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7:50 AM ET, June 2, 2006


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Rafe Needleman / CNET
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: GigaOM, Engadget and Orbitcast
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
SIRIUS Wearable Unveiled?  Zing's new device (PHOTO)  —  Looks like CNET has given us a photo of the upcoming Zing Wi-Fi MP3 Player - this very well could be the first actual glimpse we get at the new SIRIUS Wearable device - or at least something close to it.
Discussion: 21talks
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.
Carlo / Techdirt:
For Sale: One Crappy Movie Download Site  —  from the try-try-again dept  —  Movielink, the movie download site owned by five major Hollywood studios, has apparently been up for sale for months, and unable to close a deal with any buyers.  What's amusing about the story …
USA Today:
U.S. asks Internet firms to save data  —  Top law enforcement officials have asked leading Internet companies to keep histories of the activities of Web users for up to two years to assist in criminal investigations of child pornography and terrorism, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
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.
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Integrating blogs with the news  —  A recent c|net news article discusses the uneasy relationship between bloggers and the news media.  While decrying the lack of blogger objectivity and their second tier status in the news food chain, newspapers have been quietly wooing bloggers to augment their online presence.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Massive, under-reported online banking breach raises serious disclosure and remedy questions  —  It was just last week that I wrote about a scary list that you can only hope doesn't include you....a public list of all of the recent compromises to personal data that's being stored by banks …
George Ou /   300+ Bank homepages hacked and redirected!
Thomas Mennecke /
ThePirateBay Strikes Back  —  Great cheers of jubilee echoed in the entertainment Halls of Justice yesterday, confident of their victory against the great Satan,, as many are aware, was perhaps the largest BitTorrent tracker in history.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and Boing Boing
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Things That and SearchViews
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
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
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO
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:
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
David Kesmodel / Wall Street Journal:
Codes on Sites 'Captcha' Anger of Web Users  —  Dave Simmer is a computer-savvy graphic designer.  Yet when he surfs the Internet, he often gets stumped by the distorted jumbles of letters and numbers that some Web sites ask users to retype to gain access.  —  "They keep warping them and making …
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Backwards Compatibility Update Coming Soon  —  Lots of talk about backwards compatibility online today.  We wanted to get to the bottom of it all, so we went right to the team working on the next back compat update.  We hear directly from them that they're in the testing phase of another update …
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
Evesham's new 20.1-inch HD-ready widescreen LCD TV for below £350
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Sony Exec: We Don't Need No Stinkin' PC
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Two Parties In Two Weeks - Seattle and London
Discussion: MarketingMonger
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FAQ on Net Neutrality
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
The Office UI retraining canard
Discussion: M-Dollar and Jensen Harris
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 Earlier Items: 
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
The Anti-iPod Coalition  —  Several companies have banded together …
Planet GNOME:
Bryan Clark: Mugshot
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Telio - a Better Way to do a VoIP IPO
Chicago Says HelloMoto: Motorola Unveils Destination Q on Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
UK firm to unveil wall-socket PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Acer Aspire Idea 500 Windows Media Center
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, PVR Wire and Gizmodo
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Party like it's 1999? Not quite
Jeremy Horwitz /
Download Now: The Free iPod Book 2.0