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11:40 AM ET, May 22, 2006

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Evan Hansen / Wired News:
Why We Published the AT&T Docs  —  A file detailing aspects of AT&T's alleged participation in the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic wiretap operation is sitting in a San Francisco courthouse.  But the public cannot see it because, at AT&T's insistence, it remains under seal in court records.
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Whistle-Blower's Evidence, Uncut  —  Former AT&T technician Mark Klein is the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's class-action lawsuit against the telecommunications company, which alleges that AT&T cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic surveillance program.
Discussion: SEO Black Hat and The Consumerist
Rafat / paidContent.org:
UK-Heavy Social Network Bebo Gets $15 Million Funding  —  You're reading it here first: Bebo, an SF-based social networking site which is in the middle-ground between MySpace and Facebook, and among the biggest in UK, Ireland and New Zealand, has received $15 million in venture funding from Benchmark Capital.
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Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Another day, another social network gets $15M: this time it is Bebo  —  A couple of weeks ago, this BusinessWeek piece provided a good background on the recent hyperactivity around social networks - especially when it comes to VC investments.  Another large player, Bebo …
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
The One Bit of Info Google Withholds: How It Works  —  Advertisers, competitors and Wall Street analysts are frustrated by the company's secrecy.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. evolved from a tiny start-up to the shining star of American enterprise in less than a decade by bringing knowledge to billions of people.
Edelman / Richard Edelman:
The Edelman Technorati Deal; Why This Matters for Companies.  —  Although Technorati is best known as the most comprehensive service for searching blogs — they currently index over 40 million of them — the company also provides the best analytic tools for tracking over time and in depth what the blogosphere is talking about.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
University server in hackers' hands for a year  —  An unprecedented string of electronic intrusions has prompted Ohio University to place at least one technician on paid administrative leave and begin a sweeping reorganization of the university's computer services department.
Mark Peters / Lets Go Digital:
Samsung Digimax L70  —  Samsung Digimax L70 : At the Korean Photo & Imaging 2006 event Samsung Techwin showcased their new Samsung Digimax L70 digital camera.  The Samsung L70, the Korean name is Samsung Kenox X70, is a new model of the L-series of Samsung digital cameras.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Gizmodo
John Markoff / New York Times:
Voice Encryption May Draw U.S. Scrutiny  —  SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 — Philip R. Zimmermann wants to protect online privacy.  Who could object to that?  —  He has found out once already.  Trained as a computer scientist, he developed a program in 1991 called Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP, for scrambling and unscrambling e-mail messages.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Hollywood reportedly in agreement to delay forced quality downgrades for Blu-ray, HD DVD  —  As the DVD format welcomes two potential heirs to its kingship as the commercial video medium of choice, there are mounting concerns that these new heirs are nothing but pretenders.
Discussion: Engadget
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
A Weinstein Will Invest in Exclusivity  —  Most popular Internet communities, like Facebook.com or MySpace .com, measure their success by their ability to attract new members.  A notable exception to this rule is aSmallWorld.net, an exclusive online community that is about to get bigger.
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Darren Rowse / Make Money Online …:
The Benefits of Highlighting Popular Posts on Your Blog  —  Stephan Spencer writes a useful SEO Tip on highlighting Popular Posts and kindly uses ProBlogger's top menus as an example of one way of doing it.  —  I have to admit that my reasoning for using the boxes at the top of my blog was twofold.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Everybody's a network  —  In the future of media, which is now, everybody is a network.  In the past, networks were defined by control of content or distribution.  But now, you can't own all distribution and content is controlled where it's created.  So, I wonder, where's the value and where's the money in the fully networked world?
Discussion: Message and Syndicator Blog
Read/WriteWeb:
Coming to terms with Web 2.0  —  You know when Gartner and IBM pontificate on Web 2.0, that we've reached a point where the term has become generally acceptable - mainstream even.  Well-known research firm Gartner has drunk the kool aid: … ...and David Boloker, CTO of IBM's emerging …
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0 and CrunchNotes
Larry Greenemeier / InformationWeek:
Blog-Based Analysts Shake Up IT Research  —  A new breed of IT analysts is sharing insights over the Internet, leaving traditional research firms trying to catch up using the same methods.  —  If you like your IT analysis fast, free, and with a heavy dose of attitude, you're in luck.
Steve Friess / Wired News:
Tales From Packaging Hell  —  The stubborn plastic casing around the Microsoft Xbox 360 faceplate seemed to laugh first at the kitchen scissors and then the steak knife that tried to penetrate it.  When 14-year-old Daniel Mroue's attempt to open the thing with a long, serrated bagel knife failed, his parents became concerned.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
lessig.org:
Fair Use and Network Neutrality  —  So the recent struggles about network neutrality have led me to recognize something I hadn't quite seen before.  And that something in turn makes more puzzling the debates that have been raised around network neutrality.  —  The something to recognize …
Mary Jo Foley / microsoft-watch.com:
Vista's Make Or Break Moment  —  Testers of Microsoft's latest operating system say the next build, which they're betting will hit this week, better be good.  —  It's the hour of reckoning for Windows Vista.  —  After five years of course changes, false starts and a host of beta …
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
StumbleUpon is hot or what?  —  Digg and Del.icio.us are great tools …
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Mike / Techdirt:
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Mike / Techdirt:
Open Source License Still Perfectly Legal
Evan Blass / Engadget:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Back to the Future... for Broadcast TV
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Carnival of Mobilists Gets a Home
telecomasia.net:
DoCoMo unveils plan to 'standardize' all phones
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
New Media Player: Nice Features, but It's No ITunes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mytago: A Real/Online World Bridge
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
The Fight Against V1@gra (and Other Spam)
Jessica Guynn / Contra Costa Times:
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