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6:00 AM ET, May 4, 2006


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Jason / Q Daily News:
The dishonor of Blue Security  —  There was quite a bit of teeth gnashing across the web throughout the evening yesterday as TypePad, LiveJournal, and all the other hosted Six Apart websites went dark; we learned late in the night that the cause was a "sophisticated distributed denial of service attack" against the sites.
Michael Sippey / Six Apart:
TypePad Update  —  Since approximately 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, Six Apart has been the victim of a sophisticated distributed denial of service attack.  This has affected all of Six Apart's sites, causing intermittent and limited availability for TypePad, LiveJournal, TypeKey,, and
Kevin Maney:
Google Health: Probably coming next week  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of search products and user experience, came to USA TODAY on Tuesday.  She mentioned that there would be a couple of big announcements next Wednesday at the annual Google Press Day — which I will attend, along with my colleague Jefferson Graham.
Jessie Seyfer / Mercury News:
Skype putting town-hall idea on the Internet  —  NEW SERVICE LETS UP TO 100 HOLD AUDIO DISCUSSIONS  —  Internet phone-calling software maker Skype has created a way to transform blogs from soapboxes into live, town-hall meetings.  —  Starting today, people who have installed the free Skype software …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Skype Piles It On  —  As rivals ramp up, the Internet phone …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and EBAY
PR Newswire:
Seventh Annual MSN Strategic Account Summit Celebrates Advertisers' Role in Microsoft Media Network Vision  —  CEO Steve Ballmer Announces the Launch of Microsoft adCenter in the U.S.  —  REDMOND, Wash., May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — At the seventh annual MSN® Strategic Account Summit …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo & Microsoft Have Talked Partnering, Merging
Dan Ilett /
Apple online store hacked  —  Korean website defaced...  Apple's Korean online store has been defaced by a hacker.  —  The attack, carried out by someone working under the name 'Dinam', who claimed in his post to be Turkish, was brought to the attention of last Thursday.
Discussion: Mac Rumors
Dan Ilett / CNET
Korean Apple online store hacked
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Silent recall on MacBook Pro batteries … If it wasn't bad enough that to have processor and CPU whine, poor Airport reception and solar ambient temperatures, it appears that some early MacBook Pro batteries are now failing.  —  Christopher Price from has uncovered what appears …
Christopher Price /
Now The MacBook Pro Batteries... (Updated)
Discussion: Engadget and O'Grady's PowerPage
Willow Duttge / AdAge:
Ad Agency Sues Blogger for Defamation  —  Action Follows Public Battle Over Maine Tourism Ad Work  —  NEW YORK ( — An ad agency that specialized in travel advertising is suing a Maine-based blogger for defamation after he began to post regularly about the work the agency was doing for its client, the state of Maine.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Suing Bloggers is an Invitation for Bad PR
John Battelle / Federated Media Publishing Inc.:
FM's Advertising Platform Launch!  —  The beta of FM's advertising platform is now live!  —  As I just wrote to the authors who have made all this possible:  —  Nearly two years ago, while researching my book, I came up with an idea about online media, based on an author-driven world …
FCC approves Net-wiretapping taxes  —  update WASHINGTON—Broadband providers and Internet phone companies will have to pick up the tab for the cost of building in mandatory wiretap access for police surveillance, federal regulators ruled Wednesday.  —  The Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion: Techdirt and broadband
Kathy Matheson / Associated Press:
More Professors Ban Laptops in Class  —  PHILADELPHIA - As the professor lectured on the law, the student wore a poker face.  But that was probably because, under the guise of taking notes on his laptop, the student actually was playing poker — online, using the school's wireless Internet connection.
Evan Blass / Engadget:   Professors banning in-class laptop use
Katherine Meyer / Wall Street Journal:
The Best of the Worst  —  What were they thinking?  —  The Internet spawned so many weird gizmos and bad business ideas that mocking dot-com duds became something of a sport in the post-bubble era.  But some ideas still stand out for pure silliness.  These are products and services …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Microsoft Is Pushing for Privacy?  —  WASHINGTON — When it comes to protecting customers' privacy, Microsoft doesn't have the best record.  So when the software giant backs new federal privacy legislation, onlookers suspect the company is probably protecting itself.
Gone in 20 Minutes: using laptops to steal cars  —  High-tech thieves are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to stealing automobiles equipped with keyless entry and ignition systems.  While many computer-based security systems on automobiles require some type of key …
Discussion: Engadget and Techdirt
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Report Shows Marketers Stick with Proven Interactive Media  —  Mobile, RSS and advergaming may get lots of media attention, but many marketers are looking the other way.  A new Forrester Research report shows that a wide spectrum of interactive marketers is continuing to bank on proven methods …
Business 2.0:
YouTube sees user rebellion  —  Recent changes in the website are turning longtime fans against the video service.  Plus: French abandon attack on iTunes.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Hypergrowth comes with hyper-growing pains — just ask YouTube.
Washington Post:
McNealy Discusses "Network Neutrality"  —  Following are excerpts from Washington Post Staff Writer Arshad Mohammed's interview with Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman Scott G. McNealy on Tuesday.  —  McNealy, who last week announced his decision to give up the title of chief executive …
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Samuel Rose / Smart Mobs:
Using Technologies of Cooperation, Knowledge Commons, and Foresight …
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Cruocitae / The Reviewer:
MPlayer interview  —  I requested an interview from the MPlayer team …
Greg Knauss / An Entirely Other Day:
The Back-Logged Life  —  I was talking with Ethan Kaplan …
Johntunger / TypePad Hacks:
Ban Spam URLS with TypePad's New Word Banning Feature
Robert Young / Between the Lines:
Mark Cuban is Wrong
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Opera Mini Goes 2.0
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Steve Pavlina / Steve Pavlina's Personal …:
How to Make Money From Your Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Microsoft plays mobile search 'wild card'
Associated Press:
Motorola to buy BenQ R&D center
Discussion: Gizmodo
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
North Carolina Blogging Conference Recap
Business Wire:
Marchex Acquires Assets of AreaConnect, Increasing its Proprietary …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Is the Web the new Hollywood?
'Net Neutrality' Battle Widens
Alice Z. Cuneo / AdAge:
AT&T Plans to Kill Cingular Brand