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11:30 AM ET, May 18, 2006

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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: 21talks and 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.
EFF: Breaking News:   EFF Can Use Critical AT&T Documents in Surveillance Lawsuit
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Hands-on with Sony's UX50 handheld PC  —  Sony took the wraps off its Vaio UX50 ultracompact PC at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday and our colleague Martyn Williams was blessed with the chance to try out the ever-so-cool looking device.  Read on for his verdict.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Vaio UX previewed
Discussion: Core Duo Info
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to spell out Vista's needs  —  After months of providing only basic guidance about the kind of PC hardware needed to run Windows Vista, Microsoft is ready to get a bit more specific.  —  On Thursday, the company is expected to give details of two marketing programs that computer makers …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Blue Security Kicked While It's Down  —  Hours after anti-spam company Blue Security pulled the plug on its spam-fighting Blue Frog software and service, the spammers whose attack caused the company to wave the white flag have escalated their assault, knocking Blue Security's farewell message and thousands more Web sites offline.
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Under Attack, Spam Fighter Folds
sonyericsson.com:
Elegant Z550 clamshell delivers quality 1.3 Megapixel camera and crisp colour screen  —  London, UK - 18 May 2006 - Mobile phoners looking for quality, style and good looks will love Sony Ericsson's Z550, announced today.  Finished in a combination of premium brushed metal and high gloss material …
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sonyericsson.com:
Sony Ericsson introduces the Z710 - an elegant camera clamshell …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   M2Z's Wireless Broadband Utopia
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Hardware firms oppose Net neutrality laws  —  The political debate in Washington over the concept known as Net neutrality just became a lot more complicated.  —  Some of the largest hardware makers in the world, including 3M, Cisco, Corning and Qualcomm, sent a letter to Congress …
Discussion: Techdirt
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Samsung's Fuel-Cell Gambit  —  The South Korean outfit is backing a project to build handsets powered by fuel cells instead of conventional batteries  —  Samsung may soon be tapping a new power source for its cell phones.  The South Korean handset maker on May 18 is announcing plans …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Bloomberg:
Google in Brazil May Face Criminal Probe Over Orkut (Update1)  —  May 17 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the owner of Brazil's most-used online community site, may face a criminal probe for distribution of child pornography and racist materials by its users, lawyers for the attorney general said.
Michael Graves / the Infrablog:
Introducing the VeriSign Personal Identity Provider (PIP)  —  You're invited to visit and try out a beta version of an identity service we've provided.  It's called the VeriSign Personal Identity Provider ("PIP" for short), and you can find it at http://pip.verisignlabs.com.
Times of London:
Holding the watchdog blogs to account  —  Bloggers wield increasing power against established institutions, but not all are practising what they preach  —  This week, the 40 millionth blog will come to life, giving voice to another person we never knew existed.
Discussion: unmediated
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Second Life Land Deal Goes Sour  —  In what might be a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, a Pennsylvania lawyer is suing the publisher of the rapidly growing online world Second Life, alleging the company unfairly confiscated tens of thousands of dollars worth of his virtual land and other property.
Tracy Staedter / Discovery News:
Brainy Scarecrow Shoos Away Birds  —  May 16, 2006— A computerized scarecrow could be the next defense against predatory birds at fish farms.  —  The Intelligent Scarecrow, designed by computer science and engineering students at the University of South Florida in Tampa, uses a computer …
Discussion: Engadget and THE RAW FEED
BBC:
Satellite radio in recordings row  —  US satellite radio firm XM is being sued by record labels over a gadget that lets listeners record songs.  —  The recording industry said XM's Inno device, which stores music and divides it into tracks, infringes copyright.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cablevision's Machiavellian Move  —  Free SkypeOut might be putting the heat on Vonage and others, but the flat rate international long distance plan introduced by Cablevision is truly a move befitting Machiavelli.  —  The company introduced a $20 a month plan which allows subscribers …
Discussion: Mark Evans and VoIP Watch
Eric Weaver / Brand Dialogue:
Web 2.0/Marketing 2.0 Conference Listing  —  Time and time again, my Newsfire RSS reader tells me of conference after conference that I've MISSED the opportunity to attend, because I didn't know about them until after I had already booked client stuff.  My wife has been shocked by the stream …
Michael Geist:
Canadian Privacy Community Speaks Out on Copyright Reform  —  On the heels of the recent emergence of the CMCC, Canada's privacy community is today speaking out on its concerns with the prospect of copyright reform that provides legal protections for digital rights management but fails to account for the impact on personal privacy.
 
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James McGovern / Enterprise Architecture:
Why aren't more enterprise architects speaking at industry conferences?
Discussion: Todd Biske's Blog
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Fast, one wire network (IP over FireWire)
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Selling Life Jackets on the Titanic: How TiVo Is Cashing In on the Interactive Age
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Adam Lashinsky / CNN:
Return of the bubble: IPOs behaving badly
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo: Our ads are better
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Gentlemen Prefer PDFs
Discussion: TeleRead and JD on EP
David Pogue / New York Times:
May's Treo Leapfrogs Past January's
John Siracusa / FatBits:
And we all shine on  —  The new MacBook comes with what Apple calls a …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Firm says Macs cost only slightly more than PCs
Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
Top 10 social networking sites see 47% growth
Discussion: IT Facts and Micro Persuasion
Nick / Rough Type:
CIOs flee IT  —  It's always darkest before it gets darker.
Suw Charman / Strange Attractor:
Xtech 2006: Paul Graham - How American are Startups?
Discussion: Tinfinger and SEOmoz