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9:20 PM ET, June 19, 2006


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Ben Fritz / Variety:
Friend or foe?  —  Film exex want to tap into Jobs' savvy but worry about his growing clout  —  Five years ago, when Steve Jobs was in negotiations to sell songs on iTunes, he gave music execs a choice: Either work with me or get left in the dust.  —  They worked with him.
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Apple plants seeds for pic downloads  —  iTunes going to the movies  —  After conquering the digital music biz and taking the lead with TV shows online, Apple is looking to feature films.  —  The computer company is in active negotiations with most major studios to add movies to its iTunes Music Store …
Longofest / Mac Rumors:   iTunes Movie Store Rumblings [Updated]
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.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
USB Air Conditioned Shirt  —  When it comes to USB powered gadgets, this doesn't just take the cake, it takes the entire bakery and then burns it down for the insurance money.  The USB shirt has two fans on the left and right sides of the back, taking in air to cleanse all the sweat off your spare tire.
Discussion: THE RAW FEED
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
USB Powered Air conditioned clothes  —  We have USB powered Beverage coolers, gloves, slippers and what not here is a something really unique, USB powered powered air conditioned clothes.  Everyone actually does have a natural air conditioner which is sweating and the air conditioned clothes …
Discussion: Shiny Shiny
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 …
Discussion: Business Logs and Alpha Blog
Evan Blass / Engadget:   Apple, 50 Cent to develop budget PC?
Foxconn sternly denies iPod sweatshop claims  —  Kung Tien Huang, Taipei; Rodney Chan, [Monday 19 June 2006]  —  Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) has sternly denied a report insinuating that the company was making iPods for Apple Computer in sweatshops.
Discussion: TechSpot
Paul Miller / Engadget:   Foxconn denies iPod sweatshop accusations
Launch of Windows Live Messenger Marks Significant Progress for Microsoft's Windows Live Era  —  Microsoft delivers interactive online game as part of launch; users rewarded with exclusive film clip of Disney's upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" movie.
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.
Jay Rosen / Washington Post:
Web Users Open the Gates  —  A decade after major news providers such as The Washington Post began publishing on the Internet, they are finally beginning to ask the right questions about what the Web can do for them and their readers — and to realize how disruptive web technology is to traditional journalism.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Apple Won't Open Source Its Apps  —  Tim Bray's "Time to Switch?" is a nice tangent to my "And Oranges" piece from Thursday; he's considering the same Mac OS X-to-Ubuntu route as Mark Pilgrim, and he lists both reasons why he wants to switch, as well as some of the issues that would make it unpleasant.
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 …
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.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Designer Bluetooth: Jabra JX10  —  The Jabra JX10 is a great-looking Bluetooth headset, and after all, if you're going to be wearing something all the time you want it to be great-looking.  What?  You don't wear your Bluetooth headset all the time?  Good.  Don't.
Discussion: OhGizmo! and SCI FI Tech
Net students 'think copying OK'  —  Students of the "Google generation" often do not understand what plagiarism is, says an expert on the issue.  —  Many of the new generation of students raised on the internet see nothing wrong with copying other people's work, says Professor Sally Brown.
Discussion: Bleeding Edge and IPcentral Weblog
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Robert Levine / New York Times:
A Nod From Knopfler: I Want My A.M.D.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ebay cautious on web mergers
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Google Plans To Make All Products Available Everywhere
Francis / Francis' Weblog:
How not to fix an iPod shuffle