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5:05 AM ET, April 17, 2006

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Dnw / lifekludger:
Tablet PC - a Lifekludger view  —  "It's rude not to point"  —  Ok here I am typing on the onscreen keyboard of a Tablet PC*.  A first for me.  —  The good folks at Tegatech Australia kindly sent me a Tablet to loan and have a bit of a play and see how someone without the use of hands might go using a Tablet PC.
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.
Discussion: ben barren and Clickety Clack
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.
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.
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
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
Aaron McKenna / tgdaily.com:
Half-Life vs Half-Life 2: No comparison?  —  Comparing old games to new ones is a tricky business.  On the one hand if you compare Doom to Doom III nowadays, well, there is no comparison.  Doom is fairly 2D to the modern gamer in many more ways than just the graphics.
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 Venture Chronicles
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Shopify Was Worth the Wait  —  Ottawa-based Shopify launched a lot later than originally promised (last fall), but it was worth the wait.  They've launched a private beta and plan to open their doors permanently in May.  —  Shopify is a hosted ecommerce solution with integrated payments.
Discussion: blog.jadedpixel.com
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.
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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John Carney / New York Times:
People Who Watch People: Lost in an Online Hall of Mirrors  —  Wausau, Wis., may seem out of the way, but for tens of thousands of Internet users, it has become the center of a very strange universe.  —  Up until now, most of the videos posted to the online clearinghouse YouTube …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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."
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.
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.
 
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Overdue recommendation for Will Richardson's book
Discussion: Library Stuff and Smart Mobs
Zephoria / apophenia:
on being notable in Wikipedia  —  Back in July, Justin Hall created …
Alex Steffen / WorldChanging:
ULTRA-LOW-COST HANDSETS AND THE AFRICAN FUTURE
Confused / Confused of Calcutta:
Four Pillars: Thinking more about blogging and enterprise architecture
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Making and Breaking HDCP Handshakes
Discussion: Engadget
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hdrive.org:
Interim Build To Be Released Monday!
Discussion: Bink.nu
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
A high-tech way to defrost  —  Humans have been getting rid …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Steven Schwankert / InfoWorld:
Why piracy in China isn't going away
Discussion: Techdirt
Clark / Rocky Mountain News:
Auto Assault: A Perpetual Work in Progress
Discussion: Kotaku
Matt / Photo Matt:
The Feed Validator is Dead to Me