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12:20 PM ET, April 6, 2006

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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
San Francisco Picks Companies for Wi-Fi  —  San Francisco Chooses Google, EarthLink to Blanket City With Free Wireless Internet Service  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc.'s bid to blanket San Francisco with a free wireless Internet service cleared a major hurdle Wednesday …
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Chris Hoofnagle / epic.org:
A Privacy Analysis of the Six Proposals for San Francisco Municipal Broadband  —  Six companies have proposed plans to bring municipal broadband to San Francisco.  They range from approaches where users will pay monthly fees, to advertising-supported services and free services.
Discussion: GigaOM
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google-EarthLink get S.F. wireless nod?  —  A panel has recommended that San Francisco officials choose a proposal from Google and EarthLink to offer free wireless Internet access throughout the city, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.  —  The move would clear the way for the city …
Harry McCracken / PC World's Techlog:
Parallels: A Better Way to Run Windows on a Mac?  —  Another day, another significant development on the running-Windows-on-an-Intel- Mac front: Parallels, which makes virtualization software for running multiple operating systems on one computer, is releasing a beta of an Intel Mac version of its Parallels Workstation software today.
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Duncan Martell / Reuters:
Apple unveils software to permit Windows use
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Gizmodo
Damien Barrett / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
The Real Reason Behind Apple's Boot Camp
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Video Sites: Breeding Like Rabbits  —  No sooner did I proclaim Motionbox the best online video sharing service (mostly for its editing and deep tagging tools), than a new contender arrives on the scene.  San Francisco based stealth startup Jumpcut, founded by Mike Folgner and Ryan Cunningham, just launched minutes ago.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
The legal issues around YouTube  —  YouTube has raised another $8M from Sequoia bringing the total to $11.5M.  Om Malik suggests that YouTube clean up its act to avoid the legal fate of Napster.  As many of you know I was a VP at the original Napster and intimately aware of the legal issues.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Clickety Clack
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Forrester podcasting report - just 1% use podcasts  —  We just released some new data on podcasting, in a brief "Podcasting Hits The Charts" (available only to clients).  Here's the summary: … Our survey showed that only 1% of online households in North America regularly download and listen to podcasts.
CNET News.com:
Republicans defeat Net neutrality proposal  —  update A partisan divide pitting Republicans against Democrats on the question of Internet regulation appears to be deepening.  —  A Republican-controlled House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Wednesday defeated a proposal …
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch and Techdirt
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Disney Phone Service Has Parents in Mind  —  LOS ANGELES, April 4 — With the help of the Walt Disney Company, parents can make sure it's still a small world for their children, at least when it comes to their cellphone use.  —  On Wednesday, the company will introduce a wireless phone service …
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A FRANK INTERVIEW WITH GARY FLAKE  —  Today marks the first of what I hope will become a regular series of Q&A interviews on Searchblog.  The format is simple - I send an opening question to the luminary in question via email, they respond, and we go from there.
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MyWeb Update: Connecting and Discovering  —  As we noted a couple of days ago, we've just completed a MyWeb upgrade that should make it easier to find and share bookmarks with the world.  We've changed the way "Contacts" work, so you can more easily add people to your contacts list to stay …
Wss / Netcraft:
April 2006 Web Server Survey  —  There are now more than 80 million web sites on the Internet, as the April 2006 survey received responses from 80,655,992 sites, an increase of 3.1 million hostnames from March 2006.  The web has doubled in size in the past three years, as the survey hit the 40 million mark in April 2003.
leftlanenews.com:
Honda to add Google Earth to cars  —  Honda will soon add Google Earth to its 'internavi Premium Club' navigation service in Japan.  The advanced navigation system was first launched in 2003, offering a wireless connection to the internet to download the latest traffic information to the built-in computer.
Discussion: It's Rishi and Engadget
Justin Voskuhl / Official Google Blog:
Toolbar v2 for Firefox fans  —  Here in the Kirkland, we've had one of the rainiest winters in a long time, giving me extra time to work on the latest release of the Google Toolbar for Firefox.  Today, we're happy to release the beta version of Google Toolbar 2 for Firefox.
 
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