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6:05 AM ET, April 11, 2006

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Reuters:
Disney to make TV shows available free on Web  —  NEW YORK/ATLANTA (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co.'s <DIS.N> ABC television network will offer some of its most popular shows, such as "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost," for free on the Web in a service supported by advertising, the company said on Monday.
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John Holusha / New York Times:
Disney to Offer Some ABC Shows Free on the Web  —  In an effort to extend its broadcast economic model to the Internet, the Walt Disney Company said today that it would offer some of its most popular ABC television shows free on its Web sites but with commercials that cannot be eliminated.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Exploding TV: KA-BLOOM!
Joe / Techdirt:
Webaroo Downloads Hype To Your Hard-Drive  —  from the the-entire-web-on-your-computer dept  —  As internet access becomes ubiquitous, times when it is unavailable have mercifully become rare.  Yet, the hot web startup du jour, Webaroo, is targeting these shrinking, fleeting moments …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Service to preload web on laptops  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  A hi-tech start-up called Webaroo is aiming to shrink the web so that it can fit into a laptop.  —  The company has designed its service so that people will not have to go online to access information found on the net.
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechSpot
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Red Hat scoops up JBoss  —  update Linux distributor Red Hat said on Monday that it has signed an agreement to buy open-source company JBoss for at least $350 million, a move that expands Red Hat's product line and adds to its growth potential.  —  The transaction involves 40 percent cash …
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
The year of the tablet?  Wrong question  —  Craig Pringle has authored a really intriguing article on "the year of the tablet".  Warner has also followed it up with his own thoughts.  —  While I agree with the premise that Craig focuses on and agree that the past successes look good for the future …
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Craig Pringle:
Now is the time for Tablets  —  The cosmic forces are aligning …
LPH / UMPC Buzz:
The Cosmic Forces of Mobility
Discussion: Craig Pringle
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Rebuttal: CNET's DRM Battery Test Refuted?  —  According to CNET's recent article, WMA DRM caused a 25% reduction in battery life in your portable music player.  This seemed fishy to the guys at DAPreview, so they set out on their own test to see whether this shorter play time actually held true …
Discussion: Engadget and Venture Chronicles
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Laptop thieves targeting SF hot spots  —  This story sounds a little like an urban legend — sort of like those tales of crooks finding laptops in car trunks via Bluetooth that surface every couple of months — but the San Fran Chronicle insists it's true: according to the paper …
Reuters:
Time Warner Cable mulls TV ad auction system  —  Time Warner Cable is in early discussions to create an auction place for advertising spots on video-on-demand channels, modeled after Google's AdSense system on the Internet, the company's top executive said.  —  The cable services division …
Discussion: Lost Remote TV Blog
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Creating a feed syndication platform at Microsoft  —  Starting next week I will join Microsoft's Windows Live division to create a new product team around syndication technologies such as RSS and Atom.  I will help build a feed syndication platform leveraged by Microsoft products and developers all around the world.
Business Wire:
Clearwire Becomes First International Wireless Broadband Company to Offer Simple, Reliable Internet Phone Service  —  KIRKLAND, Wash. & STOCKTON, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 10, 2006—  Affordable, Feature-Rich Service With Superior Call Quality And Clarity Launched Today In California
bobparsons.com:
The .EU landrush fiasco.  A bumbling registry allows Europe's very own domain name to be highjacked!  —  Europe's .EU domain is being hijacked!  —  What happens when you match an inept registry with crafty businessmen?  The answer is a really large scam.
Discussion: Neowin.net
firingsquad.com:
Introduction  —  BioWare shocked the video/PC game industry a few months ago with the word that the Canadian based game developer of titles like Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic had merged with fellow game developer Pandemic Studios.
Darren Rowse / Make Money Online …:
10 Steps to Guarantee You'll Never Make More than 0.14 cents per month with AdSense  —  Every day I come across and courses which promise to teach people how to make thousands of dollars a day with AdSense by following a few easy steps - so I thought it was time for one that shows …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Cable Companies Bulk Up in Wireless Phone Services  —  ATLANTA, April 9 — In the race with the Bell companies to become one-stop shops for communications services, the country's biggest cable companies are developing wireless products, the missing piece of their so-called quadruple-play bundle.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Dell exec: We're not Wintel's lapdog  —  BOSTON—To some, Dell marches to the beat of Intel and Microsoft drums, dutifully following their research and development plans.  But to hear Kevin Kettler tell it, the PC maker often takes its own lead.  —  Not only is the company active …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Newspapers Thinking More About SEO  —  This Boring Headline Is Written for Google is an interesting look from the New York Times about how newspapers are learning to adapt to search engines, in particular to ensure headlines are targeted toward using terms that people are searching for …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Heading off to Boot Camp
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Revver revs up with another round of funding
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
Ted Wallingford / The VoIP Weblog:
Mini-white paper: Overcoming cultural challenges to the VoIP revolution
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Are PR companies tempted to make false promises on "new media" communications?
Marc Perton / Engadget:
TDK begins shipping 25GB Blu-ray media
USA Today:
MLB ready to play ball with musicians
Discussion: Techdirt and SearchViews
 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
WiFi Hotspots Creating A New Crime Wave?
Eileen McCluskey / Boston Globe:
Less is more: Create a network with no wires
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google wins rights to Aussie algorithm
Jenstar / JenSense:
YPN launches their own Yahoo Publisher Network Blog