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8:45 PM ET, June 14, 2006

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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.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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.
Valleywag:
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.
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 …
mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp:
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.
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
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
eBay Wiki Is a Smart Move  —  eBay Wiki, eBay's new wiki service for community members, went live yesterday.  The site is powered by JotSpot, Joe Kraus' wiki startup.  Users can create articles on any eBay-related topic - everything from the history of eBay to increasing the number of visits to your eBay auctions.
Peter Rojas / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola Canary (RAZR 2) hands-on!  —  That's right, suckas: we got our hands on a Canary (aka the RAZR 2), Motorola's still-unannounced follow-up to the RAZR.  We only got to spend a few precious hours with the Canary, but we can confirm that this phone's glossy surface is indeed a magnet for fingerprints …
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Lifehacker:
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: GottaBeMobile.com and Vacuum
InfoWorld:
What users hate most about Web sites  —  Too many sites are low on usability and high on annoyance  —  Too many organizations unwittingly give their competitors a free kick by having Web sites that are low on usability and high on annoyance.  —  Users have a short fuse when they are browsing the Web …
Jo Best / silicon.com:
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
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.
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 …
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.)
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.
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 …
Discussion: isen.blog
Microsoft:
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.
f13.net:
Blizzards says "EVERYTHING IS AN MMOG"  —  Too much to report on everything said, but the big one was:  —  "All Blizzard franchises will become MMOGs."  —  All.  They claim they have a model now to develop an MMOG in 3 years for $50 million.  WoW cost 50 million euros and took 4 1/2 years.
Discussion: Kotaku and Blue's News
 
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