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3:05 AM ET, May 29, 2006

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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.
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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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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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
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.
New York Times:
Howard Stringer, Sony's Road Warrior  —  SAY hello to George Osborne, Britain's shadow chancellor of the exchequer.  Chat up the pop musicians Sir Bob Geldof and Peter Gabriel.  Plant a quick kiss on the cheek of Tessa Jowell, Britain's secretary of state for culture, media and sport.
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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.
maxconsole.net:
STICKY: Undiluted Platinum - World's First PSP Modchip - Install Pic & Features List!  —  Just a few short days ago, we broke the news to the world of a World's First PSP Modchip called Undiluted Platinum.  Of course there were skeptics out there, but we are now delighted to share …
Discussion: Engadget and Kotaku
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."
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
From a Small Stream, a Gusher of Movie Facts  —  THE closest that Col Needham gets to corporate life is the Dilbert calendar in his neat office — a converted bedroom in a quaint house in the ancient village of Stoke Gifford, a suburb of Bristol, the harbor city that is 90 minutes west of London by train.
Discussion: CinemaTech
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 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Joystiq poll: Will the PS3 price affect your console combo?  —  Remember back in January when we asked you about your preferred console combo plan?  We were operating under two assumptions then: that Nintendo's strategy involved being the second console of choice; and that the PS3 and Xbox 360 would be evenly priced.
Discussion: Gadgetophile
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.
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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