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1:25 AM ET, June 28, 2006


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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Is Microsoft about to release a Windows "kill switch"? … Two weeks ago, I wrote about my serious objections to Microsoft's latest salvo in the war against unauthorized copies of Windows.  Two Windows Genuine Advantage components are being pushed onto users' machines with insufficient notification …
Windows Genuine Advantage Bolsters Frontline in Anti-Piracy Fight
Marvell To Purchase Intel's Communications And Application Processor Business For $600 Million  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 27, 2006 - Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell its communications …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Online Effort Is Planned Against Child Pornography  —  In the face of government pressure, a group of Internet companies is undertaking a cooperative effort to help combat child pornography online.  —  The group, organized last week by AOL, includes Yahoo, Microsoft, Earthlink and United Online.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Net companies pledge child porn crackdown
Discussion: IP Democracy
Ignoring the "Great Firewall of China"  —  The Great Firewall of China is an important tool for the Chinese Government in their efforts to censor the Internet.  It works, in part, by inspecting web traffic to determine whether or not particular words are present.
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Social Networking for Bookworms  —  If bookcases are a way to casually display interests dear to the owner, the Internet throws open the doors on reading habits.  Social-networking and book retailers' sites are already rife with lists of readers' favorite material, allowing people to compare notes on taste and compatibility.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
A look inside PeopleAggregator  —  Marc Canter's much anticipated PeopleAggregator is starting to roll out, password protection is scheduled to be removed Wednesday around noon Pacific time.  PeopleAggregator is the product of 3 years of self funded work by Canter to bridge the gap between …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Walkie Talkie Watches  —  Another Walkie Talkie Watch, but this time not quite so nerdy looking.  These watches were worn by the Norwegian Olympic Team during the last Winter Olympics, which means they're decent enough for people who need things to work—whatever that means.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and
Elsa Wenzel / CNET
Digg 3  —  Overview Preview User Opinions Compare  —  CNET editors' take  —  Digg allows users to rank news stories, blog entries, and videos from all over the Web.  Like an ambitious high-school geek determined to get hip with the in crowd, the latest version of this social content aggregator attempts …
Rafat /
Comcast Buys Digital Media Services Firm ThePlatform  —  Exclusive: Comcast Interactive, the internet arm of cable giant Comcast, has bought out Seattle-based digital media services provider thePlatform, has learned from sources.  ThePlatform CEO Ian Blaine confirmed the deal to me in a short phone call.
Newsmaker: An Internet for the few or the many?  —  Michael Copps has a message for the technology industry when it comes to Net neutrality: Get involved.  —  Copps, a Democratic commissioner in the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission since May 2001 …
Joseph Jaffe /
MarketingSherpa's Top 10 Best Blogs & Best Podcast of 2006: Readers' Choice Award Results  —  Forward to a friend: … Best Podcast on the topic of Marketing  —  Across the Sound  —  Sherpa Note: This is the first year for the podcasting category.  We asked that only readers …
Eric-Jon Rossel Waugh /
THE TEN GREATEST YEARS IN GAMING  —  In the 30 years or so since videogames came into being as consumer products, we reckon ten truly stand-out as memorable, offering innovation and excitement.  Here's Next-Gen.Biz's not-to-be-missed-list including a history of our industry...
Discussion: Kotaku
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
RCA Akimbo Box Coming This Fall  —  A few years from now, we may look back fondly on the days when we watched what television networks programmed each night.  When we looked at the nightly lineup—all 500 channels of it—and wondered what was on TV that night.
Discussion: Engadget, Zatz Not Funny and Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Farecast airfare prediction engine opens public beta today  —  The airfare prediction Farecast launches its public beta today, enabling travelers to leverage more than 60 billion records of past airfare prices to predict whether prices will rise or fall over the next 7 days.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Shopping Comparison Site Offers New Ad Model  —  The notion that the Web has put consumers in control is something many marketers are grappling with, and now a new comparison shopping engine has based its ad revenue model on the idea.  —  Jellyfish acts like a reverse auction through …
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
The EV-DO ExpressCard Is Here!  (From Dell)  —  Dell just released the first ExpressCard for Verizon's high-speed EV-DO network: The Dell Wireless 5700 Mobile Broadband ExpressCard.  This is a rebranded version of the Novatel XV620 that I tested back in April, and it will sell for $179 on Dell's Web site by the end of this week.
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
OMB Sets Guidelines for Federal Employee Laptop Security  —  The Bush administration is giving federal civilian agencies 45 days to implement new measures to protect the security of personal information that agencies hold on millions of employees and citizens.
what i've been working on  —  I've been somewhat vague about the work I've been doing at Microsoft this year, for a couple of reasons.  First, much of the work was vague...I spent a lot of time talking to people, acting as consultant and catalyst, rather than creating things.
Discussion: Things That and MacMinute
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Maggie / Popgadget:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Cellfire Takes Coupon App National Tomorrow but the Real Story is Usage
Discussion: TechCrunch
The UV shoe dryer. Warms, dries and removes unpleasant odour.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Is Jajah really cool, or really lame? Offers free phone calls, maybe
Tobias Buck / Financial Times:
EU poised to rule against Microsoft
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