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6:45 PM ET, May 26, 2006

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Dan Tynan / PC World:
The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time  —  These products are so bad, they belong in the high-tech hall of shame.  —  At PC World, we spend most of our time talking about products that make your life easier or your work more productive.  But it's the lousy ones that linger in our memory long …
Brady / O'Reilly Radar:
Controversy about our "Web 2.0" service mark  —  Sara Winge, our VP of Corporate Communications, asked me to post this:  —  The blogosphere has been buzzing today about O'Reilly sending a cease-and-desist letter to IT@Cork, demanding (yes, that's the legal term) that they not use "Web 2.0" in the title of their conference.
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Kevin Poulsen / 27B Stroke 6:
Apple Loses Bid to Unmask Bloggers' Sources  —  A California appeals court has smacked down Apple's legal assault on bloggers and their sources, finding that the company's efforts to subpoena e-mail received by the publishers of Apple Insider and PowerPage.org runs contrary to federal law …
Discussion: Bag and Baggage
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EFF: Breaking News:
Huge Win for Online Journalists' Source Protection  —  EFF Arguments Secure Reporters' Privilege for Internet News Gatherers  —  San Jose - A California state appeals court ruled in favor of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) petition on behalf of three online journalists Friday …
Discussion: The Apple Core
Associated Press:
Company: Hackers can crack top antivirus program  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Symantec Corp.'s leading antivirus software, which protects some of the world's largest corporations and U.S. government agencies, suffers from a flaw that lets hackers seize control of computers to steal sensitive data …
Discussion: MobileRead Networks
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
AT&T leaks sensitive info in NSA suit  —  Lawyers for AT&T accidentally released sensitive information while defending a lawsuit that accuses the company of facilitating a government wiretapping program, CNET News.com has learned.  —  AT&T's attorneys this week filed a 25-page legal brief striped …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Has the MySpace Downturn Begun?  —  Guy Kawasaki held a focus group with six teenagers — this is a small sample, of course, but their view of MySpace is telling: … This points to two key MySpace vulnerabilities (among many):  —  1. When a fad becomes overhyped, teens will eventually retreat
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to refine Vista's PC-rating tool  —  SEATTLE—Microsoft is retooling a PC-rating feature in Windows Vista following criticism from hardware makers and others, a situation that suggests the next-generation operating system may not yet be ready for mass consumption.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Use Farecast To Find Flight Deals (or just fly Southwest)  —  Seattle-based Farecast, now in private beta, is an airfare pricing comparision tool that also uses a predictive algorithm to recommend when you buy your ticket.  So the idea is to show the user not just who has the cheapest ticket …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft adds Ultimate edition of Office  —  Ultimate is becoming a popular word in Redmond.  —  After already announcing plans for an Ultimate edition of Windows Vista, Microsoft confirmed this week that it also plans an Ultimate edition of Office 2007.  —  The new retail package …
Brian Williams / MSNBC:
Steve Jobs: Iconoclast and salesman  —  Apple founder's newest store wows fans in Manhattan … NEW YORK -  —  Brian Williams  —  If Steve Jobs is synonymous with Apple, then the new glass cube rising up out of the Midtown Manhattan streets is a monument to Steve Jobs.  —  Brian Williams: Is this your Model T?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and paidContent.org
GROKLAW:
USPTO: Broadest Claims Forgent Asserts Against JPEG Standard Invalid  —  This is amazing.  Do you remember that the Public Patent Foundation asked the US Patent Office to take another look at the JPEG patent?  Yesterday, the reexamination proceeding initiated by PubPat bore fruit …
Discussion: Techdirt
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Google Reaches Agreement to Have Its Software Installed on New Dell Computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO, May 25 — Google and Dell have reached an agreement to install Google software on millions of new Dell computers over the next few years, Google's chief executive said on Thursday.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The questioning of career, life, family, love follows grief (taking a week off of blogging)  —  Two days ago Maryam told me that she always wanted a BMW (we've been planning a car purchase for a while cause her Toyota was starting to show its age).  —  So, last night, what did I do?  I bought her one.
 
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Reuters:
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