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1:25 AM ET, May 19, 2006

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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Record Labels Sue XM Radio  —  As has been widely reported, the four major record labels have filed a copyright infringement suit against XM Radio, based on the recording capabilities included in certain recently-introduced XM receivers, such as the Pioneer Inno and Samsung Helix.
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sonyericsson.com:
The W850 WALKMAN® phone - a cool slider made for music  —  London, UK- 18 May 2006 - The evolution of Sony Ericsson's successful Walkman® phone range takes another step forward today with the announcement of the UMTS enabled W850.  Sony Ericsson's first GSM/UMTS 'slider' …
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Yahoo! unveils video sharing site, Finance redesign at analyst day  —  Yahoo! presented its business strategy to analysts yesterday and gave the world a sneak peek at what's to come.  A new advertising system is code complete and currently undergoing some testing and, if all goes well, will be rolled out later this year.
Danese Cooper / New DivaBlog:
What Sun Doesn't Want You To Know About Java and Open Source  —  Yes, its been dog's years since I've blogged...but I just couldn't be silent about this.  —  Today at JavaONE my pal Geir Magnusson is announcing that Harmony has full support for SWING/AWT.  This is really big news …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Sam Ruby
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
ISP snooping plans take backseat  —  A prominent Republican in the U.S. Congress has backed away from plans to rewrite Internet privacy rules by requiring that logs of Americans' online activities be stored.  —  Wisconsin Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee …
Washington Post:
Google's Goal: A Worldwide Web of Books  —  It's odd to hear Vinton Cerf, regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Internet, to gush over ink-on-paper books.  —  The electronic pioneer and computer scientist, who now works as Google's chief Internet evangelist, is also a bibliophile …
CNET News.com:
Dell opts for AMD's Opteron  —  update Dell has agreed to use Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron chip in multiprocessor servers by the end of the year, ending a long-standing policy of sticking exclusively with Intel.  —  The PC maker made the move public in its first-quarter earnings press release on Thursday.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Mark Fletcher presentation at Startup SIG  —  Mark Fletcher spoke about his experience starting ONElist and Bloglines at this month's SDForum Startup SIG in Palo Alto.  Mark has given a similar presentation at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and at Startup School …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and ben barren
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO Book.com:
Blog Usability Interview with Kim Krause Berg  —  A while ago I contacted Kim Krause Berg for a usability review, but I threw a curve ball in on her.  I asked her how I could make this blog more usable.  I believe Kim is the first person who has ever offered blog usability review services.
Mike Nowak / ceci n'est pas:
E3 Crabtacular  —  Due to the "me too" nature of a lot of game publishers, pretty much every E3 has a very visible trend, like toon shading or World War 2 shooters.  The trend that was noticeable this year, to me, was crabs.  Yes, crabs.  It became very obvious right from the start during Sony's press conference.
Discussion: Kotaku
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire Whale Communications, a Leading Provider of SSL VPN and Application Security Technologies  —  Acquisition will broaden Microsoft's secure access solution.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 18, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype's Net Neutrality gamble: we'll be so big, they can't stop us  —  James Bilefield, head of Skype's European operations, has a plan for combating telecommunications companies eager to do away with Net Neutrality: get big.  As companies such as AT&T think about cashing in on a "tiered Internet …
Discussion: Realtime-VoIP
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My new Mac  —  The black MacBook is a very nice computer, a clear upgrade from the earlier iBook G4.  People have expressed concerns about the keyboard, but so far it's fine, no problem.  —  Well, that was too good to be true.  I hadn't installed the memory upgrade when I wrote the bit above.
Discussion: clock and Incremental Blogger
Shiny Media / Tech Digest:
LG launches two new plasmas  —  LG has expanded its line up of HD Ready plasma TVs with the new PY2R series and more affordable 42PC1D.  The PY2R series, available in 50" or 60" sizes, have already won design awards from iF Design and Red Dot although it's a little hard to tell exactly why from the pic …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digital Lifestyle …
Bloomberg:
Google in Brazil May Face Criminal Probe Over Orkut (Update1)  —  May 17 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the owner of Brazil's most-used online community site, may face a criminal probe for distribution of child pornography and racist materials by its users, lawyers for the attorney general said.
Thomas J. Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Going Wireless Most Places You Go  —  Wi-Fi, the wireless networking technology that can create an invisible field of Internet access over a limited area, has revolutionized the world of mobile computing.  But while Wi-Fi is serving up Internet access in a growing patchwork of places like coffeehouses and …
DailyTech:
Pioneer Blu-Ray PC Recorder Now For Sale  —  $1000 burning a hole in your pocket?  —  For those who cannot wait to get on the Blu-ray train, Pioneer's BDR-101A PC Blu-ray recorder is just starting to trickle into the retail channel.  Tiger Direct has just listed the BDR-101A for sale at a mere $999.99.
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot
 
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Associated Press:
China Mobile says it's talking to Google
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Human Smut Scanners Needed At Photobucket And MySpace
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feeds 2.0: A little like Searchfox
Gregg Keizer / InformationWeek:
Apple Fixes Firmware, Leaves Users Confused
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Hardware firms oppose Net neutrality laws
 

 
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