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3:50 PM ET, April 29, 2006

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Microsoft:
The New York Times to Enhance Online and Offline Reading Experience With Times Reader  —  New application uses Microsoft software to benefit readers.  —  SEATTLE — April 28, 2006 — Today at the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention, The New York Times and Microsoft Corp. unveiled …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Two steps backward  —  Microsoft is offering a means to read newspapers designed as newspapers on computers.  Why?  There are other methods of doing this now and I find them all not only awkward and unsatisfying but wrongheaded.  Why not design the next frontier for the sharing of news …
Discussion: TechBlog and blackrimglasses.com
Mike / CrunchNotes:
The Lance Dunston Debacle  —  If you haven't heard about the blogger who's been sued for criticizing the state of Maine's tourism promotion efforts (among other things, the state's advertising agency created draft advertisement that included a phone sex number which, frankly, deserves to be criticized).
Discussion: Infothought and Cameron's Brain
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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: gHacks and Lifehacker
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 …
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.
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
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Some AMD Opterons suffer heat issue  —  update Advanced Micro Devices is trying to track down and replace as many as 3,000 Opteron processors that could produce "inconsistent results" under an unusual, high-temperature circumstance.  —  The potential problem affects a number of single-core Opteron 152 …
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechSpot
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
Paul / Firefox Flicks Backstage:
Feedback  —  I'm one of the team here at Mozilla that's been working on the Firefox Flicks campaign since we rolled this out back in December of 2005.  We're nearing the close of the initial stage of this campaign to promote Firefox, when we announce the winners from the contest portion of the campaign Thursday.
Stace / Wireless, cell phones, mobile phone reviews:
Motorola's Feng Shui Phone  —  When we found Samsung "Perfume" mobile phone patent application we wondered, what's next?  Well next is "Feng Shui" cellphone from Motorola.  —  In an application published on April 20, Motorola wants to patent "Method and apparatus for evaluating locations according to Feng Shui principles".
Discussion: Gizmodo and Techdirt
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
More On Yahoo & AT&T VoIP Messenger Deal  —  Based on some G2 I've been able to discover from some well healed off-shore type players in telcom who have played in the telco game for many years and made a bundle off of selling things to SBC I was able to ferret out a bit about the Yahoo/AT&T VoIP marriage and what it may mean...
Discussion: The Daily Om
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
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
Corey Hajim / CNN:
9 tech IPOs worth waiting for  —  It's been a while since a technology IPO was a good idea.  Here are some great new choices.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - It takes consistent profits to qualify for an IPO these days.  Even solid companies are waiting longer before trying, and many just sell to big corporations instead.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Start-up aims to ditch kids' training wheels  —  GyroBike wants to eliminate the wipeout.  —  The company, a spin-off out of Dartmouth College, is coming out later this year or early next year with a gyroscope/flywheel that fits into the front wheel of a kid's bike.
 
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N.Y. / Region  — WORLD - U.S. - N.Y. / REGION - BUSINESS …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Happy Endings  —  Cameron Wilson at the USACM Policy Blog writes …
Discussion: Techdirt and Against Monopoly
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart:
Bloggingstocks, Pt. II
Christine Buckley / Times of London:
Microsoft chief urges bosses to get sacking
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Apple DVR Soon (??)
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YAHOO AND THE YELLOW PAGES: CO-OPT, OR CO-OPETITION?
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