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12:45 PM ET, June 5, 2006


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Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
On a Russian Site, Cheap Songs With a Backbeat of Illegality  —  PARIS, June 2 — Rising consumer popularity is turning, a music downloading service based in Moscow, into a global Internet success story, but with a catch.  The site may well be illegal.
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Would The US Gov't Get Involved In Taking Down Foreign Music Sites?  —  from the seems-a-bit-out-of-their-realm dept  —  With all of the bills that have shown up in Congress lately that are all about protecting the entertainment industry's increasingly obsolete business model …
Business Week:
A VC's View of Web 2.0  —  The day of giant corporate software packages is over, says Oracle vet Ray Lane.  The future lies in bottom-up, user-driven services  —  WEB 2.0  —  If Web 2.0 points to the future of information technology inside corporations, as some people believe …
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Web 2.0 Has Corporate America Spinning  —  What every CEO needs to know about the array of new tools that foster online collaboration — and could revolutionize business  —  Silicon Valley loves its buzzwords, and there's none more popular today than Web 2.0.
Darren / Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings …:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100  —  The Sony Alpha A100 DSLR is a camera we've been talking about over the past few days on numerous occasions but it's now official with press information coming out in the last few hours.  —  The Sony Alpha A100 is 10 megapixel DSLR (CCD) with super steady Image Stabilization …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Ilse Jurriën / Lets Go Digital:
Sony Alpha 100  —  Sony Alpha 100 : Since Sony and Konica …
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
PS3 hardware slow and broken  —  In words and pictures  —  AFTER BREAKING THE news to me about PS3 RSX speeds earlier on the flight to Japan, my row-mate said 'if you think that's interesting, wait till you see this.  Cell is hurting, badly'.  —  For those of you that believe in religions …
Discussion: Kotaku, The Browser and Slashdot
MPs in digital downloads warning  —  Consumers should be told exactly what they can and cannot do with songs and films they buy online, says an influential group of MPs in the UK.  —  The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group looked at how copy protection systems restrict the way digital movies and music can be enjoyed.
Discussion: and The Browser
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Investors sue Vonage over IPO  —  Internet phone provider Vonage is being sued in a class action lawsuit on behalf of shareholders who bought stock in the company prior to its initial public offering.  —  The suit filed on Friday in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey …
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Limited Appeal?  Sell Songs Online  —  Record companies often issue collections of the B-sides and soundtrack contributions of popular acts; Rhino Entertainment, a division of Warner Music Group, is once again faced with a band whose regular albums never sold very well.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Acme Packet, Another VoIPO  —  With all the attention focused on the Vonage's initial public offering, it just might be the beginning of a steady and long line of VoIPOs (aka Voice over IP public offerings.)  Acme Packet, a Burlington, Massachusetts has just filed its registration statement …
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
Looking for a couple Firefox users to test out an ink plug-in  —  The ink plug-in for Firefox is inching along.  There's a test page online now (located here—Firefox REQUIRED), that I've been using to check out some of the plug-ins' features.  —  If you have Firefox 1.5, a Tablet PC …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Leah /
Not Yet, But Soon: Windows Live + Yahoo!  —  Do you know that feeling of excitement when your favorite band announces its making a new album?  Do you also know the painful anticipation that follows, while you wait for the album to reach stores?  —  It's been a long time since we announced …
Daimaou /
Hybrid Touch Screen Panel from Samsung  —  Samsung will show a 3.5" LCD hTSP screen (Hybrid Touch Screen Panel) at the SID 2006 (San Francisco CA).  So what exactly is this stuff?  Well normally a Touch Screen consists of 2 different elements, a PCB and the Screen, here Samsung neatly incorporated the PCB part into the screen...
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Valuations of venture-backed companies hit five-year high  —  The median valuation of U.S. based venture-backed companies has climbed to $18.4 million in the first quarter, or $3 million more than the same quarter a year ago.  —  But this isn't necessarily a sign of a bubble.
Discussion: VC Ratings
Thomas F. Anglero / Telecom's Tsunami:
The End of Telecom; The Emergence of Utilicom  —  For as long as I have been involved in VoIP (1994), I have been one of the guilty souls who have declared from the highest mountain top that Telecom was coming to an end due to the latest flavor of disruptive technologies, companies, regulations …
Discussion: EuroTelcoblog
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