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12:05 PM ET, April 25, 2006

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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 …
IEBlog:   Feedback and Support for IE7 Beta 2
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
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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.
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.
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
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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Dan Goodin / Associated Press:   SUN CEO Steps Down After 22 Years at Helm
Nicole C. Wong / Mercury News:
Scott McNealy steps down as Sun CEO
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
Business Week:
It's Not All Fun And Games  —  Virtual worlds abound in useful business applications  —  It's hard to imagine a less corporate setting than the often bizarre online virtual worlds such as Second Life.  But to a surprising extent, mainstream businesses are already dipping their toes into the virtual water.
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Business Week:
Virtual Land, Real Money
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
HelpMeBlog.com:
BlogExplosion has been Sold !!  —  We are pleased to announce that BlogExplosion has been sold to Stephen Sartain and a group of private investors this weekend.  We had competitive bids all through last week and finally was decided on Saturday afternoon.  —  Stephen has bought two sites …
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.
Heather Forsgren Weaver / rcrnews.com:
Aloha joins mobile-TV game via Hiwire  —  WASHINGTON—Hiwire, a newly minted subsidiary of Aloha Partners L.P., is planning to join competitors MediaFlo and Modeo L.L.C. in offering mobile TV using dedicated spectrum.  —  Aloha Partners, backed by several wealthy investors with histories …
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
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 …
Discussion: MobHappy
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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