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1:15 PM ET, March 27, 2006

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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
The Streamcast vs. Skype Et Al Complaint  —  I have just finished reading what is likely the 30+ page Streamcast Networks complaint against Skype et al that found its way to me.  It reads as much like a Hollywood film treatment that needs to star Paul Newman as the attorney ala his roles in "The Verdict" or "Absence of Malice."
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Mike / Techdirt:
Skype, Founders Charged With Racketeering  —  from the fun-with-lawsuits dept  —  It's fairly well known that Skype's founders won't come to the US for fear of lawsuits arising out of their part in building Kazaa... but it looks like they may now have another lawsuit on their hands as well.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype-Streamcast, Take Two  —  Earlier today, when I asked …
Discussion: VoIP Now
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Streamcast Claims Ownership of Core Skype Technologies
Matthew Healey / New York Times:
For a 3rd Time, Two Apples Meet in Court  —  Apple Computer will meet the Beatles' Apple Corps in court this week in London, where a judge will determine whether Apple Computer's iTunes online music service violates a 1991 agreement between the two companies that, the Beatles' Apple claims, blocked the computer maker from selling music.
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Liz Chong / Times of London:
Beatles take rival Apple to court over core business  —  IT IS the ultimate battle of the generations over an image of a half-eaten piece of fruit.  —  In one corner Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the ultimate stars of vinyl who defined music in the 1960s.
New York Times:
Windows Is So Slow, but Why?  —  Back in 1998, the federal government declared that its landmark antitrust suit against the Microsoft Corporation was not merely a matter of law enforcement, but a defense of innovation.  The concern was that the company was wielding its market power …
Nick / Rough Type:
Seven rules for corporate blogging  —  Microsoft's Robert Scoble, who cowrote a book on corporate blogging called Naked Conversations, now seems intent on turning himself into a case study for why companies shouldn't blog.  The posts on his company-sponsored blog, Scobleizer, have become increasingly shrill and antagonistic of late.
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
A Web Site So Hip It Gets Laddies to Watch the Ads  —  "This will be over faster than your last relationship" and ".001% of your daily ad intake" are the sorts of wisecracks users see right above the video commercial that greets them when they visit Heavy.com.
Newsweek:
Who's Building the Next Web?  —  Got a lot of free time?  You're going to need it to enjoy the fruits of Silicon Valley's latest labors: start-ups that want you to spend even more of your life online.  —  April 3, 2006 issue - Deciphering the exact meaning of the phrase Web 2.0 is a popular parlor game in Silicon Valley.
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Newsweek:
The New Wisdom of the Web  —  Why is everyone so happy in Silicon Valley again?
Staci / PaidContent.org:
Profiting From The Live Web : Newsweek's April 3 issue hypes …
Discussion: The Doc Searls Weblog
hotelchatter.com:
Best WiFi Hotels 2006  —  A HotelChatter Exclusive  —  It's been more than a year since our last investigation of hotels with the Best and Worst WiFi concoctions.  What has changed since then is that most hotels have now jumped on the WiFi bandwagon, so most hotels have *some* sort of WiFi solution.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
New Ways to Call Over the Internet Debut  —  NEW YORK - Two Internet telephone services debut Monday with unusual business approaches, hoping to stand out in an increasingly crowded market with intense price competition.  —  Lycos, the Internet portal owned by Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica SA …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Denmark next in line to challenge Apple, DRM  —  Apple's problems in Europe look to be getting worse, not better.  Following on the heels of France's legislative push for DRM interoperability comes word that Denmark is thinking along the same lines.  Reportedly, Maersk and the country's …
Discussion: Engadget
USA Today:
Cablevision tests 'remote storage' DVR use  —  NEW YORK — In a move that could ignite a major debate about consumer "fair use" of TV programming, Cablevision Systems will unveil plans to test a service that gives cable subscribers the ability to record and time-shift shows using existing digital set-top boxes.
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Hughes Looking At Rural Internet  —  Hughes Network Systems LLC, a Germantown satellite service company trying to reposition itself after the sale of its DirecTV satellite television business, plans to announce a campaign today aimed at selling Internet access to small businesses and consumers in rural parts of the country.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
When is a conference not a conference?  —  I apologize for having conferences on the brain lately, but as you may or may not know, some friends and I are organizing one (it's called mesh, and it's in Toronto May 15th and 16th), so it's kind of been eat, sleep and breathe conferences lately.
Discussion: robhyndman.com and mesh blog
Yahoo! Search blog:
New Tools in the Toolbar  —  We've been working hard on the Yahoo! Toolbar for IE and Firefox so here's a quick update for you all.  —  On the IE front we've added support for tabbed browsing (yay!).  The latest release (v 6.3) now includes the ability to use tabbed browsing …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Homework … I recommend that every American journalist and news executive listen to this speech on newspapers in the age of blogs by Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, who I think is a rare and likely singular visionary in the newspaper industry.  He also is the editor …
Read/WriteWeb:
4 years of blogging for me too  —  First I noticed Paolo's post on 4 years blogging (via Dave), then Phil's post.  The bizarre part is I started blogging on the exact same day, 21 March 2002, as my fellow kiwi Phil Pearson - we even blogged about the same topic, RCS (Radio Community Server).
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