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1:55 PM 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 released 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: Engadget and PVR Wire
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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 …
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Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
Microsoft munches Massive Inc.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Spins off Wallop Project  —  Wallop, previously a semi-forgotton Microsoft Research "sandbox" social network and photo sharing project, was spun off into a new, independent, venture backed business.  Wallop was previously at mywallop.com - the new company is at wallop.com.
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Spread Firefox:
Google Promo for Firefox  —  Hey folks - some good news to share.  Thanks to the marketing team at Google, Firefox is the first third party product to be featured on Google's homepage.  For now, only IE users in the US will see the promo.  —Paul  —  Submitted by mmcmonster on Wed, 04/26/2006 - 12:24.
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Piracy worse than child pornography  —  Society's new perspectives  —  THE NEW look Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) seems to be giving the world an unusual moral code.  —  Details of the upgraded act, which has the blessing of the music and film industry and the Bush administration, are now coming to light.
Discussion: Techdirt
Andrew McLaughlin / eHomeUpgrade:
Hybrid DVD to Contain Both HD DVD and Standard DVD Formats  —  For anyone concerned about creating a digital backup of their new HD DVD movies, Warner Home Video may have just the solution for you!  Warner just announced that the industry's first Hybrid DVD will be released on May 9th …
Discussion: Gizmodo and HD Beat
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Reuters:
RPT-Warner to release 1st hybid high-def/standard DVD
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
ZDNet:
Vista firewall shackled due to customer demand: Microsoft  —  The firewall in Windows Vista will, by default, have half its protection turned off because that is what enterprise customers have requested, according to the software giant.  —  When Windows Vista is released early next year …
Discussion: TechSpot and Download Squad
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
PQI U510 the world's thinnest Flash drive  —  From PQI Taiwan comes the world's slimmest flash drive, this baby is just 3mm thick and is no bigger than an actual credit card.  You might think a Flash drive of this size will have a capcity of 512MB or 1GB max, but no the U510 holds a whooping 16GB of data.
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
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 …
Jennifer Blome / comvu.com:
ComVu Launches World's First Live Video Broadcast Solution From a Mobile Phone to a Mass Audience  —  Revolutionary Technology Opens Doors to Citizen Journalism Via a 3G Phone Direct to the DVB-H Network for Quality Worldwide Broadcast  —  (NAB 2006: LAS VEGAS, NV) - ComVu …
bbc.co.uk:
Creative Future - BBC addresses creative challenges of on-demand  —  The BBC today unveiled Creative Future, a new editorial blueprint designed to deliver more value to audiences over the next six years and turn the BBC's public purposes laid out in the recent Government White Paper into quality content for the on-demand world.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
INTERNET EXPLORER 7 BETA 2 RELEASED  —  Microsoft has released the full IE7 Beta 2.  You can download it here.  —  There are few cosmetic differences in this version, except that an icon or UI element that has been polished.  However, I noticed these new options:
BBC:
BBC polls users on online adverts  —  The BBC has launched an online survey asking if it should have advertising on the international versions of its homepage and News website.  —  The poll will be seen by people who access the site from outside the UK.  —  It is likely that more than 100,000 people …
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
New Washington Post Local Classifieds Site to Launch Today  —  The Washington Post Company's new Express site is the latest move by a newspaper publisher to stay above water as the classified ad tides turn.  Expected to launch today, Express, the online component of the Post's free daily commuter paper …
Dennis Hissink / letsgodigital.org:
Casio Exilim EX-Z1000  —  Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 : Casio Computer Co., have announced the Casio Exilim EX Z1000, the latest exciting addition to Casio's stylish series of Exilim Zoom digital cameras.  The Casio EX-Z1000 captures images of remarkable quality for its very compact size …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
 
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