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11:40 PM ET, April 4, 2006

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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Chevy Tries a Write-Your-Own-Ad Approach, and the Potshots Fly  —  At first glance, the video looks like a typical 30-second car commercial: a shiny sport utility vehicle careers down a country road lined with sunflower fields, jaunty music playing in the background.
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Sadagopan / Sadagopan's weblog …:
Rethink The Software Industry : Ray Lane  —  Ray Lane, made an impressive inaugural keynote at the Software 2006 meet earlier today.  He started by saying that the enterprise software landscape has changed and these changes are so sweeping and pronounced that things shall never be the same again.
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CNN:
How I Work: Bill Gates  —  Not much of a paper chase for Microsoft's chairman, who uses a range of digital tools to do business.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - It's pretty incredible to look back 30 years to when Microsoft (Research) was starting and realize how work has been transformed.
Shimon Sandler:
Google Real Estate - beta Launched  —  Thanks to my friend Avi from Promediacorp who alerted me to this immediately.  —  Google has silently released: Google Real Estate.  I don't know if that is the official name, but that's what I'm calling it until I hear otherwise.
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
New Trends In Online Traffic  —  Visits to Sites for Blogging, Local Information and Social Networks Drive Web Growth  —  While growth is slowing at most top Internet sites, it is skyrocketing at sites focused on social networking, blogging and local information.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—In a rare discussion on the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Reasons to Love Open-Source DRM  —  I acknowledge that the title of this column is strange.  Aside from the fact that most savvy music listeners (justifiably) hate DRM, the very idea of using open-source software to enforce digital rights management runs counter to everything commonly assumed …
Discussion: Smart Mobs, TeleRead and Voidstar
This is Powazek:
Death to User-Generated Content  —  Can I make a suggestion?  Let's all stop using the phrase "user-generated content."  I'm serious.  It's a despicable, terrible term.  Let's deconstruct it.  —  User: One who uses.  Like, you know, a junkie.  —  Generated: Like a generator, engine.
jkOnTheRun:
TabletKiosk eo UMPC evaluation underway!  —  The good folks at TabletKiosk have let me borrow one of their prototype eo UMPCs for a few days and I will be offering my observations about the device.  Here's a couple of quick photos of the unit which will have to do until I have spent a little more time with the eo:
Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Negroponte: Slimmer Linux needed for $100 laptop  —  BOSTON—The One Laptop Per Child organization will use Linux on its inexpensive machines, but the operating system suffers the same code bloat as Windows, the project's leader said Tuesday.  —  "People aren't thinking about small, fast …
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
NYtimes.com Redesign—Don't Mess With A Good Thing  —  I was travelling yesterday when the NYTimes.com launched its new home page, so I only really saw it this morning when I booted up my computer.  And my first reaction was "Ugh!"  There are so many more obstacles now in the way of getting to the information that I want.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Wins Biggest Phone-Software Order, Rivals BlackBerry  —  April 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. won its biggest-ever contract for mobile-phone software, an order from the U.S. Census Bureau that covers 500,000 handsets.  —  Microsoft, the world's biggest software maker …
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Web Ads Appear On Racy Sites Despite Checks  —  Last month, Verizon Communications Inc. was surprised to find one of its Internet ads on a MySpace.com page with photos of scantily clad women.  Walt Disney Co. was unaware that its ad was next to an article about male sexual performance on About.com.
Mark Del Bianco / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Bumps in the road for AT&T-BellSouth merger?  —  The conventional wisdom in Washington is that regulatory approval of the proposed AT&T-BellSouth merger is a done deal.  The consensus is that this deal will sail through with flying colors—and a few not very onerous merger conditions.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Mac's Moment?  —  Apple has its best chance in years to make a dent in the business market  —  Japan's Aozora Bank Ltd. is planning to do something once unheard of in the business world: switch nearly all of its 2,300 desktop personal computers to Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers.
Inquirer:
Lucent takes legal action against Microsoft over Xbox 360  —  Patent place, again  —  NETWORKING GIANT Lucent is suing Microsoft alleging it breaches a patent it holds.  —  The patent, 5,227,878, was issued to Lucent on July 13th 1993 and called "Adaptive Coding and Decoding of Frames and Fields of Video".
 
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Fujitsu exhibits fold-out keyboard UMPC
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ITR ROBOT SEEKS PLACE IN THE HOME
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Borders to sell Sony digital reading device