Staska / UMPC News:
Apple Origami UMPC? Looks likely — Is Apple working on it's own Origami UMPC device? Well, judging from patent applications filed by Apple in recent months, it seems so. — Does this picture look familiar: — It looks just like variation of Microsoft Touchpack software …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Ubergizmo and TeleRead
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Apple on-screen keyboard patent opens UMPC possibilities
David Rothman / TeleRead: Apple vs. Origami? Secret minitablet on the way?
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Apple Working on Origami UMPC? — With all the UMPCs being rolled out lately, Apple appears to be preparing one of its own, filing patents for a number of telltale technologies. First, in a patent application dated today, we see a single-arc QWERTY keyboard similar to Microsoft Touchpack software …
Macgyver / Forever Geek:
Digg Corrupted: Editor's Playground, not User-Driven Website — As a follow up to an earlier post (Digg Army: Right in Line), there have been some vibrations that I think not only our readers would find interesting, but also all Digg users. — To quickly summarize the earlier post …
Discussion: Alice Hill's Real Tech News, SuperGeek, Binary Bonsai and Google Blogoscoped
David Johnston / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Digg.com Is Silently Moderating Legitimate Submissions
Thatedeguy / SuperGeek: The Social Corruption of Digg.com
Michael Heilemann / Binary Bonsai: Digg Army — Forevergeek has an interesting observation …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Dave Winer: AOL to take on MySpace. — Dave Winer says: — I just heard a rumor that AOL is going to challenge MySpace, "head on," to be announced in approximately two weeks. — Recent Posts — 1. I think if AOL can make THEIRspace better than myspace, I'm all for it …
Discussion: Message and Barnako.com
Stowe Boyd / Message: Is it Head On or AIMSpace?
Frank Barnako / Barnako.com: Anatomy of an AOL rumor
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: AOL To Launch "Myspace Killer"
Microsoft Brings Programming to the Masses With Visual Studio Express — Company brings the power of code to growing community of hobbyist programmers who seek to integrate technology and software into their everyday lives. — REDMOND, Wash. — April 19, 2006 — At this weekend's Maker Faire …
Discussion: Dan Fernandez's Blog, OpsanBlog, Microsoft News Tracker, InfoWorld and Digital Inspiration
Michael Coates / OpsanBlog: SQL Service 2005 SP1 Released
Paul Krill / InfoWorld: Microsoft, IBM seek to entice beginning developers
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1
Discussion: Full of I.T.
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Study: Use of Mobile Devices Is Growing — LOS ANGELES - Although most people still access the Internet on a computer, the use of mobile devices to check e-mail or browse the Web is growing, outpacing even laptops in some markets, according to a new study. — That's particularly the case …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's flagship MacBook Pro to arrive at NAB — Apple Computer at the National Association of Broadcasters conference next week will unveil its most poweful Intel notebook yet, a 17-inch MacBook Pro strung with a few bells and whistles, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Facebook Gets Another $25M — Greylock Partners leads new investment round in social network site as its valuation soars. — Privately held Facebook received $25 million in its second round of venture financing Wednesday to help the social network web site expand features for sharing information as its market value soars.
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Updated: PortalPlayer dealt setback at Apple — SAN JOSE, Calif. — High-flying PortalPlayer Inc. late Wednesday (April 19) said that it has been dealt a major setback at Apple Computer Inc., which is apparently switching media processor chip vendors in its iPod lines.
Discussion: Engadget, The Consumer Electronics … and iPod Gear
Marc Perton / Engadget: Apple snubbing PortalPlayer for next-gen iPods
Sergio Tjong-Alvares / The Consumer Electronics …: PortalPlayer Losing Its Mainstay iPod Business — Did Sigmatel Grab It?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YahooNoFi — For past few days, a screenshot captured by a Yahoo user is leading to a lot of speculation about Yahoo coming up with its answer to Google's WiFi efforts. There are a couple of reasons why this isn't going to happen - and none of them have to do with the fact that it was a screenshot …
Discussion: Niall Kennedy's Weblog and VoIP Watch
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog: Application-specific WiFi for free
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: Will They Or Won't They? — Om speculates that Yahoo …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
In corporate 'Spy Game,' work equals play — If you and your co-workers find yourselves in a high-stakes caper straight out of a James Bond movie, there's a pretty good chance you're playing "The Spy Game." — "The Spy Game" is the latest corporate team building exercise from the creators of …
Discussion: Clickable Culture and Techdirt
FactoryJoe / FactoryCity:
Announcing: Barcamp San Francisco — Couldn't wait any longer to get this one outta the bag... but based on some prodding from Kevin Burton at ETech and Paul D Smith on the Barcamp wiki, I'd like to announce that Barcamp is coming to San Francisco June 24-25, to coincide with Kevin Werbach's Supernova.
Discussion: Werblog and barcamp.pbwiki.com
Kevin Werbach / Werblog: A WEEKLONG FESTIVAL OF TECH GOODNESS
Verizon Enabling File Transfers on RAZRs — This is a monumental moment for all Verizon Wireless users. Verizon finally seems to be listening to its customers. For the longest time Verizon would disable all non-cellular methods for transferring images and music.
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Philips device could force TV viewers to watch ads — An invention from Royal Philips Electronics prevents TV viewers from switching the channel during commercials or fast-forwarding past commercials when watching DVR content. — Viewers would be released from the freeze only after paying a fee to the broadcaster.
Discussion: Neowin.net, Digital Inspiration, Lost Remote TV Blog and Good Morning Silicon Valley
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration: No Skipping Ads: Forced to watch TV Commercials
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote TV Blog: New device would force you to watch TV ads
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley: Viewer to PVR: Permission to go to the bathroom?
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
The mesh wiki — create a workshop — I've written before about the debate over conferences versus "unconferences" — which Dave Winer and Jeff Jarvis and some others (including the whole FooCamp and BarCamp gang) feel is a better way of organizing things. As I've said before …
Discussion: robhyndman.com and Mark Evans
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com: ICT Toronto Launches
Swapping job security for a startup — Why did Toni Schneider leave a good job at Yahoo to dive back into the fray with blog-software maker Automattic? Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. — John Battelle, Business 2.0 Magazine — (Business 2.0 Magazine) …
Jingle Networks Secures $26 Million of New Financing After Explosive Growth of 1-800-FREE411 Service — Additional Financing Includes Comcast Interactive Capital, Liberty Associated Partners and IDG Ventures; New Directory Service Receiving Seven Million Calls Per Month and Growing
Discussion: TechCrunch and Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Jingle is now 1.5% of 411 Market, raises $26m
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Jingle Networks Raises an Astounding $26 Million
Humphrey Cheung / tgdaily.com:
New GPS module is sensitive enough to be used indoors — GPS navigation devices can help guide you on confusing freeways and country roads, but generally do not work indoors. But Navman, a maker of GPS navigation devices and modules, claims that its new Jupiter 30 GPS module that is sensitive enough …
Discussion: Engadget and THE RAW FEED
Ryan Block / Engadget: Navman announces Jupiter 30 GPS chipset
Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
A Paranoid Parent Ponders GPS Tracking His Kids — Well it didn't take long for a young, rebellious punk to turn into a paranoid, condescending parent. I'm already talking to my kids in ways that used to make me resent my own parents. And I'm already beginning to think about how to watch …
Discussion: Telepocalypse and Washington Post
Martin Geddes / Telepocalypse: BLACK IS WHITE, UP IS DOWN, PRIVACY IS EXPENSIVE
The Cost of AJAX — · James Governor relays a question that sounds important but I think is actively dangerous: do AJAX apps present more of a server-side load? The question is dangerous because it's meaningless and unanswerable. Your typical Web page will, in the process of loading …
Discussion: James Governor's MonkChips, JD on EP and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips: Does AJAX Hammer App Servers?
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants: AJAX and server side cost