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12:25 PM ET, April 24, 2006

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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: IP Democracy
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
St. Cloud Gets Tarred with Free-Doesn't-Work Brush  —  Education may be the key to launching new Wi-Fi networks: St. Cloud, Florida, is suffering from what appears to be a backlash against its citywide free Wi-Fi network given that it's only been in operation a month.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Save The Internet.  Why?  And For Whom?  —  Net activists have launched a Save the Internet campaign, hoping to build a grass roots groundswell in order to maintain the status quo over network neutrality.  —  You can read about the reasons in great detail here or simply watch a two minute video …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Patent Awarded to RealNetworks May Give It a Competitive Edge  —  SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 — RealNetworks has received a patent on a way to stream multimedia content over the Internet, and the company said last week that it believed the patent would give it leverage as companies rapidly expand …
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
One Day Soon, Straphangers May Turn Pages With a Button  —  PARIS, April 23 — In the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," a subway passenger scans an issue of USA Today that is a plastic video screen, thin, foldable and wireless, with constantly changing text.  —  The scene is no longer science fiction.
Discussion: PalmAddicts, TeleRead and Screenwerk
Read/WriteWeb:
Top Ten Reasons To Give Up Blogging  —  So Russell Beattie has decided to call it a day.  I admit his decision surprised me, because I've always enjoyed reading Russ' well-informed commentary on the mobile Web.  However it did make me wonder - what would cause other people to give up blogging?
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How Microsoft can shut down Mini-Microsoft  —  Disclaimer, I have not shown this post to anyone, particularly my employer, er Microsoft.  The ideas it contains are not vetted, and probably won't agree with anyone else's ideas.  —  OK, maybe you haven't heard about Mini-Microsoft yet …
Microsoft:
Australia and Xbox Break World Water Balloon Record  —  About 50,000 water balloons are thrown to celebrate the record-breaking launch of the Xbox 360 console in Australia.  —  SYDNEY, Australia — April 22, 2006 — More than 2,900 gamers from around the world staged the world's largest water balloon event in Australia today.
Discussion: Kotaku and Full of I.T.
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Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
Xbox 360 Is Made of People!
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Everyone's an Editor as Wiki Fever Spreads to Shopping Sites  —  MILLIONS of people have lent their wisdom — or their perceived wisdom, at least — to Wikipedia's online articles, helping to make it one of the more talked-about Web sites in recent years.  Now Amazon.com and the people …
Agence France Presse:
Copyright crackdown pushes pirates onto the Internet  —  HONG KONG (AFP) - A long campaign to remove pirated goods from shop fronts in Asia is finally having an impact but the crackdown has also changed the nature of the problem and new outlets are flourishing.
Discussion: Techdirt
Lowell Vickers / news.mywebpal.com:
Local family sued by record companies  —  A Rockmart family is being sued for illegal music file sharing, despite the fact that they don't even own a computer.  —  A federal lawsuit filed this week in Rome by the Recording Industry Association of America alleges that Carma Walls …
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple's Earth Day announcements  —  Apple made two announcements in the spirit of this weekend's Earth Day.  —  The first is an expansion of its computer recycling program, offering free computer take-back and recycling with the purchase of a new Macintosh beginning in June.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo
wildlyappropriate.com:
Non-Anarchy Tagging for Online Retailers  —  Note: I'm resurrecting this weeks-old posting to make it easier for people involved in a thread on Tagging at the IAI listserv to find it  —  Observation: Most of the acid test criteria for Web 2. applications and online customer experiences include …
Discussion: Message and Joho the Blog
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Iomega 1TB Network Attached Storage  —  This new Iomega Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is more connected than Skynet.  With gigabit ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, wireless 802.11G networking, your Desperate Housewives bittorrent downloads are available anywhere you have a connection.
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Matt Cutts on Toolbar Data  —  At last week's WebmasterWorld Pubcon conference in Boston, I had the opportunity to talk to Matt Cutts from Google a few times and when I posted my recollection of comments about Google and user or toolbar data for rankings he wanted to clarify.
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
WebOS market review  —  My post last week about XIN, a new contender in the Web OS space, provoked some skeptical comments from ZDNet readers.  So in this post I explain what a Web OS is and why it's of use.  I also take a look at the main WebOS vendors.  —  The OS of course stands …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rapleaf to Challenge Ebay Feedback  —  eBay's feedback system is, arguably, their most valuable asset.  It provides the grease necessary to make complete strangers comfortable enough to buy and sell from each other.  But it's a closed system - only eBay transactions can affect a user's feedback score.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Ken McGuire Blog
 
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Christine Seib / Times of London:
Skype to sell EMI music on retail site
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