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4:15 PM ET, June 13, 2006

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Earth: An Emerging 'Geobrowser'  —  I often hear people say about Google, "Other than search it's just a bunch of 'me-too' products."  Whether or not you agree, you have to admit that in the case of Earth and Maps that's clearly not true.  Although maps have become an important …
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Mike Pegg / Google Maps Mania:
Google Geo Developer Day Post #3  —  I'm live at the Googleplex blogging Google's Geo Developer Day...  2:00PM: Okay, so for those of you tuning into the Google Geo Developer via Google Maps Mania this is the stuff that really matters.  A lot of Google Maps product announcements have just been made.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Google SketchUp released for Mac OS X  —  When Google acquired @Last Software on 14 March 2006 I got excited about the prospect of having a tidy little application to design all the house projects that I have planned for the summer.  Needless to say, I was a little bummed out when I found …
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."
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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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Om Malik quits Biz 2.0, raises cash to build out broadband news site
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
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
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
Google Blogoscoped:
The Google Connection: Google Employees on Orkut  —  Marissa Mayer, Googler, 173 centimeters, blue-eyed, blond and athletic, who likes dancing, candlelight and flirting and doesn't like smoking, is a friend of ...  ... Ninane Wang, Googler, born in Beijing, age 26, who worked at Microsoft before …
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?
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
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.
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
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 …
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Getting Into Google News Revisited  —  There has been recent interest in how a site can be included into Google News.  Ben covered a thread at DigitalPoint Forums a few weeks ago on the topic.  I thought I would revisit it with my own personal experience on how I was accepted into Google News.
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.
Discussion: Barnako.com and IP Democracy
 
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Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Sanyo 3100 - Pink Phone To Benefit Breast Cancer Foundation
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Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
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Head-to-Head Review of Navigation Software for Windows Mobile
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Digital kids  —  Are virtual worlds the future of the classroom?
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Ars Technica:
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Andrew Garcia / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Finally Catching up With WPA2
Modculture / Tech Digest:
Aiwa UZ-PS128 recordable MP3 headphones
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Timestrips say it's time to go  —  A much talked about labeling system …
Isen / isen.blog:
Welcome to the Stupid Internet
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Internet stealth company steps out
Geoff Duncan / news.digitaltrends.com:
Verizon Offers to Be Your Kids' Chaperone
Ben Ames / PC World:
Intel Says More Efficient Chips Are Coming
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