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12:40 PM ET, April 3, 2006

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New York Times:
A Letter to Our Readers  —  To Our Readers:  —  Our goal when we set out to redesign The Times Web site more than a year ago was to make experiencing The New York Times online simpler and more useful.  We hope you conclude that we have done that on the new pages appearing for the first time this month.
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Anil Dash / Six Apart:
The New York Times Redesigns, Influenced by Blogs  —  Today, the New York Times launched its site redesign, announced by a prominent editor's note on the homepage.  There's a few lessons for bloggers to learn from the redesign, as well as some evidence that the Times itself has been learning from bloggers.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
At Last, Movies to Keep Arrive on the Internet  —  Six major studios plan to begin selling movies over the Internet today that buyers can download and keep for watching at any time.  —  Until now, the only downloads the studios have offered have been online rentals, which can be watched …
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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
The Word in Hollywood, "Download"  —  Fearful of the same digital piracy that humbled the music industry, two online vendors are poised to start offering recently released flicks via the Web  —  It's the Steve Jobs effect.  Hollywood studios, facing intense pressure from the Apple Computer CEO …
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Every Click You Make, They'll Be Watching You  —  WOULD you trust a company enough to let it follow your every click online?  —  Claria, a company once vilified for raining pop-up advertisements across the Internet through its Gator software, is betting its business that the answer is yes.
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Claria abandons adware — really! — and raises $40 to push PersonalWeb  —  Claria, that Redwood City company that we and others criticized for its adware software that tracks your surfing patterns, has repented and decided to do something completely different.
Discussion: Techdirt and chew shop
Ted Wallingford / The VoIP Weblog:
What does it mean to communicate relevantly?  —  For the last few years, Iotum has been a company obsessed with solving the dilemma of relevance.  Today's patterns of interpersonal communication are so invasive, so fast, and so voluminous, that it has become difficult to insure one's self …
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Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
iotum and Asterisk  —  Asterisk is a huge phenomenon.  I had no idea how big, actually, until about six weeks ago, when Stephan Monette, the owner of Unlimitel and an iotum business partner, told me that we should think about targeting Asterisk users with iotum.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
As Magazine Readers Increasingly Turn to the Web, So Does Condé Nast  —  Getting married and wondering how you would look in a mermaid-style sheath?  Brides.com, a new Web site, takes you to a virtual fitting room, lets you pick from one of four body types and examine how each would look in six different styles of gowns.
Dr. Neil / Dr. Neil's Adventures:
Playing with a UMPC  —  This weekend I have been playing with a UMPC ;)  —  It is a pre-production unit that was lent to me for the weekend.  It takes a bit of getting accustomed to a touch screen.  I am used to the screen only reacting to my stylus.  After an hour with the UMPC I went …
Wall Street Journal:
Most Popular  —  1. Alcatel-Lucent Deal Stirs Culture Questions  —  5. Scientists Make Gene Therapy Breakthrough  —  The parties trade places on restricting political speech.  —  Amen Corner  —  Science is not an effective means by which to study God.  —  The Nada Bank  —  Have money, will not travel.
Reuters:
France's Alcatel to buy Lucent for $13.4 bln  —  PARIS/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - French communications-equipment maker Alcatel said on Sunday it would buy smaller U.S. rival Lucent Technologies Inc. for $13.4 billion to gain market heft and broaden its product mix.
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Seattle Times:
Program to label PCs "Vista ready"  —  Microsoft announced a new program to label PCs "Windows Vista ready" if they can handle the new operating system going on sale in January.  But the stickers don't tell the whole story, because some of the labeled PCs may only be able to run a bare-bones version of Vista.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Newsvine:
Writing On Newsvine  —  If you'd like your own column, we'd like to publish it for you!  Start writing here, and we'll promote your articles throughout the site based on what keywords ("tags") you provide for each article.  —  For instance, if you wrote an article about Bill Clinton and tagged your article …
Inhabitat:
DIY KYOTO'S WATTSON  —  When I first heard about DIY Kyoto, the literal meaning of the company's name didn't immediately strike me.  But these designers are doing exactly what they say: creating products that make adhering to the Kyoto Protocol a do-it-yourself endeavor.  They began their mission with the Wattson.
Discussion: OhGizmo!, Gizmodo and Engadget
USA Today:
Web users walk Great Firewall of China  —  BEIJING — Clad in jeans and a denim jacket, college student Jin Shan sips Coke and battles demons in an online fantasy game at an Internet cafe in Beijing's university district.  —  "Most people who come here are like me," says the 23-year-old economics major.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Techdirt
 
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Q: What sort of bonuses should we pay?
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Microsoft SyncToys upgraded to 1.2
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iPod Nano in Scratch Resistant X2 Coating
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Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Will Wikio challenge Google News and Technorati?
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IAG Blog:
VoIP builds velocity ... as Apple waits in the wings
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All The Digg-Style Applications: The List !!!
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Walter White / govtech.net:
Why Municipal Wi-Fi May Be a Bad Investment for Cities
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THE STATE OF WEB 2.0  —  Now that Web 2. has had its mainstream …
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