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7:50 PM ET, June 9, 2006

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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.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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 …
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:   House Votes to Ease Cable TV Licensing for Phone Companies
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House rejects Net neutrality rules
BBC:   Defeat for net neutrality backers
BBC:
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.
Business 2.0:
5 hot products for the future  —  The Institute for the Future couldn't get clients to read its trend forecasts.  So it started giving away prescient product ideas instead.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Trendspotting is serious business.  So much so that the Institute for the Future …
Discussion: IFTF's Future Now and Boing Boing
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.
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.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
With WGA, is Microsoft forcing Windows users to install and test pre-release software?  —  The recent controversy over Microsoft's usage of Windows Update to install anti-piracy software that apparently phones home to Microsoft's servers over the Internet on a daily basis has drawn …
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Windows Genuine Advantage phones home
Discussion: Poynter Online and Open Sources
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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: Engadget Mobile and Phone Scoop
Dan Bricklin Log:
wikiCalc is now in Beta  —  I finally got the Beta 0.91 version of wikiCalc posted late last night.  I finished the main coding last week, but there were lots of details finishing the help files, last minute bug fixes, website updates, etc.  You will find links to it on the wikiCalc Beta home page.
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 …
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Mashing Up a Commons  —  Is it possible that, for all our talk about The Commons, the Net doesn't have one yet?  Or at least not a complete one?  —  That's what occurred to me last Sunday night, as Claus Dahl and I sat talking in a smoky Copenhagen bistro.  The subject was public spaces.
Discussion: unmediated and open
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 …
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; Umundo.com.  The application lets you send video you capture on your mobile phone to video@umundo.com and then …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable* and Okdork.com
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
Microsoft:
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. …
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
Maya Roney / Forbes:
Google's GBuy Could Be 'Revolutionary'  —  RBC Capital Markets maintained an "outperform" rating on Google in light of the impending launch of the company's online payment system, currently known as "GBuy."  —  Consumers using GBuy, which is set for release on June 28, will be taken off the merchant's site to complete the payment.
 
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Larry Angell / ilounge.com:
iLuv unveils tablet-style media player for iPod
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Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Windows 98, 98SE and ME: Information about Support Lifecycle and MS06-015
Discussion: InfoWorld
Scottp / Video on the Web:
Google Minesweeper Launches
Joe Hutsko / Joe Hutsko's Blog:
Nintendo Booby-Traps DS Lite Press Boxes?
Reuters:
BlackBerry addict? - Chicago hotel offers detox
Thomas Claburn / informationweek.com:
Google Researchers Propose TV Monitoring
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Discussion: Associated Press
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Collaborate With University of California and University …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
House panel OKs digital licensing bill
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Rich RSS Readers: best of breed picks
qualcomm.com:
QUALCOMM Successfully Demonstrates Fully Mobile VoIP Calls Across …
Bloomberg:
Vonage Founder Stands To Profit Despite IPO Flop
Discussion: Mark Evans, VoIP Now and 21talks
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BT exec pins Google as 'our biggest threat'
 

 
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