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2:10 PM ET, April 22, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Chief of Ask Jeeves to Lead Microsoft's Internet Unit  —  Microsoft has hired Steven Berkowitz, the chief executive of Ask Jeeves, to run its floundering Internet division, Microsoft said yesterday.  —  Mr. Berkowitz became president of Ask Jeeves in 2001 and chief executive in 2003.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NEWS: BERKOWITZ TO MICROSOFT  —  (image credit) Rumors have been flying for some time, and I was not posting them.  But now I have confirmation.  Steve Berkowitz, head of Ask and someone I've worked with indirectly in the past (he was at IDG Books when I was at The Standard, an IDG property), is going to run MSFT's online MSN.
Discussion: Screenwerk and rev2.org
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:
Discussion: Web Strategy
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 …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Technorati Top 100 Is Changing Radically  —  Have you checked out the Technorati Top 100 (by unique links) lately?  It's starting to change in very interesting ways.  —  First, Dave Winer is gone.  That's right — Scripting News is no longer a top 100 blog.  —  So what knocked him off?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Wales Discusses Political Bias on Wikipedia  —  Conservative blogger Robert Cox, who writes the National Debate blog, told me he was amazed at the quality of Wikipedia and thought it was a great resource.  But there was something about the free online community-generated encyclopedia …
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 …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Sites Goes Online to Tell Smaller Stories  —  NEW YORK - Former television journalist Kevin Sites is mindful that his online dispatches from the world's war zones won't attract anywhere near the audience he's used to getting on the evening news.  But that's just fine, he said.
Discussion: Lost Remote TV Blog
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
James Orry / pro-g.co.uk:
Xbox Live Arcade to get MAME and SEGA games  —  The Buzz: A Microsoft staffer, wishing to remain anonymous, has revealed that MAME and games from SEGA are heading to Xbox Live Arcade.  —  Speaking to SPOnG, a Microsoft source close to the Xbox Live Arcade project has spilled the beans …
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
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
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
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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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
Paul Roberts / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
$5B spent on bounced e-mails?  —  Spam is a nuisance, we all know that.  No more so than for the poor suckers who find their name and reputation marred by some spam or phishing attack.  But a $5 billion problem?  That's the contention of (surprise surprise) e-mail security and antispam vendor IronPort.
Discussion: broadband and Techdirt
 
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