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10:20 AM ET, April 26, 2006

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John Markoff / New York Times:
For Sun Microsystems, a Leader With Little Taste for Convention  —  SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 — Jonathan I. Schwartz, the new chief executive of Sun Microsystems, likes to take visitors on whiteboard tours of what at first glance appear to be highly unorthodox business ideas.
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Yahoo Go TV, The Future Is Now  —  Om's got the scoop on Yahoo Go TV being release a mere week after Meedio announced they had been acquired.  They weren't kidding when they said they've been working on this relationship for awhile...  Here are some pics after my initial install.
Discussion: PVR Wire
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo, Now Offering Free Meedio DVR  —  So here is a one we didn't see coming from a mile  —  A tipster tells me that Yahoo has started offering Meedio DVR software as a free download to one-and-all, without much fanfare.  Isn't it dandy - that it took just eight days to brand Meedio as Yahoo Go (TV.)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches DVR Service: Yahoo Go
tivo.com:
TiVo Announces First Standalone Dual Tuner Product, the TiVo Series2 DT DVR  —  Record Two Shows At Once, Built-In Ethernet for Easy Networking and Refreshed Upscale Look  —  Alviso, CA — April 25, 2006 — TiVo, the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders …
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senator plans Net taxes but no Net neutrality  —  WASHINGTON—More Americans would be forced to pay taxes subsidizing broadband service in "unserved" locales, and cities would be free to go into the Wi-Fi business under an upcoming U.S. Senate bill.  —  Later this week, Sen. Gordon Smith …
Dick / Burning Questions:
Enhanced Advertising Services: 2 of N  —  On the heels of our first announcement on the topic, we follow up with the availability of a self-service interface designed to make the ad-buying process easier for advertisers.  The new self-service tools provide a quick way to bypass human contact …
RuiCarmo / The Tao of Mac:
Nokia and Flickr, Sitting in a Tree...  Also via the spool, here's a press release regarding Flickr integration in the new Nokia phones that were launched today (the N93, N73 and N72).  —  They pretty much earmarked the link for me, so I figured I might as well share my thoughts on this …
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 …
Tracy Hooten / The Student Tablet PC:
Hi, my name is Tracy, and TEO 3.0-aholic  —  When I was using GoBinder, I loved the planning features built in to the program.  Having a calendar and task management right there with native ink was neat.  I then switched to OneNote for the features of OneNote 2003/2007.
Michael Kwan / mobilemag.com:
Sprint dispatches army of new entry-level clamshells  —  Sprint seems to have a reputation of releasing a whole lot of entry-level phones for the everyday user, rather than catering to the more tech-savvy market that can't get enough of the latest gadgets and features.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Gizmodo and phonearena.com
AppleInsider:
Redesigned iPod nano due this fall  —  Apple Computer has begun assembling plans and aligning suppliers for a redesign of its iPod nano digital music player that will go on sale this fall, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Industry contacts with a solid track record of predicting Apple's future music directions …
Dan Ackerman / CNET News.com:
Move over Slingbox, here comes SageTV Placeshifter  —  Having a centralized media hub is all well and good for accessing your content while within the confines of your house; a little basic home networking should be all you need to watch TV or listen to music from the den, kitchen, or wherever.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and PVR Wire
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft said to be buying Massive  —  Microsoft is said to be planning to buy in-game advertising heavyweight Massive in a deal worth $200 million to $400 million, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.  —  According to the Journal (paid subscription required), Microsoft expects to acquire …
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Early Amazon: Shopping cart recommendations  —  I have talked about a couple fun projects ([1] [2]) I did at Amazon even though I was supposed to be working on other things.  This story is more extreme, a project I was explicitly forbidden to do and did anyway.
Frank Barnako / Barnako.com:
Blogging dummies  —  Stop the blogging.  They need to get off.  The Early Adopters are leaving the building.  —  Dave Winer says he'll stop posting before the end of the year.  "I want some privacy, I want to matter less, so I can retool," he wrote.  —  Robert Scoble went on vacation …
 
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Paz / Coolest Gadgets:
Electronic nutritional scales.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Apple trying to include iPod video content on Blu-ray discs?
windowsfordevices.com:
Software turns smartphones into live video transmitters
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
My passion is awesome, your passion is lame
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Google kills Mango Sauce
shanghaidaily.com:
Mobile phone users in China boom to 409m
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Conrad Burns returns iPod; swears off technology
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Kodak's Small, Sleek...Superzoom?
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John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Great Microsoft Blunder
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Welcome to the newspaper with something Extra
New York Times:
U.S. Justices May Review Patent Case
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Dash Of Wallop  —  Karl Jacob used to be a regular fixture …
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Search Engine Friendly Design
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Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Startup Watch: Dave TV (AdSense for Video)
Discussion: Techdirt and GigaOM
churchillclub.org:
Video Goes Internet - The Future of What You Watch
Monad Team / Monad:
Windows PowerShell (Monad) Has Arrived