary to send lengthy location-based social networks are going to here. these devices, decrease music consumption
The app comes with Facebook Chat baked messages through email (who wants to get a run for their money by the biggest Update 2: It looks like Facebook’s habits, and hurt all these other business
right in so you can send instant messages keep track of friends’ email addresses player in town. iPhone app doesn’t know how to properly models.
to friends who are currently online (either anyway when you can look them up by I have no fear that Facebook will thrive render messages with quotations in them. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
at their computers or on their phones). As name?). in the iPhone 2.0 world given this strong Hopefully such obvious bugs will be
soon as Facebook figures out a way to Joe Hewitt has also suggested on start. It’ll just need to find a way to get its worked out over the next few days.
keep you “online” and available for chat Facebook’s blog that the application will developers involved since the platform is Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because
even when the app is closed - and hooks also become location-aware within the noticeably absent from the first version of it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0
Chat to the new push notification service next few months: this app.
so you’re aware of messages as they come

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11: 1.5TB of love


By Nilay Patel (Engadget) precious NES ROMS invaluable work data Seagate, and the perpendicular-recording a hunch you might want to start saving
Submitted at 7/10/2008 10:10:00 AM
to a single drive, but that doesn't mean drives should begin shipping in August. those pennies, though.
Seagate's latest Barracuda isn't There are also a pair of Momentus 2.5-inch [Thanks, Dave] Read| Permalink| Email
Filed under: Storage droolworthy regardless. The jump from 500GB notebook drives coming in Q4 in this| Comments
You know, we're not actually certain we 1TB to 1.5TB is the "largest capacity hard 5400 and 7200RPM speeds, but like big
want to trust 1.5TB of our precious drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives," according to brother, pricing is unavailable -- we've got
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MediaMax/TheLinkup Closes Its Doors German Court Says That Open


By Jason Kincaid (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:35:36 PM
and recently changed its name to
TheLinkup. Nirvanix wrote new back-end
WiFi Owners Not Responsible
After a tumultuous history including lost
data, upset users, and seemly endless name
software, but had trouble migrating all the
MediaMax files from its old software to its
new software.
For File Sharing Done By Others
changes, TheLinkup(aka MediaMax) has MediaMax/TheLinkup coudn’t make all By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) A German court has now ruled that open
shut its doors. Users of the storage site will its customers’ files available, ran out of Submitted at 7/9/2008 11:44:00 PM
WiFi network owners are not responsible
be unable to access their files after August money, and not having a viable business for actions committed by other users on
8th. anymore, had to shut down (the C There's been plenty of back and forth their network. This overrules a lower court
The company has a long (and extremely was allowed to take the name MediaMax investors never put any money into the over the years concerning the question of decision, which the entertainment industry
confusing) history. In our last post on the and the consumer customers, but no spin-out). whether or not an open WiFi network had been using to threaten people whose IP
site, Charlie Jackson, one of the company’s software, no servers, no data. The front- The company’s latest venture, makes the owner of that network liable for addresses turned up in file sharing sweeps.
investors, left a comment explaining the end software was licensed to the spin-out, TheLinkup, was supposed to be a social or protected from charges of file sharing This doesn't mean that the owner of the
following (we’ve added links to relevant but for a limited time. Steve Iverson took network centered around storage, but it by others on that network. Since the network won't still be hauled off to court,
events): over this company, while the existing barely managed to get off the ground. This entertainment industry can only trace back or that they won't eventually be found
The original entity was Streamload. The company, with all the servers and data, could be considered a blessing in disguise, to the access point, but has no idea who's guilty of infringement -- but if the person
product name was changed to MediaMax was re-named Nirvanix. Virtually all the as a storage-centric social network would using that access point, some have always can present evidence that others used the
and it was still the same service. Steve employees stayed with Nirvanix. Nirvanix have probably had a difficult time building contested that an open WiFi network is a network, then they have a defense against
Iverson, the founder, was still CEO. is trying to compete with Amazon’s S-3 a substantial userbase, and may have defense against charges of file sharing, charges of file sharing. This seems like a
Patrick Harr was brought in to be CEO and service. simply resulted in more lost time and since it could be anyone doing the sharing. reasonable ruling that hopefully other
to help raise money, Iverson was moved to Around the time this spin-out was money. Others contend that the owners of the open courts will follow as well.
being CTO. happening, Nirvanix engineers screwed up We’ve added the TheLinkup to the network should be liable for any crimes Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
When a C round investor was found, royally and accidentally deleted half the Deadpool. committed on that network.
Mission Ventures, this venture firm wanted Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
nothing to do with the consumer service of
files. Most were recovered over time, but it
took months, and there was never 100% the sexiest new gadgets and hardware. HTC Touch Diamond
MediaMax, only wanted to be in the back-
end business. The C investor allowed a
recovery (I never got some of files back).
MediaMax wrote new front-end software gets FCC clearance,
spin-out to be done, and the new company
smells like CDMA
Before the App Store “Opens”, it has already made By Chris Ziegler (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 12:54:00 PM

Apple $55,000 Filed under: Cellphones, Handhelds Well,


looky here! Not happy with the Touch
Dual or Touch Pro, you saucy CDMA
By Dan Kimerling (TechCrunch) App store built in out of the box, is not over the ten or so minutes that I spent lovers, you? Try this one on for size then:
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:07:25 PM
even on sale yet in the United States. If collecting the data. Also, Apple’s counter the last piece in HTC's EV-DO puzzle for
sales of applications stay at the current has some bugs. In the Application Store, 2008 has now hit the FCC, the Touch
Tucked away on the iPhone 2.0 version of pace, which they won’t, because they are the number of sales does not always Diamond -- and though only Telus has
Apple’s Application Store is a counter for going to speed up dramatically, the correspond to an Application’s position on managed to announce it so far, we're
the number of times that each application Application Store would still provide the Top-50 list. My list is a correct ranking feeling good about plenty of other carriers
has been purchased. When this information Apple with an additional twenty million based strictly on the number of downloads. on the CDMA train recognizing the
is combined with an application’s price, dollars of revenue per year. And, while collecting the data I noticed importance of this device and signing on
and the uniform 30% that Apple pockets Embedded in the post is a simple revenue that sometimes the counter would go before too long. We see test reports for
on each download, it is possible to know model for the App Store, using the fifty down, something that makes no sense in an WiFi, too, though we imagine it'll be at
how much Apple is making from the App most popular applications. We will update Application download store. However, this carriers' descretions to disable it if they're
Store. As of 4PM (PST), that number this regularly, hopefully including all of is still the best and most accurate data we so inclined. Let's get a move on, Sprint.
hovers around $55,000. This is pretty the 100 most popular Apps, so stay posted have on the impact of the Application You too, Verizon, don't think we don't see
incredible given that the iPhone 2.0 for more data points and more revenue Store on Apple’s bottom line. you whistling over there in the corner.
software is not officially available and App models. That is, unless Apple disables the Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Store does not officially open till counter in order to stymie bloggers and Store. Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
tomorrow, that bloggers have only been stock analysts eager to know how much A few notes on the data are necessary. I Daily.
able to access the Apps Store for less than incremental income Apple is going to stopped updating the data at 4PM (PST),
18 hours, and that the 3G iPhone, with the make from selling Applications in the App but it was affected by sales that occurred
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Is This The Best Homeland Is Cost Accounting To


Security Can Do In Defending Blame For Patent SynthaSite Launches New
Laptop Searches At The Border?
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) Then there's this statement:"It's also
unrealistic to require probable cause when
Hoarding? Interface To Simplify
WYSIWYG Site Creation
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:21:02 AM
you think about the millions of people a By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) decrease.
It's an interesting theory that I have not By Jason Kincaid (TechCrunch)
The courts have said that US Customs day who come in and go out of the Submitted at 7/10/2008 11:13:00 AM
officials do not need probable cause to country." Let's just change a few words in heard of before. I agree that cost Submitted at 7/10/2008 8:57:31 AM

search laptops. While some Senators are that statement and see how Carafano feels Michael F. Martin is a lawyer/investor accounting creates all sorts of problems
who is always good for some interesting with accurately valuing company assets. I SynthaSite, an AJAX-based webpage
questioning why Department of Homeland about it: "It's also unrealistic to require editor that lets users create websites by
Security is searching laptops without probable cause when you think about the debates in the comments here on the also agree that companies overvalue
question of patents. He's a supporter of the patents compared to the effort of actually dragging-and-dropping, has relaunched
probable cause, the administration is millions of people a day who walk up and with a new interface that it hopes will
working hard to defend such searches at down the streets of America." Yet, we patent system, with some fixes. Suffice it bringing a product to market. However, it's
to say that he and I disagree on an awful not clear that it's cost accounting that's make the site more appealing to casual
the border as reasonable. However, they're don't hear Carafano pushing for a removal web designers. While most of the feature
not making very much sense. The article of probable cause for searches on the lot, though I appreciate his willingness to leading to the problem. He presents no
try to really dig into the questions being evidence to show that the two things are set will stay the same, the company
trots out James Jay Carafano from the street, do we? believes that the new interface will expose
Heritage Foundation with a couple of The border searches of laptops issue is a discussed and to dig through all sorts of connected. It seems that there's a much
ideas and research. It's just that we usually more straightforward explanation: users to features that were hidden in
interesting statements. Let's take them in ridiculous one. Yes, it makes sense to confusing menus in the last iteration of the
order. First:"The idea that we would create search through what physical goods you come to almost the exactly opposite numerous high publicity patent lawsuits
conclusions. with extreme awards combined with site.
some kind of sanctuary for criminals and might be bringing into the country -- One of the most useful features of
terrorists to carry things across the border because you specifically chose to bring I'm not sure where I come down on his loosening of the restrictions on what can
latest thought piece, suggesting that part of be patented has created a mad rush for SynthaSite is its integration with Picnik, an
to me is absolutely ludicrous." Well, that's those goods into the country. But the online image editing site. Users can easily
not just an exaggeration, it's wrong. Does digital things you have stored on your the reason why companies have been patents. And, to make matters worse,
hoarding so many patents is because of companies feel they need to build up a manipulate the images they’ve uploaded to
Carafano actually believe that someone laptop are an overall archive. You didn't SynthaSite using Picnik’s browser-based
manually walking a laptop across the choose to bring those specific things across cost accounting. His assertion is that cost stockpile of their own patents to fend off
accounting treats patents as an asset, rather others with their own patent portfolios. editor, with the changes seamlessly
border is the only way that data gets across the border -- and it's not like going through reflected in their SynthaSite library.
the border? Of course that's not true. Data a border crossing is the best way to move than as equity. That causes companies to The cost accounting angle is an interesting
overvalue the patent itself, rather than the one, but it seems like a stretch to think the We originally wrote about SynthaSite in
flows across borders via the network all that content across the border. There's September 2006. A year later, the site
the time -- with no customs review simply no reason for why laptop searches investment and effort that need to go into impact is that big compared to those other
making a useful, marketable product. His factors. made the bold (and somewhat bizarre)
whatsoever. No one is walking across the should be allowed without probable cause. move of giving away some of its stock
border with a laptop thinking that's the best Permalink| Comments| Email This Story feeling is that as companies move away Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
from static cost accounting, the problems away to users, prompting Michael to
way to get some data across the border. question if it was becoming desperate. The
related to patent hoarding will hopefully
site later raised$5 million, allaying these

Dutch Chipmaker Sues To Prevent Researchers concerns. SynthaSite sees competition


from a number of other WYSIWYG
designers, including Wix and Weebly.

From Publishing Info About Security Flaws Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 1:24:00 AM
some time. Rather than fixing the problem,
though, NXP spent plenty of effort
looking to use this vulnerability already
have access to it. Publication in a journal StreetRead Aggregates Financial Data
NXP Semiconductors, which was
denying any problem existed. Now that
multiple researchers have demonstrated
isn't going to alert criminals -- they already
know about it. What it could do, however, and Business News [Finance]
formerly Philips Semiconductor division, that the problem really does exist, NXP is is get more researchers helping on a By Tamar Weinberg (Lifehacker) Quickly navigate through your favorite
is suing some researchers to prevent the claiming it hasn't had enough time to fix solution. But, apparently, NXP would stocks with the green arrows on the top of
publication of a paper outlining the the problem, and thus is suing to prevent rather pretend that if they keep the details Submitted at 7/10/2008 7:00:00 AM
the page. When applicable, news stories
security flaws in smartcards made by NXP. publication. hidden, they can pretend there is no Webapp Streetread is a dead-simple will have a magnifying glass icon
These smartcards are widely used for Of course, if NXP hadn't wasted so much problem. aggregator which compiles stock news and displayed next to it; hover your mouse
transit systems and building locks. Of time insisting there was no problem, Permalink| Comments| Email This Story economic data for the financial buff. over the icon to read a brief snippet of the
course, the fact that these cards have been perhaps it would have been closer to a fix. Updated in real-time, Streetread provides news story. Streetread currently only
insecure has actually been known for quite And, most importantly, those who are visitors with the latest news about the supports US stocks but intends to support
market. To track your favorite stocks, international stocks in the future.
register for a free account and add the Streetread[via Webware]
symbols of the stocks you want to track.
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iPhone App Store: The Early List


of Top Downloads
By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 12:13:19 PM

As of now (about noon California time)


the iPhone 2.0 software update hasn’t
officially launched yet, but everyone who
cares knows that for the last five hours
they could download v.2.0 anyway and
access the App Store.
Early download stats are coming in on
the most popular apps. We’ve divided

Browse Del.icio.us Bookmarks these into two lists, one for paid apps and
one for free apps (there’s a big difference
in download numbers). We’ll update for
Visually With FavThumbs comparison purposes in 24 hours or so.
We’ve listed some of our personal
favorites here. And the sleeper hit is
3x as many downloads. One thing
Facebook has that MySpace doesn’t - the
By Calley Nye (TechCrunch) much better alternative to the out-dated
clearly PhoneSaber, which I deftly demo chat feature is enabled, which is a really
Del.icio.us list. A similar app that was we nice feature.
Submitted at 7/10/2008 10:20:09 PM
covered last year is Fichey. Fichey acts here and here. With just 2,229 downloads,
though, it doesn’t make the top ten list for Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
While we’ve waited with bated breath for like a microfiche for headlines from social Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
the release of Delicious 2.0 (Yahoo’s been bookmarking sites. Users can flip through free apps.
In early download voting, Facebook is Daily.
teasing us for months), Ryan Sit, the the pages like a magazine, but they are
creator of Swurl, a recently launched only the headlines, not user-specific. beating MySpace hands down with nearly
startup that offers a lifecasting aggregator Sit says that he was inspired by the
for web activity, has been toying around
with the Del.icio.us API to bring us
desktop client Delish, which was created
by Freestyle Labs. Another app created by
Ask Engadget: What's the
FavThumbs. FavThumbs offers a visually-
pleasing web application to view your
bookmarks.
Sit is ListPic, an application to browse
local classified pages through a calendar-
like display.
optimal DVD archival solution?
Through the site, users can input their Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over By Darren Murph (Engadget) DVDs, but I haven't seen anything that will
Del.icio.us ID, and then browse their the sexiest new gadgets and hardware. Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:00:00 PM
present these via a DLNA server (to my
bookmarks in a grid or a coverflow-like PS3) with their original menus intact so
display. Sit hopes that the site will offer a Filed under: Home Entertainment, that you can access special features such as
Storage This week's Ask Engadget commentary tracks and featurettes. I am

That Didn’t Take Long…iPhone 2.0 OS Unlocked question is a bit on the specific side, but
it's one we've heard asked time and time
again. Thus, we figured it was time to
not even sure that it is possible to navigate
the menus via the PS3 remote. Any
recommended solutions out there?"
By Peter Sauer (TechCrunch) jailbroken. That’s because there’s this little finally get it out in the open for you Can't you just hear the hopelessness in
Submitted at 7/10/2008 4:00:59 PM
thing called the App Store, along with the readers to debate. poor Ron's voice? Throw the guy a bone,
new phone’s tighter bundling with an "I have an extensive DVD library that I will ya? And while you're at it, throw our
It has not even been officially released AT&T contract no matter where you would like to archive on a network drive highly sophisticated email sorter a question
yet, and the iPhone 2.0 OS already has purchase it, and because the phone will and be able to access via my PS3, menus of your own at ask at engadget dawt com.
been unlocked. In contrast, the original soon be available in most countries. and all. I am currently using TVersity to Permalink| Email this| Comments
iPhone OS took hackers a couple of But if you enjoy the sheer sport of stream videos from my PC to the console.
months to unlock. But this time they got a watching people hack Steve Jobs’ precious I've seen walk-throughs for archiving
head start. Gizmodo reports the iPhone creation, keep an eye on the iPhone Dev
Dev Team has been working on Team’s site for the release of their tool. It
jailbreaking the phone since the beta exciting that the new OS is unlocked and reportedly will be released “soon.”
version went out with the iPhone SDK. unauthorized apps can be added, it’s not as Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
But does it really matter? While it’s useful as when the original version was the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
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Konami sues Harmonix, Viacom, and MTV Are you having problems with
over Rock Band iPhone 2.0?
By Nilay Patel (Engadget) Marshall, the suit seeks the big green in away. By Nilay Patel (Engadget) have had persistent problems on our first-
damages and an order preventing the sale Read- Wired article on the lawsuit Submitted at 7/10/2008 11:36:00 AM
gen iPhones: interface lag, crashing apps,
Submitted at 7/10/2008 6:17:00 PM
of Rock Band's instruments. Interestingly, Read- Gamasutra article hard resets, you name it. On top of that,
Filed under: Gaming Filed under: Cellphones we're hearing whispers that the .ipsw in
Gamasutra noticed last year that the fine Read- Konami's complaint (PDF) So we can't help but notice that Apple
Alright, this is getting a little silly. First print on Activision's Guitar Hero Read- Konami patent covering simulated question was meant only for 3G phones
it was Gibson claiming that Rock Band homepage says the game is covered by the musical instruments (PDF) still hasn't officially released iPhone and not first-gen units -- and bizarrely, the
and Guitar Hero violated a patent Konami patents in question, so it appears Read- Konami patent covering musical software 2.0 for first-gen iPhones, even build number of what we've got is 5A347,
covering"simulating a musical that Activision's managed to reach a arcade machines (PDF) though most self-respecting gadget freaks while our launch iPhone 3G is running
performance," and now Konami is suing have pulled it from the direct download build 5A345 on them. So until Apple stops
licensing agreement with Konami -- which, Read- Konami patent covering musical links that popped up earlier. Since the file
Harmonix, Viacom, and MTV Game if true, doesn't necessarily bode well for game machines (PDF) Permalink| Email being, well, Apple, and clears this all up,
because Rock Band allegedly violates a Harmonix and company. No one's this| Comments was hosted and available on Apple's we're putting it to you: how are things
similar set of patents covering "simulated commenting yet, but we hear Harmonix's servers around the time it was expected for going? Any problems, or smooth sailing?
musical instruments" and "musical rhythm- release, it seemed safe to assume that it Happy you took the early plunge? Let us
lawyers are furiously punching in the old was legit -- and indeed, it (for the most
based matching games." Filed in good ol' up-up-down-down trying to get this to go know in comments! Permalink| Email this|
part) works fine and plays well with the Comments
newly-live App Store. But a few of us here
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MeeBone Packages Meebo
Analyst says Motorola "would be Chat for Your Desktop
lucky" to get $500 million [Featured Download]
By Donald Melanson (Engadget) By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 10:34:00 AM Submitted at 7/10/2008 1:00:00 AM

Filed under: Cellphones Things have Windows/Mac/Linux (Adobe Air):


been looking pretty bleak for Motorola and MeeBone, an Adobe Air implementation
its attempts to salvage its handset division of chat aggregation service Meebo, makes
for some time now, but a number of the previously web-only chat service feel
analysts are now painting an even clearer like a standard instant messaging app,
picture of just how bad things might be. complete with a skinny buddy list and pop-
According to BusinessWeek, some up chat windows. You can sign into AIM,
analysts are saying that with spin-off plans GChat, MSN, ICQ, or any other service
looking less and less likely, Motorola may supported by Meebo, and you'll get all the
revert back to its original plan to sell off integrated video and voice chat options
the handset division outright, although have to pay someone to take the division offered on Meebo's website. It doesn't have
Envisioneering Group's Richard Doherty off its hands. Now that's an idea we can get all the options of dedicated desktop clients
says it "would be lucky to fetch $500 behind. like Pidgin, but it is slick, easy to use, and
million." As BusinessWeek points out, that [Via Unwired View] Read| Permalink| adds simple video. MeeBone is a free
very same analyst pegged the business at a Email this| Comments download, requires the Adobe Air platform
hefty $8 billion just last year. Analyst to run.
Richard Windsor of Nomura even went so MeeBone[Google Code via AppAholic]
AOC's 22-inch 2230Fm HD3 far as to say that Motorola might actually

display includes integrated media Video: iPhone 3G unboxing and first look
By Ryan Block (Engadget) and GPS use (while on a train) after the
player Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:19:00 PM
break.
Still got questions about the 3G? Get 'em
By Darren Murph (Engadget) onto memory cards (there's a 4-in-1 Filed under: Cellphones Here she is: the answered right here.
reader), not to mention a 1,680 x 1,050 iPhone 3G, captured on video. We've gone Continue reading Video: iPhone 3G
Submitted at 7/10/2008 4:48:00 PM through a number of the new features on unboxing and first look Permalink| Email
native resolution, 20,000:1 dynamic
Filed under: Displays, HDTV contrast ratio, USB 2.0 socket, DVI / the device and in the 2.0 software release, coverage issues where we're at). Video of this| Comments
AOC's 2230Fh LCD was fine and dandy, HDMI inputs, integrated speakers, 2- but apologies in advance if you're looking the unboxing, new feature walkthrough,
but if you're looking for something similar millisecond response time and a piano for side by side speed tests (there are some
to pull triple duty as a media player and black finish. All that for $399.99. Full
digital photo frame (its words, not ours), release posted after the jump.
you'll need to refocus on the 2230Fm. Said Continue reading AOC's 22-inch
display is apparently the first from the firm 2230Fm HD3 display includes integrated
to boast HD 3 technology, which alludes to media player Permalink| Email this|
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HDTV. The unit includes a proprietary
menu and remote to play back clips loaded

Apple fesses up to MobileMe transition difficulties


By Paul Miller (Engadget) Wednesday evening. Now, into the early no telling when MobileMe's sexy new web
Submitted at 7/10/2008 6:12:00 PM
hours of Friday, and almost a day after the apps will be available, or what to expect
iPhone 3G's launch in NZ, we've seen next as far as those other services.
Filed under: Cellphones maybe a total of 30 minutes of scattered [Thanks, Alec A] Read| Permalink| Email
It doesn't talke a genius to figure out that uptime for the service, and Apple is finally this| Comments
there's something wrong with Apple's confessing that the transition is "taking
MobileMe transition-- which was longer than expected." The good news is check their mail, sync their contacts and
originally scheduled to take place that .Mac users should still be able to use their iDisks, but at the moment there's
20 Gadgets* Web 2.0 Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Virtual Worlds: 20+ Tools for Creating


3D Graphics and Environments
By Sean P. Aune (Mashable!) environments. Commercial 3D Tools
Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:52:25 PM
3ds Max- One of the top tier makers of
3D programs, offers different programs for
Earlier this week Google launched different jobs, expect to spend several
Lively, a new social network where thousand dollars.
anyone can create an avatar and virtual Animation Master- This program will let
room that can be embedded anywhere on you create still images as well as
the Web. 3D services such as Lively are animation. Offers annual subscription plan
popping up more and more online thanks or one-time purchase pricing.
to the popularity of virtual worlds like Bryce- This program boasts of its
Second Life, Meez, and more. landscapes, but from watching their demo
So are your skills up to snuff? We’ve reel, it is capable of a lot more, and is
gathered over 20 3D creation tools so that reasonably priced.
you can create your own avatar or virtual LightWave- High end 3D modeling that
world. Whether you’re a 3D pro or just has been used in movies such as Sin City
starting out, we’ve got tools for everyone. and 300. Will cost you around $1,000 at
Try them out and let us know what you the high end of pricing.
think. Free 3D Tools Modo- A rich 3D tool used by architects,
SceneCaster.com- Create 3D Seamless3D.com- An open source 3D
modeling program project, has several package designers, animators and more.
environments, complete with talking Price is in the $900 range.
avatars, that you can then share on tutorials and seems like a good place to get Maxon- Is capable of lighting, polygons,
Facebook, Flickr and more. 3D models are your feet wet. animating, texturing and more. Works well
RED delivers new rendering of Scarlet 3K partially based on items from major
retailers. Can be displayed on any device
SketchUp.com- Proving that Google will
come out with some crazy stuff, this with Adobe.
OpenWorlds.com- Used by groups as
camera that supports XHTML (i.e. the iPhone).
You can learn a lot more in the write up
Google app has numerous 3D modeling
possibilities, and can help you create more large as NASA, you can find uses for
learning apps, ecommerce, gaming and
By Darren Murph (Engadget) Nevertheless, those anxious to see more as our Kristen Nicole did. 3D buildings for Google Earth. more.
the run-up to its early 2009 release Akebulan.com- Makers of 3DBuilder TopMod3D.org- An open source 3D 3D Box Maker Professional- A
Submitted at 7/10/2008 11:09:00 AM
continues can feast their eyes on an all new and 3DRender. Builder is currently in beta mesh modeling system that is platform
independent. shareware licensed tool to create 3D
Filed under: Digital Cameras rendering. Oh, and if you're the talkative (you need to sign up and they will email it software-style boxes such as the one
From the word go, amateurs and type, tag the read link and join in the 8+ to you), Builder lets you create interactive Wings3D.com- An open source mesh pictured in the screenshot. Perfect for the
professionals alike were hot for RED's page discussion about that image you're 3D environment that can then be accessed polygon modeling program that is under small software developer.
(relatively) minuscule Scarlet. After all, eyes are still fixated on above. in a browser via a regular URL. 3DRender very active development. ---
can you really go wrong with a 3K camera [Thanks, anonymous] Read| Permalink| allows modelers to test their models with ZModeler2.com- A 3D modeler
primarily aimed at those creating models Related Articles at Mashable! - The
in one hand and a Dairy Queen dipped Email this| Comments the Java3D API. Social Networking Blog:
cone in the other? (No, no you cannot.) Anim8or.com- A freeware 3D modeling for games. Environments Best4c Offers Basic Chart Creation &
program created by a software engineer at Ajax3d.org- An effort to build 3D online Whiteboard Tools
NVidia. The last stable release was in worlds using both Ajax and the X3D open Adobe’s Buzzword Open to Public
April 2007, but it says it’s still being standards. Seems a bit quiet over there, but
there is some activity on the forums. Xcellery Excel Collaboration Tool For
worked on. Sale on eBay
ArtOfIllusion.org- An open source OpenGL.org- A standard for 3D, cross- SmartSheet Raises $2.69M in Funding
project for building a 3D modeling platform, cross-device development since Zude Raises $5.3 Million for Web
program that can be used by all skill levels. 1992. Mashup Tool
AutoQ3D- Has both free and paid Web3d.org- A project that is working to
develop an open standards, royalty free, Blurb Community Books for Multi-User
versions. Publishing
Blender.org- A full-featured, GNU system based in XML. The goal is for it to Shutterfly Gallery: First Major Release
licensed free program that clearly gives work between the Web, networks, and Since Acquiring Nexo
you more bells & whistles than we could mobile devices from the same
ever list here. development and render full 3D
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Share the Joy and Cheers
Battle of the iPhone Apps: MySpace vs Facebook of the World iPhone 3G
By Paul Glazowski (Mashable!) standard menu button reserved for photo
album browsing and organization. The
Release via Qik Events
Submitted at 7/10/2008 1:10:32 PM
Facebook application is geared towards By Adam Hirsch (Mashable!)
By now you’ve all been made well aware. publish photos in line with postings on the Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:41:22 PM
Apple’s App Store, crafted to make the activity wall. Does this mean one is better
iPhone and iPod touch devices trump any than the other? Who’s to say, really. To I’ll be in line at a 6:30 am Tweetup in
others in their respective markets, has been each his own. Manhattan at New York City’s 5th Avenue
activated, though not yet officially In conclusion… Apple store and sharing the joy, the
introduced. And we’ve of course done our As far as mobile usage with either social moments and scene with my N95 on Qik.
customary duty, browsing the selection for network is concerned, they were all but If you are at or going to be in line for the
cool social applications that you might be neck-and-neck prior to the debut of their iPhone 3G at any AT&T or Apple store,
interested in. respective iPhone applications. MySpace share the scene, the joy when the doors
Naturally, MySpace and Facebook stand claims to have served some 1.7 million open, and the shouts and cheers (and boos)
out among the pages of downloads (front “daily unique mobile visits,” while as the first people leave the store with their
page placement can do that). They Facebook reports having seen regular use brand new “toys.”
command the largest percentage of users in by some 1.5 million people. These Thank to Qik, as long as you are signed
the marketplace, after all, and are currently numbers certainly have no bearing on the in and click through our“iPhone 3G
battling for global supremacy. Considering qualitative properties of the networks’ Launches Around the World” event that “
that the iPhone will soon undergo a 22- native iPhone offers introduced today. But You are Attending” then your streams will
market rollout with 48 additional countries if I’m to hazard a guess about which be live on the page for everyone to see. I’ll
to enter the picture in subsequent months, download takes off more strongly in the update this post with the link to the best
it’s probably expected for a little contest coming weeks, Facebook will probably hit videos.
among giants to erupt. the right spot for more people. Support for FYI, event is “scheduled” from 6am EST
Given the demographic that occupies the Facebook Chat is quite a debut, after all. till 9am PDT, so any Qik during those
Facebook network, it’s probably clear who That being said, numbers might hours will appear if you are “attending”.
will rank higher in stature within Apple’s fluctuate. MySpace has made it known that *Qik isn’t compatible with iPhone 3G yet
new mobile software emporium. applications are equally elegant. Feature for feature, they have their it intends to offer support for 12 languages ---
Download counts aside, however, there is Everything seems super intuitive, too. similarities, but they also have some by the end of the month, so it might be a Related Articles at Mashable! - The
still the question of which application is in Easily browse and search for top friends, significant differences, some of which will toss-up on a global scale for the rest of the Social Networking Blog:
fact best. So, irrespective of popularity, folks currently online, new contacts, plus prove crucial to users’ decisions of which summer. When all is said and done, both iPhone to Offer YouTube Videos
let’s go ahead and make that comparison. photos, email and so on and so forth. utility to pay more attention and which to applications are quite strong introductions. Apple Making a Directory for iPhone
MySpace vs. Facebook, the iPhone apps! Facebook’s iPhone application is pay less. As I said above, Facebook’s And because they’re free, there’s really no Apps?
Which bears more features? Which bears beautiful as well. It’s designed primarily to iPhone application arrives with Facebook reason not to try both. Together they weigh iPhone Arrives in the UK and Germany
better features? And which bears a more let you know what friends are up to and Chat on board. That’s a big plus in my in at less than 2 MB. Download away, I Today
pleasant physique, etc., etc.? allow you to converse with those people book. It also sports an email inbox and say. Facebook MySpace iPhone. Europe. September.
(For the record, both applications are free via Facebook Chat. Which I think makes it page that asks you the simple question of --- World’s Simplest iPhone App
to download. No fees levied by either especially appealing, to be honest. It kind “What are you doing?” You and your Related Articles at Mashable! - The iPhone to Spur Growth in the Mobile
company.) of gets to the root of what you want from a friends’ activities are published in Social Networking Blog: Video Industry?
First impressions… mobile social application, and leaves chronological order. Pretty basic stuff, but STUNNING: Facebook on the iPhone Box.net Extends Your iPhone Storage
The application being offered by anything else to the desktop. If I had to again, quite useful when on the go. The Daily Poll: Which Platform is the
MySpace does look good, I must say. If choose to award one network or the other Another thing. Both MySpace and Best Opportunity for Developers?
one were to come off the years-old points for palatability, Facebook would Facebook integrate themselves with the World’s Simplest iPhone App
MySpace.com design, one would be in for nab gold by a step or two. Not to say iPhone’s camera, allowing users to snap Facebook Overtakes MySpace for Search
a shock. This iPhone application is quite a MySpace is worse, necessarily. It’s just a and upload images. These are definitely Inquiries in the UK
pleasant adjunct to the host service, which bit different. Facebook seems to prioritize nice options to have offered by each Multiply Launches iPhone Edition
itself had a visual refresh not too long ago. more of what I’m looking for in such a company, since digital photography has all AWESOME: Meebo on the iPhone
Menu buttons at the bottom are utility. MySpace Mobile seems more busy but taken the social Web by storm the last MySpace Losing High Schoolers to
straightforward and easy to understand. (some might understandably prefer this). year or so. The applications display photos Facebook?
And the layouts for various portions of the Technically speaking… a bit differently, though. MySpace has a

The Mobile Photo Enhancer Improves Camera Phone Pics [Featured Windows Download]
By Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker) time, many camera phones still leave a lot might be your saving grace. With single While it won't make your photos of Mardi Windows only.
Submitted at 7/10/2008 6:12:05 AM
to be desired. If you have a bunch of and batch processing, Mobile Photo Gras revelry look like they were taken with Mobile Photo Enhancer[via Life Rocks
camera phone pictures you'd really like to Enhancer has a host of tweaks to correct a medium format camera, it will put a little 2.0]
Windows only: Although the quality of keep but the quality seems a bit off, a run problems like low contrast, vignetting at sparkle back in your beads. The Mobile
camera phone pictures has increased over through the free Mobile Photo Enhancer the edges, poor sharpness and artifacts. Photo Enhancer is a free download for
22 Web 2.0 Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

SummerMash Sings Sweet Home San Francisco


By Karen Hartline (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 1:12:23 PM

Mashable is ready to rock in San


Francisco for the second stop on the U.S.
Introducing Mashable’s
Summer Tour. Join the Mashable locals,
Pete Cashmore, Kristen Nicole, Alicia Lin,
New Mobile Web Site:
Chris Peri and Karen Hartline, for a night m.mashable.com
of drinks, prizes and fun. Make sure to
bring business cards and keep those fingers By Tamar Weinberg (Mashable!)
crossed for some major prizes. There are Submitted at 7/10/2008 1:00:07 PM
just a few tickets remaining - get yours
before they’re all gone. While all of the buzz today might be
Check out the other cities on the U.S. about Apple’s new iPhone app store,
Summer Tour: we’ve got a mobile announcement of our
Seattle| Los Angeles| Austin| Miami| own: we have a new mobile Web site,
Boston| New York City available by pointing your mobile browser
When: July 15th, Tuesday, 7:00 - 10:00 to m.mashable.com!
PM The site is powered by Mofuse, and
Where: Mighty SF, 119 Utah Street, San includes our most recent blog entries,
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What else?: Drinks Tickets, great people As Mark recently wrote, Mofuse “defines
and a few surprises! mashup,” allowing us to simply plugin our
RSVP?: Tickets will be released through RSS feeds to build a site optimized for the
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IntroNiche: Back-Scratching Ad Network Ask Private Practice stars a


[The Startup Review] question for Outside the Box
By Kelly Woo (TV Squad)
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) trade organizations, IntroNiche has created
Submitted at 7/10/2008 4:44:09 PM
an open market system that is built around Submitted at 7/10/2008 11:01:00 AM
classifieds from individual parties. Anyone Filed under: Interviews, Celebrities,
Editor’s Note: If you would like to have seeking a deal for any type of promotional Private Practice, Reality-Free Outside the
your startup considered for inclusion in purpose can post their needs on IntroNiche Box is an upcoming video interview series
“The Startup Review” series, please see of hundred of cross-promotion ads right and seek out others that may be a good fit.
now but Sam is convinced this could be the from AOL TV, where stars of your favorite
the details here. The desired result would be a marketing shows sit down and answer questions from
STARTUP DETAILS: beginning of something nice. tool that gets these individual parties in fans. This is your chance to (sort of) talk to
Company Name: IntroNiche Mashable’s Take: You scratch my back, front of niche audiences across the Web. celebrities!
20 word description: A simple classifieds I scratch yours. That’s a very common, The necessity in such a system, however, We've already asked you to submit
marketplace which helps small companies unspoken rule of the land, no matter what is critical mass. IntroNiche must scale to a
industry you’re talking about. No matter questions for the cast of Scrubs and the
and entrepreneurs find matching partners pretty large and prolific user base in order stars of Dirty Sexy Money, and next on
for cross-promotion and marketing. how small the favor, there’s always a way to garner any major benefits as a self- deck are Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Taye
CEO’s 100 word description: One of the you can work with somebody so that you sustaining marketplace. The other Diggs and Audra McDonald from Private
main hurdles in making effective cross- can both come out ahead. What those necessity, especially once critical mass is Practice.
promotion deals is finding the right benefits express on each end, however, achieved, is search and filtering.
often comes down to your bartering skills Practice has one of the sexiest casts on
partners. This basic marketplace helps you IntroNiche has begun to address this with TV. Daly and Diggs and Paul Adelstein
to find companies who target a similar and what you have to offer. Different a tiered search option on the left-hand side and Chris Lowell AND David Sutcliffe?
market to yours and are willing to close versions of this have come about in the of the page, allowing you to search by Addison.") when season 2 starts.
form of various online marketplaces, such Come on. That's not even fair. The show's If you've got a burning question for the
cross-promotion deals. By posting a region, language, market and industry type. first season was interrupted by the strike,
classified, companies can significantly as link-swapping sites. Most of these offer I think, in the end, such an open-ended four Practice stars, submit it in the
a standard rate of exchange, however, and but I'm hoping that the time off gave comments below by Tuesday, July 15.
reduce the time and effort needed to find market will still need some sort of creator Shonda Rhimes space to refine the
their match. And then the cross-promotion don’t leave much wiggle room for the standardization, even if it’s only by way of Don't forget to include your first name and
storylines, just like she did with Grey's city/state. And try to come up with
bonanza can begin. individual parties. IntroNiche is hoping to a trust-based system that helps users Anatomy. When we left off, Addison had
Sam, the founder used to try his hand at change all that. indicate which parties have built a good something other than "ur hot, will you
Founded by Sam Desimpel, a former gotten her mojo back and asked police marry me," OK?
cross-promotion dealmaking at eBay. reputation for this cross-promotional officer Kevin on a date. I'm hoping to see
When leaving for greener shores, he just eBay employee who spent all his time network. Permalink| Email this| | Comments
working out mutually beneficial deals more of that (and "I don't get stood up. I'm
couldn’t help himself and made his own Sponsored by Sun Startup Essentials
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Announcing BLVD Status: A New Way to Track Statistics [video]


By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins an instant poll where the other members of here(video feed).
(Mashable!) the community can agree, disagree and Get the Mashable Conversations podcast
Submitted at 7/10/2008 7:32:19 PM
comment further on their position - it’s set here(audio feed).
up in such a way as to make it very ---
Sean and I met with Chris Bennett from addictive. Related Articles at Mashable! - The
97th Floor today on Mashable What we spent the most time talking Social Networking Blog:
Conversations - and a particularly about though was a brand new offering, Facebook Removing “is” from Status
interesting conversation ensued. 97th blvdStatus, a stats package that focuses not Updates
Floor is a Utah based social media firm just on providing accurate and detailed The Daily Poll: How Often Do You
that has their hands in a wide variety of statistics, but also an emphasis on Ever been curious as to which RSS conversation that delved even further into Broadcast Your Status?
projects, almost all of which are instantly conversions. Most third party stats subscribers click on what? Been interested the topic I wrote about earlier in the week - MySpace Dating Made Easy
intriguing and interesting. We focused on packages offer conversions, but they’re in where folks discover your RSS feed How much should newpapers model SONR is a Terrible, Terrible Idea That
just two of them yesterday - briefly we often difficult or intricate to set up. from or what stories turn a casual blog themselves after New Media, and do they Simply Won’t Work
spoke about soapboxxer, an interesting and You’re probably thinking the same thing reader into a blog subscriber? These are have a choice? Discuss below, your Twitter Updates Now Connected to
surprisingly insular online community that I was when I heard it was focused on the types of conversions they track. comments coming up on tomorrows Facebook Status
provides (as you might guess) it’s conversion tracking: “sales stuff? I’m not Check in on the conversation below for episode! Plaxo Pulse Wants to Sync Your Status
members a soapbox for which to air their particularly interested in yet another more information on this ( MP4). Never Miss an Episode! Updates
grievances. system designed to track sales Discussion: Sean and I had a Get the Mashable Conversations podcast Podbridge - Better Podcast Statistics?
After your opinion is posted, it turns into conversions.” This one is different though.
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eNotes Wants to Revolutionize the


Learning Process, But Does it Make
it Too Easy? [50 Premium Invites]
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:50:32 PM

eNotes is a new online resource for those


in the education field, or others that are
just interested in learning. Similar to some
other tools for aggregating content and
creating personalized notes on various
topics, eNotes allows you to bookmark check out the full eNotes service. Just click
items, take notes and organize your here and enter “Mashable-50 as the invite
referenced data. eNotes, however, is unlike code, and proceed to the registration Chris Rock to do his
most similar services in that it provides all
No Sex in Lively? Yeah, of its own content, which comes through a
regimented in-house publishing team that
verifies all work available on the site.
process from there. In addition, eNotes
offers custom versions of its service for
schools and organizations, which would be
fifth HBO special in
September - TCA Report
Right! Upon registration you can tell eNotes what
type of user you are — student, teacher or
neither — so the content can be presented,
ideal for shared lesson plans across a
school district, or a collaborative graduate
project at a university.
By Kristin Sample (TV Squad)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 12:23:00 PM
By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins It’s definitely an issue that needs to be The real question, though, is concerning
organized and recommended accordingly. the attitude certain educators will have Filed under: Other Comedy Shows,
(Mashable!) addressed by more than making rules Some of the features I particularly found
against it. Despite those that would say towards this online resource that’s aiming Programming, OpEd, Celebrities, TCA
Submitted at 7/10/2008 6:59:08 PM useful on eNotes are the highlighted-text to be an all-inclusive research tool. Given Press Tour, Reality-Free Chris Rock is
there’s something definitely morally dictionary search options, the deep
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - broken about having an erotic services the instant gratification that Web search returning to HBO! The network announced
the Internet has been built on two categorization of available content, the provides us is enough to make certain today at TCA that the comedian would
section on Craigslist, it serves an important ease of search, and the study guides. One
cornerstones: sex and hate. You’ll have purpose. Sure, most of the services bought educators fearful enough to ban specific premiere his fifth stand-up special this fall.
griefers anywhere there’s a group of feature that students will especially Web searches all together. So what The special will feature footage from three
and sold through that part of the forum are appreciate is the ability to print and cite
people, and if there’s anywhere that illegal as hell, but it keeps it from cropping happens when a premium service like locations: South Africa's Carnival City
creativity’s encouraged, folks will use that content; the citation option gives you the eNotes comes along and provides search, Casino, New York's Apollo Theater, and
up throughout the rest of the site. This may reference already formatted so all you have
creativity to come up with new ways to be a situation where Google need to take filtering, study guides, lesson plans, and the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in
talk about, view, or engage in virtual sex. to do is copy and paste it into your term ready-formatted citations? I personally London. Of the return to HBO, Chris Rock
the PR hit and create sections for it where paper, granted this is the bibliography
Virtual World News spoke a bit with the it can be segregated out, so that there will think it’s a step in the right direction. It says, "I wanted to do that type of stand-up
folks behind Lively at Google to get some format your professor requires. won’t dumb us down, and such a resource special that I've never seen before, and the
be “safe areas” on the service. If you’re hoping this service is free,
background information on what separates --- can only be improved with the support of only place that I could see doing that is at
it from other virtual worlds like Second you’ve already gotten your hopes up. It academia. HBO. I love HBO because they want to
Related Articles at Mashable! - The will cost you $49.95 per year. Fortunately
Life. The take-a-way theme that Silicon Social Networking Blog: take chances."
Alley Insider pulled from the interview for you, eNotes has given us 50 premium Also of note is that Rock set the
Google Launches Lively to Create a accounts for Mashable readers, so you can
was that Google definitely intends on Virtual World Across Social Networks Guinness World Record on the No
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Greystripe iPhone 3G API HBO execs sound off on possible


second SATC movie, Sopranos
Lets Game Developers movie, and Mad Men - TCA Report
Earn Ad Revenue By Kristin Sample (TV Squad)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 11:56:00 AM
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!)
Filed under: Industry, TV on the
Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:51:02 PM Bigscreen, TCA Press Tour, Reality-Free
Greystripe has been one of the many many have speculated that the platform During the HBO's panel at the TCA Press
services to push mobile games, providing owners would eventually take a more Tour, executives Richard Plepler, Co-
incentives for both gamers and developers controlling stake in the use of their president, and Michael Lombardo,
with its ad-supported model. Now networks for third-party revenue systems, President of Programming and West Coast
Greystripe, along with many other but Apple seems to have shifted from its Operations, said they'd be interested in
developers today, is launching an iPhone
3G API for game developers. One
previous stance to one that is partaking in
some of the revenue-sharing. Regardless,
doing a Sopranos movie and a second Sex
and the City movie. Plepler said that
Talk Talk: Kathy
differentiating point for Greystripe,
however, is its ad revenue-sharing model
there are those, like Greystripe, that are
creating avenues for developers to further
Warner Bros. and New Line are definitely
interested in doing another Sex and the Griffin, Al Roker,
their distribution and revenue, in addition City movie. They are trying to put
that gives developers some of the monetary
benefits of the Apple application store.
While many iPhone apps will be free,
to any systems that larger networks may
put in place.
something together, but there's no timeline.
"Everyone associated with the project was
Willie Nelson
there are others that will cost iPhone users. --- really heartened by the fans and by the new By Bob Sassone (TV Squad)
Greystripe’s mobile games are offered for Related Articles at Mashable! - The fans to the show," Plepler said. it up), Lombardo said only this, "Heres the Submitted at 7/10/2008 10:03:00 AM
free, and are presented to gamers with the Social Networking Blog: As far as a Sopranos feature goes, bottom line, it's a wonderful show and I
Greystripe AdWRAP, which is an option Greystripe Offers Hands-On Mobile Lombardo says HBO would be delighted wish it were on HBO. Matt [Weiner is] an Filed under: Late Night, TV Royalty,
that the company introduced last year. Games for Free to take part in it. He says that series creator extraordinary talent and I hope that one Programming, Celebrities, Talk Show,
Greystripe’s iPhone API is an extension of Greystripe Brings Free Mobile Games to David Chase is in France on vacation right day, he'll do something for us." Reality-Free
its existing mobile platform, which Opera Mini–With Ads now but, "If David wants to do it, we'd be Would you see another Sex and the City Here's who's on the late night shows
distributes games created by independent Greystripe Raises $8.9M for Ad- delight to explore that." movie? How about a Sopranos movie? tonight.
developers and installs an alternative route Supported Mobile Games When the executives were pressed about Permalink| Email this| | Comments • Charlie Rose: a discussion with the
to the mobile gaming economy. World’s Simplest iPhone App Mad Men(rumors are abound that HBO National Teachers of the Year
The good thing about Apple is that it’s iPhone to Launch in Germany on T- turned down the show and AMC snatched • The Daily Show: James Harding
come a long way since last year, when the Mobile (repeat)
company seemed whole-heartedly against 3G iPhone Confirmed for 2008 • The Colbert Report: Barbara Ehrenreich
supporting the developer community. In Mundu Optimizes Multi-Client Chat (repeat)
terms of similar platforms being offered Tool for the iPhone • The Late Show with David Letterman:
across various social media networks, Paris Hilton, Steve Wyrick, and Panic at
the Disco (repeat)
• Jay Leno: Kathy Griffin, Adam Carolla,
What's On Tonight: Greatest American Dog, Hopkins, Burn Notice Willie Nelson, and Wynton Marsalis
• Jimmy Kimmel Live: Regis Philbin,
By Bob Sassone (TV Squad) de France at 8. Gunfighter's Pledge at 9. Sharon Osbourne, and Lil' Wayne (repeat)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:01:00 AM
• There's a new Chowder on Cartoon • At 10, CBS has a new Swingtown. • Tavis Smiley: Helen Hunt and Majora
Network at 9, followed by new episodes of • ABC has a new Hopkins at 10. Carter (repeat)
Filed under: Industry, Programming, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack • USA has the season premiere of Burn • Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Al
What To Watch Tonight, Reality-Free and Total Drama Island. Notice at 10. Roker, Paul Pierce, and Pilobolus
• At 8, CBS has the premiere of Greatest • At 9, NBC has a new, two hour Last • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Kathy • The Late, Late Show with Craig
American Dog. Comic Standing. Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Ferguson: Valerie Bertinelli, Paulina
• TLC has two new episodes of Monster • TBS has a new Bill Engvall Show at 9, Check your local TV listings for more. Porizkova, and Estelle (repeat)
Garage at 8, then a new American followed by a new My Boys. Works. Permalink| Email this| | Comments • Last Call with Carson Daly: Aviva Yael
Chopper. • History Channel has a new Modern • Hallmark has the new movie A and The Game (repeat)
• Versus has more coverage of the Tour Marvels at 9, then a new episode of The Permalink| Email this| | Comments
26 TV* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Ask Dirty Sexy Money stars a


question for Outside the Box
By Kelly Woo (TV Squad)
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:21:00 AM

Filed under: Interviews, Celebrities, Dirty


Sexy Money, Reality-Free AOL TV's new
video interview series, Outside the Box,
takes questions from you (the fans) and
poses them to the stars of the hottest
shows.
We already asked you to submit
questions for the stars of Scrubs. Next up Burn Notice:
will be Peter Krause and Lucy Liu of Dirty
Sexy Money. Breaking and Entering
While DSM's first season was tragically
cut short by the writers' strike, the 10
(season premiere)
episodes that did air were full of frothy By Paul Goebel (TV Squad)
fun. And that cast! Krause, Liu (who's new character will be like and if we'll ever find
for the second season), Donald Sutherland, out who killed Nick George's dad ... Submitted at 7/10/2008 4:19:00 PM

Jill Clayburgh, Billy Baldwin, Glenn submit your questions in the comments Filed under: Episode Reviews, Reality-
Fitzgerald ... and I could go on. And if you below by Tuesday, July 15. Be sure to Free, Burn Notice
don't quite remember where the show left include your first name and your city and ( S02E01) Man, it's been a long time
off, read Erin's review of the season finale. state. Good luck.
Permalink| Email this| | Comments since last season. I remembered very little
So, if you're wondering what's in store of what they showed in the recap and after
for Dirty Sexy Money, what Liu's
Conan staffers deface Burn being reminded, I was hungry for the new
season.
Prematurely canceled sci-fi shows Notice ad! It occurs to me as I'm watching this
episode that Michael Westen is a less
By Brad Trechak (TV Squad) philanthropic MacGyver. He knows a lot
By Bob Sassone (TV Squad) Night blog where the staffers complain of tricks that will help you in sticky
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:40:00 AM
about the ads and explain their actions. It is situations but he's smart enough to keep
Submitted at 7/10/2008 11:37:00 AM
Filed under: OpEd, Reality-Free, Star kinda funny how many of these ads NBC most of them to himself. I, personally,
Trek: Original Series Topless Robot has Filed under: Late Night, Web, Talk puts in their own building. have never had to run from the police but
posted a list of the top 10 sci-fi television Show, Reality-Free, Burn Notice Of course, the blog entry isn't all bad and if I ever do, I now know the best way to
shows that were canceled too soon. Just in time for tonight's second season acts as a nudge-nudge wink-wink push for stop the airbags from going off.
I've never seen most of the other shows premiere of Burn Notice comes this little the show. Despite the graffiti, the Late Continue reading Burn Notice: Breaking
(and if a lot of America followed my piece of news from the studios at NBC. Night guys do say that the show is and Entering (season premiere)
example, that could somewhat explain Two guys on the staff of Late Night with "awesome," "smart," and "funny," and they Permalink| Email this| | Comments
their early cancellation), but I have Conan O'Brien are so ticked off at the ads even want to make sure you watch the
watched numbers 1,2 and 7. Star Trek is an for the USA show (USA is part of the show tonight. (And I'd like to repeat that
obvious choice for number 1 given that it NBC Universal family) that appear in the too - watch Burn Notice tonight at 10 on
is still the icon of science-fiction building that they decided to deface them. USA!)
television. The insults range from dialogue bubbles Permalink| Email this| | Comments
I've heard good things about Max extend Buck Rogers In the 25th Century
was to see more of Erin Gray ("Off think. that say"It 'Burns' when I pee" and"Thanks
Headroom(number 3) and would probably for the 'Notice' " to this entry on the Late
at least watch it on DVD should it ever be Off think. Off think").
released in the format. I disagree about the
1981 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Continue reading Prematurely canceled
sci-fi shows Here are some clues about Mad Men season two - VIDEOS
Permalink| Email this| | Comments
series (number 2) and think it works best at By Bob Sassone (TV Squad) you've heard, and it's great to see AMC (And yes, in the new cast photo above,
its current length. I find it interesting how Submitted at 7/10/2008 8:41:00 AM
putting so much money and time behind it. Paul has a beard!)
the only reason the author wanted to The second season premieres on Sunday, Continue reading Here are some clues
Filed under: Video, Reality-Free, Mad July 27 (after a July 20 marathon to get about Mad Men season two - VIDEOS
Men non-fans caught up), and below are some Permalink| Email this| | Comments
It's somewhat rare when a TV show lives videos to give you a taste for what the
up to massive hype, but Mad Men really is show is like and what might be in store for
one of those shows. It really is as great as the guys and girls at Sterling Cooper.
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech Tips* 27
MyMobiler Controls
What's Good (and Free!) in the iTunes App Store Windows Mobile From
Your Desktop [Featured
[Iphone 2.0] Windows Mobile
Download]
By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) can simply say a note into the recording them back to you—a kind of nifty no-real- info (and you can write it phonetically),
Submitted at 7/10/2008 2:00:00 AM
interface (at right), and it'll show up in computer-required list wiki. but the true joy is in humming or singing a By Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
your Jott notes (or on Google Calendar, Yelp The iPhone app for business review few bars into your iPhone, waiting a bit,
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:00:00 AM
More than 550 new applications arrived Remember the Milk, or Jott-connected site Yelp takes good advantage of your then seeing your song title come back. You
for the iPhone and iPod touch this morning applications). You can also simply type a location-aware device to dish up the details can also hold your phone up to the music Windows only: The My Mobiler desktop
in iTunes' brand new App Store and more note in, making the Jott app a quick on nearby restaurants, bars, gas and service itself, and Midomi will try to ID it. application controls your Windows Mobile
than 130 of them are available for free. interface for a lot of web apps. Managing stations, and much more. There's a custom Seriously neat stuff. device through its Active Sync connection.
This morning we're taking a look at the all your notes with finger-swipe deletion is search function too, so you can always Read more about Midomi—and watch a We've already covered the GetPDAScreen
best free applications for your iPhone and pretty handy as well. know when you're in the presence of, say, video demonstration—at Gizmodo>> program, which allows you to see your
iPod Touch, available after the 2.0 Evernote The universal stuff-gathering high-quality sushi while you're traveling, Where One of the most comprehensive mobile device remotely and capture the
software update officially arrives (or after site Evernote gives you all the major tools and how much reviewers say it's going to location-aware apps in the Store, Where screen, but My Mobiler adds so many
you've grabbed the unofficial update). of its desktop and web software in its cost you. A great app for traveling, or just gives you all sorts of location-based more features. What you see in the desktop
Check out our list after the jump—and iPhone app—add text, snap a phone cam seeing what the hive says about your home information—like where the nearest application is real time and you can
check back throughout the morning, as shot, record a memo, or upload a photo, town. restaurants, Zip cars, gas stations, and interact with your mobile device using the
we'll be updating it with more picks as we and it's all available for organizing, Read more about finding and filtering Starbucks locations are in relation to you. mouse and keyboard as through you were
find them. tagging, or searching later. New in this everything around you with Yelp>> Enable Buddy Beacon to see nearby holding the phone in your hand. It has
Note: Most of the apps listed here work interface is a straight-forward voice Save Benjis Save Benjis (as in the face friends also using Where. Get to know the screenshot and video capture capabilities
with both iPhones and iPod touch models, recorder; if you'd rather have your audio on the bills) makes it seriously convenient new place you're visiting—or even your as well as the ability to cut and paste
but we've noted where an app requires the transcribed, you can use the Jott app as a to compare prices on online purchases, or hometown—with one of the coolest between the phone and desktop
iPhone's voice, SMS, or GPS capabilities gateway to Evernote. Given that even free the gadget that's sitting right in front of features, called HeyWhatsThat, which environment. The MyMobiler desktop
to run. users of Evernote can have the service scan you at the store. Type in a name, a product identifies landmarks you can see from your interface even has the ability to emulate
Remote Controls Your iTunes Library their pictures and extract visible text, ID number, or other details, and you'll get location—like the names of nearby the physical keys on the phone which lets
The iTunes App Store's marquee freebie, Evernote's app makes your iPhone a a list back with links and prices from mountains and overhead constellations. you fully interact with the device. My
the Remote app turns your iPhone or iPod serious universal capture device. Amazon, NewEgg, and other online AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Send and Mobiler is a free download for Windows
touch into a remote control for your media NetNewsWire As Adam has detailed, merchants. If you've ever wondered how receive instant messages over Wi-Fi, only. Thanks, joelena and fellow savvy
library. Remote works almost exactly like users of desktop-based readers like much markup you're paying to grab that EDGE, or 3G networks, and manage your readers!
the iPod application on your device—the NetNewsWire(Mac) or gear now, wonder no more. Saving Benjis AIM buddy list right on your device with My Mobiler[mtux]
main difference being that rather than FeedDemon(Windows) have their reasons also integrates well with Amazon for the AIM iPhone app.
playing back music on your iPhone or iPod for sticking with them. NetNewsWire for making actual purchases. PayPal Send money from your iPhone or
touch, you've got access to your entire
iTunes library and you're playing it over
iPhone syncs with either of those clients,
meaning you won't read the same items
Read more about comparing prices on
the fly with Save Benjis>>
iPod touch to anyone—like your dinner
companion when you're splitting the
iPhone 2.0 Better
your computer's speakers.
Read more about setting up and using the
twice. There's a "Clippings" feature for
setting items aside for later (or when you'll
Talking Phrasebook ( French, Italian,
German, Spanish) Translation tools and
bill—with the PayPal app. You've been
able to send money via SMS using PayPal
than Jailbreaking
Remote app>>
Google Mobile is Quicksilver for the
be offline) that also syncs to your desktop,
and the interface is straightforward—and
dual-language dictionaries are great, but
sometimes, you really just need to ask
for some time now, but the app makes it
even easier—it keeps you from having to
Except... [Iphone 2.0]
iPhone/iPod touch Google already has a that's about it. If you're a Google Reader "How much to park here?" in German. The remember the text message format. By Adam Pash (Lifehacker)
fast and slick iPhone version, but this app addict, you're already set up with Talking Phrasebook apps offer phrases Aside: Gedeon Maheux points out that Submitted at 7/10/2008 7:58:01 AM
is hyper-optimized for quick searching. GReader's iPhone beta view. you'll want to know translated from six iTunes Store Apps listed under
Search-as-you-type results spin up for web Read more about how NetNewsWire English to Spanish, French, German, and Productivity use the check mark as their Adventurous iPhone users willing to
pages, click-to-call business and residential brings synced RSS feeds to Your Italian, and you can click to hear them icon. Group-think! [via Daring Fireball] jailbreak their device have had third-party
phone listings, nearby stores and iPhone>> pronounced (or, perhaps, just have your We'll be updating this list with more free applications for almost a year now—so
restaurants, and more—and Google Zenbe Lists Free service Zenbe works as iPhone speak for you). apps as we download and test 'em out. now that the App Store's open, you may be
Mobile's brought to you by the guy who a multi-account mail organizer in its web Read more about getting the words you What should we look at next? Post your thinking: So what? Truth is, the iPhone 2.0
made one of our favorite free launcher form, but they've stuck with to-do-style need quickly with Talking Phrasebook>> favorite free iPhone application in the software update and its App Store
desktop apps, Quicksilver. lists for their iPhone app. Those lists, Midomi iPhone only: This one's not comments, and vote for the best you've offerings actually are something to talk
Read more about how Google Mobile however, can be edited on any browser and terribly productive—unless you're the type seen (so far) below. about. The 2.0 software update has
searches your contacts and the web>> synced back to your Zenbe account, or to spend far too much time trying to name What's your favorite free iPhone app so introduced better applications, better app
Jott Transcribes Speech to Text iPhone published on an iGoogle page. The real that song you just can't remember. For far? management, and tons of other excellent
only: Free voice-to-text service Jott is a benefit, though, is sharing with other those moments, or for proving a friend ( surveys) features worth the upgrade, but they still
natural fit for an iPhone app, and its Zenbe Lists users. Anyone you share with right/wrong, Midomi is a true gift. You can haven't made jailbreaking obsolete. Here
implementation here is pretty nifty. You can then edit and update your list and sync type in an artist or song name to get more are some ways iPhone 2.0 one-ups
jailbreaking, and then the stuff jailbreaking

IPHONE page 28
28 Tech Tips* Religion* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper
IPHONE
continued from page 27 Choose From Your Gmail Contacts in
offers that we're still waiting on from
Apple. What's Great About iPhone 2.0
very nifty download-and-install interface
for downloaded apps that's markedly
apps with push notifications. (In short,
apps talk to Apple without your phone, and Any Email Form [Featured
• Apps Are Better: While this point may better. Apple pings you with any info the app
still be up for debate, the offerings
available in the first iteration of App Store
• Managing Apps is Easier: Using
Installer.app, you had to completely
wants to send you.) However, push
notifications aren't going to be available
Greasemonkey User Script]
are impressive. Among other things, uninstall an application through Installer if until September. Push notifications will fill By Gina Trapani (Lifehacker) first day or so it was installed, the script
developers no longer need to figure you didn't want it. With the 2.0 software a need, but they don't altogether replace Submitted at 7/10/2008 12:30:00 AM
did nothing for me—then it magically
everything out as they go along—the update and the latest iTunes, you've got background apps. started working (see screenshot)—so your
iPhone SDK provides them with a robust way more flexibility. You can remove an • Play By Your Rules: Perhaps the most Firefox with Greasemonkey only: The mileage may vary. When it is working, this
toolkit for making great applications, and app from the phone itself the same way attractive thing about jailbreaking your Google Contacts Autocomplete user script is a nifty way to access your contacts
the proof is in the pudding. That's not to you deleted web clips in previous versions: phone is that you don't have to play by adds a drop-down of your Gmail contacts quickly and easily. The Google Contacts
say that several developers who made Just hold down on an icon until they all Apple's rules. If you want to install an app on any web-based email form where you'd Autocomplete user script is a free
programs for jailbroken phones didn't do start to jiggle, and each installed app will to run in the background and drain your enter an address. You must be signed into download and requires Firefox with
amazing things, but overall the quality is have a black 'x' in the corner. Tap the 'x' battery, that's your prerogative. With the your Gmail account for the script to work; Greasemonkey. Thanks, Matt!
higher in the App Store. and confirm to remove it. Even better, you App Store, Apple can be as strict and once it's installed, just start typing into an Google Contacts
• iTunes Remote Is Awesome: Everyone's can now remove an application from your arbitrary in what applications it allows and email text field to get search-as-you-type Autocomplete[Userscripts.org]
got their favorite jailbreak app that they phone through iTunes. The beauty of this which developers are approved as they results from your Gmail address book. The
hate to leave behind, but one free method is that you don't actually have to want to be. It's your device, you should get
application that's almost worth abandoning uninstall the application altogether, and to decide what applications you want to
jailbreaking in and of itself is the iTunes you can return it to your iPhone with all install on it and what you want them to do.
Remote application. Seeing that it's now a the application data intact. Definitely not If your into customization, you're also
default feature of iTunes, you almost have the case for your jailbroken iPhone. unlikely to find any Apple-sanctioned
to wonder why it's not included with the What's Great About Jailbreaking applications like Customize or
rest of the default applications—maybe to • Ditching AT&T: If you're not into Summerboard (pictured right) to tweak the
get people like me to abandon jailbreaking. rolling with AT&T or whomever your look of your iPhone. Personalizing and
• country's default iPhone provider is, customizing your device is what some
• Location-Aware Is the Standard: One jailbreaking is still your best avenue for users live for, and for those folks,
thing that you'll see a ton of in App Store unlocking your phone to use on another jailbreaking is currently the only way.
applications is location-aware applications. GSM cell network. We'll have to wait and Photo by theopie.
We already covered how your location- see if a jailbreak shows up for the 2.0 What Else Is Missing Of course, none of
aware iPhone will change your life, and software update (my guess is that it will), this addresses the iPhone's still-missing
now apps from the very impressive Yelp to but right now you don't want to go 2.0 if features. Some—like video recording—is
the get-close-and-shake-to-exchange- you want to use your phone with anyone already available for jailbroken iPhones
details Friend Book to friend tracking and but the default carrier. UPDATE: iPhone but is unavailable from the App Store.
simple movie showtime applications are 2.0 is already jailbroken. Likewise, VoIP is still MIA from the App
delivering that. Location aware apps were • Background Apps: One of the biggest Store but fully functional on a jailbroken
available in jailbroken iPhones, but it's a drawbacks of iPhone 2.0 versus device. Luckily for us, the iPhone 2.0
stronger trend in iPhone 2.0. jailbreaking is background software has already been unlocked and
• App Store is Better: As impressive as applications—namely that your jailbroken jailbroken, so it's not unlikely that you can
the effort behind Installer.app is, the apps can keep running in the background enjoy the best of both worlds.
official App Store is just a much better tool while your official apps cannot. That Finally, there are other features—like
for managing, browsing, and installing means functionality from great apps like copy-and-paste or MMS messaging—to
applications. Again, that's not the fault of Mobile Scrobbler (sends music data to which we still haven't seen a practical
the jailbreak developers—Apple just has Last.fm while playing from your iPod) is solution in either avenue. If you've gone
all the tools they need to make it what it lost in the wind, and it's questionable as to the jailbreak route in the past, let's hear
should be. When you installed an app on a whether or not it will ever return. Apple what you think of the App Store, iPhone
jailbroken iPhone, your iPhone had to do a has promised a very interesting 2.0, and the new iTunes in the comments.
soft reset every time. App Store has this workaround for the lack of background

Female bishops: Big story


or not? (updated)
By tmatt
FEMALE page 29
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FEMALE
continued from page 28
On one level, it is obvious that the Gledhill also sums up the regional, Episcopacy. The Catholic position on the now. But the liturgical actions of the
Church of England’s decision to raise national and even global implications — issue was clearly expressed by Pope Paul structure will change (an ordination is an
female priests to the episcopate is a big global as in Roman — of this action. VI and Pope John Paul II. Such a decision ordination, a consecration is a
news story. I mean, click here for a Google Catholic and evangelical bishops are also signifies a breaking away from the consecration) which means that the
News tour of the coverage and here for a understood to have held secret talks in apostolic tradition maintained by all of the ultimate decision will be whether one can
regular Google collection. Or, if you wish, Rome to discuss how to proceed with unity Churches since the first millennium, and live, doctrinally, with the changed
here’s the New York Times report. talks once women are ordained, and what, therefore is a further obstacle for the Communion or the creation of some new
There is, in fact, too much coverage to if any, kind of recognition might be reconciliation between the Catholic Church option that clashes with Canterbury.
scan and critique in any fair manner. So granted to Anglo-Catholics by Rome. and the Church of England. Again, this is so complex, if reporters are
let’s just look at one or two things in the The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr This decision will have consequences on going to try to cover the viewpoints of
London coverage via The Times. As you Rowan Williams, who urged generous the future of dialogue, which had up until those on both sides of these issues. Note,
would expect, Ruth Gledhill’s report has provision for opponents, sat with his head now born fruit, as Cardinal Kasper had for example, that there are evangelicals
lots of drama and details. Take a look at
the top of the story:
The Church of England decided last
in his hands as a proposal for “super
bishops” for objectors to women bishops
was defeated. The super bishops would
clearly explained when he spoke on June 5
2006 to all of the bishops of the Church of
England at the invitation of the Archbishop
who accept the ordination of women and
those who do not. There are also people on
the theological left who enthusiastically
Sigh . . . Back
night to consecrate women bishops, with
minimum concessions to opponents and
despite the threat of a mass exodus of
have been an upgraded version of the
“flying bishops” appointed to care for
opponents of women priests.
of Canterbury.
But I was struck by another quote, far
down in the Gledhill weblog, a quote that
claim the Anglo-Catholic mantle on issues
of worship. So the fault lines are in
different places for different people.
into ‘On
traditionalist clergy.
After one of the most contentious
debates faced by the Church’s General
The synod rejected the plan even though
it had the backing of the Archbishop of
York, Dr John Sentamu. Under the new
actually gets at the heart of the various
Anglican disputes this summer and, thus,
at a theme that should be important to the
But there is one other reality to consider:
Look at the screen shot of the Times front
page for today, at the top of this post.
Faith’ fog
Synod, its members voted to allow the proposals to consecrate women, flying news coverage itself. This is a clip from You’ve got soccer, of course, and By tmatt
consecration of women bishops but bishops will also disappear and parishes the reporter’s notes, posted online: Madonna’s love life and other sex Submitted at 7/10/2008 7:34:08 PM
rejected compromise proposals for new will no longer be able to opt into their care Moving at last to debate the final motion, scandals. There’s the state of the economy.
“super bishops”, who would have catered instead of that of their diocesan bishop. Alan Hargrave pleaded that none would But where is this historic decision by the I know, I know. I have said what I have to
for the objectors. The decisions, after more Like I said, the key details are in the leave the Church and said that staying in Church of England? The story did not say already about the mini-firestorm over
than six hours of debate, led to story and even more details are hidden in the Church was the ‘test of a true make the front page until ( wait for it) the Sally Quinn of the Washington Post
extraordinary scenes at the University of the oceans of digital ink Gledhill — again, Anglican.’ Vatican reaction. electing to receive the Sacrament of Holy
York, with one bishop in tears as he spoke there are other reporters doing the same Stephen Venner, Bishop of Dover, said: So there is the other side of the story. Communion at the funeral Mass for the
of being “ashamed” of the Church of thing — are spilling on this story in the ‘I have to say that for the first time in my The wars in the global Anglican late Tim Russert. I really don’t want to
England. form of blog postings. This is part of the life I feel ashamed. We have talked for Communion are, ultimately, about have readers start clicking “comment”
The Rt Rev Stephen Venner, Bishop of entire “ summer of schism” theme that is hours about wanting to give an honourable decisions that will be made in the Church again to talk about the theology of this or
Dover, who is in favour of women bishops, developing online( again and again). place for those who disagreed. We have of England. But is the Church of England the state of Catholic canon law.
said that the failure to agree to create The Telegraph offered this apocalyptic turned down almost every opportunity for big enough, these days, to make page one For me, the key is journalism. Why, at
“super bishops” meant that every summation in a blog: “It’s the end of those opposed to flourish. And we still talk in England? Strange. the “ On Faith” site, is this a subject that is
opportunity to allow objectors to “flourish” Anglo-Catholicism.” In the actual news the talk of being inclusive and generous. UPDATE: Interesting email in from Ruth defined in terms of feelings instead of
within the Church had been turned down. story, the headline was just as The Rochester report said in many many Gledhill, offering some insights into how facts. As I said in my last post on the topic:
Once again, this is the same kind of overwhelming: “Church of England set to pages that there were a variety of ways in British papers view the U.S. and this new There are facts that matter here. Facts
church-within-a-church approach that split over women bishops.” which scripture and reason could be read global WWW news cycle that we are all about history, doctrine and courtesy. Facts
many in North America are seeking as a It’s also clear that the Roman Catholic with integrity.’ in. This has been edited a bit to flesh out matter when you are covering religion
way to wrestle with other issues, most option story is now going to be huge, with Note the connection of two different some IM-style chat. news and trends. Facts matter when you
obviously the ordination of noncelibate reports that about 1,300 priests and bishops realities. On one side, people argue that the I think the reason it wasn’t page one are interviewing religious people — left
gays and lesbians who oppose the are planning to leave the Church of ultimate doctrinal test of whether one is an earlier was simply due to different staff on and right, members of major world
Anglican Communion’s current stand on England over the issue of female bishops. Anglican is whether one elects to stay in night and day desk. Also this morning they religions and members of lesser known
the moral status of sex outside of a Click here for the actual document on that the church. Period. realised better the global interest and thus bodies that some would be tempted to call
traditional definition of marriage. It should threat. Meanwhile, others argue in official gave story better show. Online is edited as “fringe.” Facts and doctrine matter to
be noted that the left’s critique is accurate Meanwhile, the Vatican Council for the reports that there must be two (or more) much with you guys over there in mind religious people.. . .
that this “super bishops” concept also Promotion of Christian Unity, to no one’s different ways to read the relevant and we often think here, perhaps, that the This isn’t about emotions and feelings.
requires major changes in centuries of surprise, had this to say: scriptures, doctrines and traditions within US is not interested in the Church of It’s about getting the facts right and
traditions and doctrines. Both sides are We have regretfully learned of the the same Communion. The doctrines do England. showing respect for the people for whom
proposing major changes, only on issues Church of England vote to pave the way not unite. Only the name of the church Bookmark to: those facts, doctrines and rituals are a
involving different levels of doctrine and for the introduction of legislation which provides unity and an agreement that there matter of eternal life and death. Facts
biblical interpretation. will lead to the ordaining of women to the are no set doctrines on these matters — for matter in journalism, religion and
journalism about religion
I bring this up, heading once again into
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Williams: Russert ‘took the call’


By tmatt candidate describe his change of heart?
Submitted at 7/9/2008 6:18:55 PM
“Tim wore his Catholicism proudly. He
talked about it all the time,” noted NBC
We are into the second wave of media anchor Brian Williams, who stepped in,
coverage of the death of NBC’s Tim after Russert’s death, as the featured
Russert, featuring stories that are one step speaker at a recent Catholic Common
away from the actual memorial service and Ground Initiative forum in Washington,
the mainstream press memorials. Some of D.C.
these events are going to be linked to more In fact, Russert’s faith was not “an
complex, personal aspects of Russert’s elephant in the room. It was the room. It
career — such as his faith. was the room he was raised in. It was one
Before his death, I had already noted that of his great charms, as was how he dealt
Russert was scheduled to give a June 27 with it in life and in our public discourse.. .
lecture for the Catholic Common Ground . Catholicism was his base. It was never his
Initiative, to be held at the Catholic bias. I think that’s absolutely crucial and I
University of America. The announced will debate anyone who contends to the
topic sounded a bit on the lofty, perhaps contrary.”
even pretentious side of things: “Learnings Williams said that the key question for
from the Political Process for Common the night could be stated this way: Was
Ground in the Catholic Church.” That Russert’s relentless search for the truth a
certainly doesn’t sound like the kind of result of his Catholic upbringing?
blunt, direct language that Russert favored. In a moment that could have produced an
I immediately made plans to go or to get a entire forum, event or book, Williams
copy of the talk. briefly discussed Russert’s internal
After Russert’s death, NBC anchorman struggle during the waves of clergy sex-
Brian Williams — a Catholic who briefly abuse scandals that rocked his church.
attended CUA — agreed to step in and Trying to handle that horrific reality — as
speak in place of colleague. The emphasis a Catholic parent and as a journalist — was
for the event changed, as you would a test of Russert’s faith. But, Williams
expect. said, he also knew that he needed to do the
I am not sure that this was a “news “job of a journalist.”
event,” per se. But Williams certainly took The column ends with this quote from
on a question of interest to GetReligion me know. moments during the 2000 White House decision proposes an answer to that Williams:
readers, which is the degree to which In the column, I opened with that race. question — Russert always “understood that the
Russert’s faith had an impact on his work infamous exchange between Russert and RUSSERT: When do you think life RUSSERT: Which is? stakes were high. He knew that better than
in politics and then journalism. Did it help Vice President Al Gore about abortion and begins? Liberal critics said this line of most of us,” added Williams. “He knew
shape some of those infamous questions the question of when life begins. This leads GORE: I favor the Roe vs. Wade questioning veered out of journalism into that the civility of our dialogue was under
that he aimed at politicians, questions that into the big questions that lots of people — approach, but let me just say, Tim, I did — hostile territory, especially when Russert attack. He knew that diversity in the public
often touched on the intersection of usually those on the religious and political RUSSERT: Which is what? When does probed Gore on laws banning the square takes work every day. And he knew
religion and politics and the events and left — used to ask about Russert from life begin? execution of any pregnant woman on death that our standards of journalism were being
trends that result when they are mixed? time. That’s an interesting comment in and GORE: Let me just say, I did change my row, somewhere, someday. Gore defenders attacked. …
Since I was out of town when the event of itself, considering his years of work in position on the issue of federal funding and defended his stunned, befuddled silence — “He understood what it meant to be
was held, I ended up writing a Scripps the offices of Sen. Daniel Patrick I changed it because I came to understand what one called a “pregnant pause.” ‘called’ to be Catholic, and I think that’s
Howard News Service column off an audio Moynihan and New York Gov. Mario more from women — women think about But the Gore showdown raised other very important. He took the call.”
recording (hat tip to my Washington Cuomo. this differently than men. questions. Was the host of NBC’s “Meet And some of the people said, “Amen.”
Journalism Center co-worker Greg Anyway, here is the top half of the RUSSERT: But you were calling fetuses the Press” asking this question because of There are those who would disagree,
Perreault). Now, you can watch the column. Click here for the version that is innocent human life, and now you don’t his own Catholic beliefs? Or was Russert which is totally understandable in light of
Williams talk online, as well. Click here to up at Scripps: believe life begins at conception. I’m just pressing hard because he knew that, as a the topics that Russert tried to cover as a
go to the National Pastoral Life Center site The politico facing Tim Russert was trying to find out, when do you believe life U.S. senator from Tennessee, Gore had an Catholic and a journalist, Sunday after
to view that. I have not found an embed Vice Present Al Gore and their testy begins? 84 percent positive National Right to Life Sunday.
code for this yet, so if it hits YouTube let dialogue was one of the memorable GORE: Well, look, the Roe vs. Wade voting record and he wanted to hear the Bookmark to:
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McCain’s evangelical wooing continues


By dpulliam score with Republicans, running up the presumed Democratic nominee Barack
Submitted at 7/10/2008 10:57:49 AM
score with evangelicals and taking what we Obama enough to convince evangelical
can out of the independent mix,” said voters that mobilizing against him is not
Reading about presumed Republican Sarah Simmons, the campaign’s director of necessary?
presidential candidate John McCain’s strategy. More over, do these issues remain the
outreach to so-called evangelical voters It is a risky move, though, as religious most significant issues that will decide the
and “leaders” is like reading the 2004 conservatives have been instrumental to evangelical vote this fall? Ultimately many
presidential coverage only in reverse. Republican victories for a generation. of these questions will not be answered
Reporters should take whatever efforts Some social conservatives warn that the until after the November elections. But the
McCain’s campaign makes to “outreach” appeal to moderate swing voters will coverage of this will only get heavier in the
to evangelical leaders with a large grain of jeopardize already lukewarm support from meantime. Check out the Los Angeles
salt. evangelicals. Times or this Religion News Service piece.
There are several reasons for this. Simmons quote is rather significant, Veteran RNS reporter Adelle Banks notes,
Contrary to the common assumptions, particularly as McCain is in the middle of concerning the recent evangelical politico
evangelicals are anything but efforts to gain the support of evangelical summit in Denver:
homogeneous. Along with that, there is a “leaders.” A good question to ask those The meeting featured conservative
diverse group of evangelical leaders and “leaders” is why they would support a Christians from various sectors of
evangelicals are not easily led. Lastly, few candidate who won’t try to win their evangelicalism, including African-
evangelical leaders have expressed much followers’ support the way the current Americans, Hispanics and younger
excitement for a McCain presidency. president did just four years ago? evangelicals. Tim and Beverly LaHaye, the
This of course makes the story much All the summer talk is directed at couple known respectively for their roles
more difficult to cover, particularly McCain’s running-mate selection. Former in the Left Behind book series and
compared to four years ago when Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee comes up Concerned Women for America, were
magazine covers blared the common a lot, but the Associated Press’s Eric there, as were Eagle Forum founder Phyllis
knowledge that evangelicals were voting in Gorski rightly reported a week ago that a Schlafly, former Christian Coalition
huge numbers for Republican George W. Huckabee in the second spot won’t solve president Don Hodel, and Phil Burress,
Bush and helped push him into his second McCain’s evangelical problem: president of Citizens for Community
term in office. The group also agreed to sign a letter Values, an Ohio organization affiliated
Wayne Slater of The Dallas Morning urging the McCain campaign to consider with Focus on the Family.
News appropriately conveyed this Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor But one person who was not invited was
skepticism Sunday as he wrote about how and Southern Baptist minister, as his vice one of the movement’s most prominent
McCain is stepping “up efforts to woo presidential choice, said another doesn’t want to do because he’d probably — on the evangelical vote. voices, Focus on the Family founder James
religious voters.” Slater, in his second participant, Phil Burress. Burress, who do the opposite.” Here is the AP: Dobson, who recently blasted Obama’s
paragraph, reports that McCain’s campaign heads an Ohio group that helped pass an Burress said that while Huckabee is a Although McCain opposes abortion politics and his theology, and has
has already written off the evangelical as a anti-gay marriage measure in that state in favorite of Christian conservatives, the rights, his support for embryonic stem cell previously said he would not vote for
way of winning in November: 2004, was among a group of conservative most important thing is that McCain’s research and opposition to a federal McCain.
But even as he woos evangelicals, his Christian leaders who met with McCain running mate be “pro-life and pro-family.” amendment prohibiting gay marriage That’s the thing about covering issues
campaign is pursuing a different strategy last week. Huckabee isn’t a favorite of all evangelical clashes with the widely held social like this. When it doubt, find out who is in
— abandoning George W. Bush’s model Burress characterized the Huckabee leaders, either; some dislike his populist conservative view. the room. And who is not.
of galvanizing the GOP base and targeting overture as a “suggestion, not a demand.” message, emphasis on the environment and Have those issues remained significant Bookmark to:
independents to make up for lost social- “This is a man you don’t threaten,” economic positions. enough for evangelicals to avoiding voting
conservative votes. Burress said of McCain. “His principles What deserves a closer look is the impact (or voting) for McCain regardless of their
“We can’t win the election the way are his principles. The last thing you want of the big social issues — abortion, gay other issues with him? On the other hand,
George Bush did by just running up the to do is try to force him to do something he marriage and embryonic stem cell research is the moderate position expressed by
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because of an email blurb that the “On weblog’s 100-plus-member panel of Thistlethwaite, Nobel Peace Prize winner observing the religious rituals of others.” with the question at the heart of the
Faith” team sent out to promote one of its religious thinkers and leaders. Thus, we are Desmond Tutu, Reverend Rick Warren, In a general sense, they can talk about their controversy?
religious questions that are posted for told: author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” various traditions. But that isn’t the issue If Quinn had chosen to visit a synagogue
debate. The question: With backgrounds and beliefs spanning a Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel, here, is it? The question concerns Quinn’s and break Jewish traditions, the relevant
What do you think about Sally Quinn, a wide range, panelists include Rock Anglican Bishop Nicholas Thomas Wright decision to knowingly violate Catholic discussion would involve Jews in various
non-Catholic, going to Communion at Tim musician Salman Ahmad, Arun Gandhi, among others. tradition and law. If she didn’t know that traditions.
Russert’s Catholic funeral? What are some grandson of “Mahatma” Gandhi, best- The assumption is that all of these people she was violating Catholic tradition and If she had decided to visit a mosque and
do’s and don’ts for observing the religious selling author Sam Harris, Bishop T.D. have something to say about this issue. I law, then that raises another set of do something totally contrary to Islamic
rituals of others? Jakes, His Excellency Mohammad can see that many would, about the journalistic questions.
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law and custom, the relevant discussion C. To show it in our communal but not
By dpulliam person of color. would be among Muslims. our personal lives.
Submitted at 7/8/2008 12:56:26 PM
He staked out his position on race and The goal would be to explore the facts of D. To show it in both.
civil rights early in his career, when five- that tradition and the differing ways — Protocols? In other words, if a Catholic
In the many news articles on the death of minute perhaps — that these facts are interpreted pope, bishop or priest does not offer
former North Carolina Republican Senator Viewpoint” editorials on WRAL-TV by experts and believers in that tradition. nonbelievers Holy Communion, then they
Jesse Helms, little is said outright of the made him well known throughout eastern Rest assured that there would be a debate are not gracefully taking part in their
social conservative politician’s religious North Carolina. In his book “ Righteous between American Catholics on the left search for God, truth, etc. They are turning
faith. There are certainly hints of it, but Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of and right on the Communion issue at hand, seekers away and, well, bad on them for
even in the Baptist senator’s home state Modern Conservatism,” University of between progressives and the pro-Vatican doing that. Forget centuries of converts,
newspapers, most reporters failed to Florida history professor William Link traditionalists. martyrs and everyone else. But I am
mention anything of note regarding said Helms used “Viewpoint” as a soapbox Meanwhile, we get all kinds of views on straying from the subject.
religion. against what he considered as an intrusive Quinn’s act from all kinds of people, The bottom line: What does this have to
Over the weekend, I conducted a rather federal government bent on racial equality. including some Catholics. But the do with the journalistic questions being
informal survey of the state’s major Helms considered the Civil Rights Act of emphasis is on the people outside the raised? McLaren is a Protestant’s
newspapers and will include in this post 1964 to be a blow to states’ rights, Link Catholic fold, with Quinn. It is not Protestant, although that statement will
links to most of the news articles I found. wrote. surprising that many take her side. anger many Protestants. He is free to do
Please forgive me if I missed an article or a What exactly was “righteous” about the For example, here is the trailblazing whatever he wants in his church. The
newspaper’s coverage somewhere. I will senator’s wars? Also, at the very end of the postmodern evangelical “emergent” question is whether he would want, let’s
certainly note my oversight if that is the article, the reporter cites a series of thinker Brian D. McLaren, who even say, some hardshell fundamentalists
case. moderate Baptist congregation.” individuals praising Helms. In addition to manages to jump inside the mind of coming into his services and taking actions
In The Charlotte Observer, the largest It’s quite interesting that a true political quoting career politicians and the president Russert as he argues that traditional that directly oppose the teachings of his
newspaper in terms of circulation in North fundamentalist/purist like Helms known of the Jesse Helms Center Foundation, the Catholics are bad Christian evangelists, church.
and South Carolina, an article on Helms’ best for his utter disdain for “liberals” and article quotes two evangelists praising because they want to maintain centuries of In other words, McLaren makes the rules
roots notes his Baptist upbringing, but his inability to “agree to disagree” chose to Helms: North Carolina residents Billy and law and tradition: or anti-rules in his own church, correct? If
nothing is said about how this impacted his remain a faithful member of a moderate Franklin Graham. Tim Russert, it was clear, lived in this you are writing about his church, the
youth or his later views: Baptist church that understands quite well The News & Observer, which is based in dynamic tension, and created this kind of important thing is to know and understand
Helms was born in October 1921, son of the importance of “agreeing to disagree” based in Raleigh, N.C., points out that space for his friends. He was a deeply the teachings and traditions in the context
Ethel Mae and Jesse Sr. — whom he and supports with its time and money Helms was key in making Southern states committed Catholic who welcomed into of his flock. You would want to show his
admiringly would refer to as the “real Jesse organizations that have been characterized a Republican stronghold that exists even to his circle of friendship people who did not congregation respect, by “getting things
Helms.” His mother was active at First by many (if not most) of his fellow this day. Part of this involved bringing share — or even begin to understand — his right” when covering them. That’s
Baptist Church, which Helms attended. conservative cohorts from the Christian together “social conservatives” that helped commitment. My guess is that Tim would journalism.
“Everybody was poor, but nobody realized Right as liberal at best and not-Christian at elect President Reagan, but is “social not have joined with those who took What do feelings and emotions have to
it,” McLeod said. “Everybody went to worst! conservatives all we get to define this offense, interpreted her choice with a do with this, in the context of a journalistic
church on Sunday morning. The Quite interesting indeed. As a movement? “hermeneutic of suspicion,” and who enterprise? There are facts linked to this
environment had as much to do with him commenter on the blog notes, perhaps Much is also made in nearly every story blasted Sally for taking part in discussion. Right? Or, is the question of
as anything.” Helms’ personal faith was more about Helms’ support, late in his career, communion. whether there are facts or truth claims
Jesse Sr. was Monroe’s fire chief — and complicated than reporters are telling us for funding AIDS relief in Africa. Instead, I think that Tim would have about Catholic sacraments what is actually
for a short while police chief — and and/or perhaps moderate Baptists are more Apparently Bono played a role in interpreted her choice with a “hermeneutic in dispute? Is it a newspaper’s job to tell
among the son’s strongest memories was diverse than people generally assume. convincing Helms that saving people’s of grace,” seeing in her action — which the Catholic Church what is and what is
his father’s generosity. Jesse Jr. sometimes The Asheville Citizen-Times is lives was a cause worth his time. Was the strictly speaking, did violate Catholic not good Catholicism? Is it the
woke to his mother making breakfast for unfortunately vague about the senator’s role of religion discussed at all in that protocols — as a step of faith, and not as newspaper’s duty to call for doctrinal
hobos that Jesse Sr. had rounded up and faith, although a book reference about conversation? an act of disrespect for his religion. All change? Would Quinn do that for other
offered a place to sleep for the night. Helmes suggests that at least someone has There’s a deeper story here that North priests and pastors and parishioners, it world religions? Questions and more
Much is said of the senator’s steadfast commented on the role of religion in his Carolina newspapers are not covering seems to me, face similar situations, and questions.
beliefs, but little is said of those beliefs’ life. about the role of faith in the life of Senator we all have four options: More fog, instead of information. What
source or origin. The simple question that Helms is famously known for Helms. Hopefully someone has told it and A. To show this “hermeneutic of grace” we need here is journalism.
remains unanswered is how did Helms’ the“Hands” campaign ad televised during I’ve overlooked the article, or it will be in neither our personal lives nor in our Bookmark to:
Baptist faith impact his political career and his 1992 race against Harvey Gantt, an written soon. church lives.
politics? African-American and former mayor of Bookmark to: B. To show it in our personal lives but
For some insight, check out the blog“The Charlotte. The TV spot show a pair of not our communal lives.
Big Daddy Weave,” which reports that white hands crumpling a piece of paper
Helms’ funeral was held at “a decidedly that indicated the man’s job had gone to a
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Troubles with Templeton obits


By Mark Stricherz very nice fellow,” biologist P. Z. Myers, a
Submitted at 7/10/2008 9:47:51 PM
fierce opponent of creationism, wrote on
his blog, Pharyngula. “It’s just too bad that
By most any measure, the late Sir John he threw so much money away into a
Templeton was a remarkable man. He was fruitless and pointless endeavor that does
a pioneer in not one but two fields: nothing but prop up belief in unreality.”
investing in stocks and donating money to Others supported Templeton’s work. He
explore the intersection of science and was knighted in 1987 by Queen Elizabeth
religion. II for his philanthropy.
After Templeton died Tuesday, his While Queen Elizabeth is better known
obituaries were quite detailed and than P.Z. Myers, the contrast is not fair
informative about one of those fields. You toward Templeton. Myer’s quote is pointed
can guess which one his obituaries didn’t and polemical. The Queen is not quoted,
fare so well. nor are any supporters of Templeton. Were
Religion News Service’s obituary was no Templeton Prize winners available?
not objectionable. It just wasn’t insightful. The Los Angeles Times’ obituary had a
Reporters Daniel Burke and Benedict different problem. It made an outright
Cipolla noted, appropriately, that bizarre statement about the Templeton
Templeton grew up in a town not far away Foundation’s projects:
from the Scopes Monkey Trial occurred, a . . . the Templeton charities have
big influence on his outlook. Yet their engendered controversy over the years for
religious analysis was only skin deep. Take or academic would have been helpful. their support of research into such topics as
this passage about the intellectual projects This quote from Templeton, too, cried character development, forgiveness, free
that Templeton funded: out for explanation: enterprise and the role of prayer in medical
High-profile initiatives have included a “I formed charity foundations. . . so that, healing.
study on the healing benefits of prayer, within a century, humans will know a Detractors have argued that the grants
overseen by a researcher from Harvard hundred times more about divinity and back flimsy science aimed at promoting
Medical School; an investigation into the spiritual principles as any human has religion and right-wing causes. The online
development of purpose among young known to date,” Templeton said in 2003. magazine Slate called Templeton “a
people; the Stanford Forgiveness Project; Templeton presumably is referring to the conservative sugar daddy” whose ultimate
and the Templeton Religion Reporter of masses, not spiritual leaders. But come on. goal was “the reunification of science and
the Year award through the Religion Templeton is making a bold claim: that his religion.”
Newswriters Association. charity foundations, and others like them How topics such as character
In February, the Templeton Foundation no doubt, will reveal divinity and spiritual development and forgiveness are
announced that it will donate $4 million to
researchers at Oxford University to
investigate the origins of belief in God.
principles. A quote from a scholar or
Templeton aide would have been helpful to
readers.
controversial is never broached. I realize
that numerous post-Enlightenment
philosophies deny free will, as do some
‘Take, eat; this is My body’
While some critics questioned the Christian ones. But unless I am wildly off By Mollie the Eucharist and believed to symbolize
At least RNS’ story was critical and the body of Christ, to show to his non-
subjects and methods of Templeton-funded fairminded. Scientific American’s obituary base, a typical LAT reader would wonder Submitted at 7/9/2008 4:55:37 PM
Catholic friend.
projects, even skeptics acknowledged the was one sided and sneering. According to why character development and It seems that if reporters don’t know “Symbolize” the body of Christ? No. And
caliber of many of the studies, and several reporter JR Minkel, Templeton was a well- forgiveness, or even prayer, meet much else about Roman Catholics, they what a rookie error. Anyway, the rest of
grantees praised Templeton for his hands- meaning but naive old man. Consider the intellectual resistance. should know something of what they the story is horrific as well:
off manner. obit’s final few paragraphs: Don’t get me wrong. Maybe believe about the Eucharist. Catholic belief College Student Gets Death Threats for
Surely this last paragraph needs an extra Critics charged that by attempting to Templeton’s awards and prizes were in the Real Presence of Christ in the Smuggling ‘Body of Christ’
sentence or two of explanation; as I will reconcile what the late evolutionary hokum, although I doubt it given the roster Eucharist has various supporting dogmas, A student at the University of Central
note later, two publications asserted that biologist Stephen Jay Gould referred to as of its past winners. But these obituaries including Transubstantiation and the Florida claims his life — and afterlife —
actually the caliber of the studies was the “nonoverlapping magisteria” of science needed to explain why it was so. Permanence of Presence and the were threatened by enraged Catholics after
questionable. To get their point across, and religion, Templeton was twisting Bookmark to: Adorableness of the Eucharist. he pocketed “the body of Christ” during a
Burke and Cipolla should have found out scientific concepts in religion’s name. But apparently the Catholic belief that church ceremony, according to a report on
what made Templeton’s projects “This is a sad event, since from all I’ve the wafer and wine of Holy Communion myfoxorlando.com.
distinctive or not. A quote from an expert heard from those who met him, he was a become the body and blood of Christ and Webster Cook says he received death
should be treated as such is unknown to threats and eternal damnation after he
reporters. Take this story from removed a wafer of bread from his mouth
FoxNews.com. I’m actually going to begin during communion and smuggled it from
with its closing paragraph: the church in a Ziploc bag.
The UCF student leader said he stole the
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Feeling blue about abortion coverage continued from page 33
Though Cook returned the wafer one
By Mark Stricherz 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. week after the theft, outraged Catholics
Submitted at 7/9/2008 2:04:37 AM
Bolton federal law in the event that those were unforgiving, according to
decisions are overturned. Greenburg WFTV.com.
Several days ago, two MSM reporters implied that Obama’ s statements are at “We don’t know 100 percent what Mr.
described Barack Obama as a centrist on odds with the high courts’ decision in Doe, Cook’s motivation was,” Susan Fani, a
the abortion issue, or at least wrote that his the companion case to Roe: spokeswoman with the local Catholic
position differed from that of liberal pro- I’d like to hear how Obama can continue diocese, told myfoxorlando.com.
choice activists. Their news hook was an to support the federal Freedom of Choice “However, if anything were to qualify as a
interview that Obama gave to a magazine Act, which contains a broad mental health hate crime, to us this seems like this might
aimed at young evangelicals. exception by specifically referring to the be it.”
For The Washington Post, reporter 1973 Supreme Court case that demands If the headline alleges that death threats
Jonathan Weisman characterized Obama’s that any abortion ban contain an exception were made, the story better cite those death
comments this way: based on “all factors—physical, emotional, threats — not unsubstantiated claims of
Last week, Obama expressly came out psychological, familial and the woman’s death threats. More than that, though, what
against using “mental distress” as a age. . . all these factors may relate to a hysterical way to treat this serious
justification for late-term abortions, a health.” subject. The actual story is that a student
position widely seen as the latest in a string A fair-minded critic should not be too government leader — angry over funding
of moves toward the political center but tough on either reporter. AP reporters have to religious groups on campus — pocketed
one aimed specifically at Christian arguably the toughest job in journalism, as the host and broadcast that fact to the
conservatives. their stories not only have to be accurate campus. That fact is missing from this
“Historically, I have been a strong but also fast. The Post’s Weisman was story.
believer in a woman’s right to choose, with writing a wrap-up story not an examination A few other things — rather than using
her doctor, her pastor, her family,” he said supporters. of drawing political conclusions, they of Obama’s stand on individual social square quotes around “body of Christ,” the
Saturday. “And I’ve been consistent in For the Associated Press, reporter Jim should have given readers accurate facts. issues and religion. reporter should just calmly explain
saying you have to have a health exception Kuhnhenn characterized Obama’s remarks Which is what bloggers, as well as the Yet both the AP and the Post’s stories Catholics believe the body of Christ is
on any significant restrictions or bans on this way: Baptist Press, have been doing since the were more conclusory than factual. It’s received in the Eucharist. Did Webster
abortions, including late-term abortions. The health care exception is crucial to stories came out: showing that Obama’s good that the stories attempted to link Cook really say he received eternal
“It can be defined by physical health. It abortion rights advocates and is considered statements were misleading and Obama’s position with religious voters. damnation or did the reporter mean to say
can be defined by serious clinical mental a legal loophole by abortion opponents. By incompatible with his previous record. But it’d be better if the articles were that anonymous, unnamed people said his
health diseases,” he continued. But “it’s limiting the health exception to a “serious Over at ABC News, Supreme Court accurate. eternal life was in jeopardy? The whole
not just a matter of feeling blue.” physical issue,” Obama set himself apart reporter Jan Crawford Greenburg noted (Photo by user Carf used under a Creative story is so amateur that it’s not really
Such statements may run the risk of from other abortion rights proponents. that Obama supports the Freedom of Commons license).
alienating Obama’s liberal activist Both reporters jumped the gun. Instead Choice Act, which would make the court’s Bookmark to:

Discussing doctrine
By Mollie and barriers to such dialogue: does.” audience in the Mormon Tabernacle on
Submitted at 7/9/2008 2:19:21 PM
Not all Mormons think Mouw’s proposal Talking is good, Flake says, “but it’s Temple Square, Mouw chastised his fellow
is feasible. never going to be official, only academic.” Evangelicals for sinning against Latter-day
Unless Mitt Romney gets picked to be The difference between Evangelicals and Rather than a boring story about the Saints by misrepresenting their views to
John McCain’s VP nominee, the Mormons is more than theological, says evangelical proposal and official response others in order to debunk Mormonism.
mainstream media may completely forget Kathleen Flake, who teaches American from the Latter-day Saints, Fletcher Stack “It’s a terrible thing to bear false
about that major news story from earlier in religious history at Vanderbilt University. actually takes it to the next level. She witness,” Mouw said. “We’ve told you
the primary season: Mormonism. Without It’s also organizational and systematic. shows some of the challenges inherent to what you believe without first asking you. .
that news hook, most reporters have Evangelicals are only loosely organized dialogue between the two non-systematic .I remain convinced there are serious
moved on to different topics — debunking around a set of principles; not least beliefs. issues of difference that are of eternal
Christianity and shark attacks, or emphasizing the primacy of the Bible over The rest of the piece looks at consequence, but now we can discuss them
something. theology, Flake says. Latter-day Saints, on conversations between evangelicals such as friends.”
But the Salt Lake Tribune is always on the other hand, “are tightly organized as Muow and Latter-day Saints over the This bit of color is also helpful. So often
the Mormon beat. And I really enjoyed a around an enlarged canon of Bible-based last decade: we see the mainstream media work from
recent piece by Peggy Fletcher Stack, the narratives. These are loosely employed to “They’ve been good discussions,” Mouw the notion that dialogue can only happen
paper’s religion reporter. Noting that the express personal conviction of God’s said in a phone interview. “We really between people who are not dogmatic. All
president of Fuller Theological Seminary contemporary and revelatory immediacy.” Latter-day Saints have a theology disagree about things but at the same time, in all, Fletcher Stack moves beyond press
Richard Mouw was calling for more Mouw’s invitation for official, Vatican II sufficiently systematized to speak we have gotten to a place where there’s release journalism to an interesting story.
dialogue with the Latter-day Saints, -like negotiation makes sense, she says, definitively. It seems to me that neither trust between us.” Bookmark to:
Fletcher Stack explored the possibilities “only if you think that Evangelicals and In a 2004 speech before a packed
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Chuck Colson, Renaissance man


By Mollie the Templeton Prize one of the world’s
Submitted at 7/10/2008 3:10:26 PM
largest annual monetary awards.
Winners over the years have included
Sir John Templeton, the wildly-successful Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Alexander
mutual-fund manager who pioneered Solzhenitzyn, the Reverend Dr Billy
international investing died Tuesday at the Graham, and Charles Colson, the
age of 95. He was also well-known for Watergate-burglar-turned-minister.
giving away much of his fortune to Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Jews also
scientific and religious causes. qualified to win the prize.
Mark will be looking at some of the All of which is interesting. Except that
obituaries, which seem amazed by Chuck Colson(who, by the way, donated
Templeton’s belief that science and faith his entire prize to Prison Fellowship) was
might be reconciled, in the next day or so. not a Watergate burglar and is not an
But one had an error we have to point out. ordained minister.
Like many other papers, the Telegraph Other than that, no problem. The
focused a great deal on Templeton’s bungling of these descriptors is just sloppy
religious philanthropy. But check out these journalism. As for the second of those two
paragraphs: worth more than the Nobel, and arranged mistakes, it makes you wonder if the
In 1973 he inaugurated the Templeton for the Duke of Edinburgh to present the reporter thinks that all people involved in
Prize for Progress in Religion, an annual award at Buckingham Palace, thus religious work are clergy ( see James
award to remedy the Nobel Foundation’s ensuring full press coverage. Dobson, etc., etc.).
omission of religion from its prizes. From 1973, when it stood at £70,000, the Bookmark to:
A brilliant publicist, Templeton prize money has risen to £820,000, making
guaranteed that his prize would always be
‘TAKE,
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worth parsing. How did other media upset religious groups hold church services
outlets handle the doctrinal issues in this on public campuses, is holding hostage the
story? Let’s take a look: Eucharist, an object so sacred to Catholics
Here’s Cheryl Getuiza from WOFL: they call it the Body of Christ.
Webster Cook says he smuggled a Ugh. The rest of the WFTV story,
Eucharist, a small bread wafer that to however, is much better. Hopefully
Catholics symbolic of the Body of Christ reporters can learn these basic beliefs
after a priest blesses it, out of mass, didn’t about the Eucharist before their next
eat it as he was supposed to do, but instead breathless reports.
walked with it. Bookmark to:
WFTV:
A University of Central Florida student,