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1:25 AM ET, June 21, 2006


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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 …
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Perhaps a little more time with social workers, and a little less …
Discussion: Vecosys
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
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.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:   MySpace to DatingAnyone: You're Dumped!
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.
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 …
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: George Ou and 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 …
Brian Ward / TechEffect:
A new direction for Netflix?  —  It's not often that I read a simple news story and wind up with more questions than answers, but it happened today.  According to this article from Variety, Netflix plans to roll out a proprietary set-top box which will be connected to the Internet, and presumably the customer's television.
Owen Thomas / The Browser:
Microsoft's Google fighter leaves abruptly  —  Who says Microsoft's a slow-moving, lumbering giant?  When it comes to eighty-sixing executives, Microsoft can move surprisingly fast.  Take the unexpected exit of Martin Taylor, a longtime lieutenant to CEO Steve Ballmer who had recently …
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 …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Design Concept: Nokia Open Cellphone  —  Inspired by a Japanese fan, this design concept for a Nokia cellphone uses an as-yet-nonexistent flexible LCD color touchscreen that opens when you push the button in the middle.  This piece of fantasy art looks like it would be useful …
Google Blogoscoped:
If Websites Were Remote Controls  —  If Websites Were Remote Contro ... by Philipp Lenssen |
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Media - Mass = Journalism 2.0  —  The Washington Post, perhaps looking in the mirror, chronicles the sweeping changes in journalism with an article titled As the Internet Grows Up, the News Industry Is Forever Changed.  It's a must read for every PR professional.
Jon's Radio:
A takedown request from This American Life  —  A couple of weeks ago, in The network is the network: public radio on the web, I noted in passing that NPR PRI's This American Life had converted from RealAudio streams to MP3s.  That meant it was now possible to bypass this tedious procedure …
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 …
Microsoft practices predatory pricing  —  I don't often write pieces lambasting Microsoft.  I have close friends who work for the company (incidentally, some of the brightest people I know), my company is a Gold Partner and we're also in business with Microsoft.
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