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7:15 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.
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
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Wall Street didn't believe Steve Ballmer (and what he can do about it)  —  You might have missed that Microsoft's stock has been in a freefall lately.  —  My friends have been asking me "why doesn't Wall Street believe Steve Ballmer?"  —  That's an easy one.
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 …
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.
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.
Scoop: Exclusive screenshots reveal: Digg v3 will cover all news  —  Digg already soared past Slashdot as the most influential tech-centered news portal.  The "Digg effect" can bring down the servers of sites linked from the homepage and drive a frenzy of blogging and news coverage — or spread rumors like nobody's business.
Discussion: Random Culture
Download of the Day: FEBE and CLEO  —  Windows only: The Firefox Extension Backup Extension (FEBE) lets you backup all of your extensions, themes, bookmarks, preferences, and even cookies (you can pick and choose if you don't want to backup everything), while it's counterpart, CLEO …
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
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Service lets people rip videos from YouTube, other sites  —  Two services run by two people in Australia are giving people new ways to access and use video content from sites like YouTube and Google Video, and copyright holders may well find themselves up in arms about it.
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.
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Why Apple snubs its open source geeks  —  What obscure sort of person wants the freedom to compile the OS X kernel?  I know this guy named Steve ...  Apple extended the courtesy of meeting with me one day after my column on the closing of the OS X x86 kernel source code was published online.
Discussion: Tech_Space
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.
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
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.)
Mark Wallace /
Universal Artists Hit Second Life June 25/26  —  Is a Southern Takeover of Second Life on the way?  Hot on the heels of Warner Bros. launching Regina Spektor's latest album in the virtual world of Second Life comes a press release from the Universal Motown Records Group promising …
Antoinette Martin / New York Times:
Pastoral Site of Historic Inventions Faces the End  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., June 7 — For 44 years, a six-story, two-million-square-foot structure nestled here in a 472-acre exquisitely pastoral setting was a habitat for technological ferment.  —  The vaunted Bell Labs, whose scientists invented …
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Jonny Evans / Macworld UK:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Japanese pillow offers napping advice
Discussion: I4U News
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft 'Mix-ins' vs. Google Mashups
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South Korea is playing to death!
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Philips PMC7230 Portable Media Center
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Associated Press:
Dell Seen Rolling Out AMD-System in Sept.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
MySpace Looking To Auction Search To Google, Microsoft or Yahoo
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Scoble The Exit Interview
Discussion: Scobleizer
John Leyden / The Register:
PCs to developing world 'fuel malware'
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Send Paypal Via Skype Soon
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Thecus shows five-drive NAS box
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo