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1:45 AM ET, June 3, 2006


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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
eBay to Launch Blogs, Wikis and Search Tags  —  Auction giant eBay is preparing to integrate blog and wiki publishing tools into its selling platform, according to a report on Auctionbytes. eBay Blogs will enable sellers to more efficiently market their products. eBay Wikis meanwhile collect …
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
Visual Tour: 20 Things You Won't Like About Windows Vista  —  June 01, 2006 (Computerworld) — The same thing happened with Windows XP.  When Beta 2 arrived, I found myself torn between what was new and good about the operating system, and what was new and bad.
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista beta sucks up battery juice  —  Windows Vista delivers some pretty snazzy new graphics, but all that "wow" can be a real drain.  —  With the new version of Windows, Microsoft has created an operating system that offers advances in many areas, but laptop battery life is not one of them.
Discussion: M-Dollar
Paula Musich /
FCC Mulls Taxing VOIP Calls  —  Be the first to comment on this article  —  Businesses that moved to voice over IP calling services to lower their phone bills could see a portion of their savings disappear if the most recent FCC proposal to add VOIP services to the Universal Service Fund is adopted.
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
VOIP, Cellphone Bills Could Rise for Subsidy  —  Consumers could see their mobile and Internet telephone bills rise under a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would increase the amount such companies pay to subsidize telephone service in poor and rural parts of the country.
New York Times:
U.S. Wants Companies to Keep Web Usage Records  —  The Justice Department is asking Internet companies to keep records on the Web-surfing activities of their customers to aid law enforcement, and may propose legislation to force them to do so.  —  The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Discussion: Slashdot
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
YARR!  Swedish police site broadsided after Pirate Bay raid  —  It looks like the raid on The Pirate Bay and confiscation of its servers upset somebody.  That's one conclusion to be drawn from the sudden unavailability of the web site of Sweden's national police.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Infocult
Ken /
Recent Shoutouts:  —  super target @ turkey creek = 0; target @ downtown west = 0; walmart @ walker springs = 0; walmart @ clinton highway = 0; circuit city @ n. peters = 0; best buy @ n. peters shows shipment on 06/10  —  CAlled walmart and the lady siad she sold many today.
Discussion: Kotaku
Wired News:
Searching for Parking?  Try Online  —  The internet might soon be the best place to snag a parking spot in a busy city.  —  Several companies are experimenting with systems that let drivers go online or even use cell phones and handheld devices to reserve a space in a garage or locate nearby street parking.
Tim Ziegler /
Get Your Feet Wet with WordPress  —  Tim Ziegler builds websites in Texas with d2p.  He wants to fabricate a giant bicycle-powered gyroscope.  He hopes he's around when the robots all break free.  —  Over the last few years, WordPress has emerged as one of the best blogging tools available.
Discussion: Burst Blog
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple Needs to Get Its Game On  —  It's time for Apple to use some of its superior design skills to come up with a game for the beleaguered Mac loyalist — like me  —  I've been a Macintosh partisan since the very earliest days.  I first touched a Mac mouse when I was on my high school's newspaper staff.
Keith Reed / Boston Globe:
Comcast upgrade speeds up downloads  —  Aiming to keep its broadband customers happy without lowering prices, Comcast Corp. is introducing a technology that temporarily doubles users' download speeds.  —  New England is the first region in the country where Comcast customers can try out the technology …
Discussion: IP Democracy and
Declan McCullagh / CNET
eBay tries e-mail in Net neutrality fight  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—eBay this week unleashed a political machine that should make politicians envious: a national e-mail blast over Net neutrality.  —  Meg Whitman, chief executive of the Internet auctioneer, called on more than a million eBay members …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Experiment Collapses "More" Links  —  Others have seen this Google homepage design experiment before, and now TomHTML of Zorgloob spotted a Flickr screenshot; you can see a link reading "More you can do with Google" below the search box.  When you click it, links like "Images", "Groups" and so on appear right on the page.
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 Earlier Items: 
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
2 Executives at Sony Music Step Down Amid a Shake-Up
Discussion: Coolfer
What's New in Firefox  —  Firefox 1.5..4 is a security update …
Dan Choi / Joystiq:
$40 XBL Vision camera & UNO bundle detailed by MS source along …
Michael Kwan /
New TFT LCD from LG is only 1.48mm thick
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Russian Download Site Is Popular and Possibly Illegal
Discussion: B2Day and