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5:20 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 …
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: Gizmodo
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
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
Clark / Rocky Mountain News:
Auto Assault: A Perpetual Work in Progress  —  For 4 1/2 years NetDevil has been working on Auto Assault.  —  And if things go well, they'll never stop.  —  While most development teams move on to the next project after shipping a game, Auto Assault is a massively multiplayer game …
Discussion: Kotaku
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?
Steven Schwankert / InfoWorld:
Why piracy in China isn't going away  —  Software pricing needs to be commensurate with local market conditions  —  Over the past few months, some of China's top PC manufacturers have pledged to purchase genuine Windows XP and other Microsoft products, in an effort to combat piracy in one of the areas where it is most prevalent.
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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Sahad / MocoNews.net:
Microsoft Working On Image-Based Search Tool For Mobile
Josh Rubin / Cool Hunting:
Woofer  —  Though I'm not sure what the sound quality is like …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Seobook / Threadwatch.org:
MicroSoft Does Social Search
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Newsweek Launches Geeky Private-Label RSS Reader
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Sun: Chasing after (and may catch) the open source DReaM
Getluky / News Archive:
We added new support for Yahoo! Calendar and the newly-released …
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