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9:10 AM ET, May 17, 2006

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Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Sun promises to open source Java  —  Community must help to pevent fragmentation  —  Sun Microsystems is planning to release the source code of the Java programming language, chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Sun promises to open-source Java  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Microsystems will open-source Java—it just has to figure out how to do it, company executives said Tuesday.  —  Open-source advocates have urged Sun for years to open-source the Java programming language, but the company has resisted …
Chris Preimesberger / eWEEK.com:
Sun's Open-Source Outreach Met with Mixed Emotions  —  Sun Microsystems has been a prime supporter of open source in the enterprise, in its own way, for years, mainly through the OpenOffice, NetBeans and OpenSolaris communities.  —  Yet due to restrictive and often-tangled licensing practices …
Simon Phipps / SunMink : SunMink:
JDK on GNU/Linux: Something Wonderful
Discussion: Between the Lines and Sam Ruby
Microsoft:
MapCruncher: Interactive Web Maps Come to Life  —  MapCruncher - a prototype technology from Microsoft Research that makes it easy for users to create their own, personalized mash-ups - may revolutionize the way people use online maps.  —  REDMOND, Wash., May 16, 2006 - "We love maps," says Jon Howell - and it shows.
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research.microsoft.com:
MSR MapCruncher for Virtual Earth  —  QUICK INFO  —  File Name:  —  MapCruncher-2.00.zip  —  Version:  —  2.0  —  Date Published:  —  Download Size:  —  1.4 MB  —  Overview  —  Have you ever looked at satellite photos of a building in Virtual Earth — and wished you could zoom right in and see its floorplan?
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
FeedBurner Migrates RSS Ad Network to Sites  —  RSS advertising and metrics player FeedBurner is moving beyond feeds with its latest initiative.  The company seeks to expand the volume and type of inventory it offers advertisers by enticing publishers, especially bloggers, to display its ads on their Web sites.
Discussion: SearchViews
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Dick / Burning Questions:
The Feed Powers The Site  —  This morning, we unveiled another enhancement to our advertising platform: a feed-driven approach to positioning ads on Web sites and blogs.  The feed is the keystone to publisher content; by managing the feed and providing the FeedFlare service …
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Update: Motorola Q set to take on BlackBerry  —  The Q's weak point is Microsoft, a recent entrant to the world of push e-mail, one analyst said  —  Motorola Inc. hopes to roll out its much-anticipated Q smart phone next week, President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Zander said Tuesday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Motorola Q is set for launch next week
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
telephonydiscussion.com:
The empire strikes back: WITH QoS  —  Back-drop:  —  "So what" ...is Quality of Service (QoS)?  The constant use of the term reminds us of the Chicken Little  —  cries that the sky is falling ...but this time it is true in the case of the ITU circuit based business  —  models!
Windley / Phil Windley's Technometria:
Rocketboom  —  I went to Amanda Congdon's plenary session at the end of Syndicate.  She's the host of Rocketboom, a videoblog that deals with serious and not so serious news.  —  I've heard of Rocketboom, but hadn't seen it before.  I enjoyed the clips she showed and will probably go have a look from time to time.
George Oates / FlickrBlog:
Alpha... Beta... Gamma!  —  We've just released the big round of changes I mentioned last week: New Navigation, New Search, New and Improved Organizr, and the Person Menu.  All of these improvements have been designed to help you navigate the site with less effort and organize your photos more efficiently.
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Samsung SGH-P900 Gets FCC Thumbs Up  —  Remember that sweet TV phone with the rotating screen?  Well it is coming to the states, even though there is no support for the T-DMB digital mobile television service over here, yet.  This is a traditional clamshell phone that can flip open …
Edelman / Richard Edelman:
I Was Syndicated—At Least for 45 Minutes  —  As I blogged earlier I was at the Syndicate Conference this morning.  —  Among the surprises for me:  —  1) So few advertising people came to the event.  In fact, not so many PR types came either.  I am talking about agency and corporate types.
AppleInsider:
Apple's MacBook sports user-replaceable hard disks  —  First on AI: Owners of Apple Computer's new MacBook consumer notebooks will find that upgrading or replacing the computer's hard disk is as simple as adding more memory.  —  The notebooks, which are some of the most redesigned personal computers …
Rob Fahey / gamesindustry.biz:
Xbox 360 with HD-DVD to be priced below PS3  —  New information raises prospect of high-definition video Xbox 360 bundles  —  Retail sources in the UK have told GamesIndustry.biz that Microsoft has intimated to them that the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will be priced such that console …
Discussion: Engadget and Bink.nu
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Lotus Notes gets upgrade  —  IBM software's open format, word editor take aim at Microsoft  —  The next version of IBM Corp.'s flagship collaboration software, Lotus Notes, will challenge the dominance of Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite by offering built-in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software.
Discussion: Matusow's Blog
acmqueue.com:
Learning from the Amazon technology platform  —  Growth  —  Many think of Amazon as "that hugely successful online bookstore."  You would expect Amazon CTO Werner Vogels to embrace this distinction, but in fact it causes him some concern.  "I think it's important to realize …
PR Newswire:
Intel Capital Leads Investment in Pando Networks' Second Funding Round of $7 Million  —  Initial Investors BRM Capital and Wheatley Partners Close Out Round  —  NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ — Pando Networks Inc., creators of a peer-to-peer distribution solution for the private transport …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Money Flows Into New Start-Ups
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: IR Remote Control your Computer  —  For today's how-to we spent some time rummaging around in our parts box to build a serial IR remote interface for our PC.  We took a few pieces from various designs to come up our own, built specifically to work with WinLirc or LIRC …
 
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'Fly-by-wireless' plane takes to the air
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