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7:50 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 …
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 …
stopdesign.com:
Going to Google  —  The cat's out of the bag.  I made the announcement here in New Zealand at Webstock, so I'll confirm that, yes, the rumors are not just rumors.  After a bit of negotiation and a lot of internal debate, I recently accepted an offer to join Google as Visual Design Lead, a position that did not previously exist there.
Discussion: GigaOM and Digital Inspiration
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
A Cure for the Summertime Blues  —  First Dave Winer highlights the one sentence in this blog that actually seemed to sound positive.  You know, the angry old man, etc.  Then a spate of crap from the trolls highlighted by one Paul Montgomery, a Down Under journalist (his word) …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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.
Discussion: Engadget
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Netflix To Launch Web Downloads This Year
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
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple developing new Mac for education  —  Exclusive: Apple Computer is working feverishly on the design of a new Macintosh computer that the company hopes will strengthen its position in the education sector when it goes on sale later this year, AppleInsider has learned.
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 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Gmail to get prices  —  In my latest source code inspection, I found more snippets code that foreshadow upcoming features in Gmail.  As far as I know, these features aren't available in the current version — I couldn't reproduce them and there is no documentation in the Help area.
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 …
Luke O'Brien / Slate:
Why There Are No Indie Video Games  —  And why that's bad for gamers.  —  Don't believe all those recent articles about how video game manufacturers are headed to the poor house.  The global market share for video games should surpass $40 billion by 2010.  Thanks to powerful new consoles, their graphics are approaching CGI quality.
Discussion: Kotaku and GameSetWatch
BBC:
Serendipity casts a very wide net  —  It is no accident that technology commentator Bill Thompson believes that the web does a lot to promote chance discovery  —  One of those rumbling arguments that betrays a deeper discontent is going on within the loose collection of blogs …
 
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