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10:05 PM 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."
John Markoff / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent  —  GEOFF GOODFELLOW is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who came up with an idea that resulted in a $612.5 million payday.  But he will never see a penny of it.  He remains little known even in Silicon Valley and, perhaps most surprising, he doesn't really mind.
Associated Press:
Internet agency considers '.tel' domain name  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Reaching out and touching someone used to be as simple as dialing a string of numbers.  —  But now there are home, cell and work phone numbers from which to choose, and sometimes work extensions to remember.
Discussion: LiveSide and textually.org
lessig.org:
Benkler's book is out  —  Yochai Benkler's book, The Weath of Networks, is out.  This is — by far — the most important and powerful book written in the fields that matter most to me in the last ten years.  If there is one book you read this year, it should be this.
Discussion: Copyfight and Boing Boing
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 …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
A high-tech way to defrost  —  Humans have been getting rid of ice the wrong way for centuries, it turns out.  —  Dartmouth College engineering professor Victor Petrenko, not to be confused with one of the Champions on Ice, has devised a way to use a burst of electricity to remove ice caked on walls or windows.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Wordpress.com Blog Network Outage  —  Wordpress.com Blog Network Outage  —  In what may just be an Easter fluke, it seems that the entire Wordpress.com Blog Network is down for the day, and has been dead for at least an hour.  The outage comes after complaints from some blog owners …
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog and wordpress.com
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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
It Does Little, and Not Very Well  —  The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet ought to possess all the ingredients necessary for tech success.  This thin, light device — essentially, a touch-sensitive color screen framed by a few buttons — looks like an artifact from science fiction.
Discussion: TeleRead
Redbarren / ben barren:
Aussie Web 2.0 Unconference et BlogHer with Dave Winer  —  Update : Dave Winer is into the idea : "Ben Barren is organizing a Downunder Uncon, which sounds right on to this northern hemispherian.  Let's go!"  - Add your comments, ping me if you want to get involved.
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Kill Google, Vol. 3  —  In a comment to my previous post, Anil Dharni said: … If I want to beat Google?  I would throw everything I have got at an AdSense killer.  —  AdSense is now about half of Google's revenue and their future growth.  Microsoft should strangle Google's air supply, their revenue stream.
Discussion: buygoogle.com
hdrive.org:
Interim Build To Be Released Monday!  —  We are proud to announce that build 5365 is going to be released on Connect this Monday.  This build is an Interim build which will include several bug fixes and some UI changes.  It will feature as well the updated Internet Explorer UI.
Discussion: Bink.nu
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
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Branded RSS readers or IE 7?  —  Newsweek has announced a branded version of NewsGator's RSS feed reader that is designed to make it easier for readers to sign up for and read RSS feeds — including, of course, those from Newsweek itself, which come pre-loaded in the reader.
WebGuerrilla / Greg Boser:
AdSense Bot Working Overtime  —  During last Tuesday's Rockstar show, I mentioned that I had been working on a project that got a bit messed up due to the fact that Google's Mediapartner bot was being used to index content for Google's database.  We had setup some 301's for Googlebot, but had neglected to redirect the AdSense bot.
Discussion: JenSense
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Making and Breaking HDCP Handshakes  —  I wrote yesterday about the HDCP/HDMI technology that Hollywood wants to use to restrict the availability of very high-def TV content.  Today I want to go under the hood, explaining how the key part of HDCP, the handshake, works.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Phone Scoop:
FCC Green-lights Samsung A990
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Cingular Mobilizes TV Guide's TV Guide Channel
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sahad / MocoNews.net:
Microsoft Working On Image-Based Search Tool For Mobile
Steven Schwankert / InfoWorld:
Why piracy in China isn't going away
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Clark / Rocky Mountain News:
Auto Assault: A Perpetual Work in Progress
Discussion: Kotaku
Josh Rubin / Cool Hunting:
Woofer  —  Though I'm not sure what the sound quality is like …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Apple Gets a Big Slice Of Product-Placement Pie
PhysOrg Team / PhysOrg.com:
Apple's iTunes must play fair in French music market: minister
Discussion: Nyquist Capital