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3:05 PM ET, June 9, 2006


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Declan McCullagh / CNET
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, eBay and Google that had engaged in a last-minute lobbying campaign to support it.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
House Backs Telecom Bill Favoring Phone Companies  —  WASHINGTON, June 8 — The House of Representatives approved the most extensive telecommunications legislation in a decade on Thursday, largely ratifying the policy agenda of the nation's largest telephone companies.  —  The bill passed by a lopsided vote of 321 to 101.
Discussion: Policy Blog
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: and MiniMediaGuy
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:   House Votes to Ease Cable TV Licensing for Phone Companies
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Joe Barton, Fred Upton, Ed Markey and me
Discussion: IP Democracy
Hollywood and the hackers  —  Motion Picture Association President Dan Glickman locks horns with Electronic Frontier Foundation's John Perry Barlow over big media's war with the internet.  —  The biggest pirate movie site on the Internet was raided by police a few days ago.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
New cell phone screens battery friendly  —  SAN FRANCISCO—A new breed of screens for cell phones, now in development, is getting back to nature.  —  Qualcomm and others are promoting new screen technology for handhelds and mobile devices that can stay on all day without sapping battery life, thanks to the sun or liquids.
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Anne Broache / CNET
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 …
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
Search Engine Watch:
Look Out Wikipedia, Here Comes Yahoo Answers!  —  We wrote last month of Yahoo Answers hitting the 10 million answers posted mark, an impressive accomplishment especially given the low interest and poor take-up answer search has traditionally had in the US.  But some new stats add fuel …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and Screenwerk
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 …
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