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11:45 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.
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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.
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 …
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: Mashable* and 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; Calacanis is GM, Netscape [by Rafat]  —  Netscape.com, the website behind the storied browser company, is being revived (as we first reported here in March) and has launched in public beta tonight.
Red Herring:
Netscape Makes the Social News  —  AOL's lagging brand retools with social news, following Digg.  —  Netscape, the brand that kick-started the dot-com boom only to lose the browser war to Microsoft, launched its latest reincarnation on Thursday with a portal focused on community-driven news.
Discussion: InterMedia
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Netscape (updated)  —  OK, fine... it's true!
Discussion: Performancing.com
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
iPod sweatshops alleged  —  The UK's Mail on Sunday reported that Apple's iPods are made in China by mainly female workers who earn as little as 27 pounds per month.  The report set off a tidal wave of objection and claims that iPods are made in sweatshops.  According to Macworld UK:
Discussion: ilounge.com and Macworld UK
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BBC:
iPod 'slave' claims investigated
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Today's iPod rumor: designed using a "none-touch" concept
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:
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.
Discussion: Gadgetopia
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Joystiq and Telco 2.0
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 …
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.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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 …
 
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
New LCD Technology Outperforms CRT
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and TechSpot
Brian Oberkirch / Weblogs Work:
PodServe: Best in Show
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Cell Shrinks in 2007  —  Sony to switch to cheaper manufacturing process next year.
Discussion: Joystiq and TechSpot
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Launch of Conde Nast's Portfolio will help competitors
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Women's Summer Outreach Program
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Guide for Choosing Boot Camp or Parallels to Run Windows on an Apple MacBook
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Troy Dreier / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi music player cuts out the PC
Reuters:
Toshiba, others to cooperate on 45-nano chips
Discussion: Engadget and Neowin.net
Forbes:
Murdoch's MySpace Plans Tie Up With Search Engine
BBC:
Robot soccer World Cup kicks off
Grant Robertson / The Digital Music Weblog:
Weird Al Yankovic Says Digital Is a Raw Deal For Some Artists
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Internet Neutrality - Tough Issue
Discussion: Techdirt and Perceptric Forum
InfoWorld:
What users hate most about Web sites
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Wall Street didn't believe Steve Ballmer (and what he can do about it)
 

 
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Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack

 
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