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4:05 PM ET, June 23, 2006


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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Is Testing Ads for Video Service  —  Google, the search engine company, said yesterday that it had started testing advertisements on its video site, matching a capability long offered by other major Internet sites.  —  Until now, Google Video had offered programmers …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Digg vs. The New York Times  —  In a review of Digg v3, TechCrunch declares that Digg is challenging The New York Times online in terms of page views.  As evidence, Mike references an Alexaholic graph.  Let's look at the actual numbers.  —  According to TechCrunch, Digg has 800,000 daily unique visitors …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Samsungs Backpedals on Combo HD DVD/Blu-ray Player  —  Despite Samsung middle manager Kim Du-Hyon speaking out on Tuesday about how the company is considering a universal player, now Samsung appears to be backpedaling away from embracing the idea of a high-definition disk player that will handle both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats.
Discussion: The Browser and I4U News
Boeing evaluating outlook for in-flight Internet  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Boeing Co. on Thursday said it is evaluating the prospects for Connexion, its in-flight Internet venture, but declined to comment on a press report that the company may sell or close the unit.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Wifi in planes horrible business
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Verizon to End Service on Commercial Airplanes  —  Verizon Airfone, whose handsets have graced the backs of airline seats for more than two decades, will shut down its phone service on commercial airliners before the end of the year.  —  Verizon Communications, Airfone's parent company …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and 21talks
Hilary Hylton / Time:
A Countersuit in the MySpace Case?  —  A 14-year-old girl is suing the social networking site, where she met the man charged with sexually assaulting her.  Now the man she says assaulted her may pursue his own legal case against MySpace  —  It has been an unlikely legal wrangle from the start.
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag
Associated Press:
France Softens iTunes Law, but Apple Is Still Disgruntled  —  PARIS, June 22 (AP) — Leading French lawmakers voted Thursday to water down a draft copyright law that could force Apple Computer to make its iPod music player and iTunes online store compatible with rivals' offerings.
Anne Broache / CNET
House panel OKs global rules for U.S. Net firms  —  update A congressional bill that would impose strict new obligations on American tech companies doing business with "Internet-restricting countries" like China cleared its first hurdle to becoming law on Thursday.
David Morgenstern /
Google and Its Continuing Dark Fiber Mystery  —  Be the first to comment on this article  —  The market is still guessing about Google's continued purchases of "dark fiber" and what that will mean to the Internet.  Yet another explanation was floated at a recent IT conference: IPv6, the next-generation Internet standard.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Concerns Raised Over AT&T Privacy Policy  —  Consumer advocates said yesterday that a new privacy policy from AT&T Inc. marks the first time a major telecom company has asserted that customer calling and Internet records are corporate property and raises concerns about how the company tracks consumer behavior …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Brewster Kahle's modest mission: Archiving everything  —  Brewster Kahle is on a mission.  He wants the whole planet to have access to human knowledge.  All human knowledge.  And he's striving to make that possible—one byte at a time.  —  Ten years ago, Kahle founded the nonprofit Internet Archive …
Paul Briggs /
F88 Wrist Watch Mobile Phone  —  CEC Corp in China specially made this wrist watch phone to one of the China's most famous ping pong player, the GSM F88 Watch.  It is available to the market at the price of 8,888Yuan which is about USD1,111.  F88 is a watch with built-in mobile phone capabilities which have 26K colors CSTN display.
Teaching robot dogs linguistic tricks  —  Researchers led by the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology in Italy are developing robots that evolve their own language, bypassing the limits of imposing human rule-based communication.  —  "The result is machines that evolve and develop …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Torrentspy names alleged MPAA hacker  —  A month after accusing the Motion Picture Association of America of conspiring to commit data theft, the operators of a file search engine presented more details regarding the alleged relationship between the MPAA and a man who admits hacking the small company's network.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Acer CP-8660  —  Acer introduced its 8.28-megapixel CP-8660, not the most beautiful digital camera in the world, but it does have a rather large 2.8-inch LCD viewfinder.  It also has a nice long 6x optical zoom that's coupled with its anti-shake technology to give you some steady telephoto action.
Discussion: Gear Live and Ubergizmo
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How to tune into BloggerCon  —  Whether you're remote or local, you can participate in BloggerCon in many ways.  —  1. Tune into the IRC at  —  2. Or the webcast.  (Murphy-willing.)  —  3. Doc Searls is the technographer.  If you're in the conference room …
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google's Referrals Graphics Wrong: Google Pack Buttons Display Firefox Material  —  A WebmasterWorld thread reports that those who are displaying Google referral code (within the AdSense account) for the Google Pack product are in fact not showing Google Pack buttons and material.
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Oracom UB890 is official
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Mike / Techdirt:
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Josh Rubin / Cool Hunting:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big, Fat and Bulky: State of the IM Nation
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas C Greene / The Register:
Net neutrality has ruined the web
Associated Press:
NY lawmaker drops suit claiming Google profits from child porn
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Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft swims upstream on security
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
PostApp launches WidgetBox, a marketplace for widgets
Lee Hollaar /
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Lakshmi Sandhana / Wired News:
Next Game Controller: Your Phone
Discussion: Cathode Tan, 21talks, Joystiq and Kotaku