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7:25 AM ET, June 17, 2006


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Mathew Ingram /
Gates to leave MSFT — ho hum  —  "Gates leaving Microsoft" makes for a nice headline, and plenty of speculation and commentary over at techmeme, but it doesn't really bear any relationship to reality.  For one thing, Bill isn't leaving his "day-to-day role" (whatever that really is) …
New York Times:
Gates to Cede Software Reins
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
DSL strikes a chord with frugal shoppers  —  A new kind of digital divide is emerging in the U.S. broadband market.  —  On one side are middle-income and price-sensitive households, which tend to favor DSL service offered by phone companies.  On the other are more affluent families …
Discussion: TechEffect and 21talks
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Now, Free Ways to Do Desktop Work on the Web  —  The biggest expense in buying a new computer is not always the computer.  After all, you can buy a new Dell desktop, and a good one at that, for $300 and get a monitor in the bargain.  —  The software to make a PC do anything useful can cost you as much as the computer.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Growing Wikipedia Revises Its 'Anyone Can Edit' Policy  —  Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia that "anyone can edit."  Unless you want to edit the entries on Albert Einstein, human rights in China or Christina Aguilera.  —  Wikipedia's come-one, come-all invitation to write and edit articles …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Confirms Excel Zero-Day Attack Under Way  —  Microsoft June 15 confirmed that a new, undocumented flaw in its widely used Excel spreadsheet program was being used in an attack against an unnamed target.  —  The company's warning comes less than a month after a code-execution hole …
Discussion: TechSpot and
Limbo / Hellonline:
A Purple What??  —  So I know I'm a little late but I just watched Seth Godin talking at Google on Google Video (found the link on Presentation Zen).  The video itself is pretty interesting, Seth has a lot to say and his delivery is great.  What follows are some thoughts I jotted down:
Discussion: Presentation Zen and Valleywag
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
JWT Puts a 'Roadblock' on Huffington Post  —  OLD school, meet new.  —  JWT, the oldest advertising agency in the United States, has purchased all the ad space on The Huffington Post home page for one week, starting tomorrow.  The Web site will showcase nine of JWT's best television commercials with links …
Discussion: Techdirt and AdJab
Chris Pirillo:
Gnomedex Keynote: Senator John Edwards  —  Just when you thought Gnomedex couldn't get any better, Senator John Edwards signs on as our Keynote.  The senator is a long-standing supporter of technology - including podcasting and blogging.  Every year, we wonder how we're going to top ourselves.
Discussion: Lockergnome
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.4.7 to deliver audio fixes, more  —  An update to Apple Computer's Mac OS X Tiger operating system due within a matter of days will deliver audio enhancements for several of the company's applications, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Specifically, people who claim to have tested …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Why is Flickr afraid of Zooomr?  —  Flickr says that users own the the images and tags we enter into their system.  Apparently that doesn't mean they have to make it easy for us to take what we own elsewhere.  —  When Kristopher Tate, the founder of the feature-rich startup photosharing site Zooomr …
Anne Broache / CNET
Politicos mull action against patent system abusers  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. politicians appeared sympathetic on Thursday to tech companies' cries for help combating what are commonly called "patent trolls"—companies that supposedly hold patents for no reason other than coaxing inflated settlements out of wealthy corporations.
CyberHome DVD Recorders Seized  —  San Jose, Calif. — A task force of local, state and federal agencies seized more than 20,000 CyberHome-brand DVD recorders that allegedly use Philips patents without a license.  —  CyberHome U.S.A. of Fremont, Calif., markets DVD players, DVD recorders, portable DVD players and a handful of LCD TVs.
Discussion: Engadget
Joe McKendrick / Service-Oriented Architecture:
Five minutes to develop an application?  Way too slow  —  Would you entrust your enterprise operations to an application built in five minutes?  (Okay, ten minutes, counting testing and quality assurance.)  —  IBM just posted a release pertaining to a keynote speech by Rod Smith …
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
Announcing Software Patent of the Week  —  As regular readers of TLF know, I'm not a big fan of software patents.  The more I learn about them, the more I'm amazed at the sheer scope of the problem.  Every month, thousands of new software patents are issued.
Discussion: Techdirt
Edge Online:
A BUG'S LIFE  —  Is it still worth hunting bugs for a living - at the risk of being treated like an insect - for your break in the videogame industry?  —  "You are not playing games."  While researching the life and times of the modern-day games tester for this article …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Kotaku
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Checkout preparing to launch  —  Google Checkout — what the press calls GBuy — is getting closer to launch.  Just minutes ago, was given a CNAME record pointing to which resolves to a ton of IP addresses.  This probably means …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya unleashing API to integrate its visual search into apps  —  Riya CEO Munjal Shah has been blogging about his company's shift in strategy, moving from a focus on face recognition to visual Web search (see also my post from May 16 and recent posts from Mike Arrington and Matt Marshall, among others).
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Nintendo's new remote: How do Wii do it?
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Averatec's 10.6-inch AV1150 ultra-portable notebook
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iLiad's iRex e-reader goes on sale online
Discussion: TeleRead
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Dan Rather Considering Offer From Mark Cuban
Stan Horaczek / Engadget:
Robot Strider walks on water and, eventually, land
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Cooling Computers with Tiny Jet Engines
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Microsoft developing a rival to Apple's iPod
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PayPal Security Flaw allows Identity Theft
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