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10:35 AM ET, April 11, 2006


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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.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's Weblog:
ABC's new gambit  —  ABC's announcement, as reported in the Wall Street Journal today, that it will begin offering its prime time programs free-of-charge over the internet is another example of the leadership role they're playing in the new media space.  Does anybody really think this is just an "experiment?"
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.
Om Malik / Business 2.0:
Webaroo packs up the Web to go  —  A startup wants road warriors to tote a copy of the Web around with them.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Acer, the world's fourth-largest PC maker, is teaming up with a Silicon Valley startup to let road warriors take a copy of the Web with them.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and GigaOM
Mark Ward / BBC:
Service to preload web on laptops
Martin LaMonica / CNET
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 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
THIS BORING HEADLINE IS WRITTEN FOR GOOGLE  —  One of the great self referential headlines, in that it not only is a headline, it's a headline about headlines in a paper which is also the subject of the story.  Head hurt yet?  —  Well, turns out, the NYT is NOT the subject of the story, but it should have been.
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Heading off to Boot Camp  —  Introduction  —  Last week when Apple announced Boot Camp—a free public beta utility straight from above allowing users of Intel-based Macs to easily install WindowsXP alongside OS X—people came out in droves to try it out.  There were so many different reasons …
Warranty concerns shadow Boot Camp
Discussion: Steve Sloan … and The Apple Blog
Roger Taylor /
Launch of Free Broadband, Forever, from TalkTalk  —  Carphone Warehouse today announces its pricing strategy for broadband and residential telephony in the first 1,000 exchanges it has committed to unbundle, and the financial impact of this strategy.  —  Customer offer
Discussion: Ian Fogg and SuperGeek
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Home Where Bloggers Can Plumb Those Obscure Passions  —  IT'S not easy making a living as a beef jerky authority these days.  —  The jerky publishing industry churns out precious few books on the topic, magazines and newspapers never give dried meat its due and reality television hasn't quite caught up to it.
Discussion: Seth's Blog and Scripting News
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
Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
Subscription Music Services Compared: Part 2  —  We've analyzed the services that sell digital music and are presenting the results in a two part post.  This Part 2 compares the subcription music services that let you access an entire music library of up to 2 million songs for a single monthly fee.
Andrew Lipsman /
Europe Surpasses North America In Instant Messenger Users, comScore Study Reveals  —  London, April 10, 2006 - comScore Networks, the leader in digital media measurement, today released the results of an analysis of instant messenger (IM) usage in various parts of the world.
Discussion: IT Facts
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.
Rob Bushway /
The New LS800 Extended Battery  —  I just received the new extended battery prototype for the Motion Computing LS800.  It isn't quite what I talked about in the video review, but it is still very nice.  In fact, I think I like this solution much better.  —  I'll post charging times …
Discussion: Craig Pringle and jkOnTheRun
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
Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
Burger King To Sell Xbox 360 Games?  —  Hamburger flipper Burger King is considering a promotion that offers 3 exclusive BK-branded games.  Each would feature their own characters (in this case, the actual Burger King) in "popular" genres (fighting, action and racing).
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Robert Liu /
Cable Makes Headway with VoIP Services  —  Sprint (News - Alert) and its four cable partners are making significant progress integrating their respective offerings and at this week's National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA (News - Alert)) convention in
Discussion: VoIP Now and VoIP Watch
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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fujitsu's Loox P70S, T70S, and T70S/V ultra-portable PCs  —  So what do you do to followup the launch of both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc machines?  Drop a couple of ultra-portables into the mix, naturally.  No, not ultra-mobile PCs, Fujitsu's talkin' ultra-portable with their latest P70S, T70S (pictured) and T70S/V line-up.
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Call for Papers: AIRWeb 2006
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Blog break time  —  Munir Umrani asks "where is Mini?"
Ben Charny / Google Watch:
Microsoft Graduates Its Scholarly Search Engine
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Laptop thieves targeting SF hot spots
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Revver revs up with another round of funding
 Earlier Items: 
Ted Wallingford / The VoIP Weblog:
Mini-white paper: Overcoming cultural challenges to the VoIP revolution
Rob Bushway /
The year of the tablet? Wrong question
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Are PR companies tempted to make false promises on "new media" communications?
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Dell exec: We're not Wintel's lapdog
USA Today:
MLB ready to play ball with musicians
Discussion: Techdirt and SearchViews