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2:18 PM ET, June 9, 2006

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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House rejects Net neutrality rules  —  update The U.S. House of Representatives definitively rejected the concept of Net neutrality on Thursday, dealing a bitter blow to Internet companies like Amazon.com, eBay and Google that had engaged in a last-minute lobbying campaign to support it.
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Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
House seeks to open cable TV market  —  WASHINGTON - Legislation to open cable TV markets to more competition, possibly saving consumers hundreds of dollars a year, passed the House Thursday.  —  The biggest telecommunications legislation in a decade, approved 321-101 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and MiniMediaGuy
Mike / Techdirt:
Think Tanks Mock Net Neutrality With Fake Amendment
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
World Cup: Google Does The Logo Thing; Yahoo & Ask Have Smart Shortcuts  —  Google's sporting a special World Cup-version of its logo in honor of the start of the World Cup today, while Yahoo and Ask are offering special results that come up after World Cup-related searches.  A round-up of what's going on, below.
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dailywireless.org:
World Cup 2006  —  Occurring only once every four years, the FIFA World Cup is the world's largest sporting event and is expected to attract the world's largest television audience.  The 32-day soccor contest kicks off Friday with an opening game between Germany and Costa Rica.
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google World Cup Results (Exclusive)
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socialtext.com:
Socialtext Partners with Dan Bricklin on wikiCalc  —  Socialtext partnered with Dan Bricklin (inventor of VisiCalc) to exclusively distribute, redistribute and co-develop wikiCalc — the social spreadsheet.  Dan brings a rich understanding not just of spreadsheets, but open source and social software.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SocialText/wikiCalc: More Interesting Than Google Spreadsheets
Discussion: Innovation Creators
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Apple Faces Fresh Legal Attacks in Europe  —  PARIS, June 8 — Apple's popular iTunes music-download service is facing fresh legal attacks in Europe.  —  Government consumer protection agencies in Norway and Sweden want Apple to remove restrictions that prevent customers from playing music …
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites  —  "I AM continually shocked and appalled at the details people voluntarily post online about themselves."  So says Jon Callas, chief security officer at PGP, a Silicon Valley-based maker of encryption software.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Research prototypes ambient audio contextual content  —  A team from Google Research has developed a prototype system that uses a home computer's internal microphone to listen to the ambient audio in a room, determine what is being watched on TV and offer web-based supplemental information …
Chris Stevens / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
Crave Talk: Is Nintendo the apple of Apple's eye?  —  In 1995 Apple launched its first games console, the Bandai Pippin.  It was based on a 66MHz PowerPC processor and ran a stripped-down version of Mac OS 7.  The market for the device was not immediately obvious.
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Collaborate With University of California and University of Toronto Libraries for Windows Live Book Search  —  Windows Live Books Publisher Program enables publishers to easily submit content for inclusion in the Windows Live Book Search index.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 8 …
Read/WriteWeb:
Rich RSS Readers: best of breed picks  —  This post was largely written by Ryan Stewart, a guest blogger on Read/WriteWeb.  I've added my own Best of Breed picks for each category.  —  Feed readers can be divided up into two general camps: The web based feed readers - such as NewsAlloy …
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
BT exec pins Google as 'our biggest threat'  —  LISBON, Portugal—Google is becoming BT's biggest competitor—that's the surprise assessment coming from the telecom giant's chief information officer.  —  Speaking at the Gigaworld IT conference here, CIO Al-Noor Ramji told delegates on Wednesday …
Drew / DrewClark.com:
Joe Barton, Fred Upton, Ed Markey and me  —  The House passed the telecommunications legislation of Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, just past 10 p.m. on Thursday.  The final vote tally on the bill was 321-101.  Among Republicans, 215 supported it, with only 8 opposed.  A majority of Democrats, 108 versus 92, voted for passage.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Bloomberg:
Vonage Founder Stands To Profit Despite IPO Flop  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. chairman and founder Jeffrey Citron has a paper profit of almost a half-billion dollars — six times his initial investment in the company — from shares he bought before the company's initial public offering.
Discussion: Mark Evans, VoIP Now and 21talks
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
House panel OKs digital licensing bill  —  A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday approved a digital copyright bill that critics say could imperil home-use copying of music and video recording devices like TiVo.  —  The Section 115 Reform Act, or SIRA, introduced by Texas Republican Lamar Smith …
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification  —  As part of the monthly security bulletin release cycle, Microsoft provides advance notification to our customers on the number of new security updates being released, the products affected, the aggregate maximum severity and information about detection tools relevant to the update.
 
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qualcomm.com:
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Colin Barker / ZDNet:
For Dell, industry standard now includes Linux
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Google Browser Sync
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Killer products fail to show at Taipei IT fair
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