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5:05 PM ET, April 28, 2006

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Is Microsoft Preparing Big Attack?  —  SAN FRANCISCO, April 27 — Microsoft reported strong third-quarter revenue growth on Thursday, but analysts said the company also telegraphed a significant increase in spending, an indication that it was preparing to take on its big online rivals, Google and Yahoo.
NaviGadget:
new UMPC from France: it's Label  —  This new origami device, manufactured by It's Label was announced today in France.  The company does have a fancy flash site but this gadget isn't up there yet.  It features a 7″ screen which supports upto 1024×768 resolution, and it can play movies in DivX, mpeg2, H264,... formats.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gizmodo
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Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Origami It's UMPC
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Business Wire:
Skype Achieves 100 Million Users  —  People Worldwide Demonstrate Rapid-Growing Desire to Communicate on the Internet  —  LUXEMBOURG—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 28, 2006—Skype, the global Internet communications company, today reached a major milestone when it passed 100 million registered users.
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
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David Kushner / Business 2.0:
Video blogs, ready for prime time  —  Video blogs, a.k.a. vlogs, are booming, and Internet users and advertisers are taking note.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Amanda Congdon, 24, is running through the wintry streets of Manhattan in a purple cape and leotard.
Discussion: B2Day and elearnspace
markey.house.gov:
April 26, 2006- In Fight to Protect the Internet, House Panel Rejects Net Neutrality  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to turn the Internet into a two-lane highway of discriminatory service, tolls, and bottlenecks by knocking down an amendment to protect the open architecture of the Internet.
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Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
Onward  —  With the defeat of the Markey net neutrality amendment …
Discussion: Joho the Blog
Yahoo! Search blog:
Delivering flowers, delivering babies  —  Driving to work, I always notice the florist near highway 237, where a man stands outside waving an arrow-shaped "Flowers" sign.  When I think of local businesses trying to attract new customers, I picture this florist.
Rafat / paidContent.org:
PBS.org Starts Accepting Contextual Ads From Google; More Coming  —  [ By Rafat Ali] PBS has been testing Google AdSense as a fundraiser, a first for any big public broadcaster in U.S. Both NPR and PBS have underwriters in their offline and online material (NPR's podcasts have sponsors …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0 meets the enterprise  —  Long set up like a gated community, the enterprise software industry is quickly gaining a populist streak.  —  New ideas in consumer technology are rapidly creeping into the design and marketing of software aimed at corporations.
Rocky Mountain News:
Wii has fans asking Why  —  It's official, the name for Nintendo's revolutionary new gaming console, praised for its design and quirky controllers, is now Wii.  —  And that has some experts and fans asking why.  —  "It's interesting how bad it is," said Steve Manning …
Robert X. Cringely / pbs.org:
Killer Apps:  —  For Apple's Windows Strategy to Work, It Must Replace Microsoft Office and Buy Adobe Systems  —  Over the past three weeks, we've laid out in this column a sequence of clues and events that suggest Apple is planning to next year take on not only Microsoft's hardware OEMs …
Lee Hartsfeld / Music You (Possibly) …:
HAL's father??  —  Scene: a junk shop on the east side of town.  Your blogger is waiting for the owner to name a price for a sound recording he found in the back in a box he wasn't supposed to go through (he hadn't known that, though).  The dealer is going through every possible word combination …
Discussion: SuperGeek and Boing Boing
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Jobs touts product pipeline to Apple shareholders  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted the company's forthcoming products as "the best I've ever seen in my life," and told Apple shareholders that the Mac's transition to Intel processors will pay off in the long run.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patents watching TV and chatting at the same time  —  A patent filed by Microsoft has recently been approved by the United States Patent Office (USPTO).  The patent describes a "multimode interactive television chat" system, where the user can view television while simultaneously …
Paul / Firefox Flicks Backstage:
Firefox Flicks Video Contest Winners Announced  —  SAN FRANCISCO - April 27, 2006 - Mozilla today announced the winners of its Firefox Flicks video contest at the San Francisco International Film Festival.  The winning videos were selected from nearly 300 submissions created by Firefox enthusiasts …
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart:
Bloggingstocks, Why Blogging and Stocks Might Not Be a Good Fit  —  For a long time I couldn't understand why Weblogsinc (the blog network behind Engadget and a hundred other targeted blogs that nobody reads) hadn't started a finance-oriented blog.  Well, now they have.  It's called, cleverly, Bloggingstocks.
Stephen / del.icio.us:
it's made out of people  —  del.icio.us users discover interesting things on the Web every day.  We want to make it easier for you to find and connect to these people, so that you can benefit from their knowledge and they can benefit from yours.  Today the "inbox" feature lets you subscribe …
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
The Top Ten Lies of Engineers  —  After a several month hiatus, I would like to return to my top-ten lies series.  So far, I've covered entrepreneurs and VCs, Today's topic is the top ten lies of engineers.  —  1. "We're about to go into beta testing."  This is a meaningless statement …
 
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #3: Flickr
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Jon's Radio:
A conversation with Kingsley Idehen
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Kelly Goto / gotomobile:
say hello to helio  —  "Future revenue growth comes …
Discussion: Phone Scoop and MocoNews.net
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Blogger who criticized Maine tourism office faces lawsuit
Discussion: John Palfrey
Jason Silverman / Wired News:
GIs Shoot Footage for New War Doc
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Joystiq:
The Wii, in comic form
Discussion: B2Day and Kotaku
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Microsoft misses estimates for third quarter
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
TDK develops 200GB recordable Blu-Ray disc with six layers
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, HD Beat and Engadget
Hoyun / Popgadget:
The easy way to jump start a car
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and OhGizmo!
ZDNet:
MBA students want Google
John Tokash / John Tokash's Blog:
My TabletKiosk eo  —  Last night, John Hill at Allegiance …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Another test of "is Microsoft listening?"
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
PDA Only Devices Dying A Slow Death
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Gregory M. Lamb / Christian Science Monitor:
'Dream applications' start to come true on the Web
 

 
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Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting

Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Sony Pictures Entertainment buys Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; 35 cinemas will keep operating under the Alamo brand, and Alamo's Michael Kustermann will remain CEO

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
The National Music Publishers' Association files an FTC complaint against Spotify, saying Spotify's decision to offer audiobooks reduced songwriters' royalties

 
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