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8:30 AM ET, June 24, 2006


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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 …
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 …
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  —  David Morgenstern of eWeek wrote a story today "Google And Its Continuing Dark Fiber Mystery" with various theories on why Google bought all that dark fiber.  The latest theory, which I find a little puzzling, is that Google needs the dark (unused) …
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: HD Beat, Ubergizmo and
The Space Craft:
Windows Live Spaces is coming!  —  Windows Live Spaces is arriving soon!  Not only will your Space adopt the cool new Windows Live look & feel, but you will also be able to add new and exciting functionality to your space.  With the addition of the Friends Module, you can create a place to hang out with your friends.
Nick Bradbury:
BloggerCon IV  —  Most of the time when I attend a conference, I benefit more from the schmoozing/partying than I do from the actual panels.  Truth be told, I usually skip the majority of the sessions, hoping to save my energy for the after-hours socializing.
Google Blogoscoped:
9 Ways to Misunderstand Web Standards  —  Misunderstanding #1: "We Need Separate Print Pages"  —  We've all seen this - a separate print page, linked to from a crowded, table-layoutish HTML page, aiming to serve no other need than being printed out (it fails, because bloggers link to print pages …
Cruise Lines Add Cell Phone Service  —  Carnival Cruise Lines announced plans to add cell phone service to appeal to people who don't want to lose touch with work and family while away on vacation.  —  The service will be available on all of Carnival's 21 ships by early next year as part …
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 …
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 …
Darren Barefoot:
Matchstick Crosses the Line into Spamming  —  You know, I'm pretty sensitive to marketers who contact me.  I'm a marketer myself, and I've witnessed my fair share of bloggers cruelly publicizing naive errors on the part of PR and marketing folks.  Everyone's human, after all, and there are far more compelling things to write about.
Discussion: B.Mann Consulting and Unvarnished
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.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
BloggerCon: Citizen media-users know more  —  The second discussion session at BloggerCon was led by Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at NYU.  Rosen listed several questions and topics to kick off the discussion.  The Docnographer Doc Searls provides live notes from the discussion.
Discussion: MediaShift | PBS
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Picture2Life Launches - Free Photo Editing For PhotoBucket, MySpace, Flickr and Hi5  —  Picture2Life is a new online image editor.  Like Pixoh (now called SnipShot) and PXN8, the service allows you to import images from sites like Flickr, MySpace, PhotoBucket and Hi5 and edit them online.
Discussion: PostBubble
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Videobloggers and geeks "Get Off the Grid" in Montana  —  I didn't get invited to the famous exclusive geek campout, so, I figured I'd take Patrick and Maryam to my mom's house instead in Montana and invite my friends.  Turns out that a few other geeks/video bloggers I know are looking for a reason to get …
Discussion: SearchViews
Paul Briggs /
Superman Lenovo i750 Mobile Phone  —  Lenovo and Warner Brothers worked together to deliver this limited edition Superman Returns mobile phone, the Tri-band GSM Lenovo i750 music phone.  It had just been released in Beijing; the phone boasts a 1.3 megapixel camera, 262K (126 x 220) …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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Discussion: Go Nintendo and DS Fanboy
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Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
GoodStorm to offer e-commerce widget with 50% revenue split for bloggers
Hilary Hylton / Time:
A Countersuit in the MySpace Case?
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