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8:45 PM ET, May 6, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Waxxi is a New Kind of Podcast  —  I think Tracy Sheridan's Waxxi is a great idea: a scheduled podcast where people can call in and participate (Frank Gruber has more).  The kickoff podcast is with Naked Converstions authors Shel Israel and Robert Scoble, on May 20, 2006 at 10:30 AM PST.
Betsya / MSN Search's WebLog:
Happy Cinco de Mayo!  —  As you may have heard, we have been working away on a question and answer service for Windows Live Search.  Yesterday a few pages for the beta signup were posted by accident so we decided to get the word out formally and open up the beta invite page at http://ideas.live.com today.
Discussion: Windows Live QnA and Larry Borsato
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft QnA Enters Crowded Market
Discussion: SiliconBeat and AMCP Tech Blog
David Canton / canton.elegal.ca:
New Disclaimer  —  Rob linked to an amusing but clear rock climbing disclaimer.  —  I took that as a challenge, and offer below an amended version for technology contracts.  I'm sure it can be improved upon (this calls for a wiki).  —  Read Rob's post and the rock climbing disclaimer  —  WARNING
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Mike / Techdirt:   Don't Forget To Read The New Disclaimer For The Internet
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft files for *bleep*ing good patent  —  The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a wonderful institution.  No, really.  Where else can you receive a patent for a particular method of swinging on a playground swing?  Of course, not all patents fall into that category.
Discussion: PHOSITA® and InsideMicrosoft
BBC:
Hacker fears 'UFO cover-up'  —  In 2002, Gary McKinnon was arrested by the UK's national high-tech crime unit, after being accused of hacking into Nasa and the US military computer networks.  —  He says he spent two years looking for photographic evidence of alien spacecraft and advanced power technology.
Discussion: TechBlog and Dvorak Uncensored
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Wow: 3D operating system, Open Croquet  —  We're getting a demo of Croquet from Julian Lombardi and David Smith of Open Croquet, which is a 3D world.  Something like Second Life, but runs P2P.  —  We have just seen a new world.  —  You have just witnessed one of the first public demos of a 3D hyperlink in the system.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Day DDoS Brought Down Six Apart  —  At around four o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, Six Apart and their properties Typepad, Typekey and LiveJournal all went dark after a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that spokesperson Jane Anderson described as "very sophisticated."
Discussion: the LOOSE wire blog
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Appeals court takes dim view of Net-tapping rules  —  WASHINGTON—A federal appeals court suggested on Friday that government regulations levying extensive Internet wiretapping requirements on universities and libraries may go too far.  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals here sharply questioned whether …
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
M6 is coming soon  —  We've been working away, incorporating your feedback into Windows Live Mail.  We're just about ready for our "M6" release of the Windows Live Mail beta.  We used to post a summary of some of the new features after the release was live, but we've had so many requests for a sneak peak …
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Joal Ryan / E! Online:
"Star Wars" on DVD, Again... For the First Time  —  Star Wars fan Philip Wise has purchased a home-video copy of George Lucas' seminal sci-fi film six times—"seven, including the Beta edition"—and he's not done yet.  Because Lucas isn't done yet.  —  Repeatedly released in various formats during …
Discussion: Techdirt and Tony Gentile
Think Secret:
Briefly: MacBook's day this coming Tuesday  —  May 5, 2006 - Following up on our report earlier this week concerning the MacBook's May availability, sources have nailed down next Tuesday, May 9, as the introduction day for the Intel-based laptop.  —  Meanwhile, shipments of Apple's new 17-inch MacBook Pro …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Engadget, AAPL and Mac Rumors
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Quietly Launches Froogle Competitor  —  Microsoft Live Products launched today at products.live.com.  They've included retail products from 100,000 sellers.  Like Froogle, Live Products is a commerce-only search engine/shopping comparison engine that will, hopefully …
Windley / Phil Windley's Technometria:
IIW2006 Wrap  —  After a day of decompressing from Internet Identity Workshop, I've had a few random thoughts that I thought I'd record.  I was very pleased with how things turned out, that participation, the venue, the food, everything.  Here are some specific things:
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   At least two cool things happened at the Internet Identity conference earlier this week.
mobiledia.com:
Motorola Cell Phone Automatically Adjusts to the Elderly  —  Often the special needs of the elderly can be a disadvantage when attempting to use cell phones, and these options can be especially confusing to consumers with minimal technical abilities.  To help ease the problem …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
iTunes Offers PDF Subscriptions, eBooks Next?  —  iTunes has quietly started to offer PDF enclosures subscriptions in the podcast section of the store.  First up is the Wikinews print edition.  You can search for and subscribe to Wikinews in the iTunes Music Store.
 
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 Earlier Items: 
CNET News.com:
Free Wi-Fi in S.F. more than flipping a switch
Joel Bainerman / EE Times:
Israeli start up creates wearable display
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
Xbox 360 spotted on South Park ... with 4 wired controllers?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft doesn't support Firefox?