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4:50 AM ET, July 2, 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.
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.
Josh Bancroft /
Confirmed: Scoble banned from Second Life for letting his 12 year old son play  —  EDIT: Robert confirms the rumor, and gives us some more background on the issue.  —  This just in: a little bird told me that Robert Scoble is getting a talking to from some Linden Labs folks who are here at Gnomedex …
Discussion: Web Strategy and VTOR
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 ).
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google a one trick pony?  —  BusinessWeek has an interesting article about Google "So Much Fanfare, So Few Hits".  This follows the theme of my previous post "MacroMyopia and the Technology Hype Cycle".  The article basically says there is way too much hype about anything Google announces …
Discussion: PostBubble
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.
Discussion: A VC
Associated Press:
French lawmakers approve 'iTunes law'
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Scoble, the Exit Interview  —  When Robert Scoble quit his job, the news about the man often referred to as "the face of Microsoft" spread through the blogosphere on a weekend, and it was the professional news organizations that were playing catchup.  —  Scoble is known, and admired …
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.
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Accidental Tech Entrepreneurs Turn Their Hobbies Into Livelihoods  —  InformationWeek interviewed five accidental entrepreneurs, including the founders of and Digg and the author of the blog Dooce, to find out how they freed themselves from the paycheck-to-paycheck grind.
Discussion: Make Money Online …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Mozes, the SMS marketing company, raises angel funding  —  Mozes, a Palo Alto start-up that lets you send it an SMS (text message) to get information about a person, a band or other product, has raised an angel round of $750,000.  Media analyst Paul Kagan is among the investors.
Discussion: SMS Text News and
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Suit over poor Google ranking may go forward  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—A federal judge in California hinted that a parenting Web site that's suing Google over a poor ranking in the search giant's massive index would be able to proceed with its lawsuit.  —  During a hearing here Friday …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechSpot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Anaheim Is Now Unwired  —  Earthlink, the beleaguered ISP which is betting the farm on municipal wireless turned on its Muni WiFi network in the city of Anaheim.  Earthlink calls its WiFi initiatives - Feather.  The network went live on June 29 at a "wire cutting ceremony".
Doug Coulter /
The Monster Arrives: Software Patent Lawsuits Against Open Source Developers  — I've actually considered getting out of the software writing business because of this.  It's probably impossible to write anything meaningful without falling afoul of some patent somewhere anymore.
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