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9:45 AM ET, June 15, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL-Netscape Launches Massive Digg-Like Site  —  AOL-Netscape Launches Massive "Digg Killer"  —  On Thursday, AOL's Netscape property will no longer be just another portal - it's being converted into a Digg-killer.  I was briefed on the new site by Jason Calacanis last week.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL to Turn Netscape Site Into a Newspaper of Sorts  —  In attempt to revive an aging but still well-known Internet brand, AOL is turning its site into a collection of links to news articles, submitted by users and expanded upon by a staff of bloggers.
Scoop: Exclusive screenshots reveal: Digg v3 will cover all news  —  [Update: Digg, meet AOL's Digg killer.]  —  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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET
New focuses on news  —  Netscape is expected to relaunch its Web site on Thursday, transforming from a general purpose portal into a news site in which both readers and editors choose the content.  —  In its latest incarnation, Netscape is a hybrid news site combining elements …
Netscape wears Digg's clothing - but underneath it's still a portal  —  Techcrunch has the scoop on the new Netscape portal beta, which bears a striking resemblance to Digg.  Mike thinks it's a "digg killer" and in terms of pure numbers it may well be.  Netscape gets a surprising 811 million …
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Digg this: Calacanis relaunches iconic as a "social news" site  —  Remember when Netscape was synonymous with Web surfing?  Other Internet names have moved to the fore now, and the iconic Web site has languished as an un-hip Web portal.  But now it wants to make a comeback.
Rafat / Relaunched As a User-Driven News Aggregation Site …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Digg v3 screenshots show aims beyond tech: will it work?
Joris Evers / CNET
Money lost to cybercrime down—again  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—While many headlines spell doom and gloom when it comes to computer-related misdeeds, the average losses at businesses due to cybercrime continue to drop, according to a new survey.  —  For the fourth straight year …
I4U News:
Sony Vending Machines Out Now  —  "Push C-4 for Wireless Headphones".  It's not the typical vending machine repertoire, but via these high-tech "robotic stores", you will be able to purchase PSP software, Sony brand blank media, headphones, and other accessories.
Discussion: Gizmodo, and Ubergizmo
The Rumors of our death are only slightly exaggerated.  —  Rumors have been flying lately about the demise of  While I've seen quite a bit of exaggeration in various forums, I can't deny that things are not going well for us.  Our days are numbered.
PR Newswire:
8x8 Awarded Patent for Hosted IP-PBX Technology  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), provider of Packet8 broadband voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications services, today announced it has been awarded US Patent …
Martin Davies / Guardian:
Gamers don't want any more grief  —  Players who abuse others in online games may soon be ostracised as virtual communities start to police their own environments  —  The gaming community calls them "griefers": people who like nothing better than to kill team-mates or obstruct the game's objectives.
Discussion: Joystiq and Telco 2.0
Dazzla /
Guide for Choosing Boot Camp or Parallels to Run Windows on an Apple MacBook  —  Introduction  —  Turn the clock back to January 22nd 2006 and to a competition started by enthusiasts to have Windows XP and OS X coexisting on a Mac.  Donations were taken and steadily the prize fund grew …
Launch of Conde Nast's Portfolio will help competitors  —  Media Life Magazine staff writer Samantha Melamed writes that despite the fears from other business glossies that Conde Nast Portfolio, a new business magazine that will debut next year, will take away advertising …
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Internet Neutrality - Tough Issue  —  If the telcos have their way, the Internet in the US COULD become as innovation-free as the phone networks and as content-challenged and inflexible as the cable networks.  On the other hand, legislation to prevent these companies from doing …
Discussion: Techdirt and Perceptric Forum
Troy Dreier / CNET
Wi-Fi music player cuts out the PC  —  review There are numerous music subscription services on the market, such as those from Virgin, Yahoo and MTV, that let you download all the music you want to your home computer, then transfer it to your portable player.  But what if you can't wait that long?
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
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Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Cell Shrinks in 2007  —  Sony to switch to cheaper manufacturing process next year.
Discussion: Joystiq and TechSpot
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
The RIAA Says No Dancing To Music On YouTube
Grant Robertson / The Digital Music Weblog:
Weird Al Yankovic Says Digital Is a Raw Deal For Some Artists
Evan Blass / Engadget:
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Patrick / Play Gadgets:
$2.32 Million of Black Nintendo DS Lite Gone Missing
What users hate most about Web sites
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Why Apple snubs its open source geeks
Discussion: Open Culture and Tech_Space
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
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Why Wall Street didn't believe Steve Ballmer (and what he can do about it)

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