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5:09 AM ET, June 2, 2006

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BBC:
Extortion virus code gets cracked  —  Do not panic if your data is hidden by virus writers demanding a ransom.  —  Poor programming has allowed anti-virus companies to discover the password to retrieve the hijacked data inside a virus that has claimed at least one UK victim.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
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BBC:
Woman targeted by web hackers
Discussion: TechSpot and Ken McGuire Blog
Google Blogoscoped:
New Ask Blog Search  —  The new Ask blog search has launched, Gary tells me, and it's also rolled out for Bloglines (disclosure: an Ask ad campaign is in the talks for this blog for some time now, I dunno yet if it'll come).  It looks interesting and obviously tries to mine whatever RSS …
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The Ask.com Blog:
There's Blogs (and Feeds!)  In Our Search!  —  If you've spent any time in the candy aisle you are probably familiar with one of the best mash-ups in history: combining chocolate and peanut butter to get "two great tastes that taste great together"... the peanut butter cup.
Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Movielink On the Block  —  The download site owned by some of Hollywood's biggest studios is searching for a buyer, but would-be acquirers have balked at film-usage terms  —  It's become the hottest thing to do in Hollywood, right after getting a choice table at the upscale Chinese eatery Mr. Chow.
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Carlo / Techdirt:   For Sale: One Crappy Movie Download Site
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Party like it's 1999?  Not quite  —  I walked into the TechCrunch party Wednesday night at Consolidated Works wondering how it might compare to the Loudeye IPO party six years ago — an extravagant affair that in my mind marked the peak of the dot com euphoria in Seattle's tech industry.
Discussion: Digital Backcountry
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Two Parties In Two Weeks - Seattle and London
Discussion: MarketingMonger
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Why I think ClickFraud is far greater than imagined.  —  This is an opinion piece.  So take it as such.  To all those who have asked me.  This is why I think clickfraud FAR exceeds what is being published by search companies.  —  1. Hackers exist.  —  2. Hackers exist for profit.
Discussion: F**kedGoogle and Besting Adwords
Andrew Donoghue / ZDNet:
Red Hat: Microsoft still 'aggressive as hell'  —  Three or four years ago, open-source providers enjoyed plenty of attention.  Just ask Novell, which more or less reinvented itself thanks to the open-source fairy dust provided by its acquistion of the Suse Linux distribution.
Discussion: M-Dollar and Silicon Valley Sleuth
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Download Now: The Free iPod Book 2.0  —  Editor-in-Chief, iLounge submit a news tip  —  It's here: The Free iPod Book 2.0, by iLounge.com!  Weighing in at 194 pages, this revised and expanded second edition of our popular Book is your one-stop answer to every major iPod and iTunes question... plus much, much more.
motorola.com:
Chicago Says HelloMoto: Motorola Unveils Destination Q on Chicago's Magnificent Mile  —  Consumers Invited to Step Inside the Motorola Brand with Innovative Experiential Space  —  LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - June 1, 2006 - Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced plans to open a pop-up retail location …
news.sel.sony.com:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST A V RECEIVER DESIGNED TO OPTIMIZE BLU-RAY DISC, OTHER HD SOURCES  —  LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2006 - Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) players now have a new companion with Sony's latest A/V receiver.  —  Whether it's 1080p pass-through, eight channels of uncompressed audio …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Home Theater Blog
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Coming soon: the Wi-Fi MP3 player  —  I love my iPod, but I do not love that it's basically a PC accessory.  No PC (or Mac) nearby means no content on the iPod, and no updates.  There's got to be a better way.  —  I've previously covered a company, Music Gremlin, that's building a Wi-Fi-enabled music player.
Discussion: Orbitcast, GigaOM and Engadget
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO Book.com:
Microsoft AdCenter Ad Labs Tools  —  After I pointed out Microsoft's AdCenter Labs yesterday WMW started a thread about some of the new tools.  The selection of tools is diverse, interesting and useful enough to be well worth a review.  —  Content Categorization Engine:
AC/OS:
Open source and RFP time sinks  —  If you're an open source vendor, you already know this.  If you're an aspiring or new vendor, let me save you some time:  —  Don't bother with RFPs.  Bother even less with RFIs.  —  RFIs (Request for Information) and RFPs (Request for Proposal) are …
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
miamibeachpersonaltrainer.com:
NES Super Mario Brothers playable in 3D  —  Update: We got digged, as in they're digging our little roboserver into the ground.  Sw33t!!!!!  —  From the I-s**t-you-not-dept: "Super Mario Bros 2.5D is a remake of the classic, Super Mario Bros... in 3D.  How can you remake a 2D game in 3D?
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Microsoft:
Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference  —  Who: Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation  —  Where: Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference  —  CHARLES DI BONA: Good morning, and thank you all for coming.  It's a little intimidating to be in front of a full room knowing …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Sony Exec: We Don't Need No Stinkin' PC  —  Sony claims that PCs will be rendered useless by the PS3  —  The folks over at Sony are so confident in the power and capabilities of the new PlayStation 3 that they think the console will render PCs unnecessary.
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Telio - a Better Way to do a VoIP IPO  —  Tomorrow is the IPO launch for Norway-based Telio.  While not a household name in North America, Telio has a following among those who attend VON events, and in my view, are the Vonage of Europe .  They have been quietly building up a great voice …
 
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Frank Barnako / Barnako.com:
Glam.com - blog network that means business
Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
FAQ on Net Neutrality
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
The Office UI retraining canard
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
The Anti-iPod Coalition  —  Several companies have banded together …
Discussion: Bloomberg
David Kesmodel / Wall Street Journal:
Codes on Sites 'Captcha' Anger of Web Users
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
LG's "cutting edge" washing machine with designer looks
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Colin Barker / ZDNet:
UK firm to unveil wall-socket PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
newscientisttech.com:
Chocolate generates electrical power
Los Angeles Times:
Sony Failing to Connect in Online Music Market
Kurt Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
A tour of Windows Vista Beta 2
Burt Helm / Business Week:
Google Fumbles Offline
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Telecoms call for legal fixes after Katrina
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