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1:05 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
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.
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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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sun Founder McNealy to Step Down as Losses Mount (Update3)  —  April 24 (Bloomberg) — Scott McNealy stepped down as Sun Microsystems Inc.'s chief executive officer after failing to stem losses at the company he founded 24 years ago.  —  McNealy, 51, will remain chairman, Santa Clara, California- based Sun said today in a statement.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
McNealy steps down at Sun
Dan Goodin / Associated Press:
SUN CEO Steps Down After 22 Years at Helm
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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
Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Toyota Aims Young, Sponsors Fox Spinoff For Cellphone Screens  —  Toyota Motor Corp. is trying to break out of the TV ad prison.  —  In a first-of-its-kind agreement, Toyota Motor and News Corp.'s Fox network plan to announce today that they have cut an extensive deal for the auto company to sponsor …
Discussion: Julie Ask, AdJab and Adrants
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Ben Fritz / Variety:
Touchstone pacts for mobile spinoff
Discussion: MocoNews.net and InterMedia
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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Yahoo Catching Google Where It Hurts
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Exchange 12 Migrations Come at a Hefty Price
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Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skypenomics 101: Media Delivery
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Judge: Worker can't be fired for Web surfing
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Google Maps Gets Huge Satellite Update from Google Earth
Andrew Lavallee / TwinCities.com:
E-therapy  —  More people are turning to instant messaging …
Discussion: textually.org
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Business Week:
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ABCNEWS:
'Lost' Game Lets Fans Hunt for Clues
Discussion: Valleywag
milkeninstitute.org:
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