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11:55 AM ET, May 12, 2006


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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Measuring PFF Against the Darknet  —  Today the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF), a DC-based "market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy," released a report entitled "The DMCA Dialectic: Towards Constructive Criticism."
Discussion: Infothought and IPcentral Weblog
Mike / Techdirt:
Why The "Copy Protection Is Necessary" Argument Doesn't Make Sense  —  from the breaking-it-down dept  —  We've noted multiple times in the past how the Progress and Freedom Foundation (a DC-based think tank) seems to keep taking positions that make no sense when you actually look at them.
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Dynamic Implementation of Google Co-op for Search Engine Roundtable  —  This morning I described what is Google Co-op, but I also promised I would try to implement an example for this site.  Well, we have implemented phase one of Google Co-op subscription links for this site.
Bambi Francisco:
Google machines vs. humans
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
In Our Post-PC Era, Apple's Device Model Beats the PC Way  —  For many years, there have been two models of how to make computers and other digital devices.  One is the component model, championed by Microsoft.  The other is the end-to-end model, championed by Apple.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Notebook Screen Shots  —  A Google employee named Erica Joy has posted a number of screen shots of Google Notebook, which will launch next week at  —  Notebook looks like it is designed to be a flat out competitor, allowing you to gather content from around the web …
Mark Peters / Lets Go Digital:
Sony Alpha unveiled  —  Sony Alpha : Thanks to Kai Thon from DigIT we can inform you about Sony's latest hot digital imaging product; the Sony Alpha digital SLR camera.  Toru Katsumoto, Senior General Manager of AMC Division, Digital Imaging Business Group of Sony Corporation …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Sony unveils first alpha DSLR
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google sticks with dual-class structure  —  As expected, Google shareholders rejected on Thursday a proposal made by a pension fund holder of stock to eliminate the company's dual-class stock ownership structure.  —  Google's annual shareholder meeting also featured executives fielding questions …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Report Claims Very Serious Diebold Voting Machine Flaws  —  [This entry was written by Avi Rubin and Ed Felten.]  —  A report by Harri Hursti, released today at BlackBoxVoting, describes some very serious security flaws in Diebold voting machines.  These are easily the most serious voting machine flaws …
Staci D. Kramer /
Interview: Paul Scanlan, CTO, MobiTV  —  Interview: Paul Scanlan, COO, MobiTV  —  It took two years for MobiTV to sign up its first 500,000 customers — and just six months for the next 500,000.  The growth has been aided by the availability of more video-capable handsets and increasing access …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Ballmer: Google wants special treatment in IE  —  update SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Google seems to want special treatment on Internet Explorer, according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  —  His remarks centered on the default search engine in the Web browser.  Right now, when people update …
'We have a lot on our plate and we prioritise'  —  Fresh from settling an anti-trust suit with Microsoft, the chief executive of Real Networks, Rob Glaser, outlines the company's strategy for success in the digital downloading market  —  Interview by Kate Bulkley
Tony Long / Wired News:
Tech Workers of the World, Unite  —  I was raised in a union house.  My father was a passionate supporter of the labor movement and I've never forgotten that the union helped feed and clothe me when I was a kid.  —  Most of my professional life has been spent as a member of a union …
Joe / Techdirt:   Tech Workers Need More Than Sentimental Reasons To Unionize
DoCoMo to Unveil New Eight FOMA "9 Series" Phones  —  NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries today unveiled the new lineup of eight FOMA "9 Series" handsets.  All 9 Series phones are preinstalled with i-appli™ software required to use DoCoMo's DCMX™ credit card.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Lawsuit seeks to block Google settlement  —  Lawyers representing Internet search advertisers filed a lawsuit this week in an attempt to block a proposed $90 million settlement to a class-action click fraud suit against Google, a lawyer and the lead plaintiff said Thursday.
Josh / Redeye VC:
53,651  —  One of the few benefits to being a technology investor based outside of Silicon Valley is that I don't spend all my time in the valley.  While I'm out in California every few weeks, I get to spend most of my time in the "real world."  —  Over the last several weeks …
Search Engine /
% of Red1 and Yellow2 Sites...  Key Findings  — All the major search engines returned risky sites in their search results for popular keywords.  — Overall, MSN search results had the lowest percentage (3.9%) of dangerous sites while Ask search results had the highest percentage (6.1%).
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Putting the Wire Back Into Networking  —  Back in the Stone Age of home networking, anyone who wanted to play on a computer not hooked directly into an Internet connection had to snake phone lines or Ethernet wires across floors and up staircases.  —  People talked about a promising idea …
Alice /
Radio 1's One Big Second Life Weekend  —  While E3 rages on over Stateside, here in the UK it's wellies and arm-waving in the Dundee sunshine: Radio 1's One Big Weekend, all weekend, all free, all festival fabulous: starting tomorrow.  And if you're nowhere near Dundee or didn't get a ticket …
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BlogHer Launching Ad Network For Blogs By Women; First Category, Parenting
Mike / CrunchNotes:
New TechCrunch Site Launched
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CollectiveX to Launch Thursday
Discussion: Between the Lines and Message
Oatmeal / SEOmoz | Daily SEO Blog:
Interviewing Web Developers - 20 Good Questions to Ask
Julie Johnsson / Chicago Business:
AT&T, CUB propose end to residential phone regulation
Zephoria / apophenia:
anti-social networks legislation
Discussion: What MySpace Means
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Exclusive: Interview With Cingular "Migra" Ringtone Creator
Discussion: Gearlog and Engadget Mobile
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Data on Phone Calls Monitored
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
ICANN chokes off .xxx porn registry
How to upload video clips from a camera phone to YouTube
Discussion: This is Mobility
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Don't give in to feature demands!
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor
Evan Blass / Engadget:
D-Link relents, agrees to halt its "NTP vandalism"
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
E3 gaming expo: Xeni here, come say hi!
DualCor cPC-connectivity information now available
Discussion: Engadget and
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Yahoo rebuffs Microsoft offer

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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Infowars was reportedly granted temporary White House press credentials, which are easier to receive than a permanent pass

Joseph Otterson / Variety:
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Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
The prospect of Joe Lieberman as FBI director does not bode well for press freedom

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