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4:45 PM ET, April 15, 2006

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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Sun: Chasing after (and may catch) the open source DReaM  —  In March 2006, in a podcast interview with ZDNet, Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz dropped a hint that his company had something in the works that was very much like the Liberty Alliance (in the way that it undermined the usage …
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
How Sun's "open DRM" dooms them and all they touch
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Information regarding MS06-015  —  Hi everyone, Mike Reavey here.  I wanted to quickly let you know about some things related to MS06-015 that we've gotten some customer questions on.  First, we're currently tracking an issue involving the interaction of the security update with some components related …
Discussion: The PC Doctor
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Rogers Cadenhead / Wired News:
All Bets Are Off, Online Anyway  —  The United States is taking aim at internet casino ads as tensions build in a high-profile trade fight over the country's largely toothless online gambling ban.  —  Although many website operators insist internet gambling ads are legal …
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Apple Gets a Big Slice Of Product-Placement Pie  —  Movie, TV Roles Keep Firm in Ever-Brighter Spotlight  —  When scriptwriters of the hit NBC show "The Office" wanted the boss character to give a cool gift that the show's co-workers would later resent, they had him hand out an iPod.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Newsweek Launches Geeky Private-Label RSS Reader  —  Newsweek has launched a web-based RSS reader, i.e. My Newsweek — looks like a reasonably smart move on the face of it.  But using the reader requires Joe Newsweek to grok terms like "feed," "content," and, "RSS" — which looks less smart.
vnunet.com:
China outlaws Outlook  —  Unlicensed email servers illegal under new rule  —  China has introduced regulations that make it illegal to run an email server without a licence.  The new rules, which came into force two weeks ago, mean that most companies running their own email servers in China are now breaking the law.
Discussion: Techdirt, Slashdot and GOODROI
Stace / Wireless, cell phones, mobile phone reviews:
Better input and bigger screens for cell phones?  How about virtual screen from Samsung?  —  Have you been struggling with the text input on you phone, when writing SMS message or entering calendar appointment?  With the need to press phone key 5 times just to get to the desired character?
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Reading the tea leaves: where the money is and isn't - new business models emerge  —  As Dave Winer and I were discussing how to pull off the unplanned unconference opposite Kevin Werbach's Supernova - it was the collision of business models that most dominated my mindstate.
Discussion: ben barren
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Office 2.0 on IT Redux  —  Ismael Ghalimi has assembled a comprehensive, well-written body of content about Office 2.0 on his IT Redux blog.  In his most recent post, he touches on a topic I've brought up in a few recent posts - the rough state of affairs in some recent online application offerings.
Discussion: IT|Redux
Dustin / Team Blog:
Things are about to get exciting  —  Things have been quiet on the team blog recently so I thought I'd make a quick post.  First of all, let me say thanks to all the UMPC followers to date.  You guys are really amazing, I can't believe how fast you find stuff :) Seriously we see and learn …
PhysOrg Team / PhysOrg.com:
Apple's iTunes must play fair in French music market: minister  —  Apple Computer Inc. should have anticipated that the exclusive union of its iPod music players and online iTunes store would be challenged in France, Trade Minister Christine Lagarde said.  —  "It should come as no surprise …
Discussion: Nyquist Capital and Engadget
BBC:
Natural light 'to reinvent bulbs'  —  A light source that could put the traditional light bulb in the shade has been invented by US scientists.  —  The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) emits a brilliant white light when attached to an electricity supply.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Getluky / News Archive:
We added new support for Yahoo! Calendar and the newly-released Google Calendar, all-new subscription and maps options for searches, venues, and tags, and support for floating times for you iCal fans.  More details after the jump...  Yahoo! Calendar, Google Calendar, and iCal Downloads
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Companies blocking employees from reading RSS feeds  —  I dream of a world without prejudice.  Wars will be a distant memory.  No child will go to bed hungry.  A organizations will trust their employees enough to let them subscribe to RSS feeds.  —  In case you hadn't heard about it …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
siliconvalley.com:
Jury verdict is more good news for TiVo  —  MARSHALL, Texas (AP) - In a case cast as crucial to TiVo's survival, a federal jury decided that EchoStar Communication Corp. copied key technologies from the digital video recording pioneer and awarded nearly $74 million.
Seobook / Threadwatch.org:
MicroSoft Does Social Search  —  Microsoft is going to launch a social search product in the next month: … The BusinessWeek article also says that they may be interested in buying Eurekster. … The alleged value on social search is that since friends ask for product recommendations there are more commercial queries
 
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Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
Hackable, Playable LED/Pad Music Interface
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Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Cell Phones to get Projectors soon
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Sprint Treo 700p mid May, first week of June latest
Peter Kafka / Forbes:
Sirius, EMI Agree On Player Deal
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 Earlier Items: 
Mark Ward / BBC:
Net clocks suffering data deluge
Discussion: GigaOM and Digital Inspiration
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Microsoft Origami: "Too revolutionary"
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Catchup Friday — Abrams to launch Socializr; Meetup, Zoom, Zixxo & more
USA Today:
Sellers of Internet addresses surf for — and get — some big payoffs