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11:35 AM ET, April 16, 2006


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Halfway through my blog vacation (change in comment policy)  —  Thank you Werner Vogels!  —  By kicking our behinds when we visited Amazon for [a book reading] an executive review on corporate blogging, he taught us a valuable lesson: "always be prepared."
Matt / Photo Matt:
The Feed Validator is Dead to Me  —  Is anyone else sick and tired of the so-called feed validator changing its mind on fundamental issues every other week?  I'm sure Sam Ruby and whoever else is still working on the Validator mean well, but the constant ivory tower decisions to change the way it interpets …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
A high-tech way to defrost  —  Humans have been getting rid of ice the wrong way for centuries, it turns out.  —  Dartmouth College engineering professor Victor Petrenko, not to be confused with one of the Champions on Ice, has devised a way to use a burst of electricity to remove ice caked on walls or windows.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
It Does Little, and Not Very Well  —  The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet ought to possess all the ingredients necessary for tech success.  This thin, light device — essentially, a touch-sensitive color screen framed by a few buttons — looks like an artifact from science fiction.
Discussion: TeleRead
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Apple Gets a Big Slice Of Product-Placement Pie  —  Movie, TV Roles Keep Firm in Ever-Brighter Spotlight  —  When scriptwriters of the hit NBC show "The Office" wanted the boss character to give a cool gift that the show's co-workers would later resent, they had him hand out an iPod.
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple could double market share on Microsoft defections
Discussion: Download Squad
John Markoff / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent  —  GEOFF GOODFELLOW is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who came up with an idea that resulted in a $612.5 million payday.  But he will never see a penny of it.  He remains little known even in Silicon Valley and, perhaps most surprising, he doesn't really mind.
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
Why Windows is less secure than Linux  —  Windows is inherently harder to secure than Linux.  There I said it.  The simple truth.  —  Many millions of words have been written and said on this topic.  I have a couple of pictures.  The basic argument goes like this.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Making and Breaking HDCP Handshakes  —  I wrote yesterday about the HDCP/HDMI technology that Hollywood wants to use to restrict the availability of very high-def TV content.  Today I want to go under the hood, explaining how the key part of HDCP, the handshake, works.
Discussion: Engadget
Clark / Rocky Mountain News:
Auto Assault: A Perpetual Work in Progress  —  For 4 1/2 years NetDevil has been working on Auto Assault.  —  And if things go well, they'll never stop.  —  While most development teams move on to the next project after shipping a game, Auto Assault is a massively multiplayer game …
Discussion: Kotaku
Interim Build To Be Released Monday!  —  We are proud to announce that build 5365 is going to be released on Connect this Monday.  This build is an Interim build which will include several bug fixes and some UI changes.  It will feature as well the updated Internet Explorer UI.
Steven Schwankert / InfoWorld:
Why piracy in China isn't going away  —  Software pricing needs to be commensurate with local market conditions  —  Over the past few months, some of China's top PC manufacturers have pledged to purchase genuine Windows XP and other Microsoft products, in an effort to combat piracy in one of the areas where it is most prevalent.
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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.  And organizations will trust their employees enough to let them subscribe to RSS feeds.  —  In case you hadn't heard about it …
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?
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Woofer  —  Though I'm not sure what the sound quality is like …
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