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11:55 AM ET, April 11, 2006


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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 …
Cable Makes It's Move  —  Cable's annual convention, The National Show, is rolling out the big guns in Atlanta this week.  The battle for the $490-billion-a-year U.S. market for phone, Internet and TV services is heating up.  The war between cable, satellite and phone companies is going nuclear …
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
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.
Staci D. Kramer /
@ NCTA: Interview: Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks …
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Business Wire:
Skype Acquires Sonorit and Camino Networks  —  LUXEMBOURG & SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 11, 2006—Skype(TM), the global Internet communications company, today announced that it has acquired Sonorit Holding AS and its US subsidiary Camino Networks, Inc., a provider of voice technology for the Internet.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Alec Saunders .LOG
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
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Mystery of the Yahoo Sock Monkey on YPN Blog  —  Mystery of the Yahoo Sock Monkey on YPN Blog  —  The Yahoo Publisher Network launched their YPN Blog today which will serve as a question & answer, feedback, information, and innovation forum for site publishers using the YPN Contextual Advertising program (still in invite only BETA).
Discussion: SearchViews
Yahoo! Publisher Network:
A Resource for Publishers, by Publishers
Discussion: Conversion Rater and Bloggers Blog
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
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
Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
On AjaxWrite  —  We at Radar have been pondering and playing with AjaxWrite and AjaxSketch.  Our conclusion is that they're remarkable for what they are, but disappointing for what they are not.  —  The AjaxWrite web page describes its features as:  — Global access, all you need is an internet connection
Michele Greppi /
First Nontraditional-Platform Emmy Nominees Announced  —  A cellphone-only spinoff of "24," an animated blog inspired by Jerry Zucker and an AOL webcast of "Live 8" are among the nominees for the first Emmy Award that will be given to entertainment programming created for nontraditional viewing platforms, including computers and iPods.
Ted Leung on the air:
What does it mean for Ruby on Rails to become mainstream?  —  We've been going through the Ruby on Rails book in our Bainbridge Island reading group, so I was interested to see Cedric Beust's post Why Ruby on Rails won't become mainstream.  It took me a few moments to get over the sting …
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
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Guba, Veoh Clean Up Their Act  —  Guba and Veoh, two companies that have come under heavy criticism are cleaning up their act, hoping to capture a more mainstream users.  —  Veoh was facing the ire of the video bloggers for taking their content and transcoding their videos into a proprietary format.
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.
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
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 Earlier Items: 
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10 Steps to Guarantee You'll Never Make More than 0.14 cents per month with AdSense
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Business Wire:
Clearwire Becomes First International Wireless Broadband Company …
Ted Wallingford / The VoIP Weblog:
Mini-white paper: Overcoming cultural challenges to the VoIP revolution
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Dell exec: We're not Wintel's lapdog