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4:40 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
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
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
TabletKiosk eo Video Review  —  My kids like calling it "the Origami" and "the Oreo", my son says it feels just like a PSP or Gameboy, others refer to it as a UMPC or Ultra Mobile PC - whatever it is we name it, it is obvious that Microsoft and Intel have isolated a real "personal" niche.
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Hugo 'poogie' Ortega / Uber Tablet:
UMPC for something other than surfing
Beverley Head / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google in need of the feminine touch  —  "Don't be evil."  —  Those were the famous words Google included in its 2004 stock exchange listing filing with US regulators - and a search on this term lists Google's corporate philosophy page.  —  But that New Age corporate philosophy is under threat …
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).
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.
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
USA Today:
Marketers are into YouTube  —  Yet another reason for traditional TV outlets to worry about their relevance: YouTube.com, the hot new outlet for people to post and share homemade videos, has caught the attention of big-name marketers.  —  Nike, Warner Bros., MTV2 and Dimension Films are among …
Discussion: SearchViews
ipsos-na.com:
Mobile Phones Could Soon Rival the PC As World's Dominant Internet Platform  —  Mobile Phones Poised To Overtake The PC As The Dominate Internet Platform In Some Markets, According To Ipsos Insight's Latest The Face of the Web Study  —  Category Technology, Cable, Media , Consumer Trends
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
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 …
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.
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 ....
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 …
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
 
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Dell Launches XPS M1710 Gaming Laptop
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Stephen Shankland / zdnetasia.com:
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Wolfgang Gruener / tgdaily.com:
Seagate ships first perpendicular 3.5" hard drive
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NEWS.com.au:
Google drawn into Aussie spy hunt
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cellular-news.com:
Patents That Kill Background Noise on Phone Calls
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
Alex Baranovskiy / dlmag.com:
Woodi's Sleek New Flash MP3 Player!
Discussion: Gizmodo
IGN:
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Team Q&A #1
 Earlier Items: 
PR Machine / MEDIA 2.0:
2006 INTERACTIVE FACTS PACK
Discussion: TechBlog
Tony Smith / The Register:
iRiver preps WiMAX UMPC
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Nick Paumgarten / New Yorker:
GETTING THERE  —  The science of driving directions.
Discussion: The Map Room
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Please Hold: Wireless 411
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
The Man Behind Scrambled Hackz
Howard Mintz / siliconvalley.com:
S.J. court to weigh blogger's rights
Reuters:
AOL in new tie-up with China firm
Discussion: paidContent.org
Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
Web 2.0 has a local address
Discussion: Mark Evans and Valleywag