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5:05 PM ET, April 4, 2006


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How I Work: Bill Gates  —  Not much of a paper chase for Microsoft's chairman, who uses a range of digital tools to do business.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - It's pretty incredible to look back 30 years to when Microsoft (Research) was starting and realize how work has been transformed.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Mac's Moment?  —  Apple has its best chance in years to make a dent in the business market  —  Japan's Aozora Bank Ltd. is planning to do something once unheard of in the business world: switch nearly all of its 2,300 desktop personal computers to Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers.
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
New Trends In Online Traffic  —  Visits to Sites for Blogging, Local Information and Social Networks Drive Web Growth  —  While growth is slowing at most top Internet sites, it is skyrocketing at sites focused on social networking, blogging and local information.
Mike / Techdirt:
GM Slow To React... Or Right On Schedule With Create-Your-Own Ad Controversy?  —  from the GM-gets-the-second-bounce-as- well dept  — has an article suggesting that GM somehow screwed up with its online create-your-own ad program that allowed tons of anti-GM ads to be created and passed around online.
Ross / Zimbra - Blog:
A Pint of ALE - Ajax Linking and Embedding  —  Recently I had to write a document which required the inclusion of some images, a chart, and a few drawings in the text - something that modern word processors allow you to simply and readily do.  In fact, the ability to embed and edit rich content directly …
Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
Raise an ALE to Google Maps API v2
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Related Links Now Out; Challenges Yahoo's Year-Old Y!Q Links  —  Google Blogoscoped spots a new Google Labs release, Google Related Links.  We wrote about these appearing last month, but there was no way for people to get them then for their own sites.  Now you can.
Ben Edelman:
The Spyware - Click-Fraud Connection — and Yahoo's Role Revisited  —  In August 2005, I posted half a dozen examples of what I call "syndication fraud" — Yahoo placing advertisers' ads into spyware programs, and charging advertisers for resulting clicks.  But Yahoo's spyware problems extend beyond mere syndication fraud.
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—In a rare discussion on the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Fujitsu exhibits fold-out keyboard UMPC  —  Fujitsu has put on show a pair of conceptual PC designs, one intended to show how an "ultra-mobile" machine might operate, the other a home computer system which looks funky enough but probably won't give Apple's industrial designers any sleepless nights.
TabletKiosk eo UMPC evaluation underway!  —  The good folks at TabletKiosk have let me borrow one of their prototype eo UMPCs for a few days and I will be offering my observations about the device.  Here's a couple of quick photos of the unit which will have to do until I have spent a little more time with the eo:
Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Jtreem / Inside the Cubicle:
The difference between Employee and Corporate blogs  —  The Wall Street Journal today published a story on employee/corporate blogging (apparently, they do not understand the semantical difference).  The article is called "The Inside View," and I would link to it, but I can't seem to find the proper URL.
John Markoff / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Work With Start-Up on Chip That Uses Less Power  —  SAN FRANCISCO, April 3 — I.B.M. plans to announce an alliance on Tuesday with a small Silicon Valley company that has designed a flexible microprocessor chip intended to perform tasks like video processing using less than a tenth the power of today's chips.
Craig Ellison / PC Magazine:
Navman Unveils GPS/Camera Combo  —  In what is a first in the GPS category, Navman is introducing a new GPS that combines turn by turn navigation with a digital camera.  —  The new iCN750 will feature a 4-inch WQVGA (480-by-272 pixel) touch screen, a GPS unit preloaded with maps …
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Borders to sell Sony digital reading device  —  The Sony Reader, a new text-reading device that lets you have the Bible or the entire works of Tolstoy on hand but carry around the physical equivalent of a paperback, will be sold at Borders bookstores.  —  The gadget, which debuted …
Microsoft Wins Biggest Phone-Software Order, Rivals BlackBerry  —  April 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. won its biggest-ever contract for mobile-phone software, an order from the U.S. Census Bureau that covers 500,000 handsets.  —  Microsoft, the world's biggest software maker …
Lucent takes legal action against Microsoft over Xbox 360  —  Patent place, again  —  NETWORKING GIANT Lucent is suing Microsoft alleging it breaches a patent it holds.  —  The patent, 5,227,878, was issued to Lucent on July 13th 1993 and called "Adaptive Coding and Decoding of Frames and Fields of Video".
Smart glasses switch focus in an instant  —  Glasses that change from "long distance" to "reading" mode at the flick of a switch could prove a revelation for many wearers.  —  Researchers have developed a prototype that uses liquid crystals to change focus in an instant …
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