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4:35 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Digg v3 screenshots show aims beyond tech: will it work?
As I May Think...  An infrequently updated collection of comments on random subjects.  —  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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   PubSub Co-Founder Takes The Gloves Off, Digs Hole
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.
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
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
Patrick / Play Gadgets:
$2.32 Million of Black Nintendo DS Lite Gone Missing  —  Looks like the black Nintendo DS Lite is hotter than ever.  A container (those large metal structures that carry cargo) full of black Nintendo DS Lite and DS games had gone missing in Hong Kong when it was making its way from China …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
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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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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Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
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Peter Rojas / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola Canary (RAZR 2) hands-on!
Discussion: Engadget, PSFK and Phone Scoop
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
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Discussion: PostBubble and Open Culture
Joe / Techdirt:
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Japanese pillow offers napping advice
Discussion: I4U News and SCI FI Tech