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Laura Rich

Welcome to the seventh episode of “The Mediatwits,” the new revamped longer form weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser along with PaidContent founder Rafat Ali. This week’s show looks at Microsoft’s massive payout, $8.5 billion, for Skype, a popular communication service that still loses money.

Our guest this week is Laura Rich, the co-founder of the new Street Fight site covering the business of hyper-local and geo-location. She responds to our earlier criticism of the site on a past episode. Plus, Google announces its new Chromebook netbook computers that don’t have any software beyond a web browser, and will be out next month.

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Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

Rafat’s allergies and Mark’s allergic to cable

1:20: Mark decides to cut the cord to cable TV

3:30: Rafat cut the cord when he moved to New York

4:50: Rundown of stories on the podcast

Microsoft bets big on Skype

6:45: Don’t ruin it, Microsoft

8:40: Could it upset the cell carriers?

10:50: Rafat pays to use Skype when traveling

Interview with Laura Rich of Street Fight

13:10: $150 billion in local advertising market

15:40: Street Fight will have events and do original research

17:45: AOL uses Patch as wire service to cover Bin Laden news

20:55: Rafat says PaidContent succeeded by being a must-read daily

22:50: No deja-vu for Internet bubble

Google unveils Chromebooks

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The Acer Chromebook

23:40: Basics on the Chromebook

25:30: Rafat says netbooks have their place, but being replaced by tablets

28:30: Long-lasting battery-charge miracles

More Reading

Microsoft’s gamble: A big phone bill at The Economist

Microsoft’s Skype-high price

Will Microsoft Inject Trademark Mediocrity Into Promise Of Skype? at Forbes

Microsoft Will Screw Up Skype at Daily Beast

The Future of Skype by David Pogue at NY Times

Skype Deal Is Unlikely to Pay Off for Microsoft at Reuters Breakingviews

Skype’s long history of owners and also-rans: At an end? at Fortune

Street Fight

HuffPo Harnesses Patch Hyperlocals for Bin Laden News at Street Fight

Google Chromebook Could Struggle Against Windows, iPad at eWeek

Three Big Questions for the Samsung Chromebook at PC Mag

Hands On With Samsung’s Chrome OS-Powered Series S at Huffington Post

Hands On With Google’s Chromebook: Nice, but Unnecessary at The Atlantic

Google tries to remake the laptop at CNET

Weekly Poll

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Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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