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11:55 AM ET, April 5, 2006

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Natalie Kerris / apple.com:
Apple Introduces Boot Camp  —  Public Beta Software Enables Intel-based Macs to Run Windows XP  —  CUPERTINO, California—April 5, 2006—Apple® today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP.  Available as a download beginning today …
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Census to Use Mobile Devices for Survey  —  SEATTLE - To compile data for its 2010 survey, the Census Bureau is putting down pen and paper and picking up handheld computers.  —  The portable devices are being designed to allow census workers to immediately record information they gather …
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New York Times:
Microsoft Wins Big Order for Cellphone Software  —  Microsoft has won its biggest contract ever for mobile phone software, an order from the United States Census Bureau for 500,000 handsets.  —  Microsoft plans to unveil the deal as early as today, Scott Horn, a general manager for the company, said in an interview.
Bink / Bink.nu:
Microsoft Wins 500,000 Phone-Software Order  —  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, plans to unveil the deal today, general manager Scott Horn said in an interview.
Associated Press:
Laptop Detractors Shrugged Off  —  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who hopes to give $100 laptops to the world's children dismissed recent criticisms Tuesday and said his project could begin distributing the computers by early next year.  —  Kicking off the LinuxWorld conference …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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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 …
Charles / Yet Another Software Blog:
Software 2006 part 1  —  Ask and ye shall receive Jason.  I attended the first day of Software 2006 as well, so I thought I'd add my voice to that of Will Price, Jeff, Zoli, Sadagopan and others who are also here.  Some observations:  —  Interest and Interaction
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Pixsy unveils visual Web search  —  A picture can be worth a thousand words, but an RSS feed is worth a million pictures.  —  That's the virtual promise of Pixsy, a visual search engine that scours syndication feeds (in the format of Really Simple Syndication) for up-to-date images and then makes them searchable.
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Jack Shafer / Slate:
I'm Canceling My Times Subscription
Discussion: InterMedia, clock and Small Initiatives
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 …
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.
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.
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Antisocial Networking Gets Hip  —  Online social networks are usually all about bringing together people who like the same things.  —  The founder of a new anti-social networking site, however, is finding that shared hates can be an equally effective bonding tool.
Jenstar / JenSense:
Referral program for AdWords live for all publishers now  —  I reported several weeks ago that some publishers in select countries (US, Canada & UK were amongst those excluded) were able to refer new advertisers to AdWords in exchange for a commission after the advertiser spent a certain advertising value.
press.nokia.com:
Nokia brings many of the most wanted new technologies to a trio of CDMA phones  —  Nokia 2365i, Nokia 2865/2865i and Nokia 6175i phones offer Bluetooth wireless technology and more at multiple price points  —  Las Vegas, NV, USA -Continuing to build upon its well-received line of CDMA handsets …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and I4U News
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 …
John Mueller / devsource.com:
Making Your Apps work with Internet Explorer 7  —  Microsoft is under increasing pressure to do something with Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).  Like little dogs nipping at its heels, other browsers have raised the bar of user expectations.  Microsoft has had to respond.
Discussion: M-Dollar
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 …
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Fighting web spam with algorithms  —  A new patent application from Microsoft describes some ways to identify some of the spam pages that show up in search engine results.  The research that led to the application started off by looking at something else completely, but a chance discovery turned up some interesting results.
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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eWEEK.com:
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
Zakang Kiss - the lovers' MP3 player
Discussion: Engadget and Shiny Shiny
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Blockbuster Accused of Patent Infringement
Microsoft:
Consumer Electronics Device-Makers Are Embedded With Windows CE 5 …
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Sony DCR-SR100 30GB Handycam Camcorder
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Maya Roney / Forbes:
Google Music Store Would Provide New Revenue Stream
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Gold Plated Nokia Phones
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Garrett French / Search Engine Lowdown:
Yahoo! Pounding Google and MSN; Y!'s Social Networking Riff
Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:
PMC-Sierra Acquires Passave
Phil Sim / Squash:
Tech Blogosphere has peaked
Discussion: robhyndman.com
John P. Mello Jr / technewsworld.com:
Report: Success Threatens Open Source Ethic
Discussion: Open Sources …
oag.state.ny.us:
STATE SUES MAJOR "SPYWARE" DISTRIBUTOR
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Reasons to Love Open-Source DRM