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3:40 PM ET, June 10, 2006


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Ruling Backs Internet-Phone Wiretapping  —  WASHINGTON, June 9 (Bloomberg News) — Comcast, Vonage and other companies that provide telecommunications services over the Internet must allow wiretapping of phone calls by law enforcement officials, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Discussion: Engadget
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Appeals court upholds Net-wiretapping rules  —  update The Bush administration's plans to force Internet providers to comply with extensive wiretapping rules received a boost on Friday, when a federal appeals court upheld the controversial regulations.  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Anti-iTunes DRM demonstrations across the USA tomorrow  —  Tomorrow, activists in seven cities across the US will picket Apple Stores, handing out information about the dangers of the DRM hidden in Apple's iTunes. iTunes DRM may seem pretty innocuous at first, but every time you invest …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google researchers use ambient audio to augment the television experience  —  Developers from Google's research laboratory presented a paper (PDF) about interactive television applications that leverage ambient audio analysis at the Euro Interactive Television conference last week.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Visiting Sun's CEO  —  Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, just dropped me off at the lobby of building 10.  So, I'm sitting on the floor near a power outlet and am blogging my experiences.  —  What an enjoyable guy!  We walked across the street to a Togos sandwich shop.
Simonc / GameSetWatch:
Garage Sale Unearths Nintendo Motherload  —  The game collecting community is apparently buzzing thanks to a new eBay auction, only a small fraction of an insane array of Nintendo rarities unearthed at a garage sale in New York State.  —  Excuse us for not retyping the all-caps …
Discussion: Kotaku
MattG / Press The Buttons:
Monopoly: Nintendo Collector's Edition Coming Soon  —  Now this is a surprise.  Let's take the classic board game Monopoly and strip out all that Marvin Gardens and New York Avenue nonsense.  Then we'll replace it all with Nintendo-themed characters and elements, such as Slippy Toad, Princess Zelda, and King Dedede.
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft wraps up code for 'supercomputer' Windows  —  Microsoft has taken another step in its effort to bring Windows in the world of supercomputing, having finished development of its computer cluster operating system.  —  The software maker said Friday that it has finalized the code …
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Microsoft enlists developers for Live push  —  In Microsoft's burgeoning competition with Google, the software company is recruiting its most trusted allies: software developers.  —  At its TechEd conference next week in Boston, Microsoft is expected to further detail the "Windows Live Platform …
What's a MacBook Pro doing in my fridge?  —  Installing Mac OS X, of course.  —  I went to reinstall Mac OS X 10.4 from scratch, from the original DVDs.  However, the MBP had difficulty mounting the disks.  The same disks mounted fine in my Quad and my old Pismo, so they weren't the problem.
Alexandros Roussos /
Exclusive: Leopard to bring collaborative documents  —  Since Apple announced Leopard last year during WWDC, MacOSXRumors obtained reports on two major features in the next release of Mac OS X. The first is a redesigned Finder making extensive use of Spotlight and the second is the inclusion virtualization software.
Discussion: Mac Rumors
Joris Evers / CNET
No fix for 'critical' hole in Windows 98, ME  —  Microsoft will not fix a serious flaw in Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition because a patch could break other applications.  —  The security bug relates to Windows Explorer and could let an intruder commandeer a vulnerable PC, Microsoft warned in April.
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Avinash Kaushik / Occam's Razor:
Top Ten: Signs You Are A Great Analyst  —  I am often asked what we look for when we hire Web Analysts or what quality do good Analysts possess or how to measure if a resource that already exists is optimal or how to mentor / motivate / guide our more junior Analysts to propel them to become great Analysts.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay and Kaboodle To Launch MyCollectibles  —  On Monday eBay and Kaboodle will jointly announce a new service called "MyCollectibles", which will be tightly integrated with the core offerings of both companies.  The service is live and available at both and
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.
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Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Is Vonage the new MCI?  —  GigaOM readers in a poll earlier …
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