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8:20 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.
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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 Netscape.com site into a collection of links to news articles, submitted by users and expanded upon by a staff of bloggers.
Valleywag:
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 News.com:
New Netscape.com 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 …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and ResourceShelf
Read/WriteWeb:
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 Netscape.com 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.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Netscape.com Relaunched As a User-Driven News Aggregation Site …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Digg v3 screenshots show aims beyond tech: will it work?
bobwyman.pubsub.com:
The Rumors of our death are only slightly exaggerated.  —  Rumors have been flying lately about the demise of PubSub.com.  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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   PubSub Co-Founder Takes The Gloves Off, Digs Hole
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, qj.net and Ubergizmo
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
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
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 …
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
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: Open Culture and Tech_Space
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.
Dazzla / notebookreview.com:
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 …
weblogs.jomc.unc.edu:16080:
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 …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
 
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Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Cell Shrinks in 2007  —  Sony to switch to cheaper manufacturing process next year.
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Discussion: join-the-dots
Troy Dreier / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi music player cuts out the PC
Reuters:
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Forbes:
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Mike / Techdirt:
The RIAA Says No Dancing To Music On YouTube
Grant Robertson / The Digital Music Weblog:
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
MTV's Denmark West on super-serving the audience
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