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11:40 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 …
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 …
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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
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 …
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Symantec AntiVirus Worm Hole Puts Millions at Risk  —  Be the first to comment on this article  —  A gaping security flaw in the latest versions of Symantec's anti-virus software suite could put millions of users at risk of a debilitating worm attack, Internet security experts warned May 25.
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Associated Press:
Company: Hackers can crack top antivirus program
Discussion: MobileRead Networks
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
WEB 2 TRADEMARK ISSUE  —  There's a tempest out there in blog land about my partners' use of the "bigfoot letter" tactic in defending their Web 2.0 trademark as it relates to conferences.  Many of my readers are asking about it.  I'm going to wait to comment on this in detail till I talk to Tim …
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Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Where is Cory Doctorow on this 'Web 2.0′ broo hah hah?
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and paidContent.org
Inquirer:
Blackberry-killer plans leaked  —  Data-only clamshell nears launch  —  A HIGHLY-PLACED mole in a North American company has attempted to leak details of a data only clamshell to the INQ.  The device is intended as a mass market version of the original RIM Blackberry.
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Chris Pirillo:
Time Management!?  —  I have too many things I need to do, and I've got no time to do 'em all.  I've had so many late nights in the past week, it's not even funny.  Didn't even have a chance to check my email until 11am today!  I stayed up last night working on helping the Outlook team …
Discussion: Larry Borsato and Lockergnome
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and Digital Backcountry
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
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.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
How soon can we get these Google apps added to the Dell De-crapifier?  —  Bill Gates was right; there is no Microsoft lock-in on the desktop.  How could there be after Dell, the world's biggest PC maker, agreed to sell PCs with pre-installed search software from Google.
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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
Tim Folger / CNN:
Coming soon: The Web toll  —  New laws may transform cyberspace and the way you surf it  —  (PopSci.com ) — What if the Internet were like cable television, with Web sites grouped like channels into either basic or premium offerings?  What if a few big companies decided which sites loaded quickly …
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Marc Perton / Engadget:
Pioneer VSX-516 6.1ch receiver with USB, MP3, AAC and WMA playback
Mike / Techdirt:
Recording Industry Still Trying To Shut Down Allofmp3.com
Microsoft:
Windows Live OneCare Achieves ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs Certification
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
Loading the iPod With Egalitarianism
Discussion: IP Democracy and Coolfer
maxconsole.net:
BREAKING NEWS: Undiluted Platinum: World's first PSP Modchip!
Discussion: Engadget and Joystiq
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Clicker: YouTube as viewed by "network math"
Reuters:
Ballmer: Vista on track for January shipment
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Alcatel OT E260 Cell Phone
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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Ian Griffiths' Weblog:
Office 12 and the Forthcoming UI Cargo Cults
Ingrid Marson / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: OpenDocument is too slow
Discussion: TechSpot
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google AdsBot Now Coming To Assess Your Landing Pages, Will Impact Your AdRank
Camilla / Popgadget:
Mosquito repeller necklace
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Associated Press:
Las Vegas Sands to unveil mobile gambling
Discussion: Gizmodo and Things That
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
PIcasa on Linux, so far
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Botnet pushes Zango software
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft adds Ultimate edition of Office
 

 
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