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7:40 PM ET, May 27, 2006


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Apple thwarted in bid to unmask leaker  —  update Apple Computer suffered a setback in its effort to plug an internal leak, after a state appeals court ruled that the computer maker can't immediately get its hands on records of who may have contacted an Apple enthusiast site with details on an unreleased product.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
On the Apple decision  —  A very simple editorial on yesterday's decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeals that bloggers are entitled to the same protection as print journalists; that a rich corporation can't control the bloggers that cover it.  —  1. The day a U.S. court comes …
Darren Ennis / Reuters:
EU lawmakers consider taxing emails, SMS messages  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers are investigating a proposed tax on emails and mobile phone text messages as a way to fund the 25-member bloc in the future.  —  A European Parliament working group is reviewing the idea …
Going to Google  —  The cat's out of the bag.  I made the announcement here in New Zealand at Webstock, so I'll confirm that, yes, the rumors are not just rumors.  After a bit of negotiation and a lot of internal debate, I recently accepted an offer to join Google as Visual Design Lead, a position that did not previously exist there.
Discussion: GigaOM and Digital Inspiration
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
A Cure for the Summertime Blues  —  First Dave Winer highlights the one sentence in this blog that actually seemed to sound positive.  You know, the angry old man, etc.  Then a spate of crap from the trolls highlighted by one Paul Montgomery, a Down Under journalist (his word) …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Timothy J. Mullaney / Business Week:
Netflix  —  The mail-order movie house that clobbered Blockbuster  —  Truly ambitious web startups think of making money merely as a starting point.  Real respect goes to companies that change the rules of the game.  And few upstarts this side of Google (GOOG). have grander ambitions than Netflix Inc.
Discussion: Engadget
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Netflix To Launch Web Downloads This Year
Top 10 Strangest Gadgets of the Future  —  This week, our editors have compiled a list of the "Top 10 Strangest Gadgets of the Future", from solar powered LEDs to memory LCD screens, it's all here.  Which ones are your favorites?  —  10. Citizen's Memory LCD
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple developing new Mac for education  —  Exclusive: Apple Computer is working feverishly on the design of a new Macintosh computer that the company hopes will strengthen its position in the education sector when it goes on sale later this year, AppleInsider has learned.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Gonzales pressures ISPs on data retention  —  U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller on Friday urged telecommunications officials to record their customers' Internet activities, CNET has learned.  —  In a private meeting with industry representatives …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Gmail to get prices  —  In my latest source code inspection, I found more snippets code that foreshadow upcoming features in Gmail.  As far as I know, these features aren't available in the current version — I couldn't reproduce them and there is no documentation in the Help area.
USA Today:
Financial firms attack child porn  —  The nation's leading banks and credit card companies will soon team with law enforcement in a groundbreaking coalition to catch people who sell child pornography online.  —  The financial institutions will report child porn sites they discover on the Web …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Strict Net neutrality passes House Committee, but fate is rather uncertain  —  The House Committee on the Judiciary today approved the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act (HR 5417) in a vote of 20-12.  This particular 'Net neutrality bill would make it an antitrust violation to …
Serendipity casts a very wide net  —  It is no accident that technology commentator Bill Thompson believes that the web does a lot to promote chance discovery  —  One of those rumbling arguments that betrays a deeper discontent is going on within the loose collection of blogs …
Luke O'Brien / Slate:
Why There Are No Indie Video Games  —  And why that's bad for gamers.  —  Don't believe all those recent articles about how video game manufacturers are headed to the poor house.  The global market share for video games should surpass $40 billion by 2010.  Thanks to powerful new consoles, their graphics are approaching CGI quality.
Discussion: Kotaku and GameSetWatch
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