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6:40 AM ET, April 24, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
For MySpace, Making Friends Was Easy.  Big Profit Is Tougher.  —  ALMOST on a lark, Chris DeWolfe bought the Internet address MySpace.com in 2002, figuring that it might be useful someday.  At first, he used the site to peddle a motorized contraption, made in China and called an E-scooter, for $99.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What If Media 2.0 Is Less Profitable Than Media 1.0?  —  The advent of web-based e-commerce fundamentally lowered the costs of doing business, increasing the scalability (and in many cases the viability) of thousands of small businesses.  The introduction of micro-marketing through Google AdWords gave …
Mike Davidson:
MySpace: Unstoppable Force or Unnecessary Click Factory?  —  So I just read the big article about MySpace in today's New York Times and it got me thinking a lot about growth, monetization, and user experience.  People always talk so much about how many pages MySpace serves up and how that represents such dramatic growth.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Congress readies new digital copyright bill  —  For the last few years, a coalition of technology companies, academics and computer programmers has been trying to persuade Congress to scale back the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  —  Now Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite.
Tracy Staedter / dsc.discovery.com:
Purse Won't Let You Forget Keys  —  April 21, 2006— A new kind of fabric purse can detect its contents and alert the owner when something is missing.  —  The Ladybag, aimed at young professional women, could put an end to leaving the house without the cell phone, house keys, or wallet.
Discussion: Engadget and Coolest Gadgets
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Mike / THE RAW FEED:
Purse Doesn't Let Women Forget Keys, Phone
Discussion: Gizmodo and Confused of Calcutta
Travis Reed / Associated Press:
Pioneering Wi-Fi city seeing some startup problems  —  ST. CLOUD, Fla. - Joe Lusardi's friends back in New York couldn't believe it when he told them he'd have free Internet access through this city's new Wi-Fi network.  —  It's free all right, but residents are, to some extent, getting what they pay for.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Sidekick III Docs Show Up On FCC Website  —  Turns out those rumors of Sharp being the manufacturer of the Sidekick III were true.  The FCC's website coughs up the goodies again, with details that it will have a 1.3 megapixel camera, bluetooth, IM software and expandable memory in the form of some type of SD card.
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
Maker Faire (Part 1)  —  This weekend we're visiting the Maker Faire at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, the end-all be-all event for DIY hacks, homebrew gadgets, and other oddities and phenomena.  Just think: a collection of creations including everything from knits to vegetable oil powered cars.
Discussion: Scobleizer
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Why Net neutrality matters  —  Net neutrality (formerly known as the end-to-end principle) means that the people who provide connections to the Internet don't get to favor some bits over others.  This principle is not only under attack, it's about to be regulated out of existence.  Here's why it matters:
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Crawl caching proxy  —  Several people have noticed content from other Google bots showing up in our main web index, and are wondering... why/how does that happen?  Last week I was at WebmasterWorld Boston and I talked about this issue there, but I'd like to do a blog post about Google's crawl caching proxy …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Greg Boser
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Intel's Hard-to-Define Viiv Doesn't Live Up to the Hype  —  In January, Intel told the world that digital media would never be the same again.  —  During a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, chief executive Paul S. Otellini unveiled Viiv — a combination of hardware …
Brandon LeBlanc / Sidebar Geek:
Windows Vista Build 5365 - Beta 2 Preview  —  This evening, Beta Testers for Windows Vista were given a new interim build - Build 5365 - to test.  Microsoft is atleast a month away from releasing Windows Vista Beta 2 and this interim build showcases several enhancements we can expect to see coming in Beta 2.
L.M.Orchard / 0xDECAFBAD:
More on S3AjaxWiki  —  So, I've put some more work into my S3 AJAX wiki, first mentioned Friday night.  After some Virtual PC sessions, editing seems to be working on Firefox and MSIE on Win.  Safari and any other browsers not amenable to PUT and DELETE in XmlHTTPRequests will not find joy in editing …
Discussion: Burningbird
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being on the Web  —  I missed out on an interesting information overload discussion while I was away.  Started by Andrew Orlowski ("A Thirst for Knowledge") in the Guardian, and picked up by Nicholas Carr ("A Beautiful Mindlessness") and BusinessPundit …
Chris Barylick / Washington Post:
New Digital Books Offer Better Readability  —  Step onto a Metro train any given morning and it's easy to find people feeding their appetites for information.  Commuters regularly have their faces buried in newspapers, magazines, novels — and sometimes even Web-enabled cellphones — during the ride to and from work.
Discussion: TeleRead and MobileRead Networks
Associated Press:
Linux distributors unite on desktop standard  —  Move aimed at making operating system compete better with Windows  —  NEW YORK - In a move to make the freely distributed Linux operating system a stronger alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, a group of major Linux distributors announced Friday …
Discussion: Open Source and Open Sources
 
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Reuters:
Microsoft hires CEO of Ask.com to head Web unit
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Unpatched Mac flaws may put users at risk
linuxdevices.com:
Chinese $150 Linux mini-PC races OLPC to market
t3.co.uk:
The nano gets bigger