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11:35 AM ET, May 7, 2006


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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Turning a Miniature Into a Lightweight  —  Samsung's Q1 might seem like an impressive piece of laptop engineering — it weighs just under two pounds, light enough to carry around full-time.  —  But the company had to sacrifice a few things to reach that weight: a keyboard.  A CD or DVD drive.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Someone Has to Pay for TV.  But Who?  And How?  —  THEY will take my remote control away only when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.  —  This thought followed my first reading of a patent application for a new kind of television set and digital video recorder recently filed by a unit …
Discussion: Larry Borsato
Akeya Dickson / Washington Post:
Kid-Friendly Search Engines Filter Content  —  It's not unheard of these days for a child doing online research for a school project to accidentally stumble into a porn site or someplace else that's too dicey for a parent's comfort level.  —  Between e-mail filters, parental controls and special software …
ODF Plug-ins and a Microsoft Promise of Cooperation  —  Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD) issued a Request for Information (RFI) titled "OpenDocument Format Plug-in for Microsoft Office Suite."  Almost immediately, Pamela Jones posted word at Groklaw …
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 today.
VANGUARD: SAGA OF HEROES FINDS A NEW HOME  — Sigil Games Online and Sony Online Entertainment In Talks To Co-Publish Sigil's Ground-Breaking New Game -  —  May 5, 2006 - Carlsbad & San Diego, CA - Sigil Games Online and Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in the online games industry …
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.
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON MOTOROLA'S "ELDERLY SENSING" CELL PHONES (MOT)  —  "RING, RING, WHO'S THERE?"  —  On the one hand, you can't but help applaud this kind of creativity.  Mobiledia reports today that a new patent filed by Motorola could allow it's future cell phones to "automatically adjust to the elderly":
China sees 60 million bloggers by year's end  —  Blogging is booming in China with the number of bloggers expected to hit 60 million by the end of this year.  —  China is the world's second-largest Internet market after the United States with more than 110 million users.
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
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
I'm the Blue Security Spammer  —  An anonymous spammer took credit on Friday for taking part in a campaign by hundreds of junk e-mailers to disable the websites of antispam firm Blue Security and affiliated internet companies.  —  In a message to Wired News, a writer claiming to be …
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
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 and AAPL
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.
Embargo breakers: In ten days, you can finally share photos on the Net  —  If only there were photo-sharing sites on the web — wouldn't that be pretty cool?  —  Well thank the gods for Tabblo, the "groundbreaking free online photo-sharing site" launching May 15!
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