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5:35 PM ET, July 1, 2006


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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
John Edwards courts tech crowd in Seattle  —  John Edwards, the former U.S. vice presidential candidate, sought common ground with bloggers and other hard-core techies in Seattle on Friday — conceding, among other things, that he's sometimes too polished for the unvarnished Internet age.
Business Week:
So Much Fanfare, So Few Hits  —  Rivals get the jitters when Google's nonsearch products grab headlines.  But a close look shows that so far, there's not a market leader among them  —  It's a role once filled by IBM (IBM ) and later by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT ).  Today, tech's 800-pound gorilla is Google Inc. (GOOG ).
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Paris Approves Law Aimed at Making iTunes Compatible With Rival Devices  —  PARIS, June 30 — French legislators gave final approval on Friday to a copyright law that could force Apple Computer to make songs purchased from its market-leading iTunes Music Store compatible with music players of its rivals.
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Associated Press:
French lawmakers approve 'iTunes law'  —  PARIS — French lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation that could force Apple Computer to make its iPod and iTunes Music Store compatible with rivals' music players and online services.  —  Both the Senate and the National Assembly …
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Eli Milchman / Wired News:
Google Denies ISP Rumors  —  Google denies that it is trying to position itself as an internet service provider, despite wide speculation to the contrary.  —  "Google has no current plans to be an internet service provider outside of our pilot Wi-Fi projects in Mountain View and San Francisco …
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Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Apple's Got a Secret  —  EVERYONE knows about how much iPods cost.  But how much does it cost Apple to make them?  —  Apple will not say, and that bothers Robert Renck, who runs the private research firm R. L. Renck & Company.  Since January, Mr. Renck has been advising clients against owning Apple shares.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I'm a Second Life Lawbreaker  —  Yes, the rumors are right, I've been banned from Linden Labs' Second Life.  —  Why?  —  Because I broke the rules.  —  I let my son use my Second Life account.  I'm not allowed to do that.  Only 18-year-olds are allowed to play in Second Life.
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Red Hat sued over JBoss technology  —  Red Hat has been hit by a patent lawsuit related to JBoss, just weeks after completing its purchase of the open-source software company.  —  In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Texas this week, FireStar Software claims that JBoss' Hibernate 3. infringes …
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google All Goes Live (Blog Post From July 1st, 2022)  —  Google today on unveiled Google All, a new website merging all of its products into a single search box.  Previously, you had to click the different homepage links to go to services such as Google Maps, Google Person Info, Google Brain Scan, or Google Where's My Robot.
Paul R. La Monica / Fortune:
VCs discuss the next big things  —  Cell phone gambling in China and other wireless trends are what venture capitalists at Brainstorm were talking about.  —  ASPEN ( — Venture capitalists still see a lot that interests them, but it's mostly not in glamorous, sexy industries like the Internet.
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Darla Mack:
Austin Powers to ROK on Mobile - Yeah Baby!  —  Mobile technology and content development company, ROK Entertainment Group, today announced it had licensed the Austin Powers film 'International Man of Mystery' to it's growing portfolio of titles available on memory card for play on mobile phones.
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John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Why Microsoft won't buy Yahoo  —  Commentary: An idea whose time will never come  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Sometimes you have to laugh out loud when a report comes out with analysis and suggestions that are so far out in left field that they can only be categorized as completely insane.
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Court refuses to halt Aug. 9 AWS auction, but leaves questions about DE rules  —  WASHINGTON—The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to halt the Aug. 9 start of the advanced wireless services auction, but the Federal Communications Commission likely faces continued litigation …
Discussion: Phone Scoop and MobileTracker
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Canaries in the Mac OS X and Red Hat Coal Mines?  —  O'Reilly editor Brian Sawyer pointed to an interesting observation over at "If I were Apple, I'd be worried about this.  Two lifelong Mac fans are switching away from Macs to PCs running Ubuntu Linux: first it was Mark Pilgrim and now Cory Doctorow.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC Trinity revealed?  —  We've just spotted what purports to be the HTC Trinity, and while it's looking quite a bit different (and a bit less sleek) than the last time it surfaced, the specs are just as spiffing.  The Windows Mobile 5.0 actually doesn't look too much different than HTC's Hermes …
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
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