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8:25 AM ET, May 17, 2006


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Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Sun promises to open source Java  —  Community must help to pevent fragmentation  —  Sun Microsystems is planning to release the source code of the Java programming language, chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
Joris Evers / CNET
Sun promises to open-source Java  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Microsystems will open-source Java—it just has to figure out how to do it, company executives said Tuesday.  —  Open-source advocates have urged Sun for years to open-source the Java programming language, but the company has resisted …
Chris Preimesberger /
Sun's Open-Source Outreach Met with Mixed Emotions  —  Sun Microsystems has been a prime supporter of open source in the enterprise, in its own way, for years, mainly through the OpenOffice, NetBeans and OpenSolaris communities.  —  Yet due to restrictive and often-tangled licensing practices …
Simon Phipps / SunMink : SunMink:
JDK on GNU/Linux: Something Wonderful
Discussion: Between the Lines and Sam Ruby
MapCruncher: Interactive Web Maps Come to Life  —  MapCruncher - a prototype technology from Microsoft Research that makes it easy for users to create their own, personalized mash-ups - may revolutionize the way people use online maps.  —  REDMOND, Wash., May 16, 2006 - "We love maps," says Jon Howell - and it shows.
MSR MapCruncher for Virtual Earth  —  QUICK INFO  —  File Name:  —  —  Version:  —  2.0  —  Date Published:  —  Download Size:  —  1.4 MB  —  Overview  —  Have you ever looked at satellite photos of a building in Virtual Earth — and wished you could zoom right in and see its floorplan?
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
FeedBurner Migrates RSS Ad Network to Sites  —  RSS advertising and metrics player FeedBurner is moving beyond feeds with its latest initiative.  The company seeks to expand the volume and type of inventory it offers advertisers by enticing publishers, especially bloggers, to display its ads on their Web sites.
Discussion: SearchViews
Dick / Burning Questions:
The Feed Powers The Site  —  This morning, we unveiled another enhancement to our advertising platform: a feed-driven approach to positioning ads on Web sites and blogs.  The feed is the keystone to publisher content; by managing the feed and providing the FeedFlare service …
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Update: Motorola Q set to take on BlackBerry  —  The Q's weak point is Microsoft, a recent entrant to the world of push e-mail, one analyst said  —  Motorola Inc. hopes to roll out its much-anticipated Q smart phone next week, President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Zander said Tuesday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Motorola Q is set for launch next week
Windley / Phil Windley's Technometria:
Rocketboom  —  I went to Amanda Congdon's plenary session at the end of Syndicate.  She's the host of Rocketboom, a videoblog that deals with serious and not so serious news.  —  I've heard of Rocketboom, but hadn't seen it before.  I enjoyed the clips she showed and will probably go have a look from time to time.
The empire strikes back: WITH QoS  —  Back-drop:  —  "So what" Quality of Service (QoS)?  The constant use of the term reminds us of the Chicken Little  —  cries that the sky is falling ...but this time it is true in the case of the ITU circuit based business  —  models!
Apple Unveils New MacBook Featuring Intel Core Duo Processors  —  New MacBook Design Completes Apple's Intel-based Notebook Lineup  —  CUPERTINO, California—May 16, 2006—Apple® today unveiled the newly designed MacBook™, the world's most advanced consumer notebook featuring …
Up close and personal with Apple's MacBook (photos)
Discussion: AAPL and
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Samsung SGH-P900 Gets FCC Thumbs Up  —  Remember that sweet TV phone with the rotating screen?  Well it is coming to the states, even though there is no support for the T-DMB digital mobile television service over here, yet.  This is a traditional clamshell phone that can flip open …
George Oates / FlickrBlog:
Alpha... Beta... Gamma!  —  We've just released the big round of changes I mentioned last week: New Navigation, New Search, New and Improved Organizr, and the Person Menu.  All of these improvements have been designed to help you navigate the site with less effort and organize your photos more efficiently.
Rob Fahey /
Xbox 360 with HD-DVD to be priced below PS3  —  New information raises prospect of high-definition video Xbox 360 bundles  —  Retail sources in the UK have told that Microsoft has intimated to them that the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will be priced such that console …
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Lotus Notes gets upgrade  —  IBM software's open format, word editor take aim at Microsoft  —  The next version of IBM Corp.'s flagship collaboration software, Lotus Notes, will challenge the dominance of Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite by offering built-in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software.
Discussion: Matusow's Blog
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Google Notebook Released  —  I downloaded the Google Notebook browser extension about twenty minutes ago, and have been trying it out.  —  In case you didn't hear about Google Notebook yet, it's a new tool from Google announced last week during the Google Press Day, but not planned to be released until this week.
Learning from the Amazon technology platform  —  Growth  —  Many think of Amazon as "that hugely successful online bookstore."  You would expect Amazon CTO Werner Vogels to embrace this distinction, but in fact it causes him some concern.  "I think it's important to realize …
Jennifer DeLeo / Gearlog:
Update: Happy Blu-Day!  —  UPDATE: Many readers are saying that this story was faked.  Well, I'm here to tell you it's far from a lie, and I have more pictures to prove it!  In fact, since I enlarged the photo, we noticed that the DVD was actually a DVD+R, not a DVD-R!
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Security feature in Microsoft's new Windows could drive users nuts
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
StumbleUpon has 875,000 Users!
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Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: IR Remote Control your Computer
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Oh ... we thought the "iPod killer" was going to be a product
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UnCut Video - AOL's YouTube Rival
Give Michael Arrington a f**king break
Chris Morris / CNN:
'Phantom' video game CEO charged with pump and dump scheme
Discussion: Techdirt
John D. Stoll / MarketWatch:
Chairman says Starbucks could start book sales by Christmas
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The New Wireless Wars  —  Uncle Sam's spectrum auction opens …
Ingrid Marson / CNET
ICANN approves .tel domain
Duncan Graham-Rowe / NewScientistTech:
'Fly-by-wireless' plane takes to the air
Mike / Techdirt:
Skype's Free Calling: Promotional Strategy Or Attempt To Submarine Vonage IPO?
Discussion: EuroTelcoblog
PR Newswire:
Intel Capital Leads Investment in Pando Networks' Second Funding Round of $7 Million
Skype launches free call promotion in US, Canada
Discussion: VoIP Now
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Deadline Set for Wireless Internet in Parks