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3:40 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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Matt / The Blog Herald:
First Fortune 500 CEO Blogger: Jonathan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems
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Will Sun's Jonathan Schwartz Be the First Fortune 500 CEO Blogger?
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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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft licenses new way to make friends  —  A San Francisco start-up is making friends with Microsoft to create the next great thing in social networking.  —  Wallop is a 12-person start-up that hopes to take on sites like Friendster and MySpace.com by tapping the technology developed by Microsoft's research unit.
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.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Yahoo! Offering Free Meedio DVR Software  —  GigaOM — Yahoo, Now Offering Free Meedio DVR Well you read about Yahoo! buying most of Meedio's DVR technology to integrate with their GoTV initiative here last week.  Now it looks like, according to Om, Yahoo has begun quietly offering …
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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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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
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft scoops up asset-tracking firm  —  update Microsoft has acquired Canadian asset-tracking company AssetMetrix as part of its continued expansion of its management software.  —  Founded in March 2000, AssetMetrix helps businesses manage their fleet of PCs and software.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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 …
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
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Rocked by New IE Zero-Day Flaw Warning  —  Barely two weeks after shipping an Internet Explorer security makeover to cover a wave of drive-by malware downloads, Microsoft is scrambling to address the public disclosure of a new zero-day vulnerability that could be used in code execution attacks.
Discussion: Office Evolution
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
Rocketboom / Dembot:
Lets P2P  —  Here are some notes on p2p to accompany this post by Dave Winer on the next steps towards pushing bittorrent adoption.  —  Perhaps p2p would work best for most kinds of group transferring on the internet, and right now, the best examples out there to help show off the value/worth …
Discussion: Geek News Central …
Dominic / The Business Innovation Insider:
The BBC emulates MySpace.com to become a new breed of media company  —  The BBC is stirring up discussion across the Internet with its decision to adopt an innovative new strategy for its online operations, effectively turning its Website into a public service version of MySpace.com.
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:
Its time for analyst relations to step into the 21st Century: Influencer 2.0  —  When I saw the title of this blog entry, Should AR run Influencer Relations?, I assumed it would talk to the new patterns of influence emerging through blogging.  I have had quite a few conversations …
Discussion: Naked Conversations
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
The BBC's open programme information project...  Here's an interesting development from my old employers - the project that Biddulph, Loosemore and Hammersley (and others) have been working on at the BBC is now live and playable with.  It's the full Infax archive of programme information …
Discussion: hackdiary, Guardian Unlimited and Raw
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 …
 
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