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5:15 PM ET, June 14, 2006


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Rafe Needleman / CNET
Google finally puts Picasa albums on the Web  —  Google launched a new beta of Picasa on Tuesday [news story].  Its biggest new feature is the capability to post pictures directly from the application to a Google-hosted Web album.  It's about time.  Picasa has become the PC-based photo manager …
Google Blogoscoped:
No Privacy for Picasa Web Albums  —  As opposed to what Google seems to suggest in the Picasa Albums interface, there is no such thing as a private album.  For example, I found Larry Page's Picasa homepage.  It announces:  —  This user has no Public Albums.  —  But that's wrong.
Adrian Graham / Official Google Blog:
It's all about the photos  —  Reading feedback from Picasa users is one of the best parts of my job.  And lately the feedback has been especially clear and direct: please offer an easy way to share photos online.  Today, we're delighted to begin testing a new Picasa feature that does just that.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
EBay to Add a Phone Link From Listings to Sellers  —  EBay said yesterday that sellers on its auction site would be able to add a link to their listings allowing potential buyers to reach them through Skype, the Internet phone service.  —  The announcement comes nine months after eBay raised eyebrows …
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
eBay Dives into Web 2.0  —  eBay, arguably the original Web 2.0 company, is sure latching onto the newfangled 2.0 stuff.  Today, it announced eBay Wiki, with service hosted by JotSpot.  It's intended to allow members to offer their own expertise on any eBay topic they know about …
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
eBay-Skype-PayPal integration extravaganza
New York Times:
Hiding in Plain Sight, Google Seeks an Expansion of Power  —  Google is building two computing centers, top and left, each the size of a football field, in The Dalles, Ore  —  THE DALLES, Ore., June 8 — On the banks of the windswept Columbia River, Google is working on a secret weapon …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google data centers vs Microsoft infrastructure - a battle of the titans
Jo Best /
What will your mobile look like in 2015?  —  Design students get their thinking caps on...  What will your mobile look like in 2015?  Like a necklace, some specs, or a ring?  See the photos here.  —  Those are just some of the ideas dreamt up by 26 design students from London's Central St Martins College …
Leo Waldock / The Register:
Non-scents from Nokia  —  For six months, 25 Industrial Design MA students from London's CSM College of Art and Design have been working to create concepts for a premium but mass market mobile device capable of providing 4G or 5G multimedia services.  —  The students worked for a cash prize and …
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Flickr Cracks Down on Screenshots  —  Online worlds collide as Second Life fans and Flickr spar over how to handle screenshots on the popular photo-sharing site.  —  At stake is a little-known Flickr policy of flagging accounts that contain mostly non-photographic images and preventing images …
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Scoble The Exit Interview  —  Microsoft tech evangelist and alpha blogger Robert Scoble talks about everything from his tensest moments at Microsoft, to what Microsoft could have done to keep him, as he prepares to leave the Redmond software maker and join startup PodTech.Net.
Discussion: Scobleizer
TDavid / Things That:
The Scoblelizer Replacement pool odds
Discussion: Valleywag and
Steve Hamm / TechBeat:
Flock redux  —  Last October, the folks at Flock broke their silence and revealed their plans for a new "social browser" designed for collaborating, sharing photos, and blogging.  The Flock beta was supposed to come out a couple of weeks later.  It didn't.
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Living a dual life - desktop and cloud  —  David Berlind nails it in is discussion of the inexorable move to the cloud.  Discussing the recent connection between spreadsheet godfather Dan Bricklin's WikiCalc and SocialText, he perfectly describes the "dual modality" many of us are operating …
Discussion: and Vacuum
Microsoft Hardware Advances Digital Communications Experiences  —  First webcams from Microsoft make seeing, hearing and sharing a breeze.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 13, 2006 — Seeing your grandchild's first steps from miles away.  Hearing your friend's laugh from across the country.
30 organizations to jointly develop new advanced Internet search engine  —  About 30 organizations in Japan, including major electronics and communications companies and the University of Tokyo, will jointly develop technology for a new advanced search engine, industry sources said.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Earth, Sketchup, and Second Life  —  If the hotel network here at Where 2.0 were faster and there were fewer people on it, I'd be downloading the new version of Google Earth, released for the first time simultaneously for Windows, Mac, and Linux!  (Reportedly, the universal binary screams on the Macbook Pro.)
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Sony develops smallest LED projector  —  Using RGB light emitting diodes (LEDs) as light sources Sony has developed the world's smallest LED projector.  Measuring just 410cc it is equivalent to that of two business cards and shorter than a standard ball pen.  Two major innovations were made to make the projector smaller.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft 'Mix-ins' vs. Google Mashups  —  Steven Lawler of Microsoft didn't directly mention Google by name, but many of his comments this morning at Where2.0 were directed toward differentiating Microsoft's Virtual Earth platform and Windows Live Local's consumer destination from the company's chief online rival.
Associated Press:
Dell Seen Rolling Out AMD-System in Sept.  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Dell Inc. could roll out a desktop computer based on an Advanced Micro Devices Inc. chip as early as September, according to a Wall Street analyst.  —  The report comes less than a month after Dell Inc. said it would begin using chips …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
HP's new datacenter in a box  —  HP is taking a page from Steve Jobs.  The company was able to keep the wraps on a major product announcement that Ann Livermore, executive vice president of technology solutions, called "adaptive infrastructure in a 17-inch box."
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It only matters if you come from the last century  —  Scott Karp says that Google is killing the economics of content, which is sensationalist, and only important if you care about "content," not so important if you care about accurate transmission of information and points of view.  —  First a little history.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
MySpace Looking To Auction Search To Google, Microsoft or Yahoo  —  We heard last month that MySpace is interested in partnering with Google or Microsoft.  Now Yahoo appears to be in the running.  MySpace-owner News Corp's Chief Operating Officer Peter Chermin said today MySpace plans to …
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
TNS Ups Internet Ad Spend Forecast  —  U.S. Internet ad spending, excluding search, is expected to increase by 13 percent in 2006, according to a revised full-year forecast released today by TNS Media Intelligence.  Earlier estimates had pegged 2006 growth at just 9.1 percent.
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