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2:20 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
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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.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Is Google slowly creeping up on .Mac?  —  Hawk Wings found an interesting post from Nick Starr that briefly outlines how Google is doing a decent job of matching up to the offerings of .Mac.  While Nick has a good point with observing that some of Google's key products are similar to .Mac's offerings …
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 …
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
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
For Dell, industry standard now includes Linux … Linux now forms a quarter of Dell's server business and is growing fast, the company says.  Should Microsoft be worried?  —  Long hailed as the provider of choice for companies looking for PC solutions based on Intel hardware and Microsoft software …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
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
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Sen. Clinton: Feds must help parents on video games
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