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8:35 AM ET, June 20, 2006


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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.
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Steve Fox / Washington Post:
Web Site Starts From a Memo, Gains Millions of Readers  —  As Bob Kaiser settled into his first-class seat for the flight home to Washington from Tokyo, he took out his pen and pad and began to muse about the future — and frogs.  —  "The Post is not in a pot of water …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
As the Internet Grows Up, the News Industry Is Forever Changed  —  The news industry, congenitally nervous about its future, looks at the Web this spring and sees cause for panic.  —  Advertisers are rushing to the Internet.  Readers, even of the best newspapers and magazines …
Chris Pirillo:
Is Windows Live Messenger Your Friend?  —  Sean Carver is a rock star.  No, seriously - he's one of the guys at Microsoft who has always listened to my feedback.  Not sure he's always able to push my suggestions through the pipeline, but he really does listen (and I wish I could say that about more people I kenw).
Discussion: 10 and The Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Opens IM to Developers  —  Yahoo Messenger, with 60 million worldwide users, just got a lot more interesting.  Today at 6pm PST Yahoo is launching Yahoo Messenger 8.0 for Windows PCs and releasing a software development kit to allow third parties to create content plugins that users can add to their Yahoo IM.
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Yahoo Messenger gets plug-ins  —  Yahoo introduced on Monday a beta of its Yahoo Messenger with Voice chat application that includes free plug-ins designed to let people to do things like track eBay auctions, see friends' wish lists on, collaborate real-time on event planning and compare calendars with contacts.
Discussion: 21talks
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Sun CEO will announce thousands of layoffs this Thursday  —  Sun Microsystems (SUNW) will on Thursday announce a large round of layoffs in a bid to cut about one-half billion dollars in annual costs as it transforms itself into a broad based computer software and services company.
Anil Dash:
Office 2007 is the Bravest Upgrade Ever  —  Short and sweet, the Ribbon and new UI in Microsoft Office 2007 is the ballsiest new feature in the history of computer software.  I've been using Office 12 for about six months, and not only has it made me more productive, I'm struck by the sheer ambition of the changes in this version.
The Australian:
Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie: chant of change at Microsoft  —  The appointment marks the emergence of a ferocious technology intellect, writes Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  MICROSOFT has a new brain.  Ray Ozzie, a white-haired Chicago native with a courtly manner, is in many ways the anti-Bill Gates.
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch and Slashdot
Hakon Wium Lie / CNET
Perspective: Microsoft's forgotten monopoly  —  The story of how Microsoft used its monopoly in operating systems to acquire a dominant position in office applications and browsers has often been told.  But there's another Microsoft monopoly that's rarely mentioned, even though most of us see it every day.
Discussion: M-Dollar
Jon's Radio:
User-generated content vs. reader-created context  —  For an internal IDG newsletter I was asked to pick the industry buzzword that most annoys me and write a brief essay explaining why.  I chose user-generated content and wrote the following: … It's not enough to merely be annoyed …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Michael Kinsley / Slate:
My History of Slate  —  The founding editor looks back at our first 10 years.  —  In August 1995, I made a secret trip to Seattle to talk with Microsoft about starting an online magazine (whatever that might be).  On the plane back home to Washington, D.C., I found myself sitting next to Christopher Buckley, the comic novelist.
Discussion: Ed Batista and Paul Boutin
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Live, Nude Black DS Lite!  —  Here it is, four days before it goes on sale, the black DS Lite.  A retailer at a UK games store snuck this bad boy home, stripped it and took a buncha photos.  Our own Florian will be line-standing for one of these black beauties to give one lucky contest winner.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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.
USA Today:
The phone booth returns — sans phone  —  Just in time for his return to the silver screen, Superman's trusty phone booth is back.  Only this time, there's a bit more room for his biceps.  —  Because the pay phone itself is gone, today's booths are BYOC — bring your own cellphone.
Fiona Morgan / Wired News:
Battling the Copyright Monster  —  How does a filmmaker document the world around her when the sights and sounds that make up that world are copyright protected?  —  Law professors Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins co-wrote and produced the comic book Bound By Law?  Tales From the Public Domain.
Discussion: loadedpun
Ian Harvey / Globe and Mail:
Handhelds give blind insight  —  It's not quite the visor worn by Commander Geordi LaForge, a character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but there are some interesting parallels to an assistive technology that is allowing blind users to "see" by sound.  —  The technology is part of a wave …
Discussion: 21talks
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Chris Leckness / MobilitySite:
Dell Annouces Latitude D420, Sleek Ultraportable
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Donald Melanson / Engadget Mobile:
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:
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Discussion: Shiny Shiny and OhGizmo!
Dawn Kawamoto / ZDNet:
Trojan targets Google hosting service
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
America's Antiterrorist Network
Discussion: Techdirt
Microsoft Security Advisory (921365)
Lucy Sherriff / The Register:
Hacking students will need background checks
Discussion: TechSpot
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Greg Sandoval / CNET
Video sites grapple with specter of smut
I4U News:
Olympic-Themed Lenovo F20 Sports Coca-Cola Design
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Of Social Nets & Business Models
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Feeds Of Evil  —  I decided it's time to unsub from feeds …
New York Times:
Verizon Sues Vonage in Patents Dispute
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
USB Air Conditioned Shirt
Discussion: THE RAW FEED
Net students 'think copying OK'
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Why I'm Going to Work for Zooomr  —  Zooomr, experience the world through photos.