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3:55 PM ET, June 19, 2006


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Andy Kessler / Weekly Standard:
Give Me Bandwidth . . .  No one to root for in the net neutrality debate.  —  FINDING IT HARD TO UNDERSTAND the "net neutrality" debate?  On one side are the hip, cool, billionaire web service companies like Google, eBay, Yahoo, and even Microsoft.  Net neutrality is their rallying cry.
Mike / Techdirt:
Forget Net Neutrality: Just Take The Networks Away From The Telcos  —  from the root-for-no-one dept  —  Slowly, but surely, people are starting to figure out what's really going on with the network neutrality debate.  While some of us have been trying to point out that the network neutrality debate …
Discussion: Geek News Central …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Senate bill compromise paves the way for "Net Neutrality Lite"
Discussion: IP Democracy
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft looks beyond Gates for new ideas  —  Microsoft is looking to replace Bill Gates with a computer.  —  Okay, that's not entirely true.  Many of Gates' duties are being handed off to Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie as part of the tech icon's effort to step away from day-to-day technical leadership at Microsoft.
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:   Ray in Charge  —  With my family visiting the in-laws in Charleston …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Sony Music wants bloggers to promo videos, music  —  Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to give bloggers free music and video—sort of.  —  The music conglomerate is promoting a new site, called Musicbox Video, that showcases videos, artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other material from a broad portfolio of its artists.
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Flash cashing in on growth of Web video  —  Adobe Systems, known among creative professionals for its suite of image management software, now has another billing: backstage player in the New Hollywood.  —  The San Jose company's Flash Web site development software helps bring …
UPDATE 2-Vonage hit by Verizon patent lawsuit, shares fall  —Text+(Adds share move, more details on lawsuit)  —  NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) - Internet phone service provider Vonage Holdings Corp. (VG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Monday said it has been served with a patent infringement lawsuit filed …
Robert Levine / New York Times:
A Nod From Knopfler: I Want My A.M.D.  —  It's not unusual for guitar heroes to credit their guitar makers in album liner notes, or drummers to thank Zildjian for their cymbals.  In the notes for "All the Roadrunning," an album of duets by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wetpaint Launches: Wikis Evolve  —  Seattle based Wetpaint has been in private beta since March.  On Sunday night they launched to the world, allowing anyone to create a free wiki on any topic.  —  A good example wiki is this one around the XBOX 360.  Like pbwiki, Wikia and JotSpot …
Sara Ivry / New York Times:
Some Sites Off Limits, Even in a Newsroom  —  Last month, Bennett Haselton, the founder of, a Web site that promotes open access on the Internet, got an e-mail message from a Los Angeles Times reporter who was writing an article about online censorship.
Nolan Strong /
50 Cent Negotiating With Apple For Branded Line Of Home Computers  —  Rap star 50 Cent is entering the world of technology and is currently in negotiations with Apple's CEO Steve Jobs to produce a line of affordable home computers to inner-city residents.  —  According to a recent article in Forbes …
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
DirecTV Titanium: the ultimate couch potato package  —  So if you like watching TV — and we mean really, really like watching TV — then DirecTV has a new offer that will fill your set with more content in a week than you could hope to watch in a lifetime — but it's just a little bit …
Discussion: TechEffect, SCI FI Tech and HD Beat
James Doran / Times of London:
Google to focus on London for next phase of growth  —  LONDON is to become the centre of operations for Google's next big phase of growth as the internet search engine company focuses its efforts on mobile phones, wireless laptops and personal digital assistants to increase its already massive user base.
Nancy Gohring /
Google Plans To Make All Products Available Everywhere  —  Internet users outside of the US may soon be able to access all of Google's products, many of which are currently available only in limited regions, if an executive search by the company is successful.
Francis / Francis' Weblog:
How not to fix an iPod shuffle  —  A friend of mine has an iPod shuffle ... or should I say, DID.  Mentioning no names, he decided to hunt out a site to see if he could fix it himself as it was out of warranty.  He dived onto Google and found a site all about opening up his ipod.
Discussion: MethodShop
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Telecom Giants in Europe Plan $30 Billion Deal  —  Nokia of Finland and Siemens of Germany are expected to announce on Monday that they will merge their telecommunication network equipment businesses in a deal valued at more than $30 billion, people involved in the transaction said tonight.
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Nokia, Siemens and Juniper's Future
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