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3:10 PM ET, April 18, 2006

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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Eisner Makes Hairpin Turn in His Career  —  LOS ANGELES, April 17 — When Michael D. Eisner was bicycling in Italy last summer, he encountered a road sign that was so appealing to him, he named his new company after it.  —  The sign said "tornante," warning of a hairpin turn …
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veoh.com:
Time Warner, Michael Eisner And Spark Capital Join Shelter Capital To Complete $12.5 Million Strategic Series B Investment In Veoh Networks  —  Veoh's Global Independent Broadcasting System Poised to Lead Television Broadcasting Revolution  —  Michael Eisner Joins Board of Directors
Discussion: Blogspotting and SiliconBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Veoh Raises $12.5 million
Discussion: B2Day, paidContent.org and IP Democracy
burst.com:
Burst.com Files Patent Infringement Suit against Apple Computer  —  Santa Rosa, Calif., (April 17, 2006) - Burst.com, Inc. (OTC: BRST) today announced that it has filed counterclaims accusing Apple Computer of infringing four of Burst's U.S. patents.  In the counterclaims …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Burst.com Follows The Expected Path: Sues Apple For Patent Infringement
dvd.themanroom.com:
Hands-On First Impressions: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player  —  Thursday: 11am.  A series of planned phone calls are placed to four Best Buy stores within reasonable driving distance.  Each is asked one simple question to answer.  Each provides a different response ranging from "I don't think we carry that product.
Boston Globe:
Blogs 'essential' to a good career  —  Blogging is good for your career.  A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field.  —  Ben Day blogged his way into a career as a high-earning software consultant while maintaining the freedom to schedule frequent jam sessions and performances as a keyboard player.
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Making Money From Online Maps  —  Even the most dedicated Internet surfers have to get away from their PCs at some point.  But before they log off, they need to know how to get where they're going next.  —  Perhaps that's why the audience heading to online map sites has increased by nearly 20% …
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ZDNet:
Zone Labs' glee at hobbled Vista firewall  —  The firewall built into Vista may be better than the one supplied with Windows XP, but by default, it will not automatically block outgoing traffic, which is great news for security software vendor Zone Labs.  —  When Microsoft updated Windows XP …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
MySpace for the Office  —  Venture giant Kleiner Perkins is backing Visible Path in its bid to take social networking corporate  —  Make no mistake: Young people love to socialize on the Web.  Tens of millions of teens and young adults use sites like News Corp.'s (NWS) …
Discussion: The Stalwart, E L S U A and Valleywag
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Display Impressions Double Year-Over-Year  —  MARKETERS INCREASED ONLINE SPENDING LAST month, purchasing 185 billion display ads—almost twice as many as last year's 97.1 billion and 31 percent more than February's 141 billion, according to new Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance.
Discussion: SearchViews
Geeknews / Geek News Central Revealing Technical News …:
Prediction Podcasting Integration coming to Windows in June?  —  I am going to go out on a limb here and am willing to bet cold hard cash, that at the end of June right about the time of Gnomedex, that Microsoft will introduce to Windows XP a podcast creation tool and Windows Media player …
Jeremy / POP! PR Jots:
The blogosphere is growing, but is it just yardstick measurement?  —  Today the Technorati "state of the blogosphere" was released with great fanfare on the blogosphere.  For most of the day, it sat on top of Memeorandum - and rightfully so, as it is a big story for bloggers.  —  From the post ....
Andreas / chosaq:
Circumvent PDF DRM... with Gmail!  —  Apparently, Gmail's built-in "View as HTML" functionality, which allows you to view the content of PDF files (and other types of documents) as if they were classic webpages, works regardless of the files' usage restrictions (= DRM).
Nick Paumgarten / New Yorker:
GETTING THERE  —  The science of driving directions.  —  It is a testament both to the early allure of the automobile and to the difficulty of travelling very far in one that, in 1907, Andrew McNally II, the grandson of the co-founder of Rand McNally & Company, chose to spend his honeymoon in Milwaukee.
Discussion: The Map Room
Ajit / Open Gardens:
A web 2.0 FAQ  —  Based on some initial feedback, I have republished this entry now as a FAQ for web 2.0  —  What is web 2.0?  —  Because of my work with mobile web 2.0, I am often asked the question - 'what is web 2.0'?.  This is often a genuine question - since there is a lot of confusion out there and many bandwagon seekers.
Tony Smith / The Register:
iRiver preps WiMAX UMPC  —  South Korea's iRiver is preparing to enter the ultra-mobile PC arena, the company has revealed.  This week it demo'd its first UMPC, the W10, at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair.  The prototype device shown at the event sports Wi-Fi, WiMax and WiBro connectivity.
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Business Week:
The World's Most Innovative Companies  —  Their creativity goes beyond products to rewiring themselves.  BusinessWeek and the Boston Consulting Group rank the best.  —  It was a fitting way to wrap up the first day of IBM's (IBM ) innovation-themed leadership forum, held in Rome in early April.
Discussion: IBM Eye
PR Newswire:
Amdocs Agrees to Acquire Qpass for $275 Million  —  Acquisition Positions Amdocs as the Leader in the Emerging Digital Content Market  —  ST. LOUIS, April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Amdocs (NYSE: DOX - News), the leading provider of software and services to enable integrated customer management …
Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
Web 2.0 has a local address  —  South Park, the neighborhood that fostered the dot-com boom, is back  —  The unofficial meal of the Internet comeback is a bowl of Kellogg's Crispix and some fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice - served with pleasure at the Monday morning "cereal bar" hosted by the six-person Internet startup Rubyred Labs.
Discussion: Mark Evans, Valleywag and peterme.com
Howard Mintz / siliconvalley.com:
S.J. court to weigh blogger's rights  —  At PowerPage.org, a Pennsylvania blogger offers up a daily menu of passionate online dish about all things Apple Computer.  It looks like just another run-of-the-mill site in the vast and exploding blogosphere — advertisements, links and an introduction that says ``Publishing since 1995.''
 
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