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4:00 AM ET, June 17, 2006

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Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
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) …
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Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
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 Bink.nu
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Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:   Reports of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Excel
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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
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
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
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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.
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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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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
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 …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Microsoft developing a rival to Apple's iPod  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) is developing a music and video device to compete with Apple's iPod and creating its own music service to rival Apple's iTunes, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday.
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 …
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
PayPal Security Flaw allows Identity Theft  —  A security flaw in the PayPal web site is being actively exploited by fraudsters to steal credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to PayPal users.  The issue was reported to Netcraft today via our anti-phishing toolbar.
Discussion: TechSpot
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
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Where 2.0 Gives the World Meaning  —  SAN JOSE, California (37°19'58.28"N 121°53'22.00"W ) — At O'Reilly Media's Where 2.0 conference this week, an odd mix of people gathered and gawked at a tiny spy plane mounted on a display table.  Some wore the understated ties of government bureaucrats …
twice.com:
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
Live Favorites:
Live Favorites - Beta No More!  —  Live Favorites V1 is Released!  —  We, the Live Favorites Team, are happy to announce that as of today Live Favorites is officially released as a V1 product... Beta No more!  —  A little while ago we put into production our final V1 service and web site.
 
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Daniel Goldman / A blog covering the latest buzz …:
Opera 9 just around the corner; Grand marketing campaign in the works
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Nintendo's new remote: How do Wii do it?
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog
Emily / picturephoning.com:
DOCOMO CELL PHONE CAN TEST WHETHER DRIVERS HAVE BEEN DRINKING
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Averatec's 10.6-inch AV1150 ultra-portable notebook
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Dan Rather Considering Offer From Mark Cuban
Stan Horaczek / Engadget:
Robot Strider walks on water and, eventually, land
Edge Online:
A BUG'S LIFE  —  Is it still worth hunting bugs for a living …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Kotaku
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Checkout preparing to launch
 Earlier Items: 
Joe McKendrick / Service-Oriented Architecture:
Five minutes to develop an application? Way too slow
MarketWatch:
Social Networking Sites Continue to Attract Record Numbers …
ongoing:
Time to Switch?  —  Early this month, Mark Pilgrim made waves …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Online threats outpacing law crackdowns
Wade Roush / techreview.com:
Cooling Computers with Tiny Jet Engines
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Schmidt Talks On Staying In China, GBuy & More
Lunch over IP:
More cell phones than people
Discussion: MocoNews.net and 21talks
Mark / Automated Home:
ADSL Bonding - How To and Review
Discussion: 21talks
 

 
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With major US movie theater chains refusing to show Interview, Sony should release it online

 
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