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10:00 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 …
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 /
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 …
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.
Discussion: PostBubble
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dog brain in a dish plays Quake 3: Arena  —  Don't get all PETA on us, we're just the messenger, but a University of Texas scientist has grown a living "brain" in a petri dish using 50,000 nerve cells from a dog.  We're sure there are many noble things to be done with a brain in a dish …
STEP-BY-STEP: HOW TO GET BILLIONS OF PAGES INDEXED BY GOOGLE  —  As most SEOs know, MSN loves the subdomains.  You can make hundreds of keyworded subdomains and MSN will think quite highly of the pages.  Same goes for blogspot and other blogs- they do very well on MSN and sometimes on Yahoo.
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 …
Discussion: Corporate Engagement
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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Limbo / Hellonline:
A Purple What??  —  So I know I'm a little late but I just …
Discussion: Valleywag and Presentation Zen
Daniel Goldman / A blog covering the latest buzz …:
Opera 9 just around the corner; Grand marketing campaign in the works
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Edge Online:
A BUG'S LIFE  —  Is it still worth hunting bugs for a living …