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1:20 AM ET, June 10, 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 …
BBC:   Defeat for net neutrality backers
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
House Votes to Ease Cable TV Licensing for Phone Companies
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.
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Mike / Techdirt:
MPAA: The Grateful Dead's Success Was An Abomination Against Nature
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
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
.NET Framework 3.0  —  When speaking to developers about WinFX one question that repeatedly comes up is, "WinFX sounds great, but what happens to .NET?" .  NET Framework has becomes the most successful developer platform in the world.  Developers know and love .NET.
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: Okdork.com
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Umundo makes mobile photo and video sharing easy
Discussion: rev2.org and Mashable*
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.
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.
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:   With WGA, is Microsoft forcing Windows users to install and test …
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.
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
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Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:   Is Vonage the new MCI?  —  GigaOM readers in a poll earlier …
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
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
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.
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 …
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. …
dailywireless.org:
MobilePro Pulls out of Sacramento  —  MobilePro, a leading broadband wireless services company, that won a competitive bid for Sacramento's city-wide wireless cloud, announced today it has elected to withdraw from the project.  —  After being declared the RFP winner and going through …
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
Scottp / Video on the Web:
Google Minesweeper Launches  —  Continuing it's attack against the entrenched Microsoft application monopolies, Google Labs today launched a new Ajax version of the venerable Minesweeper application.  The application is not open to the public yet, but I was able to secure a screenshot which you can see below.
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 …
 
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