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11:40 AM ET, April 25, 2006


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Meet the Nokia N72: the Multimedia Computer that Looks as Good as It Performs  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today revealed the Nokia N72, a sleek and stylish new addition to the Nokia Nseries range.  In pearl pink or gloss black, this compact package has high-perfomance multimedia …
Discussion: Engadget
Nokia Introduces the Next Story in Video with the Nokia N93  —  Digital camcorder and multimedia computer in one easy-to-use compact package  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today introduced the Nokia N93, the ultimate mobile device for spontaneous video recording.
Nokia Drives Internet Convergence With New Nokia Nseries Devices and Experiences  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today unveiled a new range of Nokia Nseries multimedia computers and experiences, reinforcing Nokia's leadership in making the Internet mobile.
Digitally Divine Nokia N73 - the Ultimate Challenge to the Digital Camera  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today unveiled the latest addition to the Nokia Nseries family, the Nokia N73, a stunning multimedia computer in a compact and savvy exterior with exquisite photography features …
Discussion: Engadget
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Great Microsoft Blunder  —  Internet Explorer is a dead albatross.  —  I think it can now be safely said, in hindsight, that Microsoft's entry into the browser business and its subsequent linking of the browser into the Windows operating system looks to be the worst decision …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
IE7 Beta 2 Ships  —  Microsoft just released Beta v.2 of IE7 and announced it on the IE blog.  They've also announced toll free phone support and other feedback and support products for users of Beta 2.  The English version only was released tonight.  German, Finnish, Arabic and Japanese version …
IEBlog:   Feedback and Support for IE7 Beta 2
Sun Founder McNealy to Step Down as Losses Mount (Update3)  —  April 24 (Bloomberg) — Scott McNealy stepped down as Sun Microsystems Inc.'s chief executive officer after failing to stem losses at the company he founded 24 years ago.  —  McNealy, 51, will remain chairman, Santa Clara, California- based Sun said today in a statement.
Discussion: Valleywag and deal architect
Nicole C. Wong / Mercury News:
Scott McNealy steps down as Sun CEO
Stephen Shankland / CNET
McNealy steps down at Sun
Dan Goodin / Associated Press:   SUN CEO Steps Down After 22 Years at Helm
Business Week:
It's Not All Fun And Games  —  Virtual worlds abound in useful business applications  —  It's hard to imagine a less corporate setting than the often bizarre online virtual worlds such as Second Life.  But to a surprising extent, mainstream businesses are already dipping their toes into the virtual water.
Business Week:
Virtual Land, Real Money
Discussion: Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
The great Google float  —  The best business model ever created has to be the float.  You hold on to other people's money for them, and you get to keep the interest.  It's a beautiful thing.  One of my favorite business stories is the tale of how J.C. Fargo, the president of American Express …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Splasho
Heather Forsgren Weaver /
Aloha joins mobile-TV game via Hiwire  —  WASHINGTON—Hiwire, a newly minted subsidiary of Aloha Partners L.P., is planning to join competitors MediaFlo and Modeo L.L.C. in offering mobile TV using dedicated spectrum.  —  Aloha Partners, backed by several wealthy investors with histories …
Microsoft developing next mobile OS: Crossbow  —  APRIL 24, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - Microsoft Corp., which has been carving a larger slice of the mobile device operating system market, is developing a new product, code-named "Crossbow," which will incorporate features such as instant messaging, a Microsoft executive confirmed Monday.
Ben Charny / Google Watch:
Google's Cell Phone Sex Problem  —  New research concludes that Google Internet search requests via cell phone are mostly to find porn, and at a rate twice what Google encounters from its regular wired Internet users.  —  Nearly one in five of Google wireless searches are for words associated …
Discussion: MobHappy
Apple Introduces 17-inch MacBook Pro  —  MacBook Pro with 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor Up to Five Times Faster Than PowerBook G4  —  CUPERTINO, California—April 24, 2006—Apple® today unveiled its new 17-inch MacBook™ Pro notebook computer featuring the Intel Core Duo processor …
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Google Maps Gets Huge Satellite Update from Google Earth  —  Last Friday Google updated the satellite data used for Google Maps so it now has the many updates recently made to the Google Earth database.  This means the new high resolution data for all of Germany, many places in Europe …
Global Conference 2006  —  More than 2,500 people gathered in Los Angeles for the 9th annual Global Conference, an exploration of new thinking on a host of current international policy concerns, from energy independence to educating a 21st century work force.
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