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10:15 AM 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.
Discussion: BuzzMachine
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 …
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.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Will Doug Bowman Make Google Beautiful?
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 …
ZDNet:   European Union lawmakers are investigating a proposed tax …
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 and tag them.
Discussion: Message and JD on EP
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.
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) …
Frankie /
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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I4U News:
AOL To Offer Mobile Phone Service in Germany
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Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
XM Pulls FM-Enabled Radios from Kiosks & Online Store
Discussion: Gizmodo
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
China, the Web's Broken Link
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