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10:30 PM ET, April 7, 2006


 Top Items: 
Google aims to track users with wi-fi  —  Google aims to be able to track its users to within 100-200 feet of their location through new wireless networks in order to serve them with relevant advertising from local businesses.  —  The leading internet search company, which depends on advertising …
Discussion: The Pondering Primate
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room  —  AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center …
Discussion: Techdirt
Mary Jo Foley /
Windows on Mac: Who Wants It and Why?  —  Microsoft Watch asked who out there in Windows land would be interested in running XP on Intel-based Macs.  Here's a sampling of who is (and isn't) ready to jump on the bandwagon - and why.  —  It wasn't a rhetorical question we posed on April 5 …
Discussion: Andre, MacInTouch and Microsoft Monitor
Kevin Maney:
Mac and XP: a virtual moot issue?
Pete Mortensen / Wired News:
Windows on Mac, Simultaneously
Associated Press:
Video games get very, very naughty  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Online games have so far mainly revolved around the killing of fantasy monsters.  The occasional fight with a Stormtrooper provides some variety.  —  Companies are now developing a handful of games — though calling them that is a stretch …
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Ships 'URL Tracer' to Hunt Down Typo-Squatters  —  Microsoft Research has released a new tool to help pinpoint large-scale typo-squatters that are known to be gaming pay-per-click domain parking services.  —  The lightweight prototype, called Strider URL Tracer …
Discussion: Download Squad
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to ditch iBook brand alongside notebook launch  —  It's almost official — Apple Computer will re-brand its iBook consumer notebooks under the "MacBook" moniker when it releases new models based on Intel Corp.'s Core Duo processors later this month, AppleInsider has learned.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Flickr Gunners  —  Flickr wasn't the first photo sharing site, and it isn't the most popular.  In fact, it isn't even the most popular photo sharing site owned by Yahoo - this is.  But Flickr caught our attention and, at least with the technology-savvy crowd, it has become synonymous with photo sharing.
Nicole C. Wong / Mercury News:
Going beyond the alphabet  —  KEYBOARD PAD FREES USER FROM WESTERN MODEL  —  Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a computer keyboard pad that should make typing tasks like Web browsing easier for millions of people in India who read and write languages that don't translate well into a Western alphabet.
Discussion: Engadget and michael parekh on IT
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Google Successfully Tested Mobile Web Ads in Japan (Update2)  —  April 6 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, has successfully tested advertising on mobile phones in Japan, signaling a new revenue opportunity for the company.  —  ``Mobile internet usage …
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
So lets do an unconference as the same time as Supernova - across the street  —  So it seems that Kevin Werbach is happy with his speaker list and I'm not and it seems that many people agree with me.  —  So I say let's just do our own conference, charge a total of zero dollars and zero cents …
Carmine Gallo / Business Week:
How to Wow 'Em Like Steve Jobs  —  The Apple CEO is well known for his electrifying presentations.  Here are five tips to make your next talk just as mesmerizing — or close  —  Apple Computer (AAPL), now celebrating 30 years of innovation, has revolutionized the way we use computers and listen to music.
Redbarren / ben barren:
Aussie BlogHer/Web2 DoubleHeader with Dave Winer?  —  There was an email today between myself, 2.0 Grandmaster MacManus Flash and the RSS, OPML Pimp Daddy Inventor Himself - Mr David Winer.  The OPML topic was whether Mr Winer would come out to Australia soon, which he said he would if any of us males …
Discussion: disambiguity and Scripting News
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Proud to be a nobody  —  What risk do you run when you're snarky to a colleague?  In the case of Ragan Communications' David Murray, the answer is subtle ridicule.  What's more, the target of the snarkiness isn't the source of the ridicule.  Instead, it's being driven by the PR blogging community at large.
Eric / Gadget Review:
Infrared Blood Alcohol Test  —  There's a new technology out that will actually allow officers to "scan" for drunk drivers via infrared!  This crazy technology was originally developed to help diabetics scan their blood without a needle.  —  The technology works by generating IR radiation …
James Enck / EuroTelcoblog:
My Europodcast two cents  —  Om is stoking the controversy about podcasts, centering on this report from Forrester.  Here's some data from the terra incognita known as "not North America" to add, for what it's worth.  Look at the statistics (page 4) from the BBC's podcast trials, which show …
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
WiMAX is dead says Qualcomm  —  Jacobs putting eggs into 802.20 basket  —  DON'T YOU just love it when industry luminaries talk in numbers rather than products?  I bet most people missed the significance when new Qualcomm CEO, Paul Jacobs, said 802.16 was dead, here at the CTIA show in Vegas.
Discussion: Techdirt and broadband
Jimmy Daniels / Alice Hill's Real Tech News:
Carrying Coals to Newcastle  —  Ah, where to begin.  In case you aren't aware of it, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has filed suit against Direct Revenue, makers of the reviled Aurora adware program, Offeroptimizer and other crapware.  So much info is coming out, it is hard to sum it all up …
Discussion: and Sunbelt BLOG
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Ad Measurement Is Going High Tech  —  Explosion of Media Offerings  —  Complicates Finding Whether  —  Message Is Getting Through  —  Media companies have long searched, with mixed results, for proof that advertising works.  Some high-tech help may be on the way.
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