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2:30 PM ET, June 5, 2006


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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.
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?
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 …
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
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Make Those Uranium Jeans Talk  —  While many young ladies can make blue jeans talk by just walking down the street, others may need technological help, and that's where Uranium Jeans can spell it out right there across their asses.  The scrolling LED text, displayed by an embedded flexible micro screen …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Digital Publishing Is Scrambling the Industry's Rules  —  When Mark Z. Danielewski's second novel, "Only Revolutions," is published in September, it will include hundreds of margin notes listing moments in history suggested online by fans of his work.  Nearly 60 of his contributors …
Ed Brill:
Todd "Turbo" Watson: HP back to the cubicle  —  This story had escaped my attention...HP cuts back on telecommuting in the San Jose Mercury News: … Nothing like a multi-faceted morale booster all in one article.  —  My colleague Todd Watson picked up this story in his blog:
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
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Going local with MerchantCircle  —  They say one of the traits of a successful entrepreneur is persistence, the ability to keep pounding away on your original idea until you can shape it into something viable.  That's what Ben Smith has been doing with MerchantCircle, and it may pay off.
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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: Gizmodo and Engadget
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