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2:15 PM ET, April 15, 2006


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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Sun: Chasing after (and may catch) the open source DReaM  —  In March 2006, in a podcast interview with ZDNet, Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz dropped a hint that his company had something in the works that was very much like the Liberty Alliance (in the way that it undermined the usage …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
How Sun's "open DRM" dooms them and all they touch  —  David Berlind has written about Sun's "Open DReaM" crippleware project, a DRM that pretends to be "open source" and an "open platform" in a cynical bid to curry favor with copyfighters and studios.  The gimmick is that Sun's technology …
USA Today:
Sellers of Internet addresses surf for — and get — some big payoffs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Internet domain names are red-hot again.  —  This year, 15 names used in Internet addresses have resold for at least six figures to companies and individuals hoping to tap into big audiences. got $635,000.
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Information regarding MS06-015  —  Hi everyone, Mike Reavey here.  I wanted to quickly let you know about some things related to MS06-015 that we've gotten some customer questions on.  First, we're currently tracking an issue involving the interaction of the security update with some components related …
Discussion: The PC Doctor
China outlaws Outlook  —  Unlicensed email servers illegal under new rule  —  China has introduced regulations that make it illegal to run an email server without a licence.  The new rules, which came into force two weeks ago, mean that most companies running their own email servers in China are now breaking the law.
Discussion: Techdirt, Slashdot and GOODROI
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
Office 2.0 on Overdrive  —  The pace at which new Office 2.0 applications are being released seems to be accelerating.  For some applications, like Google Calendar, it's good news.  For others, such as ajaxXLS, not really so.  —  Google just released Google Calendar, and as Jeff Nolan pointed out, the whole blogosphere is abuzz.
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Reading the tea leaves: where the money is and isn't - new business models emerge  —  As Dave Winer and I were discussing how to pull off the unplanned unconference opposite Kevin Werbach's Supernova - it was the collision of business models that most dominated my mindstate.
Discussion: ben barren
Stace / Wireless, cell phones, mobile phone reviews:
Better input and bigger screens for cell phones?  How about virtual screen from Samsung?  —  Have you been struggling with the text input on you phone, when writing SMS message or entering calendar appointment?  With the need to press phone key 5 times just to get to the desired character?
Rogers Cadenhead / Wired News:
All Bets Are Off, Online Anyway  —  The United States is taking aim at internet casino ads as tensions build in a high-profile trade fight over the country's largely toothless online gambling ban.  —  Although many website operators insist internet gambling ads are legal …
Getluky / News Archive:
We added new support for Yahoo! Calendar and the newly-released Google Calendar, all-new subscription and maps options for searches, venues, and tags, and support for floating times for you iCal fans.  More details after the jump...  Yahoo! Calendar, Google Calendar, and iCal Downloads
Dustin / Team Blog:
Things are about to get exciting  —  Things have been quiet on the team blog recently so I thought I'd make a quick post.  First of all, let me say thanks to all the UMPC followers to date.  You guys are really amazing, I can't believe how fast you find stuff :) Seriously we see and learn …
PhysOrg Team /
Apple's iTunes must play fair in French music market: minister  —  Apple Computer Inc. should have anticipated that the exclusive union of its iPod music players and online iTunes store would be challenged in France, Trade Minister Christine Lagarde said.  —  "It should come as no surprise …
Discussion: Nyquist Capital and Engadget
Natural light 'to reinvent bulbs'  —  A light source that could put the traditional light bulb in the shade has been invented by US scientists.  —  The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) emits a brilliant white light when attached to an electricity supply.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jury verdict is more good news for TiVo  —  MARSHALL, Texas (AP) - In a case cast as crucial to TiVo's survival, a federal jury decided that EchoStar Communication Corp. copied key technologies from the digital video recording pioneer and awarded nearly $74 million.
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Companies blocking employees from reading RSS feeds  —  I dream of a world without prejudice.  Wars will be a distant memory.  No child will go to bed hungry.  A organizations will trust their employees enough to let them subscribe to RSS feeds.  —  In case you hadn't heard about it …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Becoming an Aggregator  —  According to The Social Software Weblog, Newsweek has launched a private-label RSS reader powered by Newsgator Online. it includes Newsweek feeds.  I am a fan of co-branded readers.  In this new world, content producers are going to move from being just distributors to aggregators.
Sam / Signal vs. Noise:
Microsoft Origami: "Too revolutionary"  —  Price, Interface Dampen 'Origami' PC Debut  —  'Origami' Stumps CEOs in Jobs-Style Presentation  —  Overpriced, underwhelming, cumbersome: pick three.
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Pulver's Post-Disaster Communications Petition now in FCC public Comments period  —  Jeff Pulver notes that on Monday the FCC put out for public comment the Post-Disaster Communications Petition that he and Tom Evslin and I filed back in March.  —  The FCC is soliciting comments on this petition.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Realtime-VoIP
Om Malik / GigaOM:
PSTN versus VoIP
Discussion: VoIP Now and Paul Kapustka's Blog
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
First EV-DO ExpressCard for MacBook Pro: Live Photos
Discussion: Ubergizmo and jkOnTheRun
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Microsoft's Social Search Plans & Eurekster
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
Hackable, Playable LED/Pad Music Interface
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Security Updates for Firefox, Opera Browsers
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Cell Phones to get Projectors soon
Discussion: Gearlog
Jimmie Geddes / Gadgets on the Go:
Sprint Treo 700p mid May, first week of June latest
Peter Kafka / Forbes:
Sirius, EMI Agree On Player Deal
Discussion: Orbitcast and Engadget
Mark Ward / BBC:
Net clocks suffering data deluge
 Earlier Items: 
Rafat /
Fox's 6 Year Deal With Affiliates On New Media Rev Share; Numbers Revealed
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Beatles set to join online music revolution
Valleyspeak winner: WiFired
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Catchup Friday — Abrams to launch Socializr; Meetup, Zoom, Zixxo & more
Declan McCullagh / CNET
ISP snooping gaining support
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Metblogs launches Azeroth blog (World of Warcraft)
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Lagging Ad Sales Contribute to Earnings Decline at Newspaper Chains