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7:20 AM ET, April 5, 2006

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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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Census to Use Mobile Devices for Survey
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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 …
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
A Pretty Good Way to Foil the NSA  —  How easy is it for the average internet user to make a phone call secure enough to frustrate the NSA's extrajudicial surveillance program?  —  Wired News took Phil Zimmermann's newest encryption software, Zfone, for a test drive and found it's actually quite easy …
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Software Out There  —  THE Internet is entering its Lego era.  —  Indeed, blocks of interchangeable software components are proliferating on the Web and developers are joining them together to create a potentially infinite array of useful new programs.  This new software represents …
Steve Friess / Wired News:
Podcasting Roils NPR Fund Raising  —  JoAnna Michaels is an inveterate listener of National Public Radio, but she won't be tuning in as much this month.  —  Her local Las Vegas affiliate, KNPR, kicked off its spring membership drive last week with program interruptions pleading for donations …
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.
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Micropayments Drive Asian Games  —  By now it's expected that major American multiplayer games like World of Warcraft will charge customers a monthly subscription fee.  But the news out of Asia's booming gaming market suggests a different approach may be more lucrative …
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.
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
MTV's Logo Launches Programs for Cellphones  —  Logo, an MTV entertainment channel that reaches a estimated 20 million viewers, has launched a cellphone video programming service targeted at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered audience.  —  Logo, which launched on cable television last June …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Payment processor fears credit card crooks  —  A major online payment provider said Monday that its processing service had been used in an attempt to charge money to stolen credit and debit cards.  —  Several Web hosting companies that use the Authorize.Net service to accept credit cards online saw …
 
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