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12:40 AM ET, June 24, 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 …
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.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Google dark fiber mystery
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HD DVD, why it sucks might not be why you think  —  Audioholics wrote about why HD-DVD has already failed.  —  I have an HD-DVD.  I spent my own $500 on it.  I also bought a $4,000 HD screen from Sony (it's a lot sharper than any of the screens my friends have).  So, that makes me an expert on HD.
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Browser, HD Beat and Ubergizmo
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 …
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 …
Rob Hof / TechBeat: May Get a Second Life  —  When I wrote a cover story recently about Second Life and other virtual worlds, I immediately wondered why any retailer, say, wouldn't want to set up in-world, so people could try on clothing virtually, look at products in 3D …
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.
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
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple Lossless format coming to iTMS?  —  A new version of Apple Computer's iTunes Producer software suggest that the company may begin to offer tracks through its iTunes Music Store that are encoded in its higher-quality lossless compression format.  —  Apple introduced the format in 2004 …
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 …
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
Thomas C Greene / The Register:
Net neutrality has ruined the web  —  Comment I thought I knew something about networking, but according to an animated cartoon by telco lobbyists, I've been laboring under numerous misconceptions.  For example, I'd always believed it possible to increase both capacity and bandwidth without …
Rick Klau / tins:
Giving Netscape Beta a try  —  Lots of coverage last week about AOL's beta of the new, headed up by Jason Calacanis.  I'm pretty impressed.  For those that don't know what this is, it's an attempt to let a community of users vote on which stories they think are most interesting.
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Hijack billboards with the SMS Guerrilla Projector  —  Here comes gadget trouble: The SMS Guerrilla Projector is a one-off device made by Troika Art and Design in London.  Operating under the bat-signal principle, the projector shoots a text message onto whatever surface you point it at …
Discussion: Gizmodo and OhGizmo!
Wired News:
Wonderful World of Wireless  —  In the past decade Garry Betty has experimented with just about every possible way of connecting his customers to the internet — and wiped $1 billion of his shareholders' capital off the balance sheet in the process.  But now the chief executive of EarthLink …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
GoodStorm to offer e-commerce widget with 50% revenue split for bloggers  —  San Francisco based GoodStorm will soon launch a new program called MeCommerce that will allow bloggers to insert product listings in a javascript and iframe box on their sites and keep 50% of the retail mark-up for themselves.
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.
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 …
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Oracom UB890 is official
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Mike / Techdirt:
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Josh Rubin / Cool Hunting:
Cyclepods  —  The steadily-rising price of oil, and, in London …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SCI FI Tech and Ubergizmo
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Acer CP-8660  —  Acer introduced its 8.28-megapixel CP-8660 …
Discussion: Gear Live and Ubergizmo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big, Fat and Bulky: State of the IM Nation
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