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10:10 AM ET, May 30, 2006

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New York Times:
Technology and Easy Credit Give Identity Thieves an Edge  —  PHOENIX — In a Scottsdale police station last December, a 23-year-old methamphetamine user showed officers a new way to steal identities.  —  His arrest had been unremarkable.  This metropolitan area, which includes Scottsdale and Phoenix …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Earn Cellphone Minutes by Watching Ads  —  With the cost of mobile phone calls already dropping sharply, Virgin Mobile USA plans to announce a way that people can talk for no money at all.  They will, however, have to pay with a chunk of their attention.  —  The program, called SugarMama …
fifaworldcup.yahoo.com:
Catch all the action on FIFAworldcup.com  —  The Official Site of the FIFA World Cup™ is packed with fresh new features to give you the best and most extensive coverage ever of the biggest sporting event on the planet.  Check it out for yourself... More...
Discussion: Treonauts
NEWS.com.au:
Sir, I'm afraid it's 'ringxiety'  —  IT IS a familiar and unnerving sensation: the false belief that you can hear your mobile phone ringing or vibrating.  —  Now the phenomenon is so widespread it has an official name: "ringxiety".  —  People have grown emotionally dependent on their mobiles …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:   It has a name: "ringxiety"
Matt Biddulph / hackdiary:
Alas, Second Life!  Web 2.0 in a virtual world  —  Second Life has been my new hacking obsession ever since I bought a laptop fast enough to run it.  I don't spend a lot of time socialising in the gameworld, but I am fascinated by the possibilities for makers of new user interfaces, useful virtual objects and playful toys.
Discussion: 3pointD.com and Clickable Culture
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET's AllYouCanUpload Is Disruptive  —  CNET very quietly launched a simple new photo uploading site called AllYouCanUpload last week.  At first glance it doesn't appear to be very special or disruptive.  But it is.  —  By launching AllYouCanUpload, CNET just pulled the rug out from under …
Reuters:
AMD to invest $2.5 billion in German factories  —  Advanced Micro Devices, the No. 2 maker of microchips for personal computers, said on Monday it will spend an additional $2.5 billion to upgrade and expand its two factories in Germany.  —  The investment comes as AMD steadily gains market share …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social Networks are the New Media  —  No one can argue that MySpace has been the "it girl" for the past year.  And the fact that she belongs to Rupert Murdoch only seems to have heightened the envy, and gotten everyone's knickers in a twist.  As a result, it seems that nearly every media company …
Discussion: Rough Type
Star C. Foster / Shiny Shiny:
SteriPEN Water Purifier  —  A few moments ago, I wasn't too worried about my water.  Then I read about the SteriPEN, a device for travellers that claims to use UV light to clean driniking water of "bacteria, viruses and protozoa," and now I'm looking at my daily recommended a glasses a day askance.
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Gizmodo
Read/WriteWeb:
Worldwide Internet Penetration is just 15%  —  According to the Miniwatts Marketing Group's Internet Usage and World Population Statistics (last updated March 31, 2006), worldwide Internet penetration is only 15.7%!  So much for the World Wide Web... this is indeed sobering stuff for those of us obsessed with 'web 2.0' technology.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Music Phones Want to Be Free  —  For years, people have been speculating about the two possible futures of portable devices.  Are they going to continue to be somewhat specialized, or will we end up with one device that does everything?  From the music fan's perspective …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Pay Bills With a Click?  More Americans Are Doing It and Banks Are Loving It  —  FROM the annals of Online Economics 101 comes this shocker: free is good, especially when it comes to paying bills.  —  Big billers like Verizon Wireless and ConEd learned this bit of wisdom years ago …
John JCal Callaham / firingsquad.com:
» Defcon Interview  —  After releasing two acclained indie games (Uplink and Darwinia), UK based game developer Introversion is preparing yet another unusual title for release later this year and it's looking like it will generate quite a lot of attention.
Discussion: Kotaku
Tony Glover / thebusinessonline.com:
Threat to traditional broadcasters  —  GOOGLE is planning a new ­version of its search engine - designed for TV screens - that the company's co-founder and its chief executive believe will rival traditional broadcasting.  —  Chief executive Eric Schmidt told The Business …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sharp's MP-B300: where thin and ugly meet  —  This 8.9-millimeter thin Sharp-made eyesore goes by the name MP-B300.  It ekes-out up to 1GB of on-board memory with the possibility for more via miniSD expansion.  Yeah, the included FM-transmitter is kinda cool, allowing the player to pump tunes …
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Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Cutting Sony, a Corporate Octopus, Back to a Rational Size  —  WAKO, Japan — When Kumiko Ishioka bought car insurance last year, she chose the company that offered the cheapest rate.  It also helped that the company bore the same brand name as that on her life insurance policy, her favorite skin lotion and her television set — Sony.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and paidContent.org
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Project #2: Fixing AOL Search (or "we need to love our users a little more"  —  Update: Jim talks about my approach to solving problems and I respond.  —  As everyone knows I like to point out all the good things we're doing at AOL on my blog as often as I can.  Most folks complain that I only point out the good stuff.
 
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Home Broadband Adoption 2006: Home broadband adoption is going …
César A. Berardini / news.teamxbox.com:
Halo Movie Pushed Back?
Discussion: Igniq - Gaming News and Kotaku
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
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65 More Windows Vista Mistakes
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Jobs' glass elevator locks in group customers
Dan Fost / The Technology Chronicles:
Survivor: Winecamp  —  Chris Messina has been hosting barcamps …
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Jangl's new angle on phone calling
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On Conflicts of Interest and TechCrunch
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