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12:55 PM ET, May 27, 2006

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CNET News.com:
Apple thwarted in bid to unmask leaker  —  update Apple Computer suffered a setback in its effort to plug an internal leak, after a state appeals court ruled that the computer maker can't immediately get its hands on records of who may have contacted an Apple enthusiast site with details on an unreleased product.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
On the Apple decision  —  A very simple editorial on yesterday's decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeals that bloggers are entitled to the same protection as print journalists; that a rich corporation can't control the bloggers that cover it.  —  1. The day a U.S. court comes …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Mike / Techdirt:   Appeals Court Explains To Apple That Bloggers Are Journalists Too
techeblog.com:
Top 10 Strangest Gadgets of the Future  —  This week, our editors have compiled a list of the "Top 10 Strangest Gadgets of the Future", from solar powered LEDs to memory LCD screens, it's all here.  Which ones are your favorites?  —  10. Citizen's Memory LCD
Tim Arango / New York Post:
TALKS COOL BETWEEN MICROSOFT AND EBAY  —  May 26, 2006 — For several weeks Microsoft has been in discussions about a possible acquisition of online auctioneer eBay, The Post has learned.  —  According to multiple sources close to the matter, Microsoft has considered buying eBay and merging …
IEBlog:
Announcing IE7+  —  With the release of Windows Vista Beta 2, I want to announce that we will be naming the version of IE7 in Windows Vista "Internet Explorer 7+".  While all versions of IE7 are built from the same code base, there are some important differences in IE7+ …
Timothy J. Mullaney / Business Week:
Netflix  —  The mail-order movie house that clobbered Blockbuster  —  Truly ambitious web startups think of making money merely as a starting point.  Real respect goes to companies that change the rules of the game.  And few upstarts this side of Google (GOOG). have grander ambitions than Netflix Inc.
Darren Ennis / Reuters:
EU lawmakers consider taxing emails, SMS messages  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers are investigating a proposed tax on emails and mobile phone text messages as a way to fund the 25-member bloc in the future.  —  A European Parliament working group is reviewing the idea …
Discussion: TechSpot
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Gonzales pressures ISPs on data retention  —  U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller on Friday urged telecommunications officials to record their customers' Internet activities, CNET News.com has learned.  —  In a private meeting with industry representatives …
USA Today:
Financial firms attack child porn  —  The nation's leading banks and credit card companies will soon team with law enforcement in a groundbreaking coalition to catch people who sell child pornography online.  —  The financial institutions will report child porn sites they discover on the Web …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Strict Net neutrality passes House Committee, but fate is rather uncertain  —  The House Committee on the Judiciary today approved the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act (HR 5417) in a vote of 20-12.  This particular 'Net neutrality bill would make it an antitrust violation to …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and blackrimglasses.com
Inside AdSense Team / Inside AdSense:
Video ads: Your questions answered  —  A couple of days ago, we launched click-to-play video ads.  We thought we'd follow up with answers to some of your top questions: … Google will host the video, and it is user-initiated, so it will not slow down your site and you will not have to pay for the bandwidth.
Ravi / All about Linux:
First impressions of Picasa - Google's first rate Graphics suite for Linux  —  Today, Google did something which would gladden the hearts of thousands of GNU/Linux users - well atleast those who are not as rigid in outlook about GPL any way.  That is they finally released a version of Picasa for Linux.
USA Today:
Feds cut off phone tax after 108 years  —  A pesky, century-old tax on your phone bill is finally being put to rest.  —  The Treasury Department said Thursday that it will no longer collect a 3% federal excise tax on long-distance calls and would refund about $15 billion to taxpayers.
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