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11:40 AM ET, June 7, 2006


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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" …
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.
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What Netflix Could Teach Hollywood  —  BETWEEN "The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II," Francis Ford Coppola made a movie called "The Conversation."  It stars Gene Hackman as a paranoid wiretapper in Watergate-era San Francisco, and the cast includes Robert Duvall, a young Harrison Ford …
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Why Getting the User To Create Web Content Isn't Always Progress  —  At first, it seemed like the sort of silly, self-serving thing that many companies are wont to say about their products.  Only later did I realize it represented the opening of another front in the battle against traditional culture …
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
Google: Don't Not Be Evil  —  Google's mantra is "Don't be evil," which as corporate mottoes go is the equivalent of "Build an eternal bonfire in the parking lot and fuel it with thousand-dollar bills and the occasional Gutenberg Bible."  —  The worldwide market for evil is stratospheric …
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
A Sixth Sense for a Wired World  —  What if, seconds before your laptop began stalling, you could feel the hard drive spin up under the load?  Or you could tell if an electrical cord was live before you touched it?  For the few people who have rare earth magnets implanted in their fingers …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
Blind inventor makes web accessible  —  Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website  —  A new device that will make internet content available to blind people without the need for computer skills is to be launched in a few months' time.  —  The SpeakOn gadget has been developed by Chris Mairs …
Elinor Mills / CNET
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 …
Jo Singstad /
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 and Boing Boing
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Major League Baseball takes swing at Sling Media  —  LOS ANGELES—Major League Baseball wants Sling Media to stop slinging around the league's content.  —  Sling enables TV viewers to access their set-top or TiVo boxes from anywhere in the world via any device that connects to the Web.
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
UK grows i-mode fastest outside Japan  —  O2 claims i-mode raps WAP  —  HAVING ACQUIRED some 0.25 million subscribers in just seven months, O2 claims its UK service is the fastest growing i-mode service outside Japan.  —  It also claims that some 75 per cent of those subscribers (ie 200,000) …
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 …
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
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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