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4:50 PM ET, June 15, 2006


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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 site into a collection of links to news articles, submitted by users and expanded upon by a staff of bloggers.
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.
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 …
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 …
Red Herring:
Netscape Makes the Social News
Discussion: InterMedia
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Digg this: Calacanis relaunches iconic as a "social news" site
Rafat / Relaunched As a User-Driven News Aggregation Site …
Valleywag:   Nine signs the new Netscape sucks
Philipsu / The World As Best As I Remember It:
Broken Windows Theory  —  [This was originally posted a week ago, and yanked of my own volition.  What followed was a firestorm of speculation about how The Man beat me down, etc, which is completely untrue.  Now I repost this back, only to quell the speculation.  Blog on.]  —  Vista.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Social networks—future portal or fad?  —  LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Social networks like MySpace and Facebook are the zeitgeist for online executives and investors, just as they are for millions of young people.  —  But attendees at the Piper Jaffray Global Internet Summit here still can't decide …
Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
Social Networking: Five Sites You Need to Know
Discussion: Message, Open Culture and ALLIED
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google to Launch Government Search Site  —  It's finally happening: The ever-expanding Google Inc. is making its move on the federal government.  —  Today the company plans to announce a new online product aimed at being a one-stop shop for searching federal government Web sites.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
MSN's Hand Crafted Results  —  "MSN Hiring People to Hand Code SERPS" at SEO Blackhat is a nice catch from the MSN Search jobs page talking about needing people to help hand-craft results.  Philipp Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped reacts with "Oh my."  I react with "Hallelujah."  —  Let's look at the job post first:
Google Blogoscoped:
MSN Hand-crafting Its Results
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
SecureSpot Internet Security Device  —  Whether or not this SecureSpot actually makes your sweet rig safer is irrelevant—just look at how many blinking lights it has!  As we all know, lots of blinking lights=ultra secure box.  —  From D-Link, the SecureSpot DSD-15 features plenty of things …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Eight Dollar Home Network Rack Solution  —  Universal Adds 'Traffic' to Busy Summer HD DVD Lineup [High-def DVD Digest]  —  Universal introduces HD DVD price drop [uber gizmo]  —  Eight Dollar Home Network Rack Solution  —  READ MORE: DIY, GADGETS, LETTER TRAYS, NETWORK, RACK
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Scripting News
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.
Mobile Industry Leaders to Create World's First Globally Adopted Open Mobile Linux Platform  — Companies Strive to Increase Adoption of Linux® for Mobile; Speed Innovation for Wireless —  Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics …
Discussion: Techdirt, MobHappy and MobileTracker
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
U.S. Joins Industry in Piracy War  —  The U.S. government has joined forces with the entertainment industry to stop the freewheeling global bazaar in pirated movies and music, pressuring foreign governments to crack down or risk incurring trade barriers.  —  Last year, for instance …
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?
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple seen delivering "ultra-portable" at Macworld  —  Apple Computer could introduce an "ultra-portable PC" that employs NAND-based flash memory in time for the January Macworld trade show in San Francisco, one Wall Street analyst says.  —  UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes …
Microsoft: Vista Most Secure OS Ever  —  Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia opened up TechEd 2006 in Boston Sunday evening by proclaiming that Windows Vista was the most secure operating system in the industry.  But a bold statement can only go so far, and much of this week's conference has been spent reinforcing that point.
Carlo / Techdirt:
eBay's Latest Skype Plans No More Convincing  —  Ever since eBay announced it was buying Skype for between $2.6 billion and $4 billion, we've wondered exactly how they were going to make the money back.  Apart from billion-dollar winners like selling ringtones, all the eBay talk of integrating Skype …
Ina Fried / CNET
Windows, Mac OS to run side-by-side  —  Parallels, a start-up whose software enables Macs to run Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS at the same time, says it is ready with a final version of its product.  —  Apple Computer made headlines back in April when it said it would offer its own software …
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
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 …
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Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Mini Mobile Alert: car alarm for your iPod
Discussion: Gizmodo, Shiny Shiny and Ubergizmo
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Netscape's news scrape
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Welcome to my defrag-safe mode hell
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
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American Apparel to Open in Second Life
Ars Technica:
Interview with Microsoft's Matt Lee, Xbox 360 developer top gun
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Chandlers Call for Tribune Breakup
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
iPod sweatshops alleged
Discussion: AppleInsider and
Brian Oberkirch / Weblogs Work:
PodServe: Best in Show
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8x8 Awarded Patent for Hosted IP-PBX Technology
I4U News:
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