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1:40 AM ET, April 25, 2006


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Stephen Shankland / CNET
McNealy steps down at Sun  —  update Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy has stepped down as chief executive, and has been replaced by President Jonathan Schwartz, the company said Monday.  —  McNealy, who will remain as chairman, was one of four co-founders of Sun 24 years ago and has been CEO for the last 22 of those.
Nicole C. Wong / Mercury News:
Scott McNealy steps down as Sun CEO  —  Sun Microsystems announced Monday that its longtime chief executive Scott McNealy is stepping down from the helm and will be succeeded by the struggling computer and software company's No. 2 executive, Jonathan Scwhartz.
Discussion: and TechSpot
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.
Paul Thurrott /
Windows Vista Build 5365 Review  —  Late Friday night, Microsoft finally posted the Windows Vista interim build I promised was on the way (here and here).  Windows Vista build 5365 follows build 5342 (see my screenshot gallery) by almost exactly a month and will be the final interim build Microsoft issues …
Ed Oswald /
Microsoft Details Vista's Media Features  —  Microsoft on Monday detailed innovations coming in Windows Vista that the company believes makes the operating system superior in the delivery of multimedia.  This would include several enhancements to Windows Media itself as well as expanded …
Discussion: Andre and Windows Vista Weblog
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 …
Joe / Techdirt:
Inflated MySpace Page Views Explain 10-Cent CPMs  —  from the whip-page-view-inflation-now dept  —  Several months ago, we noted that something wasn't adding up when it came to MySpace.  Ostensibly they are one of the most viewed sites on the internet, yet their ability to pull in revenues seems almost pitifully poor.
Umair / Bubblegeneration:
Edge Competencies and Media 2.0 Profit Pools  —  So you read the NYT MySpace piece.  Lots of great conversation surrounding it, for me, the best was Scott asking, in a phenomenal post: will Media 2.0 be less profitable than Media 1.0?  —  He does some quick CPM-fu to demonstrate that MySpace …
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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
UPDATED WITH INTERVIEW: LANZONE NOW CEO OF ASK  —  So, re-read this interview from last week.  Congrats Jim!  If only I knew then what we know now...working on getting a few updates from His CEO-ness...  Release here.  —  Update: Jim was kind enough to answer three questions before he left for SES Italy …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Second Life on the Cover of Business Week  —  Second Life (which as you know has been a favorite of the Radar for some time) has made the cover of Business Week.  On Saturday, at the Maker Faire, Beth Goza of Second Life excitedly showed me the magazine, turning to the table of contents …
Discussion: Web Strategy, Slashdot and TechBeat
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Help Save OUR Internet!  Take part in the "Save the Net" Contest  —  Since the launch of our Viral Market Contest to Save the Internet, I've been mapping the viral spread of the news of our contest around the Blogosphere, in the media and around the world.  Special thanks to EVERYONE …
Electronic golfball finder  —  April 23, 2006 We've written about a few golfball finding mechanisms in our time, but none are as expensive or as accurate as the BallFinder SCOUT.  The device exhibits an astonishing capability in digital imaging and tracking technology, using a video-based camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Amy Gahran / Poynter Online:
Dave Winer: Amateurs Have More Integrity  —  Last Thursday, the mega-popular videoblog Rocketboom featured an interview with the prickly genius who played a key role in developing many popular new-media tools (such as feeds, OPML and podcasting), Dave Winer.
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog
Michael Mahemoff / Ajaxian:
S3 Javascript Bindings  —  There's a new open-source project to access Amazon's S3 storage service from Javascript.  Creator Les Orchard explains: … We've talked in the past about offline data storage, whether via Flash or future browser enhancements.  Holding data in the user's own third-party store …
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!
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.
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Elsevier reviews its journal models
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Discussion: Techdirt and Download Squad
RFID for fitness clubs
Discussion: Gearlog and Gizmodo
Associated Press:
Judge: Web-Surfing Worker Can't Be Fired
Discussion: Techdirt
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Video Handsets Mostly Just Used as Phones
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Terence O'Hara / Washington Post:
Four Months Later, In-Q-Tel Again Needs New CEO
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Iomega 1TB Network Attached Storage
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Matt Cutts on Toolbar Data
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Rapleaf to Challenge Ebay Feedback
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
RFID Enabled Purse
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Everyone's an Editor as Wiki Fever Spreads to Shopping Sites
John Markoff / New York Times:
Patent Awarded to RealNetworks May Give It a Competitive Edge
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
One Day Soon, Straphangers May Turn Pages With a Button