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9:55 AM ET, April 5, 2006

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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.
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Sadagopan / Sadagopan's weblog …:   Rethink The Software Industry : Ray Lane
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Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Software 2006  —  I'm at MR Rangaswami's big event, Software 2006 …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
I'm Canceling My Times Subscription  —  Why you should, too.  —  Hello, New York Times?  I'd like to cancel my subscription today.  No, I'm not protesting your Middle East coverage, your treatment of any ethnic minority or weird religion, and I am certainly not upset about some petty delivery problem.
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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Spam's New Target: VoIP
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