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2:25 PM ET, June 20, 2006

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Claire Osborn / Austin American-Statesman:
Teen, mom sue MySpace.com for $30 million  —  Suit filed in Travis County claims popular Internet site fails to protect children from adult sexual predators.  —  A 14-year-old Travis County girl who said she was sexually assaulted by a Buda man she met on MySpace.com sued …
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 …
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Steve Fox / Washington Post:
Web Site Starts From a Memo, Gains Millions of Readers
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Researchers Say New Chip Breaks Speed Record  —  Researchers at I.B.M. and the Georgia Institute of Technology are set to announce today that they have broken the speed record for silicon-based chips with a semiconductor that operates 250 times faster than chips commonly used today.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to embed Live services in Windows  —  BOSTON—Microsoft's Live-branded online services don't end at the Web browser.  They extend deep into Windows.  —  The company last week quietly showed off software for embedding its Web-based Windows Live ID authentication services within Windows applications.
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Wall Street Journal:
'DRM' Protects Downloads, But Does It Stifle Innovation?  —  Consumers now have the ability to buy digital versions of music and movies from a vast (and growing) online catalog.  But that convenience has come at a price: Most of the digital content is packaged with technology called digital rights management …
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 Amazon.com, collaborate real-time on event planning and compare calendars with contacts.
Discussion: 21talks and TECHNOSIGHT
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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 …
New York Times:
A Coming Attraction: Movies on iTunes  —  Consumers have been willing to spend 99 cents to buy Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" or $1.99 for an episode of "Desperate Housewives" from iTunes.  —  Now Steven P. Jobs is betting they will also pay $9.99 to download "The Godfather" to play on their iPods.
Discussion: B2Day
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Sun CEO will announce thousands of layoffs this Thursday  —  Sun Microsystems (SUNW) will announce on Thursday 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.
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
Seth Stevenson / Slate:
Mac Attack  —  Apple's mean-spirited new ad campaign. … (Click here to see the ads.)  —  When I write about ads, I often face an obstacle: I'm not in the target demographic.  Am I really in a position to judge whether, say, a Lexus ad is on the mark?  The chances that I …
Jennifer Netherby / Variety:
Netflix thinks inside the box  —  Netco to introduce set-top box with Internet connection  —  Netflix VP of original programming Eric Besner revealed on Friday some of the online rental service's thinking on the movie download biz, saying Netflix is planning to introduce a proprietary set-top box …
Churbuck.com:
Proactive tech support - further thinking ...  Technical support has always been an oxymoron for most owners and users of anything electronic.  The dreaded process of dialing an 800 number, navigating the voice prompts, and then being told there is a 45 minute wait before a person can help …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why did Bill Gates step down?  —  When the top executive of a major company steps down, even gradually, we are too easily distracted by the emotional arguments, and Microsoft plays this sleight of hand better than almost anyone, but come on, do you think Bill would be stepping aside if the graph were inverted?
Peter Rojas / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile Sidekick 3 hands-on!  —  As promised, our initial impressions of the new T-Mobile Sidekick 3...First off, the Sidekick 3 is really just an evolution and enhancement of its predecessor (just as the SKII was with the original Sidekick).  It's about 20% smaller (it's definitely more pocketable) …
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.
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 …
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ Internet Marketing Solutions …:
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Mike Shields / mediaweek.com:
CNN Podcasts Target Youth
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David Pescovitz / Boing Boing:
MOG: social networking around music
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
'Nokia Open' phone is nice, unrealistic idea
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Media Should Evolve Into Marketing Services
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Amit Singh / osxbook.com:
There Are No Published Motion/Light Sensor APIs
Chris Leckness / MobilitySite:
Dell Annouces Latitude D420, Sleek Ultraportable
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
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Cingular's southern base skewing American Idol results?
Dawn Kawamoto / ZDNet:
Trojan targets Google hosting service
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
America's Antiterrorist Network
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (921365)
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Video sites grapple with specter of smut
USA Today:
The phone booth returns — sans phone
Hakon Wium Lie / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Microsoft's forgotten monopoly
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