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5:30 AM ET, April 5, 2006


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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Software 2006: The shifting landscape  —  MR Rangaswami started off Software 2006 outlining three major themes for the event at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  He said the industry is undergoing a "quiet but dramatic revolution," driven by SaaS, open source and SOA architecture.
Shimon Sandler:
Google Real Estate - beta Launched  —  Thanks to my friend Avi from Promediacorp who alerted me to this immediately.  —  Google has silently released: Google Real Estate.  I don't know if that is the official name, but that's what I'm calling it until I hear otherwise.
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 …
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Census to Use Mobile Devices for Survey
Discussion: Engadget
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.
This is Powazek:
Death to User-Generated Content  —  Can I make a suggestion?  Let's all stop using the phrase "user-generated content."  I'm serious.  It's a despicable, terrible term.  Let's deconstruct it.  —  User: One who uses.  Like, you know, a junkie.  —  Generated: Like a generator, engine.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Reasons to Love Open-Source DRM  —  I acknowledge that the title of this column is strange.  Aside from the fact that most savvy music listeners (justifiably) hate DRM, the very idea of using open-source software to enforce digital rights management runs counter to everything commonly assumed …
Steve Friess / Wired News:
Podcasting Roils NPR Fund Raising  —  JoAnna Michaels is an inveterate listener of National Public Radio, but she won't be tuning in as much this month.  —  Her local Las Vegas affiliate, KNPR, kicked off its spring membership drive last week with program interruptions pleading for donations …
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
A Pretty Good Way to Foil the NSA  —  How easy is it for the average internet user to make a phone call secure enough to frustrate the NSA's extrajudicial surveillance program?  —  Wired News took Phil Zimmermann's newest encryption software, Zfone, for a test drive and found it's actually quite easy …
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Web Ads Appear On Racy Sites Despite Checks  —  Last month, Verizon Communications Inc. was surprised to find one of its Internet ads on a page with photos of scantily clad women.  Walt Disney Co. was unaware that its ad was next to an article about male sexual performance on
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day: Redesign—Don't Mess With A Good Thing  —  I was travelling yesterday when the launched its new home page, so I only really saw it this morning when I booted up my computer.  And my first reaction was "Ugh!"  There are so many more obstacles now in the way of getting to the information that I want.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Negroponte: Slimmer Linux needed for $100 laptop  —  BOSTON—The One Laptop Per Child organization will use Linux on its inexpensive machines, but the operating system suffers the same code bloat as Windows, the project's leader said Tuesday.  —  "People aren't thinking about small, fast …
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.
Mark Del Bianco / CNET
Perspective: Bumps in the road for AT&T-BellSouth merger?  —  The conventional wisdom in Washington is that regulatory approval of the proposed AT&T-BellSouth merger is a done deal.  The consensus is that this deal will sail through with flying colors—and a few not very onerous merger conditions.
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 …
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
MTV's Logo Launches Programs for Cellphones  —  Logo, an MTV entertainment channel that reaches a estimated 20 million viewers, has launched a cellphone video programming service targeted at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered audience.  —  Logo, which launched on cable television last June …
Joris Evers / CNET
Payment processor fears credit card crooks  —  A major online payment provider said Monday that its processing service had been used in an attempt to charge money to stolen credit and debit cards.  —  Several Web hosting companies that use the Authorize.Net service to accept credit cards online saw …
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Discussion: Open Sources …
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Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Maya Roney / Forbes:
Google Music Store Would Provide New Revenue Stream
Lucent takes legal action against Microsoft over Xbox 360