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4:25 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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Bill Gates' Legacy: Microsoft's Top 10 Flops  —  Gates will be remembered as a visionary and PC industry leader.  But even Microsoft's Chairman hasn't been right in all of his bets.  —  The Chairman isn't always right.  —  While Microsoft's outgoing Chief Software Architect Bill Gates …
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Gates to leave MSFT — ho hum
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Lieutenants Look Ahead, Hoping to Avoid Other Companies' Mistakes  —  Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates, right, with senior company executives Ray Ozzie, left, and Craig Mundie on Friday in Redmond, Wash.  —  REDMOND, Wash., June 16 — Microsoft stands astride the computing world …
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.
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
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline:
Skype and Vonage: Can You Hear The VoIP Bubble Bursting?  —  It's looking more and more as if the VoIP hype bubble is going the way of the Internet bubble.  Skype, bought for up to $4.1 billion by eBay, is turning out to be a bad investment, and as for the Vonage IPO …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and 21talks
Matt Saturday / Brooklyn Ski Club:
Easy Money, Sell Your Friends.  —  I recieved the following email in my MySpace inbox yesterday.  Some company is buying up profiles with over 20,000 friends.  Take a look:  —  From: Jessica  —  Body: If you have over 20,000 myspace friends in your account and would like to sell it, please contact me
Discussion: Boing Boing
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: Valleywag and Presentation Zen
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 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 …
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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 …
 
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
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Edge Online:
A BUG'S LIFE  —  Is it still worth hunting bugs for a living …