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5:45 AM ET, June 7, 2006

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Washington Post:
Google Is A Tourist In D.C., Brin Finds  —  Dressed in blue jeans, silver mesh sneakers and a black T-shirt and jacket, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin came to Washington yesterday to lobby members of Congress and found it was a little harder than he had hoped it would be to get meetings.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Brin says Google compromised principles  —  WASHINGTON - Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.  He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Picasa Web Albums Coming?  —  Picasa is Google's desktop photo management software - something like Yahoo's Flickr, except it's not on the web.  However, online photo management is a big pie of "making the world's information accessible"... and consequently, a new product appeared linked …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google to add Albums to Picasa!  And I Need to Vent  —  Google-love is getting out of hand.  In fact, Google is getting out of hand.  —  After I wrote about the launch of Google Spreadsheets this morning, one commenter said "Its very nice and sleak.  Will be very useful for keeping track of money etc" …
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google Spreadsheet and Google's Microsoft Obsession  —  Let me first eat some crow about arguing last year that Google and Microsoft were not going to go to war with each other because, except for the MSN crossover, they were in different businesses.  They are in different businesses …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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Richard Wray / Guardian:   Google adds web-based spreadsheet to Microsoft woes
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
AllofMp3.com Breaks Silence  —  AllofMp3.com.  The very name conjures up either great respect or distain.  Copyright holders continue to pressure the Russian government to obliterate this music service; while consumers enjoy high quality music at a cut rate price.
Discussion: Bleeding Edge
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Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The programmer as journalist: a Q&A with Adrian Holovaty  —  Washingtonpost.com's Web tech guru answers questions about programming's role in news reporting and presentation. … OJR: I think one can safely assume that everyone in the news business understands how one "does journalism" through writing or photography.
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft vs. Google: Who's greener?  —  As Google and Microsoft battle for the hearts and minds of Internet users, a new question has cropped up: Which one can better save planet Earth?  —  Being portals and search engines, the companies are likely among the worst energy users …
Tolles / Topix.net Weblog:
TOPIX.NET FOR SALE  —  On Saturday, Steve Rubell outed our Classified System, which we've been quietly baking on our local news pages for about a month.  While we still think it's a bit premature to crow about this, given that a classified system is only as good as the ads it gets …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Turn your $60 router into a $600 router  —  Of all the great DIY projects at this year's Maker Faire, the one project that really caught my eye involved converting a regular old $60 router into a powerful, highly configurable $600 router.  The router has an interesting history …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Names Jeff Bell Corporate Vice President of Global Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business  —  Award-winning marketer brings unique mix of consumer experience and innovation to Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 6, 2006 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'Second Life': Don't worry, we can scale  —  Last March, Cory Ondrejka, the chief technology officer at "Second Life" publisher Linden Lab, bet a symbolic quarter that his virtual world would within two years have more users than the wildly popular online game "World of Warcraft."
Discussion: Joystiq
Jo Singstad / forbrukerportalen.no:
The Consumer Council of Norway is on track to win case against iTunes  —  The Consumer Council of Norway won support for almost all its complaints regarding iTunes Music Store.  This is a great victory for the digital rights of Norwegian consumers.  —  On 25th January, the Consumer Council lodged …
Discussion: Techdirt
Joshua Schachter / joshua's blog:
Spreadsheets are remarkably flexible things.  They are probably the single most common vector for "citizen programming" in the world at large, and they can easily do simple databaselike tasks, as well as their intended calculation roles.  That said, I find it surprising that Excel looks so very much like its ancient ancestor, Visicalc.
Discussion: GigaOM
Mark Fletcher / Wingedpig.com:
Moving On  —  Well all, sadly it is time for me to move along from Bloglines.  The service is in great hands with Ask and I am confident it will live long and prosper under their watch.  —  But "why" you cry?  According to my ever-present Ask PR twin, "to spend more time with my family."
MarketWatch:
FCC Chairman: Too soon for net neutrality rules  —  CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said Monday that it would be premature for the agency to issue rules on the doctrine of Net neutrality, which would prevent discrimination in the delivery of services over the Web.
Discussion: Techdirt and unmediated
Peter Clarke / EE Times:
Analyst predicts Intel price war, profit warning  —  LONDON — Reading the runes on the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics numbers for April, Bruce Diesen, analyst at Handelsbanken Capital Markets, predicted a profits warning would soon be forthcoming from Intel Corp. where he said processor …
Discussion: TechSpot
BBC:
French book publisher sues Google  —  A French publishing group is to sue Google for publishing book excerpts online without permission.  —  La Martiniere accuses the technology company of "counterfeiting and breach of intellectual property rights" by digitising about 100 of its titles.
 
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Nick Haywood / hexus.net:
Small and expandable...  Kingston, those memory folk …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to bulk up Office business intelligence
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Are We There Yet?  —  People have speculated rampantly …
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A Rowland / Democracy in Media:
Why YouTube Wins and Revver Loses
Jay Allen / Six Apart:
Movable Type 3.3 Beta is here
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Intel reveals Core 2 Duo info and ULV Core Duo CPU
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Worm-inspired robot crawls through intestines
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NEWS.com.au:
Microsoft takes on net nasties
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OPA Press Release
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Apple pushing Intel in new directions
Alistairw / GameSetWatch:
GameSetInterview: Henry Jenkins On The Responsibility Of Games
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
John Martellaro / macobserver.com:
Hidden Dimensions - It's No Game at Apple
Discussion: Kotaku
Rafat / paidContent.org:
TheKnot To Acquire WeddingChannel For About $79 Million; Litigation Ends
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Novell's Fight for Respect
Discussion: Open Sources
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Why Adobe and Microsoft Hit Delete on PDF Deal