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2:10 AM ET, May 18, 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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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Firm says Macs cost only slightly more than PCs  —  After forming a comparison of Apple Computer's new iMac and MacBook Pro computers against several PCs from Dell and HP, analysts for PiperJaffray found that the average difference in price for comparable components on a desktop …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands on with the Apple Macbook
Discussion: AppleInsider and 2020 Hindsight
Robert Poe / Wired News:
The Ultimate Net Monitoring Tool  —  The equipment that technician Mark Klein learned was installed in the National Security Agency's "secret room" inside AT&T's San Francisco switching office isn't some sinister Big Brother box designed solely to help governments eavesdrop on citizens' internet communications.
Discussion: Defense Tech
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Wired News:
AT&T Whistle-Blower's Evidence  —  Former AT&T technician Mark Klein is the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's class-action lawsuit against the company, which alleges that AT&T illegally cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic-surveillance program.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Microsoft:
Microsoft Enterprise Search Solutions Help Enable Effective Information Management  —  New technologies such as Windows Live Search and innovations in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 will help people create, find, use and share information.  —  REDMOND, Wash., May 17, 2006 …
Discussion: LiveSide
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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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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.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Spammers Win This Round: Blue Security Shuts Down  —  from the well,-that's-unfortunate dept  —  We've never been fully comfortable with the model Blue Security used to fight back against spammers.  While defenders point out that they were just having Blue Security handle their opt-outs for them …
Discussion: SearchViews
Thomas Lenard / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Why don't we just auction the 'white space'?  —  In this new wireless era, the electromagnetic spectrum is surely one of the most important economic policy issues the government faces, with hundreds of billions of dollars of economic benefits at stake.
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Mike / Techdirt:   WiFi: The Great Communist Conspiracy?
Nick / Rough Type:
CIOs flee IT  —  It's always darkest before it gets darker.  At its annual symposium in San Francisco this week, Gartner is drawing a bleak picture of the future of the traditional corporate IT function.  The research house predicted that, for the fourth year running, IT budgets will grow less than 3 percent this year.
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Silicon Valley backs US wireless broadband plan  —  WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - Three Silicon Valley venture capital firms are backing a project to grab a slice of valuable U.S. wireless airwaves to offer nationwide high-speed Internet service, according to a recent regulatory filing.
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 …
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
3D Milling Service Offered for SL Residents  —  Second Life residents will soon be able to order up physical versions of their avatars, their builds or their favorite Second Life objects in full 3D, and in a variety of materials, thanks to a pair of students at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dwight / TechBlog:
Updated: Windows Media Player 11 now available  —  Microsoft is scheduled to release Windows Media Player 11 on Wednesday.  This updated version of the software used to play music and video files has already been leaked to the Web, with a download available at Softpedia.
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
Suw Charman / Strange Attractor:
Xtech 2006: Paul Graham - How American are Startups?  —  Sitting in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Grand Krapolinsky Krasnapolsky in central Amsterdam, at yet another conference.  This is the third in three weeks, and I'll be glad when next week comes and I don't have to think about writing a presentation.
Discussion: plasticbag.org, Tinfinger and SEOmoz
John G. Spooner / eWEEK.com:
Vista Specs: You Have What It Takes?  —  Be the first to comment on this article  —  Microsoft wants PC owners to be ready for Vista.  —  To that end, the software giant will unveil May 18 a campaign designed to help people ensure their PCs can run the forthcoming operating system.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
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Surveillance society: Growing daily?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Verizon Says It Did Not Give Customer Records to NSA
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BBC:
Gamers to help create web record
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Fred / A VC:
VC Cliché of the Week
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Jenstar / JenSense:
Botnet clicking AdSense ads revealed
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
How Apple's Store Strategy Beat the Odds
Google Blogoscoped:
Suing Google Suggest
Discussion: Techdirt and InsideGoogle