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1:45 PM ET, June 16, 2007


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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Apple faithful, we must prepare together for the media backlash  —  Apple fans, re-hypnotize yourselves with the photo above and get ready for the wave of anti-Apple stories, because I can feel it coming.  I've been in this business long enough to know how it works.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Embedded Joost Will Change The Market  —  Reports that Joost is now talking to hardware vendors about embedding Joost into set-top boxes and televisions will change the market as we know it.  —  While Joost is generally now regarded as the leader in the television over internet …
Discussion: ContentBlogger
Faultline / The Register:
Joost everywhere, embedded in hardware
Discussion: TechSpot News
Fred / A VC:
The Age Question (continued)  —  Brad suggested I write this post.  I've been reluctant because I don't want to pick at this scab of a meme.  I really don't want to be the guy who made it harder for anyone older than 30 to get funded in the web services market.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Gone in 30 Seconds  —  Traditional TV Spot May Be Headed Toward Extinction As More Advertisers Pitch Their Messages on the Web  —  As they have for more than half a century, thousands of advertising executives, art directors, writers and moviemakers converge tomorrow in Cannes, France …
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Firefox 3 to support SQLite for offline storage  —  Mozilla have given a sneek peak at the new version of Firefox 3.  The newest and most exciting feature for me in this Alpha 5 release is the confirmation that "Places" will be stored locally using SQLite.  Places is the new name/replacement for Firefox Bookmarks.
Ben Popken / Consumerist:
Backend: Dell Demands Takedown Of Our "22 Confessions Of A Former Dell Sales Manager"  —  subject Posting by former Dell employee  —  Please remove the posting located at the following link:  — insiders/22-confessions-of-a-former- dell-sales-manager-268831.php
Mark Androvich /
GTA IV episodic content exclusive to 360, confirms Take-Two  —  LA Noire in development for next-gen systems  —  A Take-Two spokesperson has confirmed to that the episodic content planned for Grand Theft Auto IV will be exclusively released for the Xbox 360.
Discussion: youNEWB, Joystiq, Kotaku and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Why You Need to Upgrade to Skype for Windows 3.2  —  and, if on 3.2, to the latest build.  —  As mentioned in a previous post during the April/May beta period for Skype 3.2, Skype has introduced some new sound engine technology into the Skype for Windows client.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Long Tail Is Getting Fatter  —  Three separate news stories involving numbers this week caught my eye. iLike announced it has now has 6 million registered users and is now adding 300,000 new users a day.  Apple's Safari browser for Windows has now had 1 million downloads.
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Homeland Security to detail IT attacks  —  (InfoWorld) - Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will hold a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 20 to discuss the findings of an investigation into the agency's own problems in battling electronic attacks and IT systems intrusions.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Flickr curtails German photo sharing  —  Flickr just found a downside to adding support for seven languages to its photo-sharing site: limits on photo sharing and resulting accusations of censorship.  —  Flickr launched sites in seven languages Wednesday, expanding beyond just English.
RSnake / web application security lab:
XSS Irony  —  My good (and hilarious I might add) friend Arian Evans from Whitehat Security sent this link out to a few people.  Arian has a flair for the comedy - you'd just have to spend some time with him to really understand what I mean.  The link made me laugh and thereby I am now sharing it with you. Off the Top:
New Profession Unfolding In Beauty and Geekery  —  A week or more ago I ran across the incredible video of Blaise Aguera y Arcas presentation of Photosynth and Seadragon at TEDTalks 2007.  The video is stunning work of Seadragon and Photosynth bringing a collection of images to life from one or more resources.
Peter Lattman / Law Blog:
Seattle Lawyers Sue New Lawyer-Rating Web Site  —  A lawyer representing two lawyers filed a lawsuit against a lawyer-rating Web site founded by a lawyer.  —  Got that?  On Tuesday we told you about Avvo, a new free site that rates and profiles lawyers.  It "marks the first time attorney ratings …
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Tony Pierce / LAist:
LA DirecTV Customers Can Now Get NY's WNBC, Experience NBC's …
Discussion: digg
Michelle Meyers / CNET
Pirates nab Michael Moore's yet-to-be released doc
Discussion: Techdirt and AdAge
Tom Robertson / Microsoft Corporation:
Choice  —  Users Get to Decide their Document Formats
Discussion: CNET
Orange France sold over 250,000 Unik phones
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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"Wii 2" could be here within the next few years, says Pachter
Discussion: Kotaku
USA Today:
Free 411 service goes after rivals for license fees
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Mike Weiss / San Francisco Chronicle:
How victim snared ID thief
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New bill would create family tier, extend indecency standards to cable
Discussion: Slashdot
Wall Street Journal:
Pearson Weighs Dow Jones Bid
Waste your workday away with Facebook Platform apps
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Yahoo! fixes bug that gave free rein to user accounts
PR Newswire:
Quadrangle Capital Partners and Kent Brownridge to Acquire Dennis …
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
BlogHer, site for female bloggers, said to get money from Venrock