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Quick Bits & Some Fine Reads From Around the Web

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[qi:030] It’s been awhile since I put together a list of random stuff I’ve found on the web and cool tips that have made their way into my inbox. So today I’ll try to make amends with an extra-long list:

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics is keeping track of all the layoffs. Why don’t you as well?
  • Forbes is offering up its take on the Cogent-Sprint peering fight story I broke a few weeks ago. It is worth a read.
  • Yahoo may have sold Kelkoo off for $57 million, much less than the $126 million sale previously reported. Damn, they spent $600 million buying France-based Kelkoo in 2004.
  • Sarah Tavel of Bessemer has some excellent analysis as to how, much in the same way Wal-Mart and “category killers” like Staples have shuttered mom-and-pop stores, the same is happening online. Her story, “The Staples 2.0 Effect,” is one to bookmark.
  • Make VoIP calls via Truphone on your iPod Touch. What’s not to like about this?
  • My friend David Isenberg is ready to rock with the 2009 edition of F2C: Freedom to Connect conference in Washington, D.C., in March 2009.
  • 3G be damned, the wireless industry is printing money with SMS. About $190 billion in 2008, according to Portio Research. That number is going to surge to $330 billion by 2013, they say.
  • There were 174 million domain name registrations across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs) at the end of the third quarter, up three percent over the second quarter and 19 percent higher than the same quarter last year. More on the VeriSign web site.
  • The State of Spam and Internet Security Threats by Messagelabs is available here.