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6:50 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.
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
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
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Blogger who criticized Maine tourism office faces lawsuit  —  Case reflects growing influence of weblogs  —  A coastal Maine blogger who criticized the state's tourism office has been hit with a lawsuit seeking potentially more than $1 million in damages for allegedly making false statements …
Discussion: FuzzyBlog
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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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
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
Paul Boutin / Slate:
A Grand Unified Theory of YouTube and MySpace  —  Point-and-click sites that don't tell you what to do.  —  I was skeptical when I heard how huge video-sharing hub YouTube and social-networking hotspot MySpace have become.  YouTube claims 40 million plays a day, up from 35 million just a week ago.
Discussion: kottke.org
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.
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 …
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 …
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
Is Blogging Cooler Than A Firetruck?  —  By all accounts, Take Your Child To Work Day was a blast.  We had several attendees in Atlanta, and Staff Engineer Josh Kleinpeter sent the following report about the blog-centric activity he led with the kids in Pasadena.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Dave Winer / BloggerCon:
BloggerCon IV: June 23-24 in SF
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #3: Flickr
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
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Jon's Radio:
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Kelly Goto / gotomobile:
say hello to helio  —  "Future revenue growth comes …
Discussion: Phone Scoop and MocoNews.net
Jason Silverman / Wired News:
GIs Shoot Footage for New War Doc
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Joystiq:
The Wii, in comic form
Discussion: B2Day and Kotaku
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
TDK develops 200GB recordable Blu-Ray disc with six layers
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, HD Beat and Engadget
ZDNet:
MBA students want Google
John Tokash / John Tokash's Blog:
My TabletKiosk eo  —  Last night, John Hill at Allegiance …
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
The Top Ten Lies of Engineers