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12:40 AM ET, June 2, 2006


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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
Woman targeted by web hackers
Discussion: TechSpot and Ken McGuire Blog
The 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.
Carlo / Techdirt:   For Sale: One Crappy Movie Download Site
Vonage not giving customers a break  —  Internet phone company says it will not buy back shares from customers after stock purchased in unusual plan plummets in value.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Internet telephone service provider Vonage said on Wednesday it was not buying back shares allocated …
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Vonage to Customers: Pay Up
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 …
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
Kurt Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
A tour of Windows Vista Beta 2  —  Introduction  —  Windows Vista, Microsoft's newest OS and arguably its largest project ever has finally hit Beta 2.  Windows Vista is the latest and most complex operating system to emerge from Microsoft's Redmond, WA campus.
Jeremy Horwitz /
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!  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.
Yahoo! Search blog:
The New Yahoo! Video - Discover, and Be Discovered!  —  Tonight we rolled out the new Yahoo! Video, an upgrade to our video search service that introduces more ways to find and share video programming, including the ability to upload your videos directly to Yahoo!  —  Here's a quick rundown of what's available to you:
Thomas Greene / Wired News:
Crashing the Wiretapper's Ball  —  CRYSTAL CITY, Virginia — The dingy hotel corridor was populated with suits, milling about and radiating airs of defensive hostility.  They moved in close-knit groups, rounding a stranger or a rival group conspicuously, the way cats do.  They spoke in whispers.
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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:
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 …
Burt Helm / Business Week:
Google Fumbles Offline  —  The search giant admits that its traditional media efforts are proceeding more slowly than expected  —  What's Google's secret to making a fortune on the Net?  Provide a relevant search result for just about any esoteric, tiny piece of information.
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET
Telecoms call for legal fixes after Katrina  —  Days after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast last August, repair crews hoping to breathe life into a damaged telephone network were temporarily blocked by government officials who refused to give phone company workers permission to enter a disaster-stricken area.
Los Angeles Times:
Sony Failing to Connect in Online Music Market  —  The company's Internet store falls far behind in its competition with Apple's iTunes.  —  Sony Corp. marked the launch of its online music store two years ago by hiring Sheryl Crow to belt out songs in the aisle of a jet at 30,000 feet.
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 …
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
The Anti-iPod Coalition  —  Several companies have banded together …
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
LG's "cutting edge" washing machine with designer looks
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
UK firm to unveil wall-socket PC
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Acer Aspire Idea 500 Windows Media Center
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, PVR Wire and Gizmodo
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Party like it's 1999? Not quite
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
NetVibes gets an ecosystem
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Chocolate generates electrical power
Alienware Launches LIVE! Blu-Ray Desktops
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Sony VAIO TX800 Ultraportable Gets FCC Nod
50 mph Quadski converts from Jetski to ATV in five seconds
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Make Vendors Liable for Bugs
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