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5:20 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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
New Net neutrality plan may ruffle feathers  —  news analysis Internet companies that have been lobbying for stiff Net neutrality regulations might be having second thoughts right about now.  —  A new proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives takes the concept of mandatory Net neutrality …
BBC:   Defeat for net neutrality backers
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
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:   House Votes to Ease Cable TV Licensing for Phone Companies
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: Boing Boing
Mike / Techdirt:
MPAA: The Grateful Dead's Success Was An Abomination Against Nature
Wired News:
Soccer, Anyone?  —  World Cup soccer kicks off Friday, and the internet can offer one of the best seats in the house — with the assistance of a few not-so-secret tricks.  —  Online video service ESPN360 will be streaming selected matches live on the net, offering the most straightforward online venue …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
World Cup: Google Does The Logo Thing; Yahoo & Ask Have Smart Shortcuts
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google World Cup Results (Exclusive)
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
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.
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 …
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
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Umundo Launches Mobile Video Capture and Embedding Application  —  OkDork which is the funniest name for a blog I think I've ever seen posted a good catch today;  The application lets you send video you capture on your mobile phone to and then …
Discussion: TechCrunch and
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
D.C. Sues InPhonic Over Rebate Restrictions  —  The D.C. attorney general is suing InPhonic Inc., accusing it of failing to deliver on rebates after the District-based retailer of wireless services and cellphones racked up more than 2,000 consumer complaints over the past three years.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and MobileTracker
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 …
Thomas Claburn /
Google Researchers Propose TV Monitoring  —  By capturing TV sound with a laptop PC, Google can identify the show and use that information to immediately return personalized Internet content to the PC.  —  Two Google research scientists want your computer to watch television …
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 …
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Discussion: Associated Press
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House panel OKs digital licensing bill
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Vonage Founder Stands To Profit Despite IPO Flop
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Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Huge Aerial Database Update for Google Earth Thursday Night!
Discussion: Ogle Earth and The Map Room
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David Meyer / CNET
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