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10:05 PM ET, June 26, 2006


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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Plans to Blend Phones With Computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 — Microsoft plans to offer a strategy on Monday describing how it intends to transform the telecommunications world in much the same way it changed the computing world in the 1980's.  —  Its new approach centers …
Microsoft Unveils Unified Communications Product Road Map and Partner Ecosystem  —  New 2007 Office system products to deliver enterprise communications solution that unifies voice, conferencing, IM and collaboration.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — June 25, 2006 — Jeff Raikes, president …
Microsoft:   Microsoft and Siemens Collaborate to Usher in New Era of Unified Communications
Brian Ward / TechEffect:
Jeffrey Citron defends Vonage, announces new V-Phone USB device  —  Earlier today Leo Hindery basically said anyone who thinks VoIP service can be monetized is out of his mind.  Enter Vonage's chairman and chief strategist, Jeffrey A. Citron, who spent about a half hour using cute charts …
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and IP Democracy
Peter T Davis:
Podcasts, an efficient means of content delivery?  —  I've been following some podcasts on and off for the past six months or so, and have begun to question whether it's an efficient use of my time.  The content of the shows I listen to are generally very high.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Peter says podcasting is inefficient  —  Peter Davis says: "In the time I can listen to an average podcast, I could have caught up on my 50 favorite blogs, or read a chapter in a book, or read the latest issue of Red Herring magazine."  —  You might be shocked to hear me say this, but Peter is right.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Bloggers Find Financial Backers For Their Independent News Sites  —  As the print media ponder the possibilities presented by blogs, some journalists are raising money to turn their own independent blogs into businesses.  —  In the latest example, Rafat Ali, the 31-year-old editor and publisher …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   The Next Wave of Publishers (or "I got my MBA by starting a magazine")
Linux hackers re-claim the Linksys WRT54G  —  As predicted, the open source community has come up with a way to convert VxWorks-based LinkSys wireless WRT54G routers to Linux.  The process does not require hardware hacking, and installs a recent version of "DD-WRT micro."
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
No Neutral Ground in This Internet Battle  —  Net neutrality.  —  Sounds benign, but no two words have stirred more passion this year.  The mere mention of the issue is enough to make a wonk explode.  —  Yet the public advocacy on this important topic has concealed far more than it has illuminated.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Furdlog
Mercury News:
Don't let the service providers discriminate on the Internet
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
RSS: The new intranet protocol?  —  In a story he headlined Web 2.0 sews grassroots collaboration, CNET's Martin LaMonica wrote: … LaMonica's story goes on to say that Microsoft is responding by building wiki functionality into a forthcoming version of its Sharepoint collaboration technology.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Automattic now offers enterprise WordPress support  —  How do you make money by giving away free software?  Automattic, the company that's home to several key developers of the free open source blogging software WordPress (used by this blog and many more) has announced today a new service called the Automattic Support Network.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
As Online Ads Grow, Eyeballs Are Valuable Again on the Web  —  THE great eyeball chase is back in full swing.  And it does not matter that the eyeballs may not be buying anything.  With online advertising revenues growing quickly, new information-rich sites of all kinds are mushrooming across the Web.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Research: Internet Users Plagued by 'Banner Blindness'  —  An eye-tracking study conducted by the Nielsen/Norman Group finds Internet users avoid viewing banner ads.  Text advertising is read more often than display ads, according to the research.  —  Banner blindness means Internet users focus …
Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple Executives to Preview Mac OS X "Leopard" at WWDC 2006 Keynote  —  CUPERTINO, California—June 26, 2006—Apple® today announced that CEO Steve Jobs will headline a team of Apple executives, including Philip Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing; Bertrand Serlet …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
What if They Built an Urban Wireless Network and Hardly Anyone Used It?  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — Peter Shyu, an engineer, spends most of his day out of the office, and when he needs an Internet connection he often pops into one of the many coffee shops in this city that offer free wireless access.
Austin Vaughan /
mobiBLU US2 - The UltraSlim DAP  —  MobiBlu has a new flash-player in the works, the US2, which stands for "UltraSlim-2" (although there never was a US1, as far as we know).  And slim it is: this thing is less then 1cm thick, putting its waist-size very close to that of the iPod nano.
FTC Issues Statement on Whois Databases  —  Access to Databases Critical to Enforce Consumer Protection Laws  —  The Federal Trade Commission today told a meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that access to the Whois databases is "critical to the agency's …
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Cellphone Company Makes A Call: Korean Americans  —  When Helio LLC wanted to market a new $250 ultra-high-tech cellphone this year, it targeted three distinct groups: spoiled teens, tech geeks and Korean Americans.  —  Korean Americans make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population …
Tower stacking up downloads  —  Music retailer Tower Records is preparing to take the shrink-wrap off its digital download store on Tuesday, when goes live with a comprehensive service powered by Puretracks.  —  Tower will market the digital alternative across all media …
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