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2:10 PM ET, June 17, 2006


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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 …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The meaning of Bill … (This is a post The Guardian's Comment is Free asked me to write about Bill Gates — thus the view from that side of the world.  If you'd like to comment, please do so at Comment is Free.)  —  In America, we, too, have our class system, though it is a perverse version …
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
billg - Shouldnta preAnnounced  —  Bill Gates will do a world of good by devoting his intelligence, his energy, and his take-no-prisoners style to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The tasks the foundation has set for itself in the developing world are even harder than what Bill did at Microsoft.
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) …
Associated Press:
Rockies using video iPods to study swings, hitters  —  DENVER — Three hours before a start against Florida, Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings sits in front of his locker, puts on his headphones and stares at his video iPod.  —  He isn't watching the latest Coldplay video or catching …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
Daniel Goldman / A blog covering the latest buzz …:
Opera 9 just around the corner; Grand marketing campaign in the works  —  Opera is gearing up for the release of Opera 9.  —  The new browser would presumably be released this coming Tuesday (June 20th) at a formal event Opera is holding in Seattle, WA.  There has been lots of speculation …
Mike / Techdirt:
Investigating The Obviousness Of Software Patents  —  from the can-you-look-at-obviousness?  dept  —  In many of our discussions about the patent system, one of the big debates between those who think the system is just dandy and those who have problems with it concerns the question of "obviousness."
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
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Dan Rather Considering Offer From Mark Cuban  —  Dan Rather, whose agreement to leave CBS News after 44 years could be final as soon as this evening, said in an interview today that he was seriously considering an offer from Mark Cuban, the unbridled owner of the Dallas Mavericks …
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Matt Saturday / Brooklyn Ski Club:
Easy Money, Sell Your Friends.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Mark / dive into mark:
Juggling oranges  —  The first 90% of John Gruber's And Oranges is excellent.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Nintendo's new remote: How do Wii do it?
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya unleashing API to integrate its visual search into apps
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iLiad's iRex e-reader goes on sale online
Discussion: TeleRead
Stan Horaczek / Engadget:
Robot Strider walks on water and, eventually, land
CyberHome DVD Recorders Seized
Discussion: Engadget
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Checkout preparing to launch

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Peter Sterne / Politico:
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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