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6:20 PM ET, May 28, 2006

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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
First Amendment Applies to Internet, Appeals Court Rules  —  SAN FRANCISCO, May 26 — A California appeals court ruled Friday that online reporters are protected by the same confidentiality laws that protect traditional journalists, striking a blow to efforts by Apple Computer to identify people who leaked confidential company data.
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Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bloggers can shield sources, court rules  —  In setback for Apple, Internet journalists are protected by law  —  In a decision that could set the tone for journalism in the digital age, a California appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers, like traditional reporters, have the right to keep their sources confidential.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Apple dealt loss in Apple v. Does trade secret case  —  A California appeals court judge has ruled in favor of a petition filed by the EFF that frustrates Apple's attempt to force rumor sites AppleInsider and Powerpage to reveal their sources.  In 2004, web site AppleInsider published an …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Musings On Share Your OPML  —  Share Your OPML is already a good blog ranking system, and over time it has the chance to become the definitive ranking and recommendation system for blogs.  And when I saw that, I'm thinking the very long tail of blogs, not just the top 100 or even 1,000
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Welcome to Google Checkout, that will be $3.14  —  The first time I looked up the domain "GDrive.com" it appeared that someone other than Google had it registered.  A trip down memory lane takes us to my very first article that describes how I determined GDrive.com is in fact owned by Google, despite what it looks like on the surface.
Randy Kennedy / New York Times:
The Shorter, Faster, Cruder, Tinier TV Show  —  One morning earlier this spring, Dave Sirulnick and a group of fellow MTV executives gathered in a 29th-floor conference room overlooking Times Square to observe a time-honored television ritual, one they'd performed dozens of times.
Associated Press:
Just Give Me a Simple Phone  —  OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — Nathan Bales represents a troubling trend for cellular phone carriers.  The Kansas City-area countertop installer recently traded in a number of feature-laden phones for a stripped-down model.  He said he didn't like using them to surf the internet …
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Danny Westneat / Seattle Times:
Microsoft's mystery insider  —  The voice on the line, which had been easy and confident with a staccato laugh, suddenly lowers with concern.  —  It's because I mention his first name.  "Please don't put that in the paper, Danny," the voice says.  "I don't know what would happen, but I'm not ready to risk being exposed."
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
A look at how the PS3 got to be $600  —  While the entire internet (at least the gaming part) continues to reel from Sony's $600 price announcement, we have to consider just how it came to be that the video game console leader decided to create such an expensive piece of machinery.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Adobe Pilots a Blogging Tool  —  Adobe Labs is working on a concept project called NoteTag that allows users to capture notes during meetings and assign tasks within those notes to individuals.  NoteTag can turn the notes around and post them to a blog or del.icio.us and tag them.
Ashbaugh Online:
Episode #1 - Motion LE1600 Tablet PC Review  —  Welcome to episode #1 of the vidcast.  In this episode I'm demonstrating and reviewing the Motion LE1600 Tablet PC.  This model has been out for awhile, but thought it would still be fun to review it for those who haven't seen it.
Stopdesign:
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Doug Bowman Make Google Beautiful?
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Frankie / bungie.net:
Bungie Weekly Update  —  E3 brought up a lot of confusion about Halo 2 for Windows Vista, which is hardly surprising.  We'd been working on fixed platforms (Xbox, Xbox 360) for so long, that we'd almost forgotten the vagaries and complications of discussing a PC product.  I guess that's going to be the case for a while!
Discussion: Kotaku
CNET News.com:
Oracle exec hits out at 'patch' mentality  —  Oracle's security chief says the software industry is so riddled with buggy product makers that "you wouldn't get on a plane built by software developers."  —  Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson has hit out at an industry in which …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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) …
ZDNet:
European Union lawmakers are investigating a proposed tax on e-mails 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, tabled by Alain Lamassoure, a prominent French MEP and member …
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Darren Ennis / Reuters:
EU lawmakers consider taxing emails, SMS messages
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Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
XM Pulls FM-Enabled Radios from Kiosks & Online Store
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Luke O'Brien / Slate:
Why There Are No Indie Video Games
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple developing new Mac for education
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Gmail to get prices  —  In my latest source code inspection …
 

 
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