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10:55 AM ET, April 29, 2006

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J. Scott Johnson / FuzzyBlog:
A Conversation with Tom McCartin of Warren Kremer Paino  —  I just got off the phone with Tom McCartin of Warren Kremer Paino regarding the Maine Web Report lawsuit and, well, it doesn't feel like its being presented (that's why I pulled down the contact information).  Tom McCartin:
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and Things That
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James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants:
How do you define "Bad PR"?  —  Scoble points to the mess that Warren Kremer Paino Advertising might be making for the State of Maine's tourism business - after Lance Dutson criticized them, they tossed down what can only be described as a SLAPP suit.  Boy, there's a way to generate business …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Will Maine lawsuit hurt Pop! Tech?
Discussion: Know It All
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Microsoft Software Will Let Times Readers Download Paper  —  SEATTLE, April 28 — Microsoft and The New York Times unveiled software on Friday that would allow readers to download an electronic version of the newspaper and view it on a portable device.  —  With Microsoft's new Windows Vista software …
Valleywag:
Scoop: DOJ jails Spam King!  Alan Ralsky might rat out a massive hacker / spammer network  —  Local hacker "Memehacker" IMed in with a scoop on Alan Ralsky, the famed "Spam King" covered by the Observer and the Detroit News.  Here's the breaking story:  —  Valleywag: Tell me the scoop in three sentences.
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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.
Judy Breck / Golden Swamp:
A stroll down this week's carnival midway:  —  First a note about mobilists getting together.  I have not been asked to mention anything this week on the subject but there may be a mini mobilist meet-up soon anyway.  When I sent an email to Justin at MOpocket about his Carnival entry …
Discussion: Wap Review and m-trends.org
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Test Internet Explorer 7 Without Installing It  —  Step 1  —  Download Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2.  —  Step 2  —  Use WinRar (you can download a free trial) to extract the files from the setup to a folder, for example C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer 7.
Discussion: Lifehacker and gHacks
PC World:
Sony Readies iPod Rival  —  Company is developing a new digital music player that will go on sale later this year.  —  Sony is preparing to take another swing at Apple Computer's iPod digital music player, a top Sony executive said today.  —  The company is developing a new music player …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YAHOO AND THE YELLOW PAGES: CO-OPT, OR CO-OPETITION?  —  Yahoo Local has rolled out an update to its business model for local merchants, and it's looking a lot like what the Yellow Pages do, only online, self service, cheaper, and, well, what I've been on about for a while …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Congress may consider mandatory ISP snooping  —  It didn't take long for the idea of forcing Internet providers to retain records of their users' activities to gain traction in the U.S. Congress.  —  Last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a Republican, gave a speech saying …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Is Jesus the next killer app?  —  LAS VEGAS—Tech companies are getting religion.  —  Companies such as Sony, Panasonic, Avid and Hitachi are helping churches spread the gospel as part of an effort to cash in on an exploding market known as "house of worship technology."
Discussion: Ramesh Jain's Blog
Douglass C. Perry / IGN:
Pre-E3 2006: Halo 3 at E3  —  Microsoft to show Halo footage at E3 news briefing.  —  April 28, 2006 - With Microsoft, the rumors are always true.  The next iteration in Bungie Studios' Halo series will appear at E3 2006 in video form at its Tuesday, May 9 news conference …
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
Jouni / MRKTNGman:
Nokia Podcasting Application for S60 3rd Edition  —  The biggest S60 news of the week has been announcement of 3 new S60 NSeries multimedia computers by Nokia.  In the Open Studio event Nokia demonstrated interesting beta version of forthcoming application.  It's a Nokia Podcasting Application!
palm.com:
Treo™ 700w Updater 1.10  —  for Verizon Wireless smartphones  —  The Treo 700w Updater installs the latest software on your smartphone.  It is designed to update your device while preserving your data.  In some instances, user set preferences may not be retained after updating.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
joblo.com:
Movielink Test Run  —  The Movielink announcement last month about releasing VOD movies for purchase left me with a lot of unanswered questions.  First, who the hell would pay for this?  Why would you spend $20 for KING KONG on your computer when you could go to Wal-Mart and buy the DVD …
Discussion: Techdirt
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Branding 2.0 - Ask A Ninja  —  I'm going to take some time out from the neverending barrage of Web 2.0 launches and try to explain how smart individuals are building global brands with zero marketing dollars, simply by leveraging existing social networks like MySpace, YouTube and the blogosphere itself.
Discussion: Forever Geek
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #5: craigslist  —  Eric Scheide of craigslist offered me a stream of consciousness summary of the craigslist database setup.  At a conference last year, Craig showed a slide (which helped inspire my postings about asymmetric competition [1, 2, 3]) that listed the number of employees at the top ten web sites.
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Database War Stories #3: Flickr
Discussion: tecosystems
 
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Christine Buckley / Times of London:
Microsoft chief urges bosses to get sacking
Discussion: MSFT and Bleeding Edge
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Apple DVR Soon (??)
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Start-up aims to ditch kids' training wheels
Jon McAlister / Official Google Blog:
News + Suggest join forces
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Podcast: Second Life Review, Robert Scoble, Chris Salazar and Me!
Stuart Maxwell / Mind Camp:
Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp - The Practical Guide
Discussion: Scobleizer
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Bush's dim pitch for energy
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Eye-Fi  —  I just met with Yuval Koren, CEO of Eye-Fi …
Discussion: Weblogs Work and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TDK: Ok, we're done with the 200GB recordable Blu-Ray
Discussion: HD Beat and jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Live Shopping Launches - But No Firefox
Rebecca Lieb / ClickZ Internet Marketing Solutions …:
The San Francisco Feed Feed
Discussion: The 360
Evan Blass / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola patenting Feng Shui-enabled cellphone
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Business is fine, thanks for asking...
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
Is Blogging Cooler Than A Firetruck?
Dave Winer / BloggerCon:
BloggerCon IV: June 23-24 in SF
Discussion: down the avenue
Paul / Firefox Flicks Backstage:
Firefox Flicks Video Contest Winners Announced