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10:10 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 …
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What you really need to know about HDTV  —  I see so many videoholics mouthing off about HDTV not teaching anyone what really matters that it pisses me off.  —  Here's some things I've learned now that I've bought my screen.  —  1) Size does matter.  When I got my 50-inch home Maryam said two things: A) "Why did we wait so long?"
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zoho announces an online power-point type tool  —  The online office suite Zoho launched a new presentation tool this week called Zoho Show, for use in creating and displaying remote presentations on the web.  Zoho parent company Adventnet is a TechCrunch sponsor.
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 …
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 …
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
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) …
David Morgenstern /
Google and Its Continuing Dark Fiber Mystery
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Watergate Echoes in NSA Courtroom  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It was perhaps inevitable that someone would compare President Bush's extrajudicial wiretapping operations to Richard Nixon's 1970s-era surveillance of journalists and political enemies.  Both were carried out by Republican presidents …
Washington Post:
Bank Records Secretly Tapped
Discussion: Slashdot
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
BloggerCon: Standards matters  —  Niall Kennedy led a BloggerCon discussion on standards for users, which he described as follows on his site: … Doc Searls' Docnographic notes of the session are here, and we have a downloadable podcast of the session.  —  After opening remarks …
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
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
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 …
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
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony joins S500 club with new 6 megapixel shooter
Opera on Nintendo DS: Hands on Review
Discussion: Go Nintendo and DS Fanboy
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Hijack billboards with the SMS Guerrilla Projector
Discussion: 21talks and OhGizmo!
 Earlier Items: 
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Mustek announces DV536 super gadget
Discussion: and PSFK
Wired News:
Wonderful World of Wireless
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Concerns Raised Over AT&T Privacy Policy
Associated Press:
France Softens iTunes Law, but Apple Is Still Disgruntled
Hilary Hylton / Time:
A Countersuit in the MySpace Case?
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag