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12:30 AM ET, June 14, 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
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: Techdirt and Zoli's Blog
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 …
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: Open Sources, AC/OS, M-Dollar and Slashdot
Amber Maitland / pocket-lint.co.uk:
UPDATE Samsung delays release of Blu-ray player until September  —  13 June 2006 - A Samsung spokesperson has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the release of its Blu-ray player has now been pushed back until September.  —  Recent reports have suggested that Samsung's player was scheduled to come out on time later this month.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray player delayed (again)?
Discussion: HD Beat
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flock Raises New Venture Round, Launches Public Beta  —  It's been nearly eight months since Silicon Valley based Flock released a developer version of its Firefox based browser.  This evening they are releasing their first public beta version, available for Windows, Mac and Linux machines, at Flock.com.
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Soon - Send money via Skype  —  Soon you will be able to send money via skype with integrated paypal in the new Skype Version 2.5.  —  Screenshot is from the eBay developers conference 2006 in Las Vegas.  —  [via]
Discussion: Gizmodo and Things That
Scott M. Fulton, III / tgdaily.com:
TechEd 2006: Hybrid hard drives to become Vista Premium requirement  —  Boston (MA) - At a discussion of flash memory technologies to be included in Windows Vista and "Longhorn" here at TechEd 2006 this morning, Microsoft's program manager for Windows Client Performance Matt Ayres confirmed …
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 and Ubergizmo
Eric Caoili / 4 color rebellion:
Spotting Pirated Nintendo DS Carts  —  While hardware designs for the Nintendo DS homebrew community continue to evolve, ne'er-do-wells hoping to make a profit selling pirated games have kept pace with their progress.  Not long after cheap, slimmed-down versions of PassMe devices …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and DS Fanboy
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
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Wii Before PS3  —  Sources say Nintendo to launch its new generation console before rival Sony does PS3.  —  June 12, 2006 - At the Electronics Entertainment Expo 2006 last May in Los Angeles, Sony announced that its forthcoming PlayStation 3 console would debut worldwide on November 17 of this year.
Read/WriteWeb:
eBay Wiki - world's largest commercial wiki launched  —  eBay, in collaboration with JotSpot, has just released a new community wiki - making it almost certainly the world's largest wiki platform for a commercial website (Wikipedia is bigger, but it's non-commercial). eBay Wiki is described as …
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer
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.
seobuzzbox.com:
Bill Slawski Interview  —  Bill Slawski is one of the lesser known SEO's, he has a blog called SEO by the Sea.  His writing can best be described as thorough and honest.  Bill often digs deep into patents and other things that most would find too difficult to grasp.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Oak raises record venture capital fund, despite mediocre performance  —  Venture capital firm Oak Investment Partners has raised the largest venture fund ever, despite a decidedly mediocre track record in recent years.  —  At $2.56 billion, Oak's twelfth fund is just the latest example …
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
EBay integrates Skype into auctions
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Lifehacker:
Joe's Goals tracker
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Sony to offer free online play, placing its online revenue hopes on e-Distribution
Discussion: Kotaku and Cathode Tan
Maggie / Popgadget:
Automatic door  —  This is straight out of a science fiction movie …
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Business Week:
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OMG, PlayStation 3 Controller Spelling Mistake
Discussion: Gizmodo and iBloggedThis
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Motorola RAZR V3i, Deep Violet and White Nokia 6233 exclusive to Orange
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
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Tuesday: A dream realized
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Head-to-Head Review of Navigation Software for Windows Mobile
Wired News:
Judging Apple Sweatshop Charge
Discussion: The Browser and Kevin Maney
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace, The 27.4 Billion Pound Gorilla
Ken Belson / New York Times:
As DVD Sales Slow, Hollywood Hunts for a New Cash Cow
Discussion: TeleRead
Sam Garfield / DIY:happy:
NES Controller Cellphone Mod
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Kotaku
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Windows Vista screencasts
 

 
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