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1:50 PM ET, April 25, 2006

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press.nokia.com:
Nokia Introduces the Next Story in Video with the Nokia N93  —  Digital camcorder and multimedia computer in one easy-to-use compact package  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today introduced the Nokia N93, the ultimate mobile device for spontaneous video recording.
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press.nokia.com:
Meet the Nokia N72: the Multimedia Computer that Looks as Good as It Performs  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today revealed the Nokia N72, a sleek and stylish new addition to the Nokia Nseries range.  In pearl pink or gloss black, this compact package has high-perfomance multimedia …
Discussion: Engadget
press.nokia.com:
Digitally Divine Nokia N73 - the Ultimate Challenge to the Digital Camera  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today unveiled the latest addition to the Nokia Nseries family, the Nokia N73, a stunning multimedia computer in a compact and savvy exterior with exquisite photography features …
Discussion: Engadget and dailywireless.org
press.nokia.com:
Nokia Drives Internet Convergence With New Nokia Nseries Devices and Experiences  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today unveiled a new range of Nokia Nseries multimedia computers and experiences, reinforcing Nokia's leadership in making the Internet mobile.
IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (and more) Available  —  This evening we released IE7 Beta 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/ie.  This release is not the preview or the update to the preview, but the real Beta 2 of IE7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP 64-bit Edition.
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John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Great Microsoft Blunder  —  Internet Explorer is a dead albatross.  —  I think it can now be safely said, in hindsight, that Microsoft's entry into the browser business and its subsequent linking of the browser into the Windows operating system looks to be the worst decision …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
IE7 Beta 2 Ships  —  Microsoft just released Beta v.2 of IE7 and announced it on the IE blog.  They've also announced toll free phone support and other feedback and support products for users of Beta 2.  The English version only was released tonight.  German, Finnish, Arabic and Japanese version …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Sphere, a useful blog search engine  —  (Update: Oops, Sphere's Tony Conrad had told us it would be up "very early" this morning, but he has delayed it because of some bugs.  We'll let you know when it's up.)  —  Sphere is a blog search engine that goes live today, and based on a first look we think we'll be using it.
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Sphere: A New Approach to Blog Search  —  The blogosphere continues to both fascinate and frustrate, because great content is out there, but it's often drowned in a sea of garbage.  Newly launched Sphere aims to change that with a different approach to blog search.
Discussion: SearchViews
Microsoft:
The Continuing Fight for Genuine Software  —  Microsoft's Genuine Software Initiative expands programs to help customers identify counterfeit software.  —  REDMOND, Wash., April 24, 2006 — For those outside the software industry, it can be difficult to appreciate the scope and impact …
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft piracy check comes calling
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Google Maps Gets Huge Satellite Update from Google Earth  —  Last Friday Google updated the satellite data used for Google Maps so it now has the many updates recently made to the Google Earth database.  This means the new high resolution data for all of Germany, many places in Europe …
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Maps Europe Now Detailed
Nick / Rough Type:
The great Google float  —  The best business model ever created has to be the float.  You hold on to other people's money for them, and you get to keep the interest.  It's a beautiful thing.  One of my favorite business stories is the tale of how J.C. Fargo, the president of American Express …
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Touchstone pacts for mobile spinoff  —  In a first-of-its-kind meeting of the minds in the interactive space, the three major guilds and Touchstone Television have reached an agreement on ABC's long-stalled "Lost" spinoff for mobile phones.  —  Actors, writers and directors will earn residuals …
Discussion: MocoNews.net and InterMedia
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Andrew Garcia / eWEEK.com:
First 802.11n Products Show Standard's Promise  —  Review: Linksys products based on the 802.11n draft are the fastest wireless LAN devices eWEEK Labs has tested, but there are issues with legacy networks.  —  Some of the first products based on 802.11n show the wireless standard's performance potential—and problems.
Apple:
Apple Introduces 17-inch MacBook Pro  —  MacBook Pro with 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor Up to Five Times Faster Than PowerBook G4  —  CUPERTINO, California—April 24, 2006—Apple® today unveiled its new 17-inch MacBook™ Pro notebook computer featuring the Intel Core Duo processor …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'World of Warcraft' battles server problems  —  With 6 million subscribers, each of whom pays $15 a month, Blizzard Entertainment's online game "World of Warcraft" has become a billion-dollar enterprise.  —  Now comes the hard part: Making sure WoW is always up and running.
Discussion: Kotaku
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Say what?  A look back at McNealy zingers  —  Say what you like about Scott McNealy, but one adjective you'll never find attached to his name is shy.  The Sun Microsystems co-founder has reveled in running his mouth, and the list of "McNealy-isms" has become legendary within the tech industry.
Computerworld:
Microsoft developing next mobile OS: Crossbow  —  APRIL 24, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - Microsoft Corp., which has been carving a larger slice of the mobile device operating system market, is developing a new product, code-named "Crossbow," which will incorporate features such as instant messaging, a Microsoft executive confirmed Monday.
Ben Charny / Google Watch:
Google's Cell Phone Sex Problem  —  New research concludes that Google Internet search requests via cell phone are mostly to find porn, and at a rate twice what Google encounters from its regular wired Internet users.  —  Nearly one in five of Google wireless searches are for words associated …
 
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Global Conference 2006  —  More than 2,500 people gathered …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Powers College Campus Communication
Heather Forsgren Weaver / rcrnews.com:
Aloha joins mobile-TV game via Hiwire
Amy Gahran / Poynter Online:
Dave Winer: Amateurs Have More Integrity