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6:05 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 Netscape.com site into a collection of links to news articles, submitted by users and expanded upon by a staff of bloggers.
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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 …
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 …
Red Herring:
Netscape Makes the Social News
Discussion: InterMedia
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL-Netscape Launches Massive Digg-Like Site
Valleywag:   Nine signs the new Netscape sucks
Scott Ard / CNET News.com:
Gates stepping down from full-time Microsoft role  —  just in Bill Gates is transitioning out of his full-time role at Microsoft, the software giant that's been under pressure due to a sagging stock price, competition from Google and nagging delays in the Vista operating system.
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Amanda Cantrell / CNN:
Gates to leave day-to-day role at Microsoft  —  Chairman to devote more time to charitable works.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Microsoft announced Thursday that chairman and co-founder Bill Gates will transition out of a day-to-day role at the company, effective July 2008, to spend more time working on his charitable foundation.
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 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 …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
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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.
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 …
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 …
BetaNews:
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Tuan Nguyen / DailyTech:
New LCD Technology Outperforms CRT  —  eCinema says it has a true CRT replacement  —  LCD panels have traditionally been lagging behind CRT monitors in terms of color response, saturation, accuracy and overall black-level response.  Because LCDs are "always lit" by a backlight …
Discussion: Gizmodo, HD Beat, SCI FI Tech and TechSpot
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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Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Mini Mobile Alert: car alarm for your iPod
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
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Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
American Apparel to Open in Second Life
Carlo / Techdirt:
eBay's Latest Skype Plans No More Convincing
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Chandlers Call for Tribune Breakup
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
iPod sweatshops alleged
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PodServe: Best in Show
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Cell Shrinks in 2007  —  Sony to switch to cheaper manufacturing process next year.
Discussion: Joystiq and TechSpot
PR Newswire:
8x8 Awarded Patent for Hosted IP-PBX Technology
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Money lost to cybercrime down—again
Troy Dreier / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi music player cuts out the PC
Reuters:
Toshiba, others to cooperate on 45-nano chips
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