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5:40 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.
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.
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.
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Windows Genuine Advantage phones home  —  Here's a bit we missed when it went around on Wednesday: Remember Windows Genuine Advantage, the app from Microsoft that will helpfully notify you, over and over again, if it thinks your copy of Windows or Office is pirated?  It turns out nagging isn't its only trick.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:   With WGA, is Microsoft forcing Windows users to install and test …
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.
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 …
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
Club Internet Reveals Details of Its Triple-Play Offering: Next-Generation Digital Television Powered by Microsoft TV  —  Offering will be the first in France based on the Microsoft TV software platform.  —  PARIS — June 9, 2006 — Club Internet, in alliance with Microsoft Corp. …
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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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
IPTV promise meets reality
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
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Mike / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Associated Press
Microsoft to Collaborate With University of California and University …
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Broache / CNET
House panel OKs digital licensing bill
QUALCOMM Successfully Demonstrates Fully Mobile VoIP Calls Across …
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
For Dell, industry standard now includes Linux
Discussion: and Slashdot
Vonage Founder Stands To Profit Despite IPO Flop
Discussion: Mark Evans, VoIP Now and 21talks
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Huge Aerial Database Update for Google Earth Thursday Night!
Discussion: Ogle Earth and The Map Room
David Meyer / CNET
BT exec pins Google as 'our biggest threat'