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12:00 AM ET, April 17, 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.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
The Next Huge Thing - What It Looks Like  —  If you were in one of the California cities of Santa Clara, Cupertino, or Sunnyvale using the free WiFi offered by MetroFi to read Fractals of Change, this is what your browser window (Internet Explorer version) would look like.
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
Reuters:
China president at Gates house, not White House  —  SEATTLE—The first lavish dinner of China President Hu Jintao's historic visit to the United States next week will be in a big, secure house in Washington where the host is one of the world's most powerful men.  —  The White House?  No.
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
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 …
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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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
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
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
Alex Steffen / WorldChanging:
ULTRA-LOW-COST HANDSETS AND THE AFRICAN FUTURE  —  Leapfrog Nations - Emerging Technology in the New Developing World  —  Alex Steffen  —  NextBillion has a great overview of recent pieces exploring the implications of cheap handhelds in developing countries.  Ultra-low-cost handsets are expected to pass 36 million in 2007.
 
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Phone Scoop:
FCC Green-lights Samsung A990
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Cingular Mobilizes TV Guide's TV Guide Channel
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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