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3:10 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.
sfgov.org:
SAN FRANCISCO CONCLUDES EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS TO CREATE UNIVERSAL …
Discussion: GigaOM and InsideGoogle
Eric Dahl / PC World:
First Look: PC World Installs Windows XP on a 20-Inch iMac With Boot Camp  —  It works.  Impressively well.  With games, even.  That's our first impression of Windows XP running under Apple's Boot Camp on our 20-inch iMac.  And that's more than you could say a couple of days ago …
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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.
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Bliss (Desktop) on a Mac
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
Apple unveils software to permit Windows use
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Gizmodo
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 …
Julie Jacobson / cepro.com:
Origami Tablet PCs to Run Special Media Center Extender Software  —  When men carry purses.  —  Really, that's the only way Microsoft can realize its dream that ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC) "will eventually become as indispensable and ubiquitous as mobile phones are today."
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.
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.
Wired News:
Why VOIP Needs Crypto  —  There are basically four ways to eavesdrop on a telephone call.  —  One, you can listen in on another phone extension.  This is the method preferred by siblings everywhere.  If you have the right access, it's the easiest.  While it doesn't work for cell phones …
Discussion: [Geeks are Sexy] …
Our Blog:
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Game Studios Acquires Video Game Luminary Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios  —  Lionhead's hit franchise "Fable" surpasses 2 million unit sales milestone.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 6, 2006 — Microsoft Game Studios (MGS) today announced it has purchased U.K.-based Lionhead Studios …
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.
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.
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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.
Chris Thilk / AdJab:
Fewer viewers watch commercial breaks  —  A new set of Nielsen findings show that the audience numbers drop pretty dramatically during the commercial breaks of even the top network programs.  The new data is drawn from Nielsen's new minute-by-minute ratings tracking.
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Pioneer Inno XM2go - Orbitcast Review  —  And now finally the Orbitcast Review of the Pioneer Inno XM2go.  My hopes are to answer everyone's questions with this article, and to give some insight into the philosophy behind the new XM2go units.  I also want this to be the single place you need …
Discussion: Engadget
 
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The Office Live Team's Blog:
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Samsung Surprises with BlackBerry Clamshell
socaltech.com:
Interview with Jim Armstrong, Clearstone Venture Partners
Discussion: VC Circle
David Strom / New York Times:
I.M. Generation Is Changing the Way Business Talks
Discussion: Ed Brill
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Disney Phone Service Has Parents in Mind
leftlanenews.com:
Honda to add Google Earth to cars
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