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2:15 PM 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 …
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.
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
Red Herring:
Netscape Makes the Social News
Discussion: InterMedia
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.
BBC:
iPod 'slave' claims investigated  —  Apple is investigating a newspaper report that staff in some of its Chinese iPod factories work long hours for low pay and in "slave" conditions.  —  The article in the Mail on Sunday alleged that workers received as little as £27 a month, doing 15-hour shifts making the iconic mp3 player.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Tech_Space
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Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
iPod sweatshops alleged
Discussion: AppleInsider and ilounge.com
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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
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Dazzla / notebookreview.com:
Guide for Choosing Boot Camp or Parallels to Run Windows on an Apple MacBook
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
Social Networking: Five Sites You Need to Know
Discussion: Message and ALLIED
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:
Discussion: SEO Black Hat
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Google Blogoscoped:
MSN Hand-crafting Its Results
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.
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
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 …
nttdocomo.com:
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
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 …
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senate ponders policing of Net neutrality offenses
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Chandlers Call for Tribune Breakup
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Sony Vending Machines Out Now
Troy Dreier / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi music player cuts out the PC
Reuters:
Toshiba, others to cooperate on 45-nano chips
Discussion: Neowin.net and Engadget
Forbes:
Murdoch's MySpace Plans Tie Up With Search Engine
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Robot soccer World Cup kicks off
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