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6:05 PM ET, April 24, 2006

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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Apple Chomps Into Forbidden Fruit: Ads  —  Set to Accept Podcast Ads on iTunes  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Coming soon to iTunes: ads.  Apple — a brand that prides itself on the purity of the user experience — will soon put up billboards on its popular iTunes service, according to content partners who have been briefed on the plan.
Joe / Techdirt:
Inflated MySpace Page Views Explain 10-Cent CPMs  —  from the whip-page-view-inflation-now dept  —  Several months ago, we noted that something wasn't adding up when it came to MySpace.  Ostensibly they are one of the most viewed sites on the internet, yet their ability to pull in revenues seems almost pitifully poor.
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Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
One Day Soon, Straphangers May Turn Pages With a Button  —  PARIS, April 23 — In the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," a subway passenger scans an issue of USA Today that is a plastic video screen, thin, foldable and wireless, with constantly changing text.  —  The scene is no longer science fiction.
gizmag.co.uk:
Electronic golfball finder  —  April 23, 2006 We've written about a few golfball finding mechanisms in our time, but none are as expensive or as accurate as the BallFinder SCOUT.  The device exhibits an astonishing capability in digital imaging and tracking technology, using a video-based camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Lowell Vickers / news.mywebpal.com:
Local family sued by record companies  —  A Rockmart family is being sued for illegal music file sharing, despite the fact that they don't even own a computer.  —  A federal lawsuit filed this week in Rome by the Recording Industry Association of America alleges that Carma Walls …
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIAA sues family that doesn't own a PC
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Will O'Brien / Engadget:
Maker Faire (Part 2)  —  We've got more odd creations and far out gadgets from our leisurely Saturday and Sunday at the Maker Faire.  If you liked round one, check out round two to see more from the Faire and find out about this robot made from scrounged and garage sale parts.  See you next year, Maker Faire!
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
St. Cloud Gets Tarred with Free-Doesn't-Work Brush  —  Education may be the key to launching new Wi-Fi networks: St. Cloud, Florida, is suffering from what appears to be a backlash against its citywide free Wi-Fi network given that it's only been in operation a month.
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Travis Reed / Associated Press:
Pioneering Wi-Fi city seeing some startup problems
John Markoff / New York Times:
Patent Awarded to RealNetworks May Give It a Competitive Edge  —  SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 — RealNetworks has received a patent on a way to stream multimedia content over the Internet, and the company said last week that it believed the patent would give it leverage as companies rapidly expand …
PR Newswire:
IAC Appoints Jim Lanzone Chief Executive Officer of Ask.com  —  NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI - News) announced today that Jim Lanzone has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ask.com, overseeing worldwide business operations.
linksys.com:
Linksys Announces The Immediate Availability Of Products Based On 802.11n Draft Specification  —  Wireless-N family delivers maximum range and capacity for Wireless Voice, Internet, Video and Music all at once throughout the home or office  —  IRVINE, Calif. - APRIL 24, 2006 - Linksys® …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Matt Cutts on Toolbar Data  —  At last week's WebmasterWorld Pubcon conference in Boston, I had the opportunity to talk to Matt Cutts from Google a few times and when I posted my recollection of comments about Google and user or toolbar data for rankings he wanted to clarify.
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
On Pokemonetisation...  Only colleague (but not for long) Simon Willison and I have been spending a hell of a lot of time over the last three weeks sitting in a tiny room with lots of whiteboards puzzling over motives for collecting and sharing and - frankly - it's semi doing my nut.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Everyone's an Editor as Wiki Fever Spreads to Shopping Sites  —  MILLIONS of people have lent their wisdom — or their perceived wisdom, at least — to Wikipedia's online articles, helping to make it one of the more talked-about Web sites in recent years.  Now Amazon.com and the people …
Terence O'Hara / Washington Post:
Four Months Later, In-Q-Tel Again Needs New CEO  —  Amit Yoran resigned over the weekend as chief executive of In-Q-Tel , the venture capital arm of the U.S. spy community, after less than four months on the job.  —  Yoran, a seasoned technology entrepreneur and investor as well as a former head …
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Save The Internet.  Why?  And For Whom?  —  Net activists have launched a Save the Internet campaign, hoping to build a grass roots groundswell in order to maintain the status quo over network neutrality.  —  You can read about the reasons in great detail here or simply watch a two minute video …
Riyad Emeran / trustedreviews.com:
Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook E8210 - 3G Notebook  —  Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook E8210  —  Mobilie connectivity is something that has become vital to the modern workforce; a fact that Intel capitalised on brilliantly with the introduction of its Centrino platform.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Associated Press:
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Video Handsets Mostly Just Used as Phones
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Marc Perton / Engadget:
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Iomega 1TB Network Attached Storage
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Christine Seib / Times of London:
Skype to sell EMI music on retail site
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Non-Anarchy Tagging for Online Retailers
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Microsoft:
Australia and Xbox Break World Water Balloon Record
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