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4:30 AM ET, June 21, 2006


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Microsoft Says MSN Marketing Chief Taylor Has Left (Update4)  —  June 20 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. said Martin Taylor, a protégé of Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer who was promoted to vice president in March to revamp marketing for the MSN Web sites and Windows Live services, has left the company.
Discussion: M-Dollar
Microsoft releases new Windows Live IM service
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Key Microsoft exec Martin Taylor departs abruptly
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
IBM's 'frozen chip' claims speed record  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — IBM Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology Tuesday (June 20) claimed they have broken the silicon speed record, thanks in part to a "frozen chip."  —  IBM (Armonk, N.Y.) and Georgia Tech (Atlanta) claimed that they have demonstrated …
White light 'blinds' film pirates  —  A device that could foil movie pirates who covertly record films in cinemas has been developed in the US.  —  The prototype is able to locate the position of a digital camera, before overwhelming it with white light to render any recorded images useless.
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Chip breaks speed record in deep freeze  —  IBM and Georgia Tech have coaxed a chip to run at 500GHz, a record for a silicon-based device, by dropping the temperature to minus 451 degrees Fahrenheit.  —  The experiment is part of a project to explore the ultimate speed limits of silicon-germanium (SiGe) chips.
Discussion: TechSpot and Forever Geek
Craig / craigblog:
Resolution from Cox and Authentium  —  I just spent a lot of time talking to the folks at both, and things look good; in brief, the problem involves a genuine bug, but was made much worse by lack of communication.  It was not deliberate, just communication issues that are pretty human.
Discussion: The Original Blog
Financial Times:
MySpace outlines European expansion  —  MySpace, the social networking site, is to use the UK as a beachhead for a push into Europe that will see it link up with "old media" companies and mobile phone operators to attract more users.  —  Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and chief executive of MySpace …
Claire Osborn / Austin American-Statesman:
Teen, mom sue 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 sued …
Joris Evers / ZDNet:
Second zero-day Excel flaw emerges  —  Attack code for a new security hole in Excel has surfaced on the Internet, just as Microsoft is scrambling to respond to a separate bug in the spreadsheet program.  —  The latest vulnerability could cause Excel to crash after a malicious file is opened …
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Your Web, Your Choice: Opera 9 Gives You the Control  —  Opera Software today released Opera 9, its newest Web browser for PCs.  You can download it free in more than 25 languages for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms from  Opera 9 enhances the way you access …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Tale of a Lost Cellphone, and Untold Static  —  Dirty Harry had his .44.  Sherlock Holmes had his brain.  —  Evan Guttman had his computer, the Web and a few thousand people he had never met.  That was enough.  —  Three weeks ago, Mr. Guttman went on a quest to retrieve a friend's lost cellphone …
Discussion: Gizmodo
The coming Web video shakeout  —  The number of YouTube-like services now stands at a staggering 173 - and in April alone 3 outfits got $30 million in funding.  Who will survive?  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Too many dotcom startups, not enough seats at the party.
KODAK EASYSHARE P712 Digital Camera Unleashes Photographers' Potential with Precision Controls and Stunning Image Quality  —  Blazing Fast Auto-Focus System, 12X Image-Stabilized Lens, 7.1 MP Sensor Combine for Crisp, Clear Pictures Ideal for Sharing  —  Rochester, NY, June 20 …
Discussion: and Engadget
Welcome to  —  It was fun while it lasted...  Myspace has asked that we fold up shop.  (I only emailed them 4 times asking them what I should do.)  The Cease and Desist letter is below. started back in April 2006 as a cool idea and a challenging development project.
Discussion: Mashable*, TechCrunch and Bloggers Blog
Google Blogoscoped:
If Websites Were Remote Controls  —  If Websites Were Remote Contro ... by Philipp Lenssen |
Tony Smith / The Register:
Motorola moots USB rechargeable phone recharger  —  Motorola has reinvented the add-on extension battery as a USB device.  At the Singapore-hosted CommunicAsia 2006 event this week, it unveiled the Portable Power P970 gadget, a power pack that plugs into any device with a mini USB port either …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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