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9:45 AM ET, April 3, 2006


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New York Times:
A Letter to Our Readers  —  To Our Readers:  —  Our goal when we set out to redesign The Times Web site more than a year ago was to make experiencing The New York Times online simpler and more useful.  We hope you conclude that we have done that on the new pages appearing for the first time this month.
Anil Dash / Six Apart:
The New York Times Redesigns, Influenced by Blogs  —  Today, the New York Times launched its site redesign, announced by a prominent editor's note on the homepage.  There's a few lessons for bloggers to learn from the redesign, as well as some evidence that the Times itself has been learning from bloggers.
France's Alcatel to buy Lucent for $13.4 bln  —  PARIS/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - French communications-equipment maker Alcatel said on Sunday it would buy smaller U.S. rival Lucent Technologies Inc. for $13.4 billion to gain market heft and broaden its product mix.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
At Last, Movies to Keep Arrive on the Internet  —  Six major studios plan to begin selling movies over the Internet today that buyers can download and keep for watching at any time.  —  Until now, the only downloads the studios have offered have been online rentals, which can be watched …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Not quite, Times  —  The Times — like many people in power — seems to have trouble grasping the full impact of the internet handing control over to the people.  They have real trouble turning their personal prisms around to look at the world from the bottom up instead of their usual top down.
Writing On Newsvine  —  If you'd like your own column, we'd like to publish it for you!  Start writing here, and we'll promote your articles throughout the site based on what keywords ("tags") you provide for each article.  —  For instance, if you wrote an article about Bill Clinton and tagged your article …
DIY KYOTO'S WATTSON  —  When I first heard about DIY Kyoto, the literal meaning of the company's name didn't immediately strike me.  But these designers are doing exactly what they say: creating products that make adhering to the Kyoto Protocol a do-it-yourself endeavor.  They began their mission with the Wattson.
Discussion: Engadget and OhGizmo!
USA Today:
Web users walk Great Firewall of China  —  BEIJING — Clad in jeans and a denim jacket, college student Jin Shan sips Coke and battles demons in an online fantasy game at an Internet cafe in Beijing's university district.  —  "Most people who come here are like me," says the 23-year-old economics major.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Techdirt
Michael Ducker /
Treo 700w users: Daylight Savings Time Change Bug  —  Palm contacted TreoCentral early this morning to notify our staff and our readers, that Palm has found a significant bug related to the Treo 700w's Daylight Savings Time functions.  Sunday morning, when most of America "springs-ahead" …
Dr. Neil / Dr. Neil's Adventures:
Playing with a UMPC  —  This weekend I have been playing with a UMPC ;)  —  It is a pre-production unit that was lent to me for the weekend.  It takes a bit of getting accustomed to a touch screen.  I am used to the screen only reacting to my stylus.  After an hour with the UMPC I went …
Ted Wallingford / The VoIP Weblog:
What does it mean to communicate relevantly?  —  For the last few years, Iotum has been a company obsessed with solving the dilemma of relevance.  Today's patterns of interpersonal communication are so invasive, so fast, and so voluminous, that it has become difficult to insure one's self …
Harry McCracken / PC World's Techlog:
What Does "Windows Vista Capable" Mean?  —  Next month, new PCs will show up with stickers identifying them as being "Windows Vista Capable."  But "Capable of Running Certain Versions of Windows Vista, But Maybe Not Stupendously Well" might be a more accurate designation, it seems.
THE STATE OF WEB 2.0  —  Now that Web 2.0 has had its mainstream media coming-out party in both Newsweek and Slate recently (here and here), I thought I'd take some time this afternoon and try to get a real sense of the prevailing winds.  Before I go further, I would ask all of you with innate dislike …
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO
Web Directories...are They Relevant to SEO?  —  With Zeal recently closing (I think Looksmart are dumb to have closed it) some people have recently been questioning the value of directories.  —  $hoemoney recently had a mini interview of a few SEOs asking if they are still relevant.
IAG Blog:
VoIP builds velocity ... as Apple waits in the wings  —  Shepard online — CONVENTIONAL mobile communications providers should be afraid, very afraid.  If they haven't built VoIP into their plans, it could already be too late.  —  Industry observers are speculating that Apple could be about to throw …
Discussion: VoIP Now and VoIP Watch
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
In a Wired South Korea, Robots Will Feel Right at Home  —  SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea, the world's most wired country, is rushing to turn what sounds like science fiction into everyday life.  The government, which succeeded in getting broadband Internet into 72 percent of all households …
Discussion: Engadget
Chip Chick:
Nyko Nano Sound Stage  —  Sporting a stylish brushed aluminum and acryllic exterior, Nyko's Sound Stage is a classy little stereo system that also serves as a charging/transfer station for your Nano.  A 9 button remote is included to wirelessly give you access your iPods tracks and photos.
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Walter White /
Why Municipal Wi-Fi May Be a Bad Investment for Cities  —  This is a response by Walter White, vice president state and local government, for Verizon Communications, to a March 18 Viewpoint by John Eger titled: "Freeing Cities from Cable and Telco Monopolies."
Discussion: public ponderings
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Seth Godin says Squidoo is not MLM  —  Seth replies to my "Newsvine/Squidoo doing the MLM thing" post.  —  Seth says "Neal is correct.  This isn't MLM, not by any definition (not that there's anything wrong with that.)  You are entitled to your opinion, whether I like it or not, but your facts are wrong."
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog and pc4media
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage:
Tableteers And Bloggers Have Fun With April Fools Day  —  It is tough to be creative and fun on April Fools Day at the same time as preparing to open a new show.  Of course the rest of the blogosphere and a few Tableteers had quite a bit of fun.  James Kendrick had this funny take on Apple entering the Tablet scape.
Anil Dash:
Your April Fool's Joke Sucks.
Rick Turoczy / hypocritical:
Nick Carr wins the annual hypocritical April Fools' Day "Dark Cloud" award  —  UPDATE (April 2, 2006): It's strange—and oft mentioned—how the most random little posts, the ones you don't think will really draw any attention, suddenly do.  Kind of like the room going quiet as you yell …
Discussion: Scobleizer
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