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12:40 AM ET, April 26, 2006

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Mary Jo Foley / microsoft-watch.com:
Microsoft Bringing 'Genuine Advantage' Authentication to Office  —  In its increasingly aggressive drive to stamp out piracy, Microsoft is bringing Office into the WGA fold, and adding a new notifications service to WGA itself.  —  Windows Genuine Advantage has worked so well that Microsoft …
Discussion: Office Evolution
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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 …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft piracy check comes calling
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.
Discussion: TechSpot and dailywireless.org
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi consumers cautioned to wait on new gear  —  Two different groups testing new wireless products based on a draft standard of next-generation Wi-Fi technology caution consumers against buying pre-standard gear.  —  On Monday, the Fairpoint Group and the technology trade publication eWeek released results …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC unveils radical revamp of website  —  The BBC today unveiled radical plans to rebuild its website around user-generated content, including blogs and home videos, with the aim of creating a public service version of MySpace.com.  —  Ashley Highfield, the BBC director of new media and technology …
Audrey Hudson / Wired News:
RFID 'Til the Cows Come Home  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national ID system is going to the dogs — and the pigs, and the sheep and the cows and the chickens.  —  Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns this month released a government road map that would see most farmers voluntarily tag …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
blogs.sun.com:
When I First Met Scott...  I remember the first time I met Scott McNealy - I'm sure he doesn't remember it.  It was in the board room in our old headquarters in Palo Alto.  I was with one of the folks from the startup I ran, and we were meeting on the advice of a mutual customer.  I think it was 1992 or '93.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo Series2 DT hands-on review  —  We got our chance to have a little private time with TiVo's new 80-hour dual-tuner Series2 (TCD649080) last week.  There isn't a whole lot we can tell you about the unit that you didn't already know (dual analog tuners, single digital, no CableCARD, no high def, integrated Ethernet, etc.).
churchillclub.org:
Video Goes Internet - The Future of What You Watch  —  Speakers:  —  Rob Bennett, General Manager, MSN Entertainment and Video Services, Microsoft  —  Jennifer Feikin, Director of Google Video, Google  —  Blake Krikorian, Founder & CEO, Sling Media  —  John Papanek, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, ESPN New Media
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down the avenue:
Video Goes Digital
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Startup Watch: Dave TV (AdSense for Video)  —  Not that we need yet another Internet TV site, but a startup called Dave.TV is about to launch a Web version of its video-sharing software in early May (called MyDave.TV).  To watch Dave.TV today you need to download client software to your PC first.
Discussion: Techdirt and GigaOM
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: michael parekh on IT and Kotaku
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: Between the Lines and SearchViews
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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Robert Hof / Business Week:
Ganging Up on Google  —  A phalanx of foes — from eBay to search rivals and Uncle Sam — is lining up to keep the search giant in check  —  The family of Joan Miro had a bone to pick with Google.  The search giant used some of his images in its Web-site logo on Apr. 20 …
adorama.com:
Kodak announces new 10X dual zoom lens camera  —  Kodak today announced its second dual-lens camera, the Easyshare V610, claiming it's the world's smallest digital camera to have a 10X optical zoom range.  Using a design that's almost identical to the original, 5MP (which was announced earlier this year) …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Engadget
Alex Berenson / New York Times:
Software Chief Admits to Guilt in Fraud Case  —  Just two weeks before they were to go on trial, two former top executives of Computer Associates International, the once-booming software company, pleaded guilty yesterday to eight counts each of securities fraud and obstruction of justice in Federal District Court in Brooklyn.
Discussion: deal architect
Karen Breslau / Wired News:
The Ressurection of Al Gore … One evening last December, in front of nearly 2,000 people at Stanford's Memorial Auditorium, Al Gore spoke in uncharacteristically personal and passionate terms about the failed quest that has dominated much of his adult life.
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 …
 
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
IE7 Beta Release Party: Product Teams, Editors, Podcasters and Bloggers
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New Distro Comes in Free and Proprietary Flavors
Susan / The 360:
Yahoo Catching Google Where It Hurts
Nick / Rough Type:
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