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3:35 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.
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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."
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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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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ZDNet:   European Union lawmakers are investigating a proposed tax …
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.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
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 …
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
XM Pulls FM-Enabled Radios from Kiosks & Online Store  —  Earlier today word came in that XM has stopped selling certain radio from their kiosks and from their online store.  As further investigation showed that only satellite radio receivers with an FM-Modulator were the units being pulled.
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