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12:32 AM ET, May 22, 2007

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Direct2Dell:
Ubuntu 7.04 Offering—Technical Details  —  Before we announce the availability of Ubuntu 7.04 on select Dell client systems, I'd like to give an overview of what customers can expect from our initial Ubuntu offering.  —  Availabile Software and Hardware  — The default software …
Ilse Jurriën / LetsGoDigital English Edition:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100  —  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 : Panasonic announce a new addition to the Lumix family of high-performance digital cameras.  The new Lumix DMC-FX100 combines 1/1.72-inch large 12.2-megapixel image recording with a superb, 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens that features …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Panasonic gooses megapixels, zoom
Discussion: CNET News.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Prof. wants FCC spectrum auction winners to support "wireless network neutrality"  —  Columbia professor Tim Wu has a proposal for the FCC when it auctions off the prime 700MHz spectrum vacated by analog TV in 2009: require that anyone who wins in the auction establish a "neutral" network.
Discussion: Epicenter and Gizmodo
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google Proposes Real-Time Auction Approach For Radio Spectrum Use
Discussion: Bourse
BBC:
'$100 laptop' sparks war of words  —  Chip-maker Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative, according to its founder Nicholas Negroponte.  —  He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop - the Classmate - below cost to drive him out of markets.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
OLPC's Negroponte blasts Intel's low-cost PC initiative
Discussion: Today @ PC World and CNET News.com
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google, Salesforce.com Discuss Alliance  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com Inc.'s stock price climbed by more than 4 percent Monday in response to a report that the online software pioneer is poised to team up with Internet search leader Google Inc. in a double-barreled attack on Microsoft Corp.
Orbitcast:
BREAKING: Is XM down?  —  Seems like there's a massive outage going on with XM right now.  Reports have been coming in like crazy, and I myself in NYC haven't been able to get signal since about 12-noon.  —  UPDATE: Reportedly one of the satellites (SAT1) is down, and all of the repeaters are down due to a "software update."
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and digg
Think Secret:
Death knell tolls for 17-inch iMac  —  Apple's pending iMac update will spell the end of the day for the 17-inch iMac, the most affordable computer in the line.  The refreshed iMac, currently on track to arrive by the end of June according to sources, will feature just 20- and 24-inch models.
BBC:
Pilotless police drone takes off  —  The UK's first police remote control helicopter has taken off.  —  Merseyside police are using the "spy drone", fitted with CCTV cameras, mainly for tackling anti-social behaviour and public disorder.  —  The machine is 1m wide, weighs less than a bag of sugar …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
UK to get even more Big Brother with hovering drones
Discussion: The Register and digg
Google Online Security Blog:
Introducing Google's online security efforts  —  Online security is an important topic for Google, our users, and anyone who uses the Internet.  The related issues are complex and dynamic and we've been looking for a way to foster discussion on the topic and keep users informed.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MyPunchbowl: The Algorithm Schedules Your Event  —  eVite has been a target of several startups over the past year.  Sites like Skobee or Renkoo have differentiated themselves by helping plan the casual outings for drinks or dinner.  Socializr is taking a social networking approach.
Mark Shuttleworth:
Microsoft is not the real threat  —  Much has been written about Microsoft's allegation of patent infringements in Linux (by which I'm sure they mean GNU/Linux ).  I don't think Microsoft is the real threat, and in fact, I think Microsoft and the Linux community will actually end up fighting on the same side of this issue.
BBC:
Success for Everest mobile effort  —  A British climber has set a world record by making a mobile phone call from the top of Mount Everest.  —  In the early hours of 21 May, Rod Baber made two calls from the mountain's north ridge.  —  In the first call Mr Baber described the view …
Vikram Madan / Vikram Madan's Blog:
Post-winHEC Post  —  WinHEC 2007 seems to have gone well.  UMPC exposure was pretty-decent.  Bill Gates showed off UMPCs in his keynote.  I presented a session on UMPCs (somewhat ambiguously titled 'UMPC Ecosystem' - I'll post a link to the slides when they become public) …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Coop Embeds Gadgets in Search Results  —  Google Coop has quietly expanded and now can embed data from gadgets (i.e. widgets) as subscribed links.  In English, as opposed to Googlese, what this means is that you can opt-in to have important live data pop-up when you enter certain search keywords.
Discussion: Mashable! and Zenrob
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Second Life gets a Bay State boost  —  Virtual world taps local technology  —  Second Life will soon be getting a second wind, with the help of some Bay State-bred technology.  —  Linden Lab, the San Francisco firm that created the popular online community, has acquired Windward Mark Interactive LLC …
BBC:
Music giant EMI agrees takeover  —  UK music business EMI Group has agreed to be bought by private equity firm Terra Firma for £3.2bn including debt.  —  The group, whose artists include Robbie Williams and the Beatles, has been the subject of bid speculation for the past year as its business has struggled.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Rootly relaunches... new UI, new features... a real news start page  —  Over the past few weeks I have been testing a new version of Rootly.  When I reviewed Rootly in December 2006, I defined it as, "Rootly is a news aggregator at its most basic definition."
Discussion: Marshall Kirkpatrick and Mashable!
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM's POWER6 flies the coop at 4.7GHz  —  Ah, if only Apple would've stuck with PowerPC, maybe it could've skipped the magical 3GHz mark and jumped straight to 4.7GHz.  Okay, that's really just a cheap shot, but I couldn't resist, given today's major announcement by IBM that the 65nm POWER6 …
 
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (937696)
Discussion: Zero Day
Stuart J. Johnston / PC World:
Microsoft Plugs Critical Vista Hole
Discussion: Neowin.net
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New tech could lead to much bigger hard drives
Discussion: Neowin.net and Engadget
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD shows sunny side of Barcelona
Discussion: Neowin.net
Andrew Pile / Vimeo / Welcome:
Zooomr Mark III Launch Demo!
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Symantec to Ship Smart Phone Security Suite
NaviGadget:
AVL-900 tracker lets you listen conversations in your vehicle
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Anick Jesdanun / Houston Chronicle:
Cities Struggle With Wireless Internet
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Charles Jade / Ars Technica:
Steve Wozniak at Maker Faire
Discussion: MacUser
Eric Rice:
Making sense of Presence and Micro-blogging
Richard Wachman / Observer:
Now Virgin Media faces £7bn private equity bid
Discussion: GigaOM and Deal Journal
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace to provide sex offender data to state AGs
Ben Edelman:
Spyware Still Cheating Merchants and Legitimate Affiliates
Xinhua News Agency:
Computers accidentally "attacked" by Norton AntiVirus
 

 
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