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3:20 PM ET, April 24, 2006


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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Apple Chomps Into Forbidden Fruit: Ads  —  Set to Accept Podcast Ads on iTunes  —  NEW YORK ( — Coming soon to iTunes: ads.  Apple — a brand that prides itself on the purity of the user experience — will soon put up billboards on its popular iTunes service, according to content partners who have been briefed on the plan.
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 …
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.
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.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
St. Cloud Gets Tarred with Free-Doesn't-Work Brush
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.
Lowell Vickers /
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 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIAA sues family that doesn't own a PC
Discussion: IP Democracy
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
Maker Faire (Part 2)  —  We've got more odd creations and far out gadgets from our leisurely Saturday and Sunday at the Maker Faire.  If you liked round one, check out round two to see more from the Faire and find out about this robot made from scrounged and garage sale parts.  See you next year, Maker Faire!
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.
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 …
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 and the people …
Discussion: Screenwerk
PR Newswire:
IAC Appoints Jim Lanzone Chief Executive Officer of  —  NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI - News) announced today that Jim Lanzone has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of, overseeing worldwide business operations.
Tom Coates /
On Pokemonetisation...  Only colleague (but not for long) Simon Willison and I have been spending a hell of a lot of time over the last three weeks sitting in a tiny room with lots of whiteboards puzzling over motives for collecting and sharing and - frankly - it's semi doing my nut.
Terence O'Hara / Washington Post:
Four Months Later, In-Q-Tel Again Needs New CEO  —  Amit Yoran resigned over the weekend as chief executive of In-Q-Tel , the venture capital arm of the U.S. spy community, after less than four months on the job.  —  Yoran, a seasoned technology entrepreneur and investor as well as a former head …
Discussion: SiliconBeat
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?
Discussion: What's New and The Blog Herald
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.
Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
Xbox 360 Is Made of People!
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Linksys Announces The Immediate Availability Of Products Based On 802.11n Draft Specification  —  Wireless-N family delivers maximum range and capacity for Wireless Voice, Internet, Video and Music all at once throughout the home or office  —  IRVINE, Calif. - APRIL 24, 2006 - Linksys® …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
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Marc Perton / Engadget:
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Christine Seib / Times of London:
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