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6:50 PM ET, June 13, 2006

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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Google Maps KML overlays  —  Google's installable maps software Google Earth makes KML overlay files that add points of interest, descriptions and photos to your earth, and now you can view those KML files live on the web at Google Maps.  —  Simply enter the URL of your KML file …
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Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Google's 3pointD Aspirations
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
More Detail on the Announcements
Ogle Earth:
Meet Google Earth 4.0 beta
Macworld UK:
Inside Apple's iPod factories  —  Apple's iPods are made by mainly female workers who earn as little as £27 per month, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday yesterday.  —  The report, 'iPod City', isn't available online.  It offers photographs taken from inside the factories …
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Wired News:
Judging Apple Sweatshop Charge  —  Steve Jobs' Think Different campaign celebrated labor leaders like Gandhi, who used strikes as a form of civil protest, and Ceasar Chavez, who organized poor, migrant farm workers.  But a British newspaper at the weekend published a rather shocking report …
Discussion: The Browser
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Designed By Apple in California. Made in a sweat-shop in China.
USA Today:
RIAA chief says illegal song-sharing 'contained'  —  LOS ANGELES — Nearly a year after the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling against online music file-sharing services, the CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America says unauthorized song swapping has been "contained."
Business Week:
Dell: Facing Up To Past Mistakes  —  Dell's laser focus on cost efficiency has long been a core strategy.  But like Home Depot, Dell's cost-cutting efforts have alienated its customers.  The "direct" sales model of selling computers to consumers via phone and the Internet eliminates the costs …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Techdirt
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Pulver Has Just Two Words For You: Internet Video  —  Unhappy investors in Vonage Holdings Corp., the Internet phone company that had a disappointing initial public offering last month, might feel like picking up pitchforks and torches and marching on the castles of the people who brought it to life.
Sam Garfield / DIY:happy:
NES Controller Cellphone Mod  —  Relive the glory days with this NES Controller that has been modified into a cellphone.  Everything is original - the buttons and casing.  This modification uses a Nokia 3200 radio and electronics because it's so easy to get the casing off and get to the good stuff.
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and Gizmodo
Ken Belson / New York Times:
As DVD Sales Slow, Hollywood Hunts for a New Cash Cow  —  LOS ANGELES — After more than half a decade as Hollywood's savior, the DVD is looking a little tired — and the movie studios, for once, are having trouble coming up with a sequel.  —  DVD sales represent more than half …
Discussion: TeleRead
BBC:
Windows gets big security update  —  One of the biggest security updates for more than a year is being released by Microsoft to fix 12 software flaws.  —  Nine of the updates apply to the Windows operating system and one is deemed critical, a rating reserved for the most serious security problems.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Wade Roush / Technology Review:
Google Fatigue Sets In  —  Users are reacting to Google's new online spreadsheet with a big yawn.  Is the company searching for a strategy?  —  Can there be too much of a good thing?  Some Google watchers are beginning to think so.  Leading technology bloggers' reactions to Google Spreadsheets …
Discussion: Weblogsky and Scripting News
Tracy Staedter / Discovery News:
New Robot Has Powerful Cling  —  June 12, 2006 — A novel, walling-climbing robot could cut thousands of dollars off building inspection fees and one day work to survey urban war zones, where corners, rooftops and building materials thwart otherwise capable robots.
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Vista screencasts  —  I've done several Windows Vista screencasts focusing on various important new features: Aero, file management, guided help, tablet PC functionality, sidebar, improved search indexing and Media Center.  These are just a taste of some of the new features you will find in Windows Vista.
Stephen Baker / Blogspotting:
As Om and Scoble depart, how does a company value a blogger?  —  It's only Tuesday, and already this week two big-time bloggers are picking up from their full-time jobs to position their abilities—and their brands—in startups.  What do these career moves by Robert Scoble and Om Malik tell us?
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Can Windows and Open Source Learn to Play Nice?  —  BOSTON—Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU General Public License and its own commercial software.
Discussion: M-Dollar and Slashdot
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
New Senate Telecom Bill Stays the Course on 'Net Neutrality'  —  Senate staffers appear to have made little progress resolving one of the most contentious issues in new telecom legislation: whether to impose "net neutrality" provisions that would limit how cable and telephone companies may charge others for access to their networks.
Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
OMG, PlayStation 3 Controller Spelling Mistake  —  Kotakuite Oly hit Sony's super swish Ginza showroom, which was not only displaying the PlayStation 3 for all to see, but a glaring spelling error.  Instead of "SELECT", the PS3 controller reads "SERECT".  Even though Sony's been batting fly balls of late, we're not going to poke fun.
Discussion: Gizmodo and iBloggedThis
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace, The 27.4 Billion Pound Gorilla  —  It's worth noting the massive increase in users and traffic at MySpace over the last few months.  Paul Kedrosky summarized the key October 2005 MySpace metrics from a BusinessWeek article late last year.  Those stats, along with more recent April Comscore …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Its Time To Transition  —  What do you do, when all your life you have chased scoops, and then got scooped on your own news?  You tip the hat to the person who beat you to your own story.  As kids would call it, I got punked by Valleywag.  —  I wanted to wait till end of this month …
 
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