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2:10 AM ET, April 16, 2006

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Halfway through my blog vacation (change in comment policy)  —  Thank you Werner Vogels!  —  By kicking our behinds when we visited Amazon for [a book reading] an executive review on corporate blogging, he taught us a valuable lesson: "always be prepared."
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.
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple could double market share on Microsoft defections  —  Consumers are so distrustful of Microsoft that Apple could double its market share due to defections from the Windows operating system, a report by market analysis firm Forrester Research says.  —  The remarks come in a report …
Discussion: Download Squad
Matt / Photo Matt:
The Feed Validator is Dead to Me  —  Is anyone else sick and tired of the so-called feed validator changing its mind on fundamental issues every other week?  I'm sure Sam Ruby and whoever else is still working on the Validator mean well, but the constant ivory tower decisions to change the way it interpets …
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
Why Windows is less secure than Linux  —  Windows is inherently harder to secure than Linux.  There I said it.  The simple truth.  —  Many millions of words have been written and said on this topic.  I have a couple of pictures.  The basic argument goes like this.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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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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 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
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
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 …
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 …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Samsung Q1 UMPC befuddles top execs during demo  —  In what must have been a liveblogger's dream press conference at Seoul's Grand InterContinental hotel earlier this week, not one, not two, but all three of the hardware and software executives using Samsung's Q1 UMPC for their presentations managed …
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 …
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.  And organizations will trust their employees enough to let them subscribe to RSS feeds.  —  In case you hadn't heard about it …
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
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.
 
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Josh Rubin / Cool Hunting:
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