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5:20 PM ET, May 17, 2006

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Tom Yager / Macworld UK:
Apple closes down OS X  —  Thanks to pirates, or rather the fear of them, the Intel edition of Apple's OS X is now a proprietary operating system.  —  Mac developers and power users no longer have the freedom to alter, rebuild, and replace the OS X kernel from source code.
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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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands on with the Apple Macbook
Discussion: 2020 Hindsight
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Cablevision to Offer Flat Rates for International Phone Calling  —  Cablevision, one of the largest cable companies in the metropolitan area, will announce today a flat-rate plan for international calls, the latest example of how digital and Internet-based phone services from cable companies …
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Houston Chronicle:
Cablevision to Unveil New Calling Plan  —  NEW YORK — Cable operator Cablevision Systems Corp. is preparing to unveil a new international calling plan that lets users make calls to anywhere in the world for a flat fee of $19.95 a month.  —  Under the plan, customers get 500 minutes …
Joe / Techdirt:
Cablevision Cuts Rates Of International Calls, Days Of Voice Profits Numbered
Discussion: IP Democracy
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
In the Fight Against Spam E-Mail, Goliath Wins Again  —  Eran Reshef had an idea in the battle against spam e-mail that seemed to be working: he fought spam with spam.  Today, he'll give up the fight.  —  Reshef's Silicon Valley company, Blue Security Inc., simply asked the spammers to stop sending junk e-mail to his clients.
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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Simon Phipps / SunMink : SunMink:
JDK on GNU/Linux: Something Wonderful
Discussion: Between the Lines and Sam Ruby
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates to demonstrate new search software  —  Microsoft is hoping that social networking techniques will help win a few friends for its enterprise search technology.  —  On Wednesday, as part of a keynote speech to executives gathered in Redmond, Wash., for Microsoft's annual CEO Summit …
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Microsoft:
Gates Advises CEOs: Software Puts Information to Work for People
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
AOL's Uncut Video; a YouTube copycat, but history suggests it's a long-shot  —  AOL releases UnCut Video, a complete YouTube copycat.  —  The only difference is that UnCut doesn't support tagging (via TechCrunch).  Too bad it's such a blatant clone.  These sorts of moves rarely succeed.
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Laurie Sullivan / InformationWeek:
AOL Quietly Unveils YouTube Competitor
down the avenue:
Rocketboom's Amanda Congdon Live  —  Rocketboom's Amanda Congdon does the closing keynote at today's Syndicate Conference in NYC.  —  Most in my circles know what Rocketboom is about, but for those who don't, check it out - user generated digital rich content syndicated to the masses …
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Google Blogoscoped:
Suing Google Suggest  —  Oh my - someone's apparently suing Google for the Google Suggest feature, which suggests cracks of a certain software.  As you may know the Google Suggest feature, as used in the Google Toolbar, is a (slightly moderated) approach of offering suggestions based on popular searches, as you type.
Discussion: Techdirt and InsideGoogle
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
How Apple's Store Strategy Beat the Odds  —  When Apple Computer Inc. opened its first Apple retail store in 2001 in a shopping mall in McLean, Va., critics saw the initiative as an expensive, dubious gamble.  But as Apple prepares to take the wraps off its latest, most ambitious store yet …
plantronics.com:
PLANTRONICS ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FIRST VOIP-OPTIMIZED BLUETOOTH HEADSET SYSTEM  —  Multipoint Technology, Easy Install Provide Road Warriors with Single Headset for Numerous Devices  —  SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — May 17, 2006 — Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) today introduced the Voyager 510-USB …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Gadgetell and 21talks
Fred / A VC:
VC Cliché of the Week  —  There is one thing I know for sure about raising money from investors.  If you don't want the investor's money, they will want to invest even more.  It is a sure thing.  —  Lately I've been taking a lot of meetings with entrepreneurs I've known for years …
Discussion: BETA
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Congress may make ISPs snoop on you  —  A prominent Republican on Capitol Hill has prepared legislation that would rewrite Internet privacy rules by requiring that logs of Americans' online activities be stored, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The proposal comes just weeks …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Fred / A VC:
FeedBurner Moves Onto The Web  —  FeedBurner (a Union Square Ventures portfolio company) has been all about feeds for as long as I've known them.  I started using FeedBurner to host the feeds from this blog in early 2004, less than a month after they launched their service.
BBC:
Gamers to help create web record  —  A website that aims to record the history of videogame innovation is calling on games fanatics for help.  —  The Game Innovation Database (GIDb), as the website is known, has been developed by a team at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University.
Discussion: Kotaku and THE RAW FEED
inessential.com:
How NetNewsWire 2.1 Reads Feeds  —  People have been asking me how NetNewsWire 2.1 reads feeds.  Does it read feeds from NewsGator or from the sites themselves?  —  I'll explain how it works, and also explain why it works the way it does.  —  How it works
 
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Thomas Lenard / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Why don't we just auction the 'white space'?
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
When and When Not To Bet The Company  —  You DON'T bet your company on tactics.
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Verizon Says It Did Not Give Customer Records to NSA
Discussion: IP Democracy
AC/OS:
The World Wants ODF!!! (Not)
Frank Barnako / Barnako.com:
Steal this magazine
Jenstar / JenSense:
Botnet clicking AdSense ads revealed
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Verizon Announces Treo 700p Plans, Pricing
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
M2Z: The latest Hail Mary on universal broadband access
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya heading into Web search
Tommi / Tommi's S60 applications blog:
2D barcodes will rule the earth
Associated Press:
Google Inc. Tweaks Its Video Service
USA Today:
Security feature in Microsoft's new Windows could drive users nuts
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Update: Motorola Q set to take on BlackBerry
 

 
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Pamela McClintock / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comscore: Memorial Day weekend box office grossed an estimated $128.3M, a 29-year low, excluding 2020 and 2021, and down ~37% YoY; Furiosa led with just $32M

Alex Rogers / Financial Times:
Letter: Vivek Ramaswamy calls for BuzzFeed to axe staff, focus on video, and hire new voices, like Tucker Carlson, after raising his stake in BuzzFeed to 8.3%

Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
FT CEO John Ridding says news publishers “have leverage and should insist on payment” from AI companies and disintermediation is the industry's “biggest threat”

 
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