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7:30 AM ET, April 22, 2006

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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
WHEN GIANTS TALK  —  The giant in the story "Jack and the Beanstalk" is an imposing figure, for size and bellowing voice.  He also possesses many wondrous and magical items, which Jack covets—and some of which he takes.  But what if Jack had grown, to the size of giant, and as loudly bellowed in response.
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Business 2.0:
The evolution of the NetFlix envelope  —  The key to Netflix's lean operations is its lightweight, versatile mailer.  Here's how 7 years of tweaking paid off.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - When the DVD first came out, Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings had a key insight:
buygoogle.com:
What the analysts missed -  —  I could write another glowing post about Google's dazzling results, but I've done that many times before.  If you want to read about how rare and wonderful it is that a member of the S&P 500 can sustain an incredible growth rate while simultaneously increasing margins …
Discussion: ben barren
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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Google's Ad-Grabbing Pushes Profit Up 60%
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE LOST A $BILLION IN UNSPENT ADS
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Why Google is extending RSS  —  Jeff Jarvis picked up on my post the other day about GData, Google's new syndication protocol which is an extension of both RSS and Atom.  Like most people, Jeff isn't sure what this means - and neither is Dave Winer.  I'm in the same boat …
Robert X. Cringely / pbs.org:
Native Speaker:  —  There May Be an End-run for Apple Around Windows After All  —  Dave Winer, in his NerdTV interview several months back, said that he viewed his software developer job as giving customers whatever they want.  It wasn't his job to say "no" to customers, but rather to say …
Andrew McLaughlin / eHomeUpgrade:
Seagate Readying a 750GB Perpendicular Barracuda Drive  —  Someone with a fast hand over at Dailytech noticed that Seagate accidentally released a PDF specification of their new 750GB Barracuda drives.  These new drives will be available in both PATA and SATA based on the new perpendicular …
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola's RAZR 2 / Canary pics!  —  Remember The Boy Genius, the dude who scored those CDMA Q shots way back in the year 2005?  He's back, and hooked us up with some shots of Motorola's Canary, what we understand to be the true successor to the RAZR.  Contrary to prior reports that this thing …
Discussion: iTech News Net and MobHappy
Business Week:
My Virtual Life  —  A journey into a place in cyberspace where thousands of people have imaginary lives.  Some even make a good living.  Big advertisers are taking notice  —  As I step onto the polished wood floor of the peaceful Chinese country house, a fountain gurgles softly …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Visual Timeline 1996-2006  —  Building upon Philipp's idea, which is as simple as it is unique, I thought that since Google was dominating so much search engine oriented news recently that it's time to give a bit of attention to Yahoo.  —  Here is the visual screen capture timeline of Yahoo.com …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
More Crap From Dead Artist's Family Members  —  Artist's family asks Google to take down today's `painted' logo The Mercury News is reporting today on the news that deceased artist Joan Miro's family has asked Google to take down a version of their Google logo that yesterday incorporated parts of his art due to copyright.
Jason Calacanis / Weblogs, Inc.:
Moving on up at WIN: Judith Meskill and Brad Hill take on new roles.  —  We've had a massive growth spurt in 2006 here at Weblogs, Inc. and as a result we're bumping people up.  I'm thrilled to report two promotions today that will have a huge impact on both the growth of our business and our ability to produce quality blogs.
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
EFF's sender pay email debate ends in draw  —  Last night Mitch Kapor, Esther Dyson and Danny O'Brien debated the pros and cons of sender-pay email at a fundraiser for the Electronic Frontier Foundation held at the Roxie Film Center in the Mission district.  Actually Mitch was the moderator …
CNN:
TSA: Computer glitch led to Atlanta airport scare  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — A bomb scare that led authorities to evacuate security checkpoints at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday was the result of a "software malfunction," Transportation Security Administration Director Kip Hawley said.
Discussion: Schneier on Security and Techdirt
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Gonzales calls for mandatory Web labeling law  —  Story last modified Fri Apr 21 12:04:38 PDT 2006  —  Web site operators posting sexually explicit information must place official government warning labels on their pages or risk being imprisoned for up to five years, the Bush administration proposed Thursday.
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Apple's iTunes pricing to stay at 99 cents  —  Apple Computer's Steve Jobs has apparently won his long-running battle with the record industry over the pricing of songs in the iTunes Music Store.  Jobs has long insisted that the store's 99-cents-per-song price point should stay in place …
Hugo 'poogie' Ortega / Uber Tablet:
Hugo Ortega spends time with the Lenovo X41  —  Tonight my intention is to review the Lenovo X41 Tablet PC.  Having not been a great fan of "reviews" in the past I've often struggled to put my own thoughts into a review.  My biggest dilemma with reading a review is deciphering whether I'm with the reviewer, or against.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Simon Burns / vnunet:
Microsoft to upgrade Xbox 360 CPU  —  New CPU technology can reduce temperature and lower cost  —  Microsoft will upgrade the CPU used in its Xbox 360 games console early next year, the CPU's manufacturer announced today.  —  The new CPU will be built using technology that can reduce heat …
Discussion: Gizmodo, InsideMicrosoft and Bink.nu
The State:
Might McNealy step down at Sun?  —  PRESSURE BUILDS FOR DEEP JOB CUTS  —  After years of struggling financially, Sun Microsystems is facing such fierce pressure that some investors and analysts are calling for large layoffs, fueling rumors that co-founder and Chief Executive Scott McNealy could step aside.
Discussion: Valleywag and Techdirt
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Alltel Introduces "Limited" "Unlimited Free Calling" with "My Circle Plan"  —  By offering unlimited free calls to ten pre-selected numbers with their new "My Circle" plan, Alltel hopes to increase ARPU and offset off-net settlement charges resulting in overall improved profits off of their voice customers.
CNET News.com:
Apple argues for blogger records  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Apple Computer faced tough questioning Thursday in its bid to gain access to electronic records of Mac enthusiast sites that published leaked details of an unreleased product.  —  Although a lower court ruled last year that Apple …
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
What do hippopotami have to do with Windows Live Mail?  Lots.  —  Hello, everyone!  My name is Ben Poon and I'm the Beta Program Manager for Windows Live Mail.  I've waited a long time to introduce myself to all of you because I wanted to have something great to share on my first post here.
Discussion: LiveSide
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
U.S. attorney general calls for 'reasonable' data retention  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The failure of some Internet service providers to retain user logs for a "reasonable amount of time" is hampering investigations into gruesome online sex crimes, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Thursday …
 
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Google to acquire wireless spectrum bandwidth?
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fujitsu.com:
Fujitsu and Mitsui Launch Optical Device Venture for Commercialization …
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Firefox fanatics decide to make money by punishing users
Macgyver / Forever Geek:
Responding to Kevin's Non-Response Post
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Wired News:
Is the Internet Out of Room?