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12:05 PM ET, May 27, 2006


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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.
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 runs contrary to federal law …
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 …
Denise / Bag and Baggage:
Apple v. Does Decision Issued
Apple v. Does
Mike / Techdirt:   Appeals Court Explains To Apple That Bloggers Are Journalists Too
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 …
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
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 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 …
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.
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.
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Dennis / Techdirt:
What If You Could See Airline Pricing Algorithms?
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Pioneer VSX-516 6.1ch receiver with USB, MP3, AAC and WMA playback
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Mike / Techdirt:
Recording Industry Still Trying To Shut Down
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John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
Loading the iPod With Egalitarianism
Discussion: Coolfer and IP Democracy
BREAKING NEWS: Undiluted Platinum: World's first PSP Modchip!
Discussion: Engadget and Joystiq
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New York Times Invests In Online Leads Exchange Startup Root Markets
Discussion: Somewhat Frank