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Apple Cell Phone ServiceCould your next cell phone be an iPod?  Probably, it’s no secret now that Apple has been working with Motorola to make a phone that works with iTunes.  But what if your next cell phone service came from Apple as well?  According to Forbes, that’s precisely Apple’s plan, or at least, they think it is. Still, Forbes is missing the big picture here.  Apple is about branding.  There are few brands larger than the iPod right now, and their dabbling with Motorola leaves a lot of unanswered questions.  First, do you really think Motorola will call their iTunes-enabled phone the “iPod Phone?”  It’s doubtful, but that’s what it’s called in iTunes.  Could Apple be working on an iPod with phone capabilities to go along with their new cell phone service?  It would make sense, explaining quite neatly why Apple has upgraded all the iPods to color screens ... heck, those screens are better than what you find on most cell phones.  The form factor is pretty close, and they already have a calendar and other features.  It’s not that big a leap, and it’s one that would likely reinvigorate the brand that is already facing some backlash.

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MMORPG FarmHave you ever been playing your favorite Massively Multiplayer Online game, and thought to yourself how convenient it would be to just pay a few extra bucks and have a ton of extra money or items?  Apparently, you’re not the only one.  1up has a story about the people running these “pharming” operations, sweatshops where people are paid pennies to play games, then they sell the proceeds. How can they possibly make any money doing this?  Maybe the correct question is how much, because these people are raking in the real cash, enough to buy real houses and real cars.  And you’re still playing in the online world.  Sucker.

Next question: How are they doing it?  1Up has your answer.

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Wireless RevolutionIn May of 2005 U.S. hardware history was made. This was the first time that laptops sold more than desktop computers in a single month. Indeed, Current Analysis, an innovative research firm headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, confirmed that laptop sales leapt to 53.3 percent of the total PC retail market in May 2005.

Were these figures just a blip on the the computer sales radar? Your own eyes can answer that question for you - folks with laptops are everywhere. Students learning interactively in the classroom, business men and women compiling data reports on planes and trains, and casual surfers reading emails in coffee shops. So, what current factors contribute to the massive popularity of laptops with the computer buying public?

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NeweggIf you have ever been on our forums you know who NewEgg.com is.  If however you are a Newegg newbie, the company provides computer parts and accessories at fantastic prices.  I know there have been many positive experiences with Newegg so I give you some insight into what happens when the egg isn’t all its cracked up to be - a Newegg nightmare if you will.  Check out my impressions after the jump.

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DescriptionAll of you guys have surely been in a situation where a tiny, insignificant part was missing from a gadget right? Frustratingly, it’s those tiny pieces that, when lost, cause total failure. This news clipping is an example of just that. A missing 1-inch cotter pin (a clip used to keep a bolt on) was missing on a Vancouver ferry resulted in a chain reaction where the ferry sped out of control into 24 boats docked at the Seweell Marina. A private contractor is to blame for the missing cotter pin.

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Revolution Think Outside The Box

I don’t know why I am still hearing people say that Nintendo’s new home console, the Revolution, will be launching at the end of 2006. Nintendo has continuously stated that they will not be the last out of the gate this time, and the above image proves that.  They really need to stick to their guns this time, as a lot of their fans are done with the myriad of broken promises given by the Big N. I must say, the poster is sleek, and the whole “Think Outside The Box” thing works for me in a big way. Here’s to hoping they can pull it off.

Google Toolbar FirefoxThe Google Toolbar is now available for the Firefox browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux in 10 different languages. While it’s great to see Google finally jumping on the Firefox bandwagon, giving it support for what is arguably the most popular toolbar out there, I am really not all that excited. Firefox ships with a built-in pop-up blocker as well as a built-in Google search box. Does anyone really use all the rest of the features on the Google toolbar?

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FeedShareVirtually every online merchant has an affiliate program these days. Even with a big shift in spending towards pay-per-click advertising, affiliate marketing has remained strong and is expected to grow by 30% over the next year (according to a Piper Jafrey analyst).

But offering your affiliates typical text/banner ads to promote your products is becoming less and less effective. An increasingly popular method of boosting affiliate performance has been the use of data feeds. Data feeds are basically data exports of a merchant’s inventory which affiliates use to create virtual store fronts. Many of the largest online retailers such as Amazon and Overture provide data feeds to their affiliates not only because they are a relatively inexpensive marketing tool but because they work.

More after the jump

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A great article was in the Seattle Times, talking about Philip Kaplan and how he became an Internet millionaire while other dotcom companies were going bust left and right. Philip currently runs AdBrite, a site where anyone can buy adspace on any of the sites in AdBrite’s network. His original site, FuckedCompany.com (FC) is where he made it big.

After the company he worked for won a $1 million bid for a project he could do for a fraction of the cost, he says, he left to start his own company, PK Interactive, out of a rented loft. He soon had four employees and more business than he could handle, as clients desperate for Web sites came in promising big contracts.

“It got so ridiculous that I was like, there’s no way this is going to last,” he says.

Read the whole article by following the link below.

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Jow Kraus has put up a great article on why it is a great time to be an entrepreneur. If you think about it, it’s so true. Compared to just ten years ago, things are so much cheaper thanks to advanced technology and the open source movement. To give that more impact, Excite.com took $3,000,000 to get from idea to launch. JotSpot took $100,000. That means that Excite needed 30x more cash to reach their goal than JotSpot did. That is a big deal. Remember, it is a lot easier to raise $100,000 in capital than it is to raise a whole $3,000,000.

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