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4:25 PM ET, June 22, 2008


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Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
The harsh reality of suburban broadband  —  Like millions of other Americans and many of New York City's “bridge and tunnel” crowd, I live in the 'burbs.  While I do a great deal of travel for my full time job, I am also classified as a “mobile” employee, so I'm not formally attached to an office …
Discussion: DSLreports and VoIP Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Trends For Websites Rocks, Unless You Want Data On Google  —  The new Google Trends product that measures website traffic (the old product simply measures search queries) is a great way to get data on website traffic.  It may not be perfect, but it's yet another data source …
Brokep / Copy me happy:
FRA  —  Earlier this week the Swedish stasi-government decided - against the peoples wishes - to wiretap all internet and telephone traffic in order to protect Sweden against threats.  As you all know, being a neutral country makes Sweden a target for all the terrorists of the world, apparantly.
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
SSL Encrpytion Coming to The Pirate Bay  —  Encryption and file-sharing technology have a long history together.  Usenet servers, LimeWire, uTorrent, and many other applications and protocols have taken advantage of encryption technology to help give the end user an additional layer of security.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Peek Inside Google's Gmail Usability Lab  —  Nika Smith wrote a post on the Google blog today showing the evolution of Google chat before it launched in early 2006.  Google does extensive testing of new products using employees as guinea pigs (see our post on the pre-launch evolution of Gmail) …
Return of the '70s Weirdos  —  That photo of 11 weirdos in '70s clothes you may have seen on the Internet really is the original Microsoft team, snapped Dec. 7, 1978, on the eve of the company's move from Albuquerque, N.M., to Seattle.  Almost 30 years later, a few weeks before Bill Gates's departure …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
The Shootout Over Hidden Meanings in a Video Game  —  Prepared for Combat A scene from Metal Gear Solid 4.  Is there a message about American domination?  At right, real life in Iraq.  —  If there's a subject that's as contentious as war itself, it might be a video game about war.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Microsoft After Gates.  (And Bill After Microsoft.)  —  The icon of the tech world will focus on philanthropy as the company he founded faces turbulent seas.  —  In some respects, this week won't be terribly different for Bill Gates than the previous 1,712 weeks he has spent working full-time at Microsoft …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Surviving the Net  —  Who controls TinyURL (or Snurl or other URL shortener) controls the high ground in the battle for the Internet platform.  Here's why: Our brains are wired to protect ourselves from threats to our food, oxygen, and water sources.  Most attacks on our supply chains come …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Little Tips for Capturing Info Bits Quickly  —  I consume a lot of information - all of it, digitally.  In fact, I recently completed the transition a 100% media green state.  I continue to use Gmail as a nerve center - my primary capture system.  But sometimes, I want to flag something quickly to review later.
Jessica Bown / Times of London:
The iPhone's shocking cost of international downloads  —  Using the Apple mobile to watch TV overseas could cost more than your break  —  The thousands of consumers planning to snap up a 3G iPhone when they go on sale next month could be hit with bills of thousands of pounds if they download music …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
PC World:
Nearly Half of IT Workers Snoop in Confidential Files  —  Nearly half of IT workers have admitted to snooping around networks to look at confidential information, according to research from software firm Cyber-Ark.  —  “When it comes down to it, IT has essentially enabled snooping to happen.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Says It Doesn't Need Evidence to Convict Pirates  —  Threat Level reports that the MPAA now argues that it has the right to demand up to $150,000 in damages per illegally downloaded file, without having to proof that someone actually downloaded that file.  —  Yes we know, this doesn't make sense at all.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Facebook's Overseas Growth Matter?  —  Earlier this month, I shared with you my post that called for a big wake-up call for Social Networking sector, thanks to the presence of too many me-too players at a time when recent traffic trends are showing signs of hitting a plateau.
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